Title: Everything I Never Told You
Author: Celeste Ng
Publisher: Penguin 2014
Rating: 3/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Popsguar - Summer; Women Authors; 52 Books - W31
“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 was our book club selection for August and I have to say that I'm disappointed. I don't think this is a bad book necessarily. I just didn't really connect to the characters or like the plotline. It reminded me of The Virgin Suicides without the atmosphere. I wasn't very excited about anything that happened. The emotional connection to the characters just fell flat for me. After so many recommendations and appearances on Best of Books lists, I was expecting something that would really hit home. But nope... Oh well.