The One and Only is about Shea Rigsby, who has never left her small home town of Walker, Texas, and her struggles as she comes to terms with what her small town life has come to, as well as the internal battle over her heart and lusts. Shea Rigsby grew up in Walker, Texas - and never left. Walker is a small college town whose football roots and loyalties run deep. Shea never left Rigsby, whether from loyalty to her small town, ear, or both. She takes a job at the university, and is so immersed in football life she misses the world flying by.
In an effort to broaden her life beyond Rigsby and it's football team, Shea tries a job as a sports reporter for the big paper in Dallas. Clearly oblivious to love, she misses an opportunity for lasting love with Miller - who doesn't share her overwhelming interest in the sport, and instead gives romance a shot with the football star, Ryan the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Ryan is the typical flashy sports heartthrob, but he is also violent and abusive. He ends up not only hurting her, but opening her eyes to some of the evils lurking outside of her small town safety net.
Finally, Shea sets her sights on her best friend Lucy's dad, Clive Carr, who is mourning the loss of his wife. Clive has watched Shea grow up, and is a father figure to her, so Lucy is clearly repulsed by Shea's infatuation on the much older Clive.
Best part of story, including ending:
I did not like this book. First of all, it has to much sports related information, and not enough character development. And when it did develop characters, I was not interested in the love stories that went the ways you did not want to see them turn.
Best scene in story:
One of my favorite scenes in the book comes early on when Lucy and Caroline address the deep seeded dedication to Walker - and how it defined not only the town and the college, but them, and all who hail from this small town. While Lucy recognizes the unhealthy submersion and loyalty, Shea embraces it. This scene sets the tone or the book, and the struggles Shea faces.
Opinion about the main character:
I dislike Shea's inability to see the relationship she should be in, because she is so blinded by all things football. On the other hand, I admire her dedication to something she loves.