Title: Everything I Never Told You
Author: Celeste Ng
Time to Read: 5 days.
Goodreads Bio: Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.
When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.
My Review: This is not a book i would normally pick up, but i read the bio and it sounded good so i went ahead a checked it out. i had a little trouble getting into it, but once i did, i was reading whenever i could. this book kicks you in the heart several times. it goes in the past and shows how Lydia's parents fell in love, and shows how they have trouble staying in love. it shows how dreams can die and become other dreams that are just as fulfilling. i just felt so many feelings while i was reading this. it did drag a bit in places and sometimes i had trouble figuring out if it was the past or the now so that's why i only rated it 3.5 stars but it was a very good book.
Recommend it?: yes, its a good read, it gives you more than just a story to read, it makes you think about how you affect others around you and sometimes you have to rethink how things look.