Weekend Readathon: What I Read & How I Survived

This weekend I participated in the 24 in 48 Readathon. The goal is exactly as it sounds, you try and read for a total of 24 hours in the span of 48 hours. Yeah, it’s a DOOZY. This weekend I read for just over 18 hours. While I didn’t make it to 24 hours, I’m still very pleased with how much I read and the books I was able to finish.

 

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The books I finished during the 24 in 48 Readathon. Not pictured is my audiobook Kitchen Confidential

 

I love the idea of readathons because I can focus in on tackling a stack of books without the usual distractions (phone, computer, TV, etc). But it can be difficult to stay on track especially after a long day. How do I stay engaged? I’ve learned a few tricks along the way, mostly from readathon pros. Here are my five tips for powering through a readathon:

 

KEEP IT SHORT

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While a readathon can be a great time to tackle those hefty doorstopper novels, I prefer to churn out a lot of smaller books at once. For me, it’s about getting the most bang for my buck and I want to finish as many books as I can. Picking out several shorter books keeps things interesting and allows me to mix up my reading over the span of several hours.

 

BE PREPARED

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My best and probably favorite tip revolves around food. Readathons require, well, a lot of reading, and you will need snacks throughout. I like to prep my snacks and meals before the readathon begins because I would rather have more minutes with my books than preparing meals. For me, this also meant having a lot of coffee on hand. However, if you aren’t able to prep food ahead of time, my next tip will allow you to still read while chopping in the kitchen.

 

SWITCH IT UP

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If you haven’t tried audiobooks, a readathon is a great time to start. Audiobooks are perfect for those moments when you just can’t hold a book. I often listen to audio when cooking, cleaning, and even while showering. And after so many hours of reading, sometimes it’s nice to let someone else read to you. I use Audible, but there are MANY great platforms. And as far as genres, I listen to a range but usually prefer memoirs and autobiographies, especially if they’re read by the author. Some of my favorites are:

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah,

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, read by Claire Danes

 

TAKE BREAKS

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It sounds like a no-brainer, but give yourself permission to just take a break and not read. Go for a walk, watch a movie, take a nap, spend time with other people. It’s true that I could have made it to 24 hours if I hadn’t taken that nap or stopped to watch a movie and three episodes of a show on Netflix, but it was important for me to pause and do anything other than reading in those moments. I don’t feel like I failed the readathon. If anything, I enjoyed it more because I didn’t feel pressured to reach a certain goal.

 

GO EASY

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Most importantly, readathons should be fun! I didn’t feel like I had to push myself because I was excited to have a weekend carved out for reading. Participating in readathons often puts my time into perspective. I realize that I can actually read a lot during those pockets when I choose to mindlessly watch that show on Netflix which I’ve seen no less than a thousand times. It’s all about making time to read, and when I look at all the hours in my day, I can always find the spare time.


Have you ever participated in a readathon? I have a much less strenuous one in mind for August. Do you have any readathon tips or tricks to help you survive? Feel free to share in the comments!

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An Ocean of Minutes

Thank you to Touchstone Books for providing me a free, early copy of An Ocean of Minutes. All opinions are my own.


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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

America is in the grip of a deadly flu. When Frank gets sick, his girlfriend Polly will do whatever it takes to save him. She agrees to a radical plan—time travel has been invented in the future to thwart the virus. If she signs up for a one-way-trip into the future to work as a bonded labourer, the company will pay for the life-saving treatment Frank needs. Polly promises to meet Frank again in Galveston, Texas, where she will arrive in twelve years.

But when Polly is re-routed an extra five years into the future, Frank is nowhere to be found. Alone in a changed and divided America, with no status and no money, Polly must navigate a new life and find a way to locate Frank, to discover if he is alive, and if their love has endured.


