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Everything I Never Told You
Everything I Never Told You: A Novel | Celeste Ng
Lydia is dead. But they dont know this yet . . . So begins thestory of this exquisite debut novel, about a ChineseAmerican family living in 1970s small-town Ohio.Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee;their middle daughter, a girl who inherited hermothers bright blue eyes and her fathers jet-blackhair. Her parents are determined that Lydia willfulfill the dreams they were unable to pursueinMarilyns case that her daughter become a doctorrather than a homemaker, in Jamess case that Lydiabe popular at school, a girl with a busy social life andthe center of every party. When Lydias body is found in the local lake, thedelicate balancing act that has been keeping the Leefamily together tumbles into chaos, forcing them toconfront the long-kept secrets that have been slowlypulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, setsout on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage.Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined tofind a responsible party, no matter what the cost.Lydias older brother, Nathan, is certain that theneighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved.But its the youngest of the familyHannahwhoobserves far more than anyone realizes and whomay be the only one who knows the truth aboutwhat happened. A profoundly moving story of family, history,and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told Youis both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive familyportrait, exploring the divisions between culturesand the rifts within a family, and uncovering theways in which mothers and daughters, fathers andsons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives,to understand one another.
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OutAndAbout
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As a child, you always assume that your parents are choosing to treat you a certain way, and that they fully understand how their behaviors affect you. This book goes through the aftermath of one teen‘s death, exposing the truth - that everyone has their own history, their own damages. That each of us brings to parenthood all the pains we had through our own childhood. Well written, well developed characters, heartbreaking book.

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Eggs Brilliant! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one! 1w
SusanLee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me too! It‘s one of those books which will stick in mind 😘 1w
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Ibsbadibs
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Thought I had this ending figured out but it was more complicated than I had imagined. 👍

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Onioons
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“All of that will be gone by morning. Instead, they will dissect this last evening for years to come. What had they missed that they should have seen? What small gesture, forgotten, might have changed everything? They will pick it down to the bones, wondering how this had all gone so wrong, and they will never be sure.”

#alphabetgame #letterE @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent choice!! 2mo
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TheLudicReader
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#alphabetgame #letterE @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Everything I Never Told You is a book that has really stayed with me.

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Bekkers
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Book 36 for 2022. Great read, a little heavy for a summer read but makes you think about your dreams vs the dreams others may have for you. Definitely recommend

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Everything I Never Told You is a propulsive read, but not an easy one, if that makes sense. It‘s much darker than I remember Little Fires Everywhere being, with darker themes and content. Trigger warnings for depression, suicide, infidelity, and racism - but Ng‘s writing shines, despite the darkness. She knows just how to drag a reader‘s eyes down the page. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/everything-i-never-told-you-celeste-ng/

TheLudicReader I absolutely loved this book. It read like a thriller, really and that ending! 3mo
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SusanLee
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#bookmoods #toldinverse @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
According to Google, this is one of it 😊

Eggs 👏🏻📚🤩 3mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I stayed up way too late reading this book last night. It was heartbreaking in all the best ways.

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BookLineNSinker
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Just came back from perusing the local library and got a great haul of new books! Looking forward to diving right in! First must finish Every Vow You Break.

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TheBee
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Ominous.
So good.
At times it felt a bit chaotic to me, but overall I loved it and concur with the ravishing reviews! Dysfunctional family dynamics, zeitgeist and fate intertwine.

#everythinginevertoldyou #celesteng #novel #dysfuncionalfamily #fate #chineseamerican

TheLudicReader The end of this book gutted me. 8mo
TheBee @TheLudicReader so tragic (edited) 8mo
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Librosycafe
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Ng really out here self in this novel. She tells the story of expectations through societal norms of a Chinese American family in the 1970s.

#celesteng
#everythinginevertoldyou

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alexanap
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This is an incredible read. It shows the individual struggles of five family members and how each of them deal with the death of the oldest daughter Lydia. On top of that they tell their occurrences with racism where they lived and how it affected who they are. I fully recommend this book to anyone who likes to read.

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leah152
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Omigosh, I'm sure I can't be the only one who felt like crying when I got to the end & realised what the title meant! Loved it & made me very grateful I have a loving, open relationship with my parents despite Dad ticking me off every second visit lol! 💗💔📚😊
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StaceGhost I feel all of this haha and yeah I‘ve got a 50% success rate with my dad too lol 11mo
leah152 Lol! Good to know we're not alone eh? 😊🤣 11mo
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"More than this: the second he touched her, he knew that he had misunderstood everything. When his palms hit her shoulders, when the water closed over her head, Lydia had felt relief so great she had sighed in a deep choking lungful. She had staggered so readily, fell so eagerly, that she and Nath both knew: that she felt it, too, this pull she now exerted, and didn‘t want it. That the weight of everything tilting toward her was too much."

