Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
4 of 5 stars
There are books that sear you with the story they weave, with the characters
within them that are almost altogether real in pleasant ways. This is one of
those books. It's a book that had characters that made me frustrated and
disgusted and angry, but also made me cry with the depth of pain express on the
This is an examination of quite a few things. Feminism.
Family. Expectations. Racism. Grief. I could probably find more, but these five alone
are so incredibly powerful in the story that has been built, here. I felt as
though if I closed my eyes, I could see Lydia before me, or little Hannah, or
even their parents.
The plot is intensely character driven, so if
that's not the type of book that you'll enjoy then I'd say that you likely won't
enjoy this. The dialogue is sparse, the story told through the eyes of each of
the Lee family members, and by the last page it's managed to be aggravating but
romantic, incredibly painful and hopeful all at the same time. It isn't a sweet,
fluffy story, it is a story that touches on what it means to be human, with all
the bumps and bruises and triumphs and joys that come along with it.
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