Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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little fires everywhere

The first thing I thought after finishing this audiobook was “These characters are going to stay with me for a while.” I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started listening to this because I hadn’t even read the synopsis, but I know the author was popular and I something about it just called to me.

Little Fires Everywhere has so many intriguing things happening at once. It’s one big story with little stories about each character woven throughout… little fires everywhere, indeed. You can totally say that everyone in this story was dealing with their own little fire. Celeste Ng expertly leads us through eacch one to the spectacular end. And Jennifer Lim was the perfect narrator. She completely enhanced the story with her narration. I loved that this book is set in the 90s because it made me nostalgic for my high school years.

I highly recommend this emotional story about family and the secrets they keep in a not-so-perfect-after-all neighborhood.

Book Info

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Narrator: Jennifer Lim
Published by Penguin Press
Pub Date: September 12th 2017
Pages: 352
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Library
Genres: Adult Fiction
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4.5 Stars

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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