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My thoughts:

Let me start by saying that what drew me to this book was the dystopian, deadly flu scenario. I’m a sucker for those types of books. But time travel? I usually steer away from that element because there are so many rules that need to be laid out for time travel to seem even remotely plausible. To be honest I still find the time turner in Harry Potter confusing. However, Thea Lim created well-crafted time travel restrictions in the story which are different from most: you can only travel ahead in time, but no more than twelve years and you cannot go back in time BEFORE the invention of time travel (which was in the year 1980 after the flu outbreak). What I found surprising and most interesting was that the narrative was not too focused on the logistics of traveling through time or even the flu outbreak, but instead much more about how places and people can change over the span of two decades.

The story weaves back and forth between Polly’s memories of her past (before she travels through time) and her present (after she travels through time). We enter the novel in 1981 when the flu outbreak is in full swing. People are dying and Polly’s boyfriend Frank is one of the infected. Polly is given the opportunity by a corporation called TimeRaiser to travel ahead in time to 1993 to work for their company. In exchange, TimeRaiser will cover Frank’s treatment and ultimately save his life.

Polly and Frank make plans to meet up in the future, but during Polly’s journey, she’s rerouted to 1998 instead. Because she’s traveled 17 years ahead everything is totally different for Polly. America is completely unrecognizable to Polly, her contract with TimeRaiser bounds her to many months of labor, she cannot leave their grounds, and as a “journeyman” Polly essentially has no rights or citizenship in the new Americas.

How drastically does a place change over the span of almost 20 years? Imagine missing the growth and development of the city you live in for two decades. What would be different? Would anything look the same? And most importantly, what would happen to the people you love? Would they still be alive? And if so, would you be able to simply pick up where you left off? One of my favorite elements of the novel was Lim’s writing, especially when capturing Polly and Frank’s past. She included small details and the automatic gestures of two people in love which enhanced their affection for each other on the page.

Polly spends the majority of the novel surviving the grueling conditions of her new life while trying to contact and find Frank. Ultimately, An Ocean of Minutes asks the question, can love survive over a long period of time? I’m gonna be real and tell you that the ending isn’t clean and tied up in a bow. It’s very messy but realistic and some readers may not like that. However, this was a story that stuck with me. As someone who travels to my hometown Nashville every few months, I could understand Polly being unable to recognize her home. When a city is experiencing major growth, those changes happen fast. If you aren’t there to witness them, then coming back can be jarring. Polly’s nostalgia and aching for the past resonated deeply with me, and I think that’s why I connected with this book.


Have you read An Ocean of Minutes? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Never Let Me Go

So, here’s the first thing you need to know about this book: I really can’t say too much about it because it will ruin the entire twist of the story for you. I was lucky enough to have seen and heard significant praise for this book by people who didn’t spoil anything. That being said, I want to keep this spoiler free, but still, try to convey to you what I loved about the writing and the story.

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

As a child, Kathy – now thirty-one years old – lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory.

And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed–even comforted–by their isolation. But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham’s nurturing facade. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood–and about their lives now.

A tale of deceptive simplicity, Never Let Me Go slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance–and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro’s finest work.


“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

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My (spoiler-free) thoughts:

I will admit that I was not immediately hooked when I started reading this book. The plot unfolds slowly and Ishiguro presents you with a descriptive, idyllic English landscape. This seems totally unnecessary at the beginning. I found myself wondering why he would paint such a graphic picture alongside the day to day routines and interactions of the children at Hailsham. It just didn’t make sense to me and I found it slightly boring. For a while, I felt like I was missing something. As I mentioned before, this all comes together as you learn more about the children at Hailsham throughout the story. And man, it’s beautifully done. Ishiguro brilliantly parallels the scenic scapes of the English countryside with the haunting reality of the boarding school Kathy attends.

