She knew she couldn’t handle things. The question is whether things are still the same. Whether she should get another chance. […] Most of the time, everyone deserves more than one chance. We all do things we regret now and then. You just have to carry them with you.
Book: Little Fires Everywhere
Author: Celest Ng
This is a seriously intricate, weaving novel of family, friendship, and the little secrets we harbor. *You should know what you are getting into before you pick this book up!* Little Fires Everywhere is a perfect name for this story that follows over a dozen characters through one summer and into early spring of the next year.
In the quiet town of Shaker Heights, everything is planned and everything goes exactly the way it should. After spending Pearl’s entire life moving from place to place in search of new ideas for her art, Mia Warren decides that Shaker Heights will finally be their forever home. Mia and Pearl rent a small duplex from Mrs. Richardson. Almost immediately, all four Richardson children are fascinated and drawn to the strangers and friendships bloom.
Not everything is as perfect as it may seem, though. When a legal battle over custody puts Mia and Elena Richardson on opposing sides, Elena digs into Mia’s past and begins uncovering secrets that Mia has spent her life running from.
This was a really powerful and wonderful story. It really had everything you want in a good book. Strong characters, a good plot, mystery, and a perfect ending. I tried reading Everything I Never Told You (also by Celeste Ng) last spring, and I just could NOT get into it. I’m not sure if it was the story or what, but this time, Ng pulled me in to this one and I couldn’t stop reading.
Things I ❤ ‘ed:
- It was SO realistic. I know I say this about a lot of books, but this story, these characters it all came alive in my mind. Each person was so tangible that I was thinking and dreaming about them WEEKS after I finished reading the book.
- The details. Ng didn’t miss a thing in this book. She beautifully painted pictures in the reader’s mind from the characters feelings to the clothes they wore to Mia’s art.
- The characters. There were a lot of them, but they were all unique and important to the story in different ways. Ng did a really amazing job portraying each individual in ways that were easy to connect to.
- The length. I know this isn’t really a “review” thing to like, but it was just the right length. It wasn’t too short, but it wasn’t too long either. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the story without it getting overwhelmingly long.
Things I Didn’t Like:
- How many characters there were. Don’t get me wrong, each character was well defined and I enjoyed reading about each and every one of them. But even as I was about ¾ of the way through I would sometimes have to flip back to the beginning and remind myself who someone was and how they fit the story.
- The ending. I mean, it was GOOD, but I hated that it ended and how it had to end. I really loved the story, and the end was a perfect fit, but I just can’t help but be a little disappointed that it ended the way it did. (sorry to anyone who hasn’t read this because that bullet point probably made no sense)
Sometimes, just when you think everything’s gone, you find a way. […] Like after a prairie fire. […] It seems like the end of the world. The earth is all scorched and back and everything green is gone. But after the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. […] People are like that, you know. They start over. They find a way.
All in all, I think this was an amazing book. I was nervous about picking it up because there was so much good hype surrounding it. But in the end, it was well written, the storyline was unique but not unrealistic, and the characters were sincere. There were times the book made me want to try and times that I laughed out loud and times when the “GAH!” moments when characters did something they shouldn’t made me set the book down for a bit. I really loved every piece of the story. I think that it is one of those stories that will stay with me forever. I would recommend this book to anyone that will listen to me (I think). Except people who exclusively read fantasy, this book has aspects from almost every genre and it is definitely worth the read!
One had followed the rules, and one had not. But the problem with rules […] was that they implied a right way and a wrong way to do things. When, in fact, most of the time there were simply ways, none of them quite wrong or quite right, and nothing to tell you which side of the line you stood on.
Let’s talk! Have you read this book? Did you love it as much as I did? Do you disagree with my opinion? What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?