15/52: Little Fires Everywhere

Kath's Bookshelf / Sunday, June 17th, 2018

I have finished the fifteenth book of the year, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I am still tackling my, upon reflection, stupid idea to read fifty-two books this year. If you’d like to watch me continue to fail (I need to book in three holidays just to catch up), feel free to follow me over on my Goodreads account. Little Fires Everywhere has been floating angelically through the bookish world for a while now. I always knew I’d eventually order it off of Amazon and devour this very critically acclaimed book. And, as expected, I thought it was epic too.

Little Fires Everywhere follows mother, Mia and daughter, Pearl Warren and their arrival in Shaker Heights, the perfectly idyllic American suburb. Elena Richardson is initially delighted by their living in the property she and her husband rent out to tenants. Mrs Richardson saw that she was doing good; helping out the single mum and charming daughter who have always moved from place to place with little money but a lot of love. But when Mrs Richardsons’s friends adopt a Chinese-American baby and Mia intervenes, everything changes. Mrs Richardson, as a journalist, plans on revealing the truth behind Mia Warren. While Little Fires Everywhere predominantly focuses on the fragile and beautiful mother-daughter relationship, it’s also about high school relationships, hardship and the struggle between deciding what is wrong and what is right.

This book is outstanding. I don’t take it lightly when I claim this to be the most gripping novel I have ever read. I was rooting for a handful of characters, questioned the morals of a handful more and struggled to decide whether I was on the rest of the characters’ sides at all. It’s a novel that inspires conflicting emotions and I don’t doubt that’s intentional. Celeste Ng has a way with words. Every line is laced with a complex but pretty feel and every chapter is thickened with a subtext that I am still thinking about a day after finishing the book.

What I loved most about Little Fires Everywhere is how you’re not supposed to agree with any character whole-heartedly. While Shaker Heights may be postcard-perfect, cracks are merely painted over and sure to show eventually. Although I felt the ending was a little anti-climatic, I refused to let this affect my rating of the book (see below). This book needs to be read by everyone and then seen on the big screen. Little Fires Everywhere is one of my favourite books of all time, as, I think, I expected it to be.

I rate Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng as 5/5!

You can…

  • Buy the book on Amazon HERE!
  • Check out other reviews of this book on Goodreads HERE!
  • Read my review of the fourteenth book I’ve read this year HERE!



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