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Everything I Never Told You: A Novel
Everything I Never Told You: A Novel | Celeste Ng
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Prairiegirl_reading
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I‘ve had this in my audible library for ages and I finally started it yesterday. I‘m already 45% through, partly because it‘s really good and partly because I‘ve been doing way too much driving over the past couple days. Either way I‘m liking this a lot more than I thought I would.

ljuliel It‘s a very good book ! 1d
Prairiegirl_reading @ljuliel I have a feeling you and I have very similar taste! 😄 1d
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MyNamesParadise
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Mehso-so

This book had so much hype, so I was really eager to listen to it. However, I don‘t see why this book was praised as extraordinary. It was well written in terms of language and characters, but I was still unable to see the wow factor with this book. I didn‘t even understand fully what happened to Lydia, which is how the book opens. If anyone can provide clarity as to that, it would be greatly appreciated!

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shaynarae
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I liked this so much better than Little Fires Everywhere. It‘s such a rich exploration of identity, expectation, and the complexity of interpretation through the dynamics of the Lee family revolving around the death of daughter/sister Lydia. It‘s gripping and beautifully done.

Emilymdxn I felt exactly the same I loved it much more than little fires everywhere 2w
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Madison91
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It‘s not like I love the stories Celeste Ng creates, but I am in love with her styling of writing. The plot lines if written by someone else would usually be hard to finish, but I stay up late devouring each chapter and telling myself only one more before bed 😂. She has a way of making books flow, they don‘t seem to drag on and you love the characters and become invested.

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Tiltedwhirled
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She would do everything her mother told her. Everything her mother wanted.

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Tiltedwhirled
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Lydia is the sun in the galaxy that is the Lee family. All of her parents contradictory expectations rest on her shoulders. In the meantime both of her siblings are alternately jealous of the attention she receives but also relieved to be free from its pressure. Lydia is living her life for her parents and when she stops, each member of the family has to examine all of the things that they have left unsaid.

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BeckyandBooks
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First read of the new year! I enjoyed this one, but also grieved for each of the characters individually. They all kept so much inside, I just wanted to grab them and yell at them to open up to their loved ones!

Ireadkidlit Loved that one 3w
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Kspies232628
Mehso-so

Don‘t really remember

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oscarboro
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A well written, both happy and sad, coming of age, but not quite book. Truly a delight to read!

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andioop
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you ever read a book so beautiful you want to throw it across the fuckin room

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derr.liz
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"She hadn't realized how fragile happiness was, how if you were careless, you could knock it over and shatter it. "

#commuteread

CherylRussell I really enjoyed this book. 1mo
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Amandakay
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Loved the beginning and end

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Rupi
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Book #49

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MissCooper202
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Everything I Never Told You - It was difficult to stay invested in this novel although the characters were intriguing. It gave an insight into a families grief and how we all deal with our emotions in different ways. It explores the domino effect of negative events and how they impact relationships. An interesting time and setting also!

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CoveredInRust
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Reading this one for library book club. So sad so far. 😖

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booklovingly
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When Lydia is found dead in a lake. Her family is left with no choice but face the truth.
Reading this book felt like solving a psychological enigma in the end I could see how the parents upbringing and the things experienced by Lydia and her siblings drove her to the point of no return. There a lot of underlying messages about race relations,family dynamics and mental health.
It‘s not a difficult read yet offers a thrilling plot.

BarbaraBB Great pic! Where is this? 3mo
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AmyRebecca
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"...she hadn't realized how fragile happiness was, how if you were careless, you could knock it over and shatter it."

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AmyRebecca
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The first sentence is "Lydia is dead". As those close to her try to understand why, the reader becomes an observer of the Lee family. Like any family, there are secrets, and we see their struggle with the notion that maybe Lydia was not who they thought. Just how well do those we are closest to really know us? How much do we bend our identities to meet the expectations of others? These questions are explored by Ng, and cause our own introspection.

JenFowler Great review! 3mo
AmyRebecca Thanks, @JenFowler 💜 3mo
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Peaslady
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Panpan

Controversial I know, as this seems to be a popular book, but I didn't rate this story. It felt quite predictable. Sat no point did it surprise or excite me. The characters were very stereotypical and one-dimensional. Whilst it was interesting reading about a chinese-american couple and their different perspectives on the bi-racial aspect of their relationship I didn't find them very believable.