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everything had gone askew, like a teeter-totter unevenly weighted. Everything in their life—their mother, their father, even he himself—slid, now, toward Lydia. Like gravity, there was no resisting it. Everything orbited her. Later on, Nath would never be able to disentangle what he said and what he thought and what he only felt. He would never be sure whether he said anything at all. All Nath would know, for sure, was this:

Seeking_Serenity he pushed Lydia into the water. 12mo
bthegood I'm in - book stacked 😊 12mo
Seeking_Serenity @bthegood hope you like it ✌🏼 12mo
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Seeking_Serenity
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This was a journey, and what a hurtful journey it was. I just finished this book and it's 2:30 in the morning. And I don't have any idea if I'll ve able to sleep tonight. This book really hurts. I don't have any words to describe it other than that. It just hurts so bad. But still I'm glad I gave it a chance. It's one of the few 3rd person pov books that I could finish and I'm truly glad I did.

Ps. This was my August #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 13mo
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Seeking_Serenity
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An amazing book and an even better Audiobook 💜

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AmyK1
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This was a heartbreaking look at one family torn apart by the death of the 16 year old daughter. It explores marriage, racism, fitting in, communication, emotional abuse and the unrealistic expectations parents put on their children. It was a little slow at times but overall a good read.

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KatieDid927
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Unpopular opinion! While I really enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere, I did not enjoy this. The characters are very flat and one note, and those notes did not come together to create an artful harmony. The emotional abuses by the parents are horrific. The story itself is very heavy-handed. I found it all very unpleasant and this book ended up sending me into a serious reading slump. I didn‘t like it at all, but am generous so I‘m not gonna pan it.

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TheRiehlDeal
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Day 10: #Mourns #MayCharacters

This was one of the best books I‘ve read.

Eggs ❤️ Celeste Ng ❤️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this one 📚❤️ 1y
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reema
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There‘s so much to say about this book: The expectations we put on each other, transactional relationships, living vicariously through our children.. And I‘m sure others can speak upon these things more eloquently than I. This book left me with a lovely melancholy ache when I finished. If you love books that do that, as I do, then you‘ll love this.

Sky226 Communication is sooooo important and somehow so hard to do 5mo
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aimee23

"But at that moment she had known, with a certainty she would never feel about anything else in her life, that it was right, that she wanted this man in her life. Something inside her said, 'He understands. What it's like to be different.'"

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aimee23
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I cannot believe this has been sitting on my shelf for almost 5 years just waiting for me to read it!

The story was gripping, especially now that we're dealing with racial diversity problems all around the world. It deals with how people with mixed races are seen differently by others. I pity Lydia and what has happened to her because of wanting to make her parents happy. 😢

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aimee23

... suddenly the universe glittered with possibilities. She will change everything.

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ShelbyA7
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Book #14: A sad story about expectations, that is beautifully written. Ng always does an amazing job telling women‘s/girl‘s stories as well as describing the intricacies of family dynamics.

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Annie1215
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This one really broke my heart, but the best stories are the ones that make you feel 🤷🏼‍♀️

I found myself grieving and aching for every single one of these characters.

So so good - and it gets me a bingo in #bookspinbingo 😀

Come-read-with-me This one broke my heart too. Such a sad story. 💔 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review and yay bingo!! 2y
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Eggs Well done 👍🏼 2y
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veritysalter
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A sad, but enlightening story, my opinions of the characters shifted constantly as I read, from admiration, pity, loathing and back again. In the aftermath of the death of 16 year old Lydia Lee, her family ask themselves so many questions, why was she out on the lake at night, were there signs, was someone else involved and did they even really know her at all? A family tragedy, that explores marriage, parental expectations, academia and race.

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Everything I Never Told You started with teenager Lydias death and one would think this is primarily what the story is about.

But it‘s more of a jumping off point from which we learn about those closest to Lydia and events leading up to this tragic day.

I loved this book and how the author managed to show the intricacies of family dynamics and the toll it does really take when parents (even if without knowing) show favoritism toward one child.

