Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You

Large Print - 2014 | Large print edition
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Lydia, the middle and favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter becomes a doctor, in James's that she is popular with a busy social life. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the balancing act that has kept the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410472458
Branch Call Number: LP NG-C
Characteristics: 383 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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isora1994
Oct 25, 2018

This one really hits hard. I read Little Fires Everywhere before this which was more about motherhood and focused on female characters and their definition of fulfillment and satisfaction. This novel is a character study of a young woman with high aspirations cut short by life's unexpected turn, a man who never fit into the society, a daughter who was choked with selfish love and expectations, an ignored and frustrated son and a daughter who was a wallflower while everything took place. This book was quite hard to read and I recommend it if you are looking for drama and understanding of the immigrant life from an internal perspective.

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Inga57
Oct 02, 2018

Mixed marriage, children of said marriage, high expectations, misunderstandings, infidelity, murder or suicide ... accidental drowning? Surviving the loss of a child. Fast read leaving questions for oneself to ponder.

I read this book a second time in 2018, three years after reading it the first time. I enjoyed Celeste Ng's debut more the second time around and found myself highlighting much of the authors work. Well done!

Engaging Downtowner's book group discussion.

While at times the characters were stereotypical in their roles within the nuclear family, I felt deeply for the characters--even if I didn't always connect with them or find them believable. Sometimes the mother and father were a little too one dimensional in their obsession with Lydia and her success. I found Ng's way of intertwining the characters internal dialogue difficult to understand at first, but as I read, I found it an effective way of examining the disparity between the characters interpretation of a situation. I wish we could have gotten more of Lydia's internal thoughts, they are, after all, the crux of the storyline.

Overall, a great novel and well-written. I highly recommend.

KatieD_KCMO Sep 28, 2018

While at times the characters were stereotypical in their roles within the nuclear family, I felt deeply for the characters--even if I didn't always connect with them or find them believable. Sometimes the mother and father were a little too one dimensional in their obsession with Lydia and her success. I found Ng's way of intertwining the characters internal dialogue difficult to understand at first, but as I read, I found it an effective way of examining the disparity between the characters interpretation of a situation. I wish we could have gotten more of Lydia's internal thoughts, they are, after all, the crux of the storyline.

Overall, a great novel and well-written. I highly recommend.

TSCPL_Miranda Aug 05, 2018

A powerful, painful exploration of identity, belonging, and family. I'm so glad that I read this book, though I felt real pain for every character in the book. A sunlit ending, lovely poetic prose, and a memorable story.

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empbee
Jun 23, 2018

This little book deals with a lot of different issues: love, frustration, family and career, the effects of parental good will on children, sibling relations, race and belonging.
One or the other may remind you of your own upbringing.
Good book.

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KatG1983
Jun 04, 2018

I came to this book after reading 'Little Fires Everywhere', which I have to admit liking better. Everything I Never Told You is a well written book about the pressures put upon children by their parents, particularly when it stems from a parent's feelings of their own inadequacies. I can't say I found it to be the most scintillating or captivating book, but it's a decent read.

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mjk236sb
Mar 27, 2018

Extremely good book - should be read by all parents as the premise is putting your expectations and dreams on the shoulders of your children. The pressure is so unfair for the child who is not able to have their own dreams. Add to this the fact that the parents were in a mixed race marriage during the 60's and 70's which added pressure to the upbringing of their children and to the marriage. Sad but beautiful story.

OCBookFairy Mar 21, 2018

One of my all-time favorite novels. This book focuses on one family, and the character development, prose, and storyline make it worthwhile. Celestial Ng iso my favorite author, and though I enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere more than this one, Everything I Never Told You is a close second. I highly recommend this, and if you know me, you've heard this a million times already!

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BeckyR21
Jan 24, 2018

This was a quick read. Compelling storyline, complex characters, interesting time period. I thought the ending was a bit quick, but overall a excellent book, well worth the read. A fine and talented writer.

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ellensix Jun 05, 2017

All their lives Nath had understood, better than anyone, the lexicon of their family, the things they could never truly explain to outsiders: that a book or a dress meant more than something to read or something to wear; that attention came with expectations that-- like snow-- drifted and settled and crushed you with their weight.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

What made something precious? Losing it and finding it.

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shayshortt
Nov 05, 2015

“The famous women had bored her. Their stories were all the same: told they couldn’t; decided to anyway. Because they really wanted to, she wondered, or because they were told not to?”

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kn1226
Sep 14, 2015

Don’t ever smile if you don’t want to.

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siammarino Jan 15, 2015

The apparent suicide of their daughter Lydia threatens to tear the Lee family apart. As Chinese Americans in a small Ohio town, they already feel marginalized. This is a great novel about minorities, prejudice, and parenting mistakes. Never force your child into the career you wished you had pursued!!

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Sexual Content: Read with caution. Not suitable for kids AT ALL

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