Sunday, September 4, 2016

Book Review- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Title: Everything I Never Told You
Author: Celeste Ng
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication date: May 12th, 2015
Edition/ Language: Paperback, English
Pages: 292
Genres: Fiction (family,loss)

A non spoiler review

Goodreads“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, drama, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

I read this book from July 25th to August 26th, 2016. I will explain the reason why later this week in my next post. But the second reason is because I think that I didn't connect that much with the book. It simply gave my a look into a family's life, their feelings and everything that happens. This book is told from different perspectives and it has some flashbacks as well, e.g. when Lydia was still alive. So I used this book when I didn't have anything to do. I didn't really make time to read it, which says a lot about how enthusiastic I was to continue reading this book everyday. In my opinion, it didn't really have that intriguing element. I honestly thought that it was going to make me cry or that I will feel intrigued to know what happened to Lydia... but I'm sad to say it didn't.

If you like books about people's lives and how people deal with loss or family problems, then this is the book for you.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.


  1. I am loving this cover of the book but the story doesn't appeal me much. Personal/family story genre has never been my favorite!!!

    Noor | Noor's Place

  2. I heard some good things about this book, but it's not really my jam so I probably wouldn't read it. I would probably feel very similar to you. I tend not to get all that invested into characters in general, so if the story is quite heavy on that kind of thing, it's usually just a 3 star read in the end.

    But, at least you read it :)

  3. I would have bought this book just for the cover, but I think I will wait a bit because it seems like something I've built up in my head that will end up disappointing me. Although the synopsis sounds quite intriguing... hmmm, I am on the fence now!

    Love your blog! And your instagram feed is absolutely stunning - total #goals!!

    Nihaad - Read & Seek

  4. Ah no, it had such a good premise to it too, but I know what you mean about having some books that don't quite grab you, and then you end up putting them down and stopping and starting on finishing them. I do really like the cover design, it's very striking though. If I see it I'll pick it up and have a flick through, but I think I'll have similar thoughts to you as often if a book doesn't grab me in the first chapter or so it's usually a slow burner for me. Great review though! - Tasha