Reggie Poor, poor, Hannah. 2y
KristenDuck @Reggie did you feel the same way? 2y
Reggie I read it 3 years ago and I remember feeling bad for the expectations put on Lydia by her mother and was shocked how well Ng could turn something like the Betty Crocker cookbook into a tome of anti feminism. And the other part that got me was when the brother hears the phrase near the end, cause he was drunk, don‘t worry son, or J got you son, I bawled my eyes out cause that‘s all never wanted but then you realize it was the cop being 2y
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Reggie compassionate. And then I finished the book, went to McDonald‘s and then started crying again just thinking about the book while waiting in the drive-thru. Lol. 2y
KristenDuck @Reggie Yessss!! I understand all of what you said and totally felt you. 2y
Kempii I loved this book and read it with my book club when it came out. I‘m curious: did others think Lydia‘s death was suicide or accident? Our book club split 80/20 on accident/suicide. To me, it was clear suicide (I was in the minority in this view). I met Celeste Ng at a book signing and asked her about this question. She responded that to her, the answer was clear and she hadn‘t intended it to be vague. Intriguing! 2y
KristenDuck @Kempii I thought it was clearly a suicide as well. Still very sad!! 2y
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peanutnine
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It's been a while since I've stayed up until 2am so I could finish a book. Luckily it was Friday because this one got good fast.
I love the author's writing style and how she weaves history and current events together from all the characters' perspectives.
The story was sad and poignant. So much of the family dynamic is affected by things left unsaid and not being yourself because of a fear of disappointing others.

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ShyBookOwl This book! ❤ enjoy 2y
Smrloomis I loved this book too! 2y
CogsOfEncouragement It was on of those super-duper-cold Saturdays. 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Not how I thought this book was going to go but it was great. It reaffirmed my belief that you never know what a person is going through. I thought it couldve focused on Lydia a bit more and the middle felt a tad boring. Glad to see more books about Asian culture also.

truthinfiction That cover is gorgeous!! 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Finally some quality time with my book and this salad I was craving.

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Book 20

rjsthumbelina I love this book so much! 🥰 2y
rather_be_reading @rjsthumbelina im only 1 chapter in and loving it 2y
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Daniella.Richardson
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Book #9 of 2021. I‘ve heard good things so I‘m looking forward to it!

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WhiskeyMistress
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This book was really good but also sad. The expectations that parents can put on their children are scary and tough. Families are hard.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 out of 5
Read date 2/1/2021

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peanutnine
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Capping off my Monday night with a relaxing bath 🛀 and a new book 📚🥰

TheLudicReader I love this book! Still can‘t stop thinking about it years after I read it. 2y
peanutnine @TheLudicReader that's how I felt about Little Fires Everywhere! I'm excited to read another of hers, I like it so far 2y
TheLudicReader @peanutnine interesting. I liked this one way better. 😀 2y
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peanutnine
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I finally got a library card for my new local library since I moved last March 😅 I was very excited to pick up these two books that have been on my TBR for ages! 📚

#bookhaul #locallibrary #libraryfinds

Eyelit Enjoy - both of those are SO good! 2y
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jwolfartist
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My second read of the 2021 year and I liked it. Good character development, the end was one that provided closure, and many stories within the larger grand scale of things. Inspired me as a mother and apart of my own family. Good story. I would recommend it.

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nocto
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Lazy morning in bed and my first book of 2021 finished. Good to start with a good one! Like Little Fires Everywhere it starts at the end and then shows the build up. I didn‘t expect this to be as good as that later book but if anything I thought this was better paced.

Kris10H I loved both, but I think I liked this one better.❤ 2y
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nocto

Halfway through this and think it's pretty good. I'm loving seeing all the back story that came before the tragedy of Lydia's death and the way the relationships between the family members are developing. In many ways it feels very like a mystery, someone is dead and we don't know why, I suspect it won't feel like a mystery by the end of the book though.

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SW-T
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Wow. First Ng, but not the last. What a heartbreaking book. Love how Ng covers family dynamics, identity, stereotypes, and expectations. On the strength of this one, Ng just became a favorite. Will definitely have to check out her other work.

Hooked_on_books I totally agree about Ng. I‘m at the point that if she has something coming out, I will get and read it without having a clue what it‘s about. Doesn‘t matter—she‘s that good! 2y
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PrinceNatilus
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100% recommend. This story was heartbreaking but so well told. I could not put it down. Ng is a fantastic writer and every one of her books touches my heart in a different ways

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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😂 Now write THAT book!

Bookwormjillk Sounds kind of like a Stephen King book 2y
Traci1 I would read it. 😁 2y
Megabooks Lol!! Definitely King! 2y
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 that could be a clever book!!! 2y
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