Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You

By Celeste Ng

  • Release Date: 2014-06-26
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 1,447 Ratings


New York Times Bestseller · A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice · Winner of the Alex Award· Winner of the APALA Award for Fiction · NEA Big Read Selection 
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“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.


  • This is one of those books that changes your life

    By Pennie_Smith
    I love books like this, about family dynamics. How children are raised in the same home by the same two people, but they are never the same. And their memories, they are never the same. This book takes you on an adventure into a family that may seem fine from the outside, but you learn that everything is not as it seems. I love this author’s writing, making you see everything about the characters. Relating, but also mildly cringing at the choices they make and the lives they live and the way they speak to one another. Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting. Couldn’t put it down. I’ve read her other novel, I feel it has too many words, I hope that makes sense. It has too much going on and doesn’t follow through with several storylines that still had my attention. This one however resolves everything with a nice black ribbon, not pink. Certainly worth your time and your money. I love it!
  • The things I wish they would’ve told me

    By mkh715935677
    This is one of the worst books I have ever read. It was very difficult to get through and EXTREMELY anticlimactic.
  • W

    By nobgd
  • Everything I never told you

    By 7714vb
    To detailed oriented had to skip read
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By guess :)
    I read this book in about a week. Such great characters, you feel like you know them.
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  • Perfection

    By Dr.Mrs.Afi
    Beautiful. Powerful. Wonderfully written.
  • Great!

    By Nannie14A&A
    Loved the characters, the content, the story. Felt each character’s feelings. I will read every book she puts out. I am a fan!
  • The are redeeee

    By EdSnyder
    Edhr red went years ago Edda
  • No surprises here

    By miab531
    The book was a pretty easy, quick read. The ending was largely predictable from the beginning of the book. The story line and the dialogue felt very cliche at times. The author's style of writing was also very descriptive, so much so that it was honestly difficult to get through paragraphs at any given time and the writing felt forced in places. For anyone that likes a story painting a portrait of a family with movies-esque drama, this is your read. But otherwise, I'd look into another.