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Book Review: Everything I Never Told You

22916576by  Celeste Ng

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

So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.

ebook, 304 pages
Published June 26th 2014 by Penguin 
I read this in December 2016, and just now realized I had never posted a review for it. It’s a heartbreaking tale, beautifully told, that I read in one day. First time I’ve read a novel in that short a time in a while. This is a debut novel. I cannot wait to read her next.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Everything I Never Told You

  1. How often do you read nonfiction?

    I really enjoy it because it allows me to learn the lessons that successful people learned the hard way, from the comfort of where ever I might be reading.

    If you are interested in the nonfiction I have been reading, or if you want to know what the benefits are from reading this genre in specific, please stop by my page. I post book reviews over biographies, classics, and inspiring nonfiction.


    1. Tyler.
      I actually read quite a bit of non-fiction, but of different areas than your reviews seem to be focused on. I read a lot of memoirs and biographies, but only of people I was already interested in, and the self-help section of my bookshelf is probably very different than yours! My mom and I share an interest in what my sister refers to as “murder porn” — true crime books, and television shows. Yes, there are classics in there as well, especially if you consider poetry non-fiction.
      I’m not sure why I’ve posted so few reviews of these types of books, but I’m working on posting more in general, so I’ll change that, too!

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      1. “Murder porn,” ha! I have always found crime books and shows to be really interesting, so you two aren’t the only ones.

        Thank you for taking the time to reply!


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