BOOK REVIEW: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

August 18, 2017

in Books

This was one of those books I wasn't sure if I wanted to read or not, but I kept hearing about it and seeing it pop up everywhere, so I gave it a shot – and I can tell you that this turned into one of those books that changed the way I see the world.

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.

The story starts off with Lydia being dead. Powerful first lines that drew me in. But this isn't a murder mystery. This isn't a true crime story. And this isn't a thriller.

This is the story of people. A family. A mother, father, and three children. A Chinese father and a blond, blue-eyed American mother.

It is the story of dreams. It is the story of expectations. It is the story of joy sadness. Success and failure. Love and heartache. It is the story of trying to fit in. Or trying to be different.

What is so amazing about this books is the development of the characters. They cease to be characters and become real people as you read through the story. Their reactions, thoughts and feelings are so real as to stab straight to your own heart and make you remember times when you felt and thought that way. Their lives are not seperated from the world and family around them, but instead intertwined through events and experiences.

I think that no matter who you are you can relate to the characters in this story because you can see yourself reflected in the mother and the daughter, or the father and the son.

This is not a fast paced, action packed novel. It is one of slow character development. If you like that sort of novel, do not pass up this read.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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