30. Celeste Ng – Everything I Never Told You

Hey hey! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been on vacation in NYC for the past week!IMG_3693

Last Wednesday, Boyfriend and I (and my parents) got to go to a taping of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon! We love Jimmy and getting to see his show was so awesome! IMG_3783

For the rest of the week/weekend after that, it was wedding shenanigans because my sister got married! Yay! It was an amazing wedding with only minor setbacks, and I had a great time. Plus, look how freakin cute we are 😉

Anyway, we got home late Sunday night/early Monday morning and I’ve been recovering since then, haha. So last night I just barely finished the book that I started before I even left for New York, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

I’m not sure when or how I first heard about this book, but it’s been on my to-read list for a while now. A couple of weeks ago I was at Costco and saw it in the stack of books, so I picked it up, not even remembering why I wanted to read it. It’s a really good book and was hard for me to put down, I was kind of upset that I had to take a week-long break before finishing it.

Celeste Ng - Everything I Never Told You (photo taken by me)
Celeste Ng – Everything I Never Told You (photo taken by me)

The book takes place in the 70s and starts out in the Lee family house one morning before school, when their teenage daughter, Lydia, is late coming downstairs for breakfast. Eventually Lydia’s mom goes to her room and finds she is not there. They all know something is wrong, but Lydia’s siblings still go off to school as if it’s a normal day.

Later, Lydia’s body is found in the local lake. Obviously, the loss of a family member wreaks havoc on the rest of the family, and the book follows them in the aftermath of Lydia’s death, while also providing flashbacks of their lives before.

At the start of the book, Lydia’s mom, Marilyn, says she knows her daughter and that there’s no way Lydia would have killed herself or even gone out to the lake willingly (since she didn’t know how to swim). However, throughout the book, we realize that Marilyn doesn’t know Lydia as well as she thinks she does.

This family lives in a very delicate balance and the reader comes to understand their interesting dynamics as we learn what happened to Lydia.

This book is so good. So good. I loved it. At first, it seems like it could be a morbid book or maybe even a cheesy book, but it’s neither. It’s really interesting, every member of the family has a story that draws you in and they’re tied together very well.

I didn’t want this book to end, so while I couldn’t put it down, at the same time I tried to only read small amounts a time to make it last.

I’d definitely recommend this book to people and I look forward to reading other books by Celeste Ng in the future.

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