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CoffeeCatsBooks
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Lydia, a teenage daughter and sister, is dead. Barely functioning as a family before Lydia‘s death, the Lee‘s, Chinese American family in the 1970‘s, are now unraveling.

Wow. This is the kind of novel where you feel the character‘s pain. I kept wanting things to turn out differently for Lydia. It was such a loss.

I can‘t wait to read Little Fires Everywhere!

Reggie Lol, I put this on a lot of posts for this book but even 30 minutes later after finishing reading this book I found myself crying in the drive thru line at McD‘s thinking about that book. And when the sheriff says son to the older brother while he was drunk just kinda tore at me. Loved this book. 4mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @Reggie Yes, there are so many moments that are gut wrenching. I kept wishing I could comfort the characters. 4mo
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squirrelbrain
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Just ‘cos it‘s got ‘never‘ in the title - the best I could do today 😬😜

#redroseseptember
#neverforget

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Macker11
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I enjoyed my first audiobook! This story was intriguing, with all of the events going on, past and present it kept you guessing what actually happened. I loved that there was not a single problem in the book, but rather it showed how the family struggled during a devastating time. 💛

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Jason7
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This story is consistently good from beginning to end. The tale interested me at the very beginning, and unlike many novels, held my interest the entire time. It‘s not the type of story that will blow you away, but I don‘t think it was intended to be. I‘ve enjoyed both of Ng‘s novels, and I look forward to her works to come. Overall rating: 4:38 stars

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Macker11
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Trying #audiobooks this one seems to be good. Not sure if it‘s just me, but I had a hard time keeping the characters straight, I think it‘s just because audiobooks are new to me. Still chugging along!

rretzler If you aren‘t used to audiobooks and there are loads of characters, it can sometimes get confusing. Especially if you tend to zone out every once in awhile like I do. I‘ll start thinking about what the author said only to find I missed something. I do love audiobooks though - but the pause and rewind features are extremely helpful! 5mo
Macker11 @rretzler yeah! It is my first one and I‘m trying to get the hang of it! I really love the idea of being able to read while I‘m busy! 5mo
rretzler I love to listen while in the car and doing laundry and other household chores. I attempt to listen at the grocery store, but can‘t focus on the book as much there. Before going to bed is great if your audiobook platform has a sleep timer, but I tend to rewind a lot the next day. If you are a Kindle/Audible user, the whisper sync feature is great - I usually purchase the audiobook and borrow the ebook to switch back and forth. 5mo
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Macker11 Yeah I love it in the car! My commute to school starts Monday so that will give me tons of time to listen in the car! @rretzler I‘ve been trying to do it at work when I‘m not busy, it‘s more discreet than having a book on my desk lol (edited) 5mo
Clwojick I suggest a good set of headphone for audiobooks! I listen to an absolute ton of them, and it makes a huge difference when you use headphones verses listening to it on speaker. Another suggestion is to find a narrator you like, and choose audiobooks that they narrate. I love Cassandra Campbell and Xe Sands. 5mo
Macker11 @Clwojick thank you for this advice ! 5mo
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WellReadCatLady
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Two birds one stone. Book club book that has sat on my tbr for years.

Graciouswarriorprincess Such an amazing story! Happy reading! 5mo
Lcsmcat I ❤️this book! 5mo
rjsthumbelina Great book ❤️ the audiobook is great, too! 5mo
keepingupwiththepenguins Nice! That's the dream! 😍 🤓 5mo
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Loric
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Such a sad story about grief, loss and the breakdown of a family as they deal with the loss of a child/sibling. The writing was lovely, and the audio well done. The story was just a bit sad for me. I was impressed that this was a debut novel and will look forward to reading more for this talented author.

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atla
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Y‘all, this is so good. A propulsive, character-driven novel which tackles big issues through the lens in-depth family and personal dynamics. It simultaneously makes you pause to reflect on the characters while also leaving you unable to stop turning pages because you‘re so emotionally invested. Not a sentence is wasted, and the writing is so good. It‘s also a quick read - being only 300 pages and unputdownable.

Tell me your #backlistgems ☺️

lkurgs I also recommend Little Fires Everywhere, if you haven‘t read it yet. I love Celeste Ng and her writing. 6mo
atla @lkurgs This was my first Celeste Ng but I will definitely be reading more of her work! 6mo
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hdhubbard
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8/10 This book, like her others are written in such a way that you recognize yourself, your family, and people you know in her books. Lydia losing herself to keep those around her happy is a sensative topic for me, this is not a book I will forget.

