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This book grabbed me instantly and I was hooked through most of it, strong characters and absorbing plot, but the end fades out. Too many questions left unanswered.
I enjoyed the character development, family relationships issues, societal issues, and more. The book is definitely worth a read.
A very satisfying novel! A complex plot but exceedingly readable. I loved the ending, contrary to other reviewers.
I loved this book. Especially the end, which I won't spoil, but I actually said "GOOD!" right out loud at one of the scenes.
I was disappointed with this book. It started out very slowly & didn't grab my interest until I was 1/3 into it. Then, it became very interesting, until the end, which was very disappointing - it just fizzled out! Celeste's 'Girl on the Train' was an excellent read, so I don't know what happened with this one, unless she had to end it suddenly. Too bad!
I found this book to be an entertaining page turner, both quick to read and engrossing, with an interesting plot and cast of characters. In saying that though, I felt like there was a lot of build up for a somewhat unsatisfying ending. It's soon becoming a miniseries with the book to TV adaption queen Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington playing the leads.
This is an interesting story, and I was completely engrossed in unraveling the mystery for the first half of the book. But after that, you pretty much have it figured out, and I became less interested in the characters’ endings after a few problematic elements. For example, one young character gets an abortion and the most progressive character, known for her non judgmental attitude, is telling her she’ll always carry this with her, the sadness will never go away... It felt like the author and overall message of the book is that motherhood is ALWAYS sacred, and beautiful and to be treasured. And any deviation from this is a loss. I don’t think it was posing questions and multiple sides as much as it thinks it was, it felt a little too regressively preachy.
An absorbing story, with interesting themes of motherhood and identity. Kind of a "chick book", which for me is a good thing! Serena Wong was a sort of shadow character -- I wondered if she would get more "page time", but she did not. Was she the author/narrator?
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I think the characters all have some relatable quality that really resonated with me. I just finished it and have to let my thoughts soak about the "rights" and "wrongs" presented by the author.
Two books in a row whose endings will stick with me? I wasn't prepared for this.. Such a cool novel that switches between points of view and tells a story I was not expecting from the way the book started. Man, I want more of these characters! I feel like there's so much more to be said!
Mia and Pearl have moved so many times, but Mia promises her daughter that Shaker Heights is their stopping point. They'll make a home here. They immediately become entangled with the Richardson family, from whom they rent their duplex. And drama ensues as a local couple tries to adopt a baby who was abandoned at a fire station, but now the birth mother wants her back. This divides everyone in town, and their experiences cause their feelings on the matter to fluctuate over time.
However, the book opens with a fire that Izzy Richardson sets, but I dont feel as if she got enough page time. She seemed like such an interesting character, but not a whole lot is ever said about her and her point of view happens so much less than anyone else's.. *fingers crossed* that was a bit intentional and we'll get more of Izzy somewhere in the future from Ng.
This was a good read. The plot seems a bit slow at times. The characters are the stars of the book: complex, fascinating, intertwined. Really well done. I look forward to the tv series.
This is the first book in a while that I started and finished in two straight sittings. It's a slow-paced deep dive into different characters and relationships, taking place in the author's home town of Shaker Heights. It begins with a house fire, and then rewins to guide the reader through the events that led there. This book is a beautiful and touching study of the lives of very different people and families that are brought together and torn apart. Each twist in the plot is genius, surprising you immensely while still being based on rich evidence that Ng weaves into the story from the beginning. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys character-driven stories that focus on blood and found family relationships. Rating - 5/5 stars
@Mae of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Sorry. I like my stories to move faster. This wore me out. Too much teenage angst.
I started skimming at page 60 and closed the book up at page 153. Maybe I didn't try
long enough......there were a few good incidents in those 150 pages but ……
A wildly entertaining read. My only complaint was that certain characters and storylines lacked depth. I wanted more emotional depth in several instances. But overall, I loved the tangled web of relationships that Ng created throughout this novel.
This book SHOOK me. I went into this with both high and low expectations. This book is a bestseller and I've seen it literally every time I go book shopping, whether it's a poster or it's displayed or something, it's always there. So that should've gotten me hype and it did but since I tried reading this as an ebook a year or so ago (before I really got into reading again) and didn't really enjoy the part of it I read then, I was still expecting those same feelings. NOPE. I ended up loving this.
This book was one I found difficult to put down. I wanted to learn more about these characters and how their past informed the present. With so many interesting characters, secrets and subplots, I was not disappointed.
I think Ng is clearly a gifted and very skilled writer. There is an immediacy to her work that enables me to feel (at times uncomfortably) like I'm lurking in a corner observing her scene and characters. As in Everything I Never Told You, the cast of variably flawed characters is presented to the reader with no judgment, but trust me, I did plenty of judgment on my own. This is the story of a very satisfied family living in a midwest gated community and a vagabond artist single mother and her teenaged daughter move into the neighborhood. That's all the plot synopsis I'm going to give; discover this story on your own. You're in for a chewy, infuriating, emotive read from very capable hands.
What an amazing story! The characters are so real, so vivid. It is filled with complex family dynamics. It explores the gray areas of life. The hard decisions people have to make. Where there is no right or wrong choice. Simply a choice.
On the surface , an easy but compelling yarn
That challenges the myths of motherhood and the ancient conflict
Between nature and nurture.
In this novel , characters upend the cliche of choosing ‘your’ friends, but not
A seemingly topical novel in a country torn apart by reproductive rights and the discussion over who owns them.
Fail to see the value of this slow, plodding story. I rarely abandon a book mid-read but life is too short to read books without compelling reason. I lived and worked in the Shaker Hts. community for decades and thus found myself just giving up on the book and searching for streets and places familiar to me. The author makes too much of the "perfect, utopian community"...it's not really all that.
Little Fires Everywhere is a perfect title for this slow-paced character study of the Richardson family whose lives are upended by their artistic renter Mia Warren. As Ng explores the dynamics between these two families, she also scratches beneath the surface of the placid, utopian-like Shaker Heights, Ohio. The story opens with a fire which is never fully put out or its motive discovered until the last chapter. The rest of the story is filled out as Ng plumbs the depths of decisions made and their unexpected results. This is the May 2019 selection of the Willa Cather Book Club.