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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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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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Mehso-so

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? 2mo
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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! 2mo
AmyRebecca Thanks, @JenFowler 💜 2mo
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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. 2mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @Reggie Yes, there are so many moments that are gut wrenching. I kept wishing I could comfort the characters. 2mo
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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! 4mo
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! 4mo
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. 4mo
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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) 4mo
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. 4mo
Macker11 @Clwojick thank you for this advice ! 4mo
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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! 4mo
Lcsmcat I ❤️this book! 4mo
rjsthumbelina Great book ❤️ the audiobook is great, too! 4mo
keepingupwiththepenguins Nice! That's the dream! 😍 🤓 4mo
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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. 4mo
atla @lkurgs This was my first Celeste Ng but I will definitely be reading more of her work! 4mo
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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! 4mo
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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! 5mo
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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. 5mo
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. 5mo
MrT Everything I Told You So 😂 5mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto I hated this book. I don‘t get why people loved it. Also disliked little fires everywhere. 5mo
Rachel.Rencher @MrT Good one 😂😂 5mo
Caroline2 Yeah I was massively underwhelmed by this book too. I have no idea what all the hype is about?? 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
batsy I was not a fan of this one, either. 5mo
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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.

xxjenadanxx Welcome to Litsy! I followed you from the FB book club post! 5mo
MySharonaK Welcome to Litsy 🌸🌸 5mo
bhmurray @xxjenadanxx thank you! 5mo
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bhmurray @MySharonaK thanks! 5mo
jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 5mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤩 5mo
bhmurray @jenniferajanes wow you're all so nice, thank you! 5mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌹 5mo
bhmurray @Eggs thank you so much! 5mo
BeaG I loved this one. 5mo
jenniferajanes @bhmurray Litsy is an amazing community. It‘s the kindest, most generous social media community I‘ve come across. Enjoy! 🥰 5mo
bhmurray @jenniferajanes that makes me so happy! Thank you! 5mo
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 5mo
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. 5mo
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? 5mo
BeaG @bhmurray third person omniscient if I remember correctly. 5mo
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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. 5mo
Balibee146 I read this last week too... Looking forward to you thoughts 5mo
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 😊 5mo
Cailey_Mac I read this last year; definitely post your thoughts after! 5mo
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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! 5mo
ShyBookOwl @CherylRussell Yes! I'm loving it. I feel so much for all of the characters 5mo
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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! 5mo
k.reads.5 Loved this book as well. 5mo
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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 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 3mo
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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! 6mo
Heatherfeather @Julsmarshall thank you!!! 💚💛💜 6mo
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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. 6mo
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! 6mo
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SarahHarts_books
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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. ❤️ 6mo
JohannaRose Great review!! 6mo
SarahHarts_books @JohannaRose Thank you 😊 6mo
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mc916 I love this book so very much and played it in my head over and over again! 6mo
SarahHarts_books @mc916 Oh I know! It was such a great book!! 6mo
Smrloomis I loved this too! Also is that an owl on a popsicle stick? 🤔 6mo
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💖😍 6mo
Smrloomis @SarahHarts_books it‘s super cute 😁 and that makes much more sense! 6mo
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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 👍🏻 6mo
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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! 6mo
britt_brooke @kellyann28 They were awful! 6mo
minkyb Great review! 6mo
britt_brooke @minkyb Thank you! 😙 6mo
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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! 6mo
hermyknee @LauraJ YES! So true 😂 6mo
britt_brooke I just finished this, too! I didn‘t love it, but it was a solid read. 6mo
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hermyknee

This book is breaking my heart 💔

MelissaSue81 Loved this one, but yes, very sad. 6mo
jb72 It is super sad. 6mo
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hermyknee
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My allergies are so bad, keeping my eyes open is a painful endeavor, so I‘m making good use of my #audible credits! 💛

Just started this one, and once again, I am in awe of Celeste Ng‘s gorgeous writing.

