Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Everything I Never Told You was Celeste Ng’s first novel and it was her first book that I read. Celeste Ng has a way of pulling the readers in until they are emotionally involved in the character’s lives. I felt her tugging at my heart strings as I read. I felt like I personally knew each character and understood what they were going through at a deep level. I loved the way she explored experiences of Asian-American men, women, and children living in a predominantly White society. She took me through the journey of her characters trying their hardest to fit in and often adopting White culture to pretend that they belong until the continued racist stereotypes and belittlement breaks their pretense. Despite exploring these heavy themes, Ng writes with a gentleness and subtlety that accurately reflects the subtle microaggressions people of color face in this country that we often learn to overlook, but that eventually become too much and lead us to a breaking point. I was hooked by the writing, the suspense, and the beautifully flawed characters in the book. I highly recommend it!
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