By Celeste Ng
I think my favorite part about this book was the way Ng built tension between every character. The tension was so realistic that I even got stressed out about it. The book itself is about the mysterious death of Lydia Lee and how she ended up drowning in the lake. Which is the opening line of the book, so no spoiler there! But the journey that Ng takes us through to tell the story of the entire Lee family had me absolutely sucked in from the start.
A big theme in this book is failure and how to cope with it. I’m sure we’ve all been in a position that we feel we let somebody in our lives down. That’s life, it happens. No big deal. But the Lee family is different. Which is where Ng really shines in this novel. Have you ever been at a friend’s house and they got in trouble so their parents are screaming at them? And you’re just kind of sitting there like an awkward fish in the corner? That’s the feeling Ng captures so well in this book. You not only get emotionally involved in the characters, but it feels almost like you’re there in those awkward moments.
There are a few parts of this book I didn’t like very much though. I won’t get into them too much though so I don’t spoil anything. But I really have to get it out there so you get my rating. I’ll try to be as vague as possible. So, when the mom goes missing, like…….huh? I mean, I get it……kind of. Why she did it. But at the same time, it doesn’t make any sense at all why she went about it the way she did.
Anyway, I would rate Everything I Never Told You a 3 out of 5 stars. It was a good book, truly. The writing is great, it’s very literary. It leaves so much up in the air and really you don’t know which way it’s going to end. But that part with the mom. I just can’t get over it. What do you all think? Did you like that part? Maybe I’m just being a little harsh on it. Join the discussion and let me know in the comments!
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