FlowerFairy Allergies are the worst! Feel better soon! 6mo
cobwebmoth Hope your allergies ease up soon! 6mo
Freespirit Gosh that sounds painful. Hope it improves soon 6mo
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Catsandbooks Allergies suck! Hopefully you get some relief soon! 6mo
Stacy_31 Allergies are the worst!! Hope it eases up for you soon. Also this is an amazing book! As soon as it was finished, I went to get Little Fires. She is such a wonderful writer. 6mo
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ElectricKatyLand
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A family struggles to say what's been left unsaid in the wake of a death. Lydia, the golden child, drowns in the opening chapter, and her parents, older brother, and younger sister spend the rest of the novel coming to grips with the ways their expectations and experiences across race/ethnicity, age, gender, and personality influenced their lives.

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Samreamer
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Reminded me a lot of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, but I actually ended up liking this one better somehow. Warning: there are really no redeemable characters. You end up hating them all, but I suppose that‘s probably why it feels more realistic. Humans are humans. Not a spoiler/trigger warning: suspected suicide.

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Tashaxlynn
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Family of 6 = SO. MUCH. LAUNDRY. #audiofolding

wanderinglynn 😮 that‘s a lot of laundry! 7mo
Tashaxlynn @wanderinglynn I swear no matter how often I do the laundry, there is always an outrageous amount! 7mo
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Cityofamber
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One of the things I hate the most in books is when all the conflicts comes from a lack of communication, and that‘s what this books was. Just talk to each other. There wasn‘t much in this book that I found exciting, moving, or memorable.

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OneCent76
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Wow. What a depressing story! I really enjoyed it but it is sad. Not just because Lydia has died (not a spoiler) but what happened with the family before and after her death. I like that it was set in the 70s.

Buechersuechtling Yes, I was also impressed by this book. Will you read “Little fires everywhere”, too❓ 7mo
OneCent76 Yes I do plan on reading that 7mo
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BookFreakOut
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It's been waaaay too long since I just curled up with a book instead of reading in snatched moments (a con of having a freelance side hustle). Cozied up to finish this and I'm feeling weirdly refreshed and content by being able to sink into the remainder of a haunting, sorrowful book. Ng is firmly cemented in my mind as an A+ author.

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CBee
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If I could give this beauty more than five stars, I absolutely would. I loved “Little Fires Everywhere,” but this book was exquisite. I love the writing, I love how I feel like I know the characters, I even love the heartbreak. I will read anything Celeste Ng writes. Easily my favorite book of 2019 thus far. #allthestars

CBee @Mitch thank you again, for sending this book to me ♥️♥️ 8mo
Mitch @CBee my pleasure. This was my favourite of hers. 8mo
CBee @Mitch same ♥️♥️ 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one!! 5mo
CBee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👋🏻♥️ 5mo
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bookworm29
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So I moved into my new home last Friday and it‘s been the best decision ever! So peaceful round here and this is the perfect reading spot in my kitchen overlooking the fields. Happy Easter Litsy readers 🐇💕

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BarbaraBB
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All the father wants for his daughter is to fit in. All the mother wants for her is to be exceptional. Both parents project on Lydia their own youth traumas. And then she dies.

I liked this novel by Celeste Ng, though not as much as Little Fires Everywhere. I kept wondering why the whole dysfunctional family #NeverEver talked to eachother, neither before nor after Lydia‘s death.

#AnglophileApril #ReadingUSA2019 #Ohio

emilyhaldi I wondered the same damn thing! 8mo
Kalalalatja It is so weird they don‘t just talk to one another! 8mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi @Kalalalatja It was pretty frustrating. No one talked about anything, for years! The title covers it all 😂 8mo
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Mdargusch Good choice. I think it‘s so odd when families don‘t talk to each other. 8mo
NatalieR I remember being sucked into this one. Such an emotional story. 8mo
Librarybelle I really enjoyed this book...good choice! 8mo
Reviewsbylola I didn‘t care for this one at all but liked Little Fires! 8mo
jessinikkip I havent been able to get a copy but I keep hearing good things. Thanks for the review! 8mo
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