Guest review contributed by Brown Books & Green Tea. YAWN! Why Everything I Never Told You Matters If the author only had more confidence in her reader this would be a much better book. I probably shouldn't review this book. I really enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere and thought I would select another book by the same author. That their children are submissive and unhappy. Literally painful to read, I am in shock I even got through it! Most of all, as a Chinese American myself, it hit close to home. Families are complicated and sometimes messy. 14,722 global ratings | 5,881 global reviews, Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2018. This author writes with a heavy hand. That the parents are living out their frustrations through their children. It’s an exquisite novel about the Lee family, in 1970s Ohio, and how the apparent suicide of their eldest daughter Lydia, affects the relations among the rest. And at first I was drawn in. I kind of wish the entire family had drowned in the end, I’ve never read a book where I had no empathy and completely disliked every character in the book. You can still see all customer reviews for the product. So for me this was not time to read a book about a tragic death. I only finished it because it was a book club selection. Celeste Ng has written a compellingly tense and moving first book. Check out Celeste Ng’s “Everything I Never Told You” at Labyrinth Books here. That their family experience racial discrimination. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Everything I Never Told You is an exquisitely crafted gem of a literary mystery with scarcely a false step throughout. Everything I Never Told You is a 2014 debut novel by Celeste Ng. Some crime devotees may find the novel short on twists and deaths; Ng is most impressive in the less generic novelistic skill of the piercing detail – a single stray novelty sock on the floor of a teenager’s room, a toe smudge on a wall where a young couple made love decades before in a bedroom they had just painted. Absolutely awful read!! Although her debut novel, Ng’s control over her writing is extraordinary and her puppetry of her characters is extremely powerful. I have had Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng on my reading list for quite some time and I finally got around to reading it now. The biggest problem is that nothing much ever happens. My Grandchildren have gone to school with Asians since they started. They all develop personalities based on where they fall in the change of order. Photograph: Kevin Day Photography, lthough no literary prize can claim scientific objectivity for its judgments, one might be suspicious of a trophy given by Amazon. An acute portrait of family psychopathology – this debut crime thriller is a surprise choice as Amazon’s book of the year, Piercing detail … Celeste Ng. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. But as good writing can do, this story picked me up by the end of the first chapter and carried me away to a time in American life that I never gave much thought to. Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2017. Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2017. The novel is about a mixed-race Chinese-American family whose middle daughter Lydia is found drowned in a lake. It shouldn't push them to suicide. I only read to the end because I wanted to know what happened to Lydia. After a while the reader feels he is being clobbered with a literary hammer. I'm not discounting all but, give it a rest, why not write a book about cultures mixing well and learning from each other. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng available in Hardcover on Powells.com, also read synopsis and reviews. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, 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. But the book is a page-turner, and it contains very thoughtful events, circumstances and observations about a dysfunctional but believable family whose problems can apply universally. It becomes progressively clear that Everything I Never Told You refers as much to James and Marilyn’s relationship as to the information Lydia has withheld from them. 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