Everything I Never Told You | Celeste Ng

What made something precious? Losing it and finding it.”

Genre: Young Adult.

Number of Pages: 304.
Perspective: Third.
Location: Ohio.

This book follows a Chinese-American family in the 1970s after their middle child is found dead in a lake. For a complete summary, you can go here.

To be honest, I am doing this review many months after reading this book. I had to digest it a little bit before reviewing it, and then it just got put on the back burner. So I apologize that my review of this book won’t be as specific as most of my reviews. 

What I remember most about this book is the way it handled issues that minority and biracial people go through on a daily basis. It was very interesting to get a new perspective on Chinese-American families. 

I also remember feeling devastated reading this book. The whole book is sad and, in the end, the characters don’t get the finality that we get as readers. I remember feeling completely sympathetic to these characters. Take some deep breaths before diving into this one. 

This is marketed—and may initially seem—like a thriller. There are a lot of secrets, but it is not your typical action-packed mystery. It is a slow build up and slow reveal. It is character and backstory driven. But you start to think about how even the people closest to you try to keep their true selves hidden. 

It was very fascinating, just a bit slow. I highly recommend it if you are mentally prepared for a few cries. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

“Before that she hadn’t realized how fragile happiness was, how if you were careless, you could knock it over and shatter it.”

4/5 Stars

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