Book review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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Teen book review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste NgTitle: Everything I Never Told You

Author: Celeste Ng

Publisher: Penguin Books

About the Book: “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.”

When Lydia Lee is late to breakfast one morning, her protective mother, Marilyn, is instantly suspicious. When Marilyn goes to Lydia’s room, and sees that Lydia is not in bed (where Marilyn only half expects to find her anyway), her suspicion quickly turns to panic.

A slow-building family drama, full of questions, none more important than the original: what happened to Lydia?

What I Thought: The novel was well paced, begging to be read further, whilst simultaneously feeling like a sparse reflection on character and family values. Ng evenly spaces important backstory, and events current to the 1970s setting, and carefully weaves them into one seamless novel.

The changing narrative voice allows for different, sometimes conflicting, perspectives on the various issues brought up throughout the book.

The story is examined through the eyes of all members of the Lee family, presenting different views on the slowly crumbling family relationships, and allowing the reader to empathise with all positions.

This is an adult novel, recommended for readers 16+.

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*My #52books52weeks challenge has stalled. Maybe next year…

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I'm a 15-year-old Aussie boy who loves to read. My favourite books include 'Jasper Jones', 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and 'The Lord Of The Rings'. My website contains reviews of books from junior fiction to YA novels and, now, adult reads as well. I only review books I like. My brother writes younger reviews for Book Boy as Book Boy Jr. My book reviews have appeared in The Sunday Telegraph, and on sites such as Children's Books Daily, Creative Kids Tales and Inside A Dog. I am a former member of the #LoveOzYA committee (2018).

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