Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Rating: 4/5 stars

After reading and loving Little Fires Everywhere, I decided to pick up Ng’s first novel, Everything I’ve Never Told You. Both stories are incredible, and I’m so glad I decided to spontaneously read them. In my mind, I don’t really like family sagas, but Celeste Ng is just so good; I love her books. I did like Little Fires Everywhere better than Everything I Never Told You, but both are great nonetheless.

I love Ng’s writing style. Her stories are captivating in such a way that I get lost in the lives of the characters and become invested in their pasts, mistakes, presents, etc. and I can’t stop listening to the audiobook until I’m done.

This book, like her other one, is told in third-person omniscient perspective, knowing the lives and minds of all the characters at once. I hardly ever read books with an all-knowing narrator and it’s refreshing; I think Ng writes this way very well and, once again, I quite enjoyed it. I don’t think just any author could pull off this narrative choice while still making the story flow as well as Ng did; she has a true talent.

As both Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere take place in Ohio, I’m glad I read both of them while living in Ohio. I feel like I can understand the story better because I’m familiar with the setting. Although, I haven’t ever been to Shaker Heights, where the stories take place, but I do want to go visit now.

I loved this book, and I definitely recommend it. The ending is so tragic once you know all the details, but it’s evocative and it will stick with me. I do hope the movie deal goes through because I would love so much to see this family drama on the big screen.

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