Monday, April 11, 2016
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.
With this powerful opening, Ng sets up an equally powerful story about family, difference, expectations, and pressure.
Within the first sentence, we know the Lee daughter, Lydia, is dead. We know more than her family does. As they find out about her death, we find out their secrets, their heartbreaks, and their pasts. We learn what they want for each other, and what each wants for themselves. And we learn what brought Lydia to her death, as well as how she felt about her life.
Ng is an excellent writer who beautifully handles difficult topics and issues. While this is a sad book, it also has wonderful moments of hope, and is well worth a read.