Another book finished for book club! Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng was not my favorite book ever. It is a story about family, race, identity and especially dealing with these things as a teenager. There is not really a main character – the whole family is main ‘character’. The story takes place during a time when this American-Chinese family sticks out like a sore thumb and is not at all like the families around them. And although this story can kind of claim to be a mystery, as there is a mysterious death to be resolved, it is mainly about the tumultuous and heartbreaking history of the family – from the parents’ meeting to the death of a daughter (I promise this is not a spoiler – it’s the first sentence of the book).
The story was well-written but wasn’t the most exciting or gripping tale. I’m actually pretty surprised it’s on all kinds of ‘must read’ lists. But you might like it depending on your interests!