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atla
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The audio version of this is on sale for $2.99 on Chirp.com right now (no affiliation). I listened to the sample and was hooked immediately, but I just started a lengthy fantasy series on audio - so I hit the library for this one. At 60 pages in, it‘s a page turner and I can already tell it‘s going to break my heart.

lkurgs It‘s a wonderful but also an emotional read! 6mo
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Come-read-with-me
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This was an exceptional book. Ng creates such compelling characters and you find yourself connecting to them in deeply personal ways. This story allows the reader to understand the different perspectives that people bring to the most important relationships in their lives. This book left me breathless and in tears.

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Peaslady

'I could have done that, Marilyn thought, and the words clicked into place like puzzle pieces, shocking her with their rightness. The hypothetical past perfect, the tense of missed chances.' p. 96

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ShyBookOwl
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Ahhh.. I loved this. An impactful exploration of grief and all the unanswered questions that come with loss. Also, I just want to wrap Hannah up in my arms and hug her forever! Great read.

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LadyCait84
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Finished my first book of the #24in48 readathon and it would have gone a little faster if I hadn‘t cried so much....but I really loved this gutpunch of a novel. Families are so complex, and the genuine love we hold for another can still fall short, and fail them (and us) spectacularly. It does hurts to see this spread out across page after page, so full of grief and loss, but in that beautiful way of so many good books.

CouronneDhiver Hm... I like a good melancholy read from time to time. Stacked! 6mo
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KindaMouthy
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A beautiful story about a family and the heartbreaking reasons that things fall apart. Read in a day and a half.

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Rachel.Rencher
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Ugh, you guys, why did you recommend this book to me? 😅 I'm with @MrT because this book just did not do it for me. I can't stand plotlines where the entire thing could be resolved by people just communicating. I understand the setting and the family dynamics and what have you, but the Lee family was so frustrating that I could hardly stick it out long enough to find out what happened to Lydia. 🤷🏻‍♀️

MrT I am now very reluctant to read Little Fires Everywhere. Been sitting on The TBR pile for well over a year now. 6mo
Rachel.Rencher @MrT Same! I wanted to read it because of the TV adaptation and all the hype surrounding it, but idk if I can deal with Ng's writing style through another novel. 6mo
MrT Everything I Told You So 😂 6mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto I hated this book. I don‘t get why people loved it. Also disliked little fires everywhere. 6mo
Rachel.Rencher @MrT Good one 😂😂 6mo
Caroline2 Yeah I was massively underwhelmed by this book too. I have no idea what all the hype is about?? 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
batsy I was not a fan of this one, either. 6mo
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⭐⭐⭐ Everything I Never Told You is a book about grief surrounding a Chinese-American family living in the suburbs who carry more on their heart than just the newly death of their daughter. It is told in third person which was my main gripe about this book, but delivers some heartache as well. This novel also gives you many twists and turns that you may not see coming.

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BeaG I loved this one. 6mo
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bhmurray @jenniferajanes that makes me so happy! Thank you! 6mo
bhmurray @BeaG I'm glad you loved it! I kept feeling like there was a barrier between me and the characters because of how it was written 6mo
BeaG @bhmurray did you read her other book Little Fires Everywhere? I didn't care for that one. It seemed to have to many things going on in it. 6mo
bhmurray @BeaG I have not yet! I do own it though. Maybe I will like that one more since I wasn't too fond of this one? Was it also written in third person? 6mo
BeaG @bhmurray third person omniscient if I remember correctly. 6mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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This book won by a freaking landslide when I asked you guys to vote on my next read. I have an hour before I teach my next class, so I'm going to get started on it.
I was thinking about sitting outside, but my classroom is nice and air conditioned, whereas outside is like 104 degrees today. 😅🌞🌡

britt_brooke I read this recently. Curious to hear what you think. 6mo
Balibee146 I read this last week too... Looking forward to you thoughts 6mo
Velvetfur I listened to this one as an audiobook, I really liked it, and I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the printed version 😊 6mo
Cailey_Mac I read this last year; definitely post your thoughts after! 6mo
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ShyBookOwl
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Finally!! I've wanted to read this for a while now. My library finally had a copy available 🤗

#libby

CherylRussell Great book! 6mo
ShyBookOwl @CherylRussell Yes! I'm loving it. I feel so much for all of the characters 6mo
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jdiehr
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I enjoyed this audiobook. It's crazy how shocking a marriage between a caucasian woman and Asian man caused such a stir in the 70s.
This was a sad story, but well told. Both of the books I've read bu Celeste Ng were picks.

