This is my first book review, and I must preface this post by saying: I am a reader, not a review. It’s difficult to take a book I enjoyed (like this one), and pick at it. I prefer to celebrate the greatness about it.
Here are the highlights: This book was a GREAT summer read. Everything I never told you has a compelling plot, steady cadence, no use of overly complicated language to distract from the story, and an interesting take on family dynamics.
If I’m forced to pick at the story, this is all I could say: It would have enjoyed reading more content where the family had some life, or liveliness to them. More love shown and good experiences sprinkled in to make me fall in love with the characters.
It’s hard to believe, for all of Lydia’s life, that she and her family operated as robots. Then add the youngest child, neglected to the point where she hides when not ignored. I see the use of her character being designed this way. It draw out new observances with a character that is there, yet overlooked and ignored. It’s a great technique Celeste used!
A deeper connection with the family would’ve existed for me had I been able to feel life and love between them.
Putting aside the nit-picky. I thoroughly enjoyed this booked. It flowed easily.
Everything I Never Told You provides a real peek into a family with secrets. A family struggling. Each member with their own individual struggle. Internal battles flowing over, spilling into each other’s lives causing interesting and polarizing conflict.
A story beginning and ending with death is a delicate thing. Celeste Ng is brave to pen Everything I Never Told You in this way. She did so beautifully. The book made me a Celeste Ng fan.
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