This is the second book I have read by Celeste Ng in the past few months. I enjoy her work. She writes about ethnically diverse families. In Everything I Never Told You, she focuses on the Lee Family, a Chinese American family in small-town Ohio.
There are two underlying themes to this book, both compelling. The outward struggle of a mixed race family in rural Ohio, where such a thing is rare, and people still openly practice racism and shunning. The effect this has on teenagers trying to fit into American high school is tragic.
But the book is also about family, the ties that bind. Within the story you find the struggles of an intelligent women who gave up a promising career to raise her children, a brilliant man who has settled for a job below his intelligence level and their three children.
Without really seeing what is happening, mother Marilyn and father James put tremendous pressure on one child, constantly criticize another and completely ignore the third until life unravels in the Lee family and the unthinkable happens.
A tragic family saga of Chinese American life in midwest America. Interesting and irresistable page-turner.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Four Stars for Everything I Never Told You.
Read last week’s review of Sarah ’s Key.