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Balibee146
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I'm finally finishing the second job I took on in 2018 on Saturday....its been hellish, honestly.... A life lesson wrapped in a big mistake 😬🤔💡
Getting my life back and my reading life too.... This is the first fiction I've read in 2019!
Can't wait to pick up Litsy life again too 💖💖

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Soradsauce
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Oh man, this was heart rending and amazing. Went a direction I didn't imagine from the beginning.

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Soradsauce

I've been meaning to read Celeste Ng for ages and now I'm finally 51% through

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erzascarletbookgasm
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#30JuneBooks #E is for Everything I Never Told You, a moving tale about secrets that keep (and tear apart) a family. I really liked this more than Little Fires Everywhere.

HKGirl I liked this more than Little Fires Everywhere too! 7mo
k.reads.5 Loved this book as well. 7mo
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ohurtin
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I think I love this as much as “Little Fires Everywhere.” Celeste Ng is a genius. Humanity needs her. I could go on and on... 🙌🏽 #celesteng #fiction “She looked down at the lake, which in the dark looked like nothing, a great void spreading beneath her. It will be all right, she told herself, and she stepped out of the boat into the water.”

Smrloomis 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 4mo
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Heatherfeather
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This is one of those books. The kind you read holding your breath. Your face contorted with emotion. Your mind reeling from the stark beauty of the prose, the depth of the characters. And then at the end you clutch the closed book to your shredded chest.

Julsmarshall Lovely review! 7mo
Heatherfeather @Julsmarshall thank you!!! 💚💛💜 7mo
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whatrebeccasread
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Despite enjoying some parts of this story of an inter-racial family in the seventies, I found most of it to be slow moving and really not that interesting. “Everything I Never Told You” seems to be well reviewed by others, but unfortunately isn‘t going to win any awards in my books – 2 stars.

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Not my favourite either. 7mo
whatrebeccasread @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego glad to hear I'm not alone. Lots of people on my blog have been surprised to hear I didn't like it! 7mo
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Backdrop is 1977. "Lydia is dead. But they don't know that yet." This is the first line of the story that Celeste Ng tells in a beautiful heartfelt way. It's sad story of a family trying to deal with the loss of their beloved daughter and sister. It's a story of a family full of hurt, hate, regret and secrets. Celeste Ng brings so much raw emotion and life to characters. I give it 4 ?'s

ruskigurl16 This was such a pleasure to read. ❤️ 7mo
JohannaRose Great review!! 7mo
SarahHarts_books @JohannaRose Thank you 😊 7mo
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mc916 I love this book so very much and played it in my head over and over again! 7mo
SarahHarts_books @mc916 Oh I know! It was such a great book!! 7mo
Smrloomis I loved this too! Also is that an owl on a popsicle stick? 🤔 7mo
SarahHarts_books @Smrloomis Ha! You are right now that I look at it, it does look like that!😜 But no. It is ribbon. It is my favorite bookmark💖😍 7mo
Smrloomis @SarahHarts_books it‘s super cute 😁 and that makes much more sense! 7mo
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squirrelbrain
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A bargain on Amazon for any UK Littens! I loved this one and it gets a high rating on here...

TrishB A good read 👍🏻 8mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Some people really should not procreate. Or, at the very least, stop projecting their successes and overcompensating their challenges so aggressively. Marylin and James were painfully clueless about their children. Selfish idiots, both of them. Poor Lydia never had a chance to really figure out who she was. Parts of the story felt forced and too tidy, but the somber tone was perfect and I liked Ng‘s writing. A lot of families are shit.

kellyann28 I completely agree with you about the parents! 8mo
britt_brooke @kellyann28 They were awful! 8mo
minkyb Great review! 8mo
britt_brooke @minkyb Thank you! 😙 8mo
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hermyknee
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😭😭😭😭😭😭

Oh man this was good. I‘m going to go cry for a million hours now. Catharsis.

P.S. listened to this one on #audible, so all the crying didn‘t impede my reading.

LauraJ Multitasking! 8mo
hermyknee @LauraJ YES! So true 😂 8mo
britt_brooke I just finished this, too! I didn‘t love it, but it was a solid read. 8mo
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