The narrative is told from Kathy’s point of view and weaves back and forth between her more distant memories at Hailsham, her recent memories as an adult, and her present-day thoughts. Kathy is reflecting back throughout the story, and Ishiguro does an exquisite job of revealing just enough to keep the truth behind Hailsham vague and mysterious, yet utterly intriguing. Relationships are a key component in the story. Kathy’s friendship with her Hailsham friends, Ruth and Tommy, inevitably changes and adapts with age, and even more so as they begin to understand their place in the world they live. Character development is REALLY important for me as a reader, even more than a good plot. I had a difficult time relating to the characters in the beginning when not much had been revealed. If you’re like me, I encourage you to push through. The character understanding really cannot happen for the reader until the very end of the book. As you learn more about the story’s reality, a character’s actions and thoughts become fully realized.

So much of my opinions about this novel were not fully developed immediately upon finishing the story. I thought about the message for days and even still am understanding more about the symbolism within the novel weeks later. Ultimately, Ishiguro will make you question your own judgments and beliefs. About what, you may ask? Unfortunately, even telling you that would ruin your experience with this novel. Ishiguro has skillfully crafted a utopian-like world that is, beneath the surface, unsettling and thought-provoking.


“It had never occurred to me that our lives, which had been so closely interwoven, could unravel with such speed.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

 

Have you read Never Let Me Go, or other novels by Kazuo Ishiguro? Tell me what you thought in the comments! But try not to spoil for others. 😉

Everything Here Is Beautiful

This first time I heard about Everything Here Is Beautiful was on the Reading Women podcast, which is one of my favorite book podcasts out there. The hosts Kendra and Autumn recently interviewed the author Mira T. Lee about her debut novel and I knew immediately that this was a book I needed to read. (You can listen to the podcast episode here.)

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Two sisters: Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister’s protector; Lucia, the vibrant, headstrong, unconventional one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When their mother dies and Lucia starts to hear voices, it’s Miranda who must fight for the help her sister needs — even as Lucia refuses to be defined by any doctor’s diagnosis.

Determined, impetuous, she plows ahead, marrying a big-hearted Israeli only to leave him, suddenly, to have a baby with a young Latino immigrant. She will move with her new family to Ecuador, but the bitter constant remains: she cannot escape her own mental illness. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until inevitably, she crashes to earth. And then Miranda must decide, again, whether or not to step in — but this time, Lucia may not want to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans, but what does it take to break them?

Told from alternating perspectives, Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its core, a heart-wrenching family drama about relationships and tough choices — how much we’re willing to sacrifice for the ones we love, and when it’s time to let go and save ourselves.


“Our mother might’ve said this: that immigrants are the strongest, that we leave our homes behind and rebuild. Everywhere we go, we rebuild.”
― Mira T. Lee, Everything Here Is Beautiful

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My thoughts:

Wow. This was one of those books that tugged at all my heartstrings. What first interested me about Everything Here Is Beautiful was the relationship and dynamic between the two sisters (I’m a sucker for a family saga). We learn early on in the novel that younger sister Lucia has a mental health issue, and older sister Miranda feels a sense of duty and responsibility to take care of Lucia. As an older sister, this innate motivation from Miranda felt so authentic and relatable to me. I could fully connect with Miranda’s instinct to make sure Lucia received the best care and the right medication, even if it meant she had to be the bad guy in Lucia’s eyes. To me, that’s true love and sacrifice.

Everything Here Is Beautiful captures the complicated and ever-changing relationship between the sisters as they grow older and move apart, but remain connected by Lucia’s health. The story is told from multiple character viewpoints and switches between first and third person. I enjoyed the continuous change from section to section because it allowed the plot to be thoroughly revealed. My favorite sections were from Lucia’s perspective because I was able to genuinely understand her thoughts as she slowly progressed toward more manic episodes. What seemed irrational in her behavior to other characters was suddenly conceivable to the reader.

