Saturday, September 23, 2017

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - Book Review

Genre: Fiction

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis: In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

My Thoughts: I think I can officially say that Celeste Ng is becoming one of my favorite authors. I loved her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, and I really enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere as well. This book has everything that Ng is great at writing: complex family dynamics, beautiful prose, and vivid characters. The powerful storytelling grips you from the beginning and keeps you begging for more until the ending leaves you haunted, yet satisfied. The only negative I have about this book is that I found there to be a couple drawn out scenes scattered throughout. However, this didn't bother me too much because the slow-moving drama is part of the charm. My favorite scenes were almost unanimously the backstories as these parts played such a vital role in telling how the current day events unfold.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to everyone. This book has been getting so much praise and it honestly deserves it. Due to unfortunate circumstances, I was not able to attend the Celeste Ng event that was held in my area last week and I am so sad about it. I was very much looking forward to hearing Ng speak about this work of art and picking her brain about some questions I had. I'm not sure if she is still on tour, but if she shows us in a city near you... please go watch her speak. I hope she has a long successful career and I will read any book she publishes in the future!


  1. Man, Ng is circulating all the hottest book news rn! I must get into her books :P

    1. Yes, do yourself a favor and please do! I don't know anyone who has disliked her books ☺.