Reviews for Everything You Want
Booklist Reviews 2008 May #1
After Emma, a floundering college freshman, wins 50 million dollars in the lottery, she discovers that despite her newfound ability to buy anything she wants, she still doesn't have, or even know, what she needs. As her whole family tries to adjust to their radically different lifestyle, Emma struggles to balance her strong family ties with her need for independence. What could have been a predictably moralistic tale becomes, thanks to Shoup's rich characterizations and Emma's dry wit, a surprisingly moving portrait of a young woman's efforts to find and accept herself. More comic relief comes with the colorful yet realistic characters, such as the Harley-riding grandfather and the sweetly clueless roommate. Intriguing cover art (a white goose eyes the reader quizzically) picks up on the origin of the winning lottery numbers: Emma's psychology-experiment goose, named Freud. From the cover to the intricately entwined relationships that drive the story, Shoup delivers clever details that call to mind Joan Bauer's humor and humanism. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
Emma is having a difficult time getting over her high school crush; attending the same college with him doesn't help. When her family wins the lottery, she decides to drop out of school and find herself. It takes a lot of navel-gazing for Emma to learn that money can't buy happiness, but readers may relate to her inner conflicts. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
VOYA Reviews 2008 June
College freshman Emma MacHammond struggles with instantaneous financial freedom and a lack of confidence to find her true identity and love. Winning fifty-million dollars in the lottery gives the MacHammond family almost endless and confusing choices. Oversized and socially awkward Emma, reeling from her best friend's rejection of her love, irritated by her cheery roommate's successful social life, and confused by the challenges of money, leaves school, tries to establish independence, suffers another bad romance, and misjudges that a shocking makeover will improve her life. Her journey is further complicated by her grandfather's death and her parents' marital conflict. Helping those close to her, Emma realizes that she defines herself by what others are or do. She can define her individuality only by making decisions and facing the consequences. Emma returns to school, and with her roommate's support, reconciles with her formerly abusive best friend and discovers a new boyfriend who loves her appearance and acerbic wit. This entertaining coming-of-age journey is also a thought-provoking look at what money can and cannot do. Emma comes from an upper-class home but realizes her privilege only after her father's lottery win. Mom, analytical and self-absorbed, experiences guru-like insights and finds freedom. Dad, although a lawyer for a bank, seems naïve about the implications of his winning but finally broadens his world. Money improves no one's personal relationships, but dealing with it does. High school girls who love romantic novels will enjoy this one, especially the happy ending.-Lucy Schall 4Q 4P S Copyright 2008 Voya Reviews.