Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Reviewer: E                         July 2015

This book is a thought-provoking read. (This one is adult, not young adult, but great!) 

When golden child Lydia Lee is found belly-up in the local lake, her family is shocked, confused, and filled with questions. Why? How? The Lees write her death off as an accident or kidnapping, but we discover that there is more to Lydia than meets the eye. This plot was written in a fresh and unique way, despite the new trend of “kidnapping” and “murder” mysteries. The fast-paced and action-filled story is told in different points of time- interestingly and seamlessly tying it together. The conflict in this book is strong and realistic. 

The writing was very beautiful and entertaining. Ms. Ng adds sufficient description and creates visual imagery. She varies sentence length and word choice. Also, she describes emotions and feelings extremely skillfully- I could really get inside the head of every character, which was amazing! I liked how the author made the reader the detective, because with each chapter I came closer and closer to my conclusion. 

The characters in Everything I Never Told You were fantastic. They were flawed, they were likable, they were 3D, they were perfectly imperfect. Marilyn, James, Lydia, Hannah, and Nath’s struggles to find themselves were captured in the pages. Parents can relate to Marilyn and James. Advanced children can see themselves in Lydia. 

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is a fascinating book that every intelligent/perfection-striving child and their parents should read. 5/5 Stars. 🙂 



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