Lee was incredibly respectful in her portrayal of Lucia and her life with schizoaffective disorder, and I valued her choice to not write from Lucia’s perspective during her most extreme periods of behavior. In her interview with Reading Women podcast, Lee explains that she felt she couldn’t continue writing in Lucia’s voice through the extreme psychosis and therefore chose an omniscient narration during those sections. There was clearly so much care given to writing each character with consideration, and that effort influenced my investment in everyone’s wellbeing.

One thing I appreciated about the book was Lee’s empathetic, yet raw portrayal of mental health from all angles and viewpoints. Mental health does not merely impact individuals with the diagnosis, but those close to them, as well. Because the narrative features several character points of view, the reader is able to experience the personal effect Lucia’s mental health has on those directly linked to her, and how they choose to deal with it. Lee also ties up the ending so beautifully to the point where I definitely reached for a tissue or two.

I highly recommend this exceptionally stunning novel.


“In Crote Six, they said I “suffer” from schizoaffective disorder. That’s like the sampler plate of diagnoses, Best of Everything.
But I don’t want to suffer. I want to live.”
― Mira T. Lee, Everything Here Is Beautiful

 

Have you read Everything Here Is Beautiful? Share your thoughts in the comments!

The Immortalists

It’s no secret that there has been so much buzz around The Immortalists since before it’s January publication. I’m easily drawn to buzz-worthy books, and often a sucker for finding out if it meets expectations. The cover of this book, alone, is absolutely gorgeous and the synopsis had me hooked. You can find my thoughts on the story below.

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.


“Caught in the moorless place between young adulthood and middle age, we were just learning how to forgive ourselves.”
― Chloe Benjamin, The Immortalists

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My thoughts:

The Immortalists is divided into five sections, including a prologue. Each section follows one of the Gold children as adults and is separated by consecutive decades. The prologue begins with the four siblings in the summer of ’69 in New York City. The word on the street is that a woman just moved into the neighborhood and she can supposedly predict the date of your death. With nothing else to do during the dog days of summer, the Gold children decide to pay her a visit. I don’t want to give away what happens after they visit the mysterious gypsy woman, but that one decision altars each sibling’s future. Or does it?

The prologue starts out with a bang and grabbed my interest immediately. After each section, my fascination with the plot slowly started to fade. I had a difficult time connecting with the characters. They had depth, but it still felt slightly superficial. Benjamin had a sizable task to complete in a short number of pages. Not only did she have to write each sibling in a multi-dimensional way, but there was also the plot, which felt the most necessary for the novel’s premise. This is a book I still think about because it forces you to really consider the way fate works. I still ask myself questions like, What if that character had made a different choice? Or, What if that character had never known the date of their death? Would they have lived longer? Would they have died earlier?

This book was a bit over-hyped. I wish I could have read it without having read the stellar reviews. I went in thinking the story would exceed my expectations in either its writing or plot, but it did neither. I did, however, find the premise interesting and left the book with lots of questions. The Immortalists is quite cerebral if you allow it to be. The idea that the choices we make can determine or shift our fate is fascinating, and I got the impression that Chloe Benjamin wanted the reader to leave the book still pondering that idea. For me, this book was a solid three stars.


“We got one life, right?’
‘Far as we know.”
― Chloe Benjamin, The Immortalists

Have you read The Immortalists? Share your thoughts in the comments!

 

My Book Bullet Journal

This year I decided to not set a numerical reading goal. Instead, I will be focusing on other objectives including reading from my unread shelf, significantly limiting my book buying, and tackling some of the bigger books on my shelves. I’ve also decided to keep a bullet journal (#bujo) to track my books and other elements of my reading life. Mostly, I want the journal to hold me accountable for following my goals and being more thoughtful about my book purchases. If your curious about what a BuJo even is, I recommend checking out the Instagram hashtag #bujoforbooklovers before reading my post. I get a lot of my journal inspiration from there.

The Bullet Journal:

Let’s begin with my supplies. The bullet journal, highlighters, and pens were all purchased from Amazon (see links). And the washi tape is Scotch brand from Target