Book Review: Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GREAT summer read. Good plot, cadence, no use of overly complicated language to distract from the story, and an interesting take on family dynamics. Personal opinion/preference: It would have been nice to see the family have some life to them – more love shown, 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 like robots. Then add the youngest child, neglected so much so that she hides when not being ignored. I do see the use of her character being designed this way – it helps draw out new things and observances with a character that is there, yet overlooked and ignored. I think I would’ve connected with the family in a more deep way had I been able to feel more life and love between them; more than knowing glances, etc. All that aside – I thoroughly enjoyed this booked. It flowed easily. It was real peek into a family with secrets. A family struggling – each member with their own individual struggle; internal battles flowing over, spilling into each others lives causing interesting and polarizing conflict. A story beginning and ending with death is a delicate thing, and Celeste Ng is brave to pen Everything I Never Told You in this way. She did so beautifully.

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