BOOK REVIEW: EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU BY CELESTE NG

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Title: Everything I Never Told You

Author: Celeste Ng

Genre: Fiction

Story: A view into the life of a Chinese-American family. Their daughter Lydia is found drowned in the community lake. In their attempt to uncover what happened to her, the families secrets are slowly revealed.

What Worked: The story was written beautifully. The details in the story made it easy to read, and despite not knowing anything about the Chinese-American family lifestyle, was completely relatable.

What Needed Work: I had this novel on my “To read” list for most of 2016. Based on the description of the book, I was led to believe it was a thriller or mystery or some combination of both. There wasn’t much of either. I would say the book was really just a cleverly laid out depiction of what happens in families after a tragedy occurs, specifically an untimely death. I spent the whole novel waiting for the twist, waiting for something devious to develop…but nope, nada. So, while the book was heavy in emotions, and artfully laid out the inner workings of family dynamics, minority families to be more specific, it just wasn’t all that interesting.

Overall: The story was intriguing in the sense that I am very unfamiliar with the Chinese-American family. But what I uncovered, is there really aren’t many differences. Our families all have insecurities, hidden histories, unwavering love and forgiveness.

Rating: 3/5

If you wanna read: Amazon

Follow the author: Celeste Ng

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

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