Struggling with infertility is not easy. Coming to terms with the fact that you will never have your own biological child is devastating. But what if, when settling into your child-less life, you are suddenly given a toddler? That’s exactly what happens to Ana and James in the novel Everybody has Everything. After a car accident leaves their friend dead and his wife in a coma, Ana and James are entrusted with the care of two and a half year old Finn.
Everybody has Everything is a book all about parenting, but not the typical get married, decide to start a family, have a baby sort of way. Ana is a very driven lawyer, unsure about having kids, and then unsure how she feels about not being able to have her own, unhappy or relieved. James on the other hand is desperate to have children. Their relationship survived through infertility but will it survive through toddlerhood with a child that is not theirs?
Throughout the book I felt myself wondering how I would react in their situation and the truth is I don’t know and I will never know. I enjoyed the deep and thought-provoking parts, but also the mundane, daily things peppered throughout. I found myself siding with Ana in the beginning, but with James more and more as the story unfolded. My heart broke for Finn as I thought about my own kids’ lives being disrupted if something similar were to happen to me and my partner.
I’m glad I came across this book and would recommend it if you want a real portrayal of parenting in a disastrous circumstance. I found myself laughing at parts and almost in tears as Ana and James struggle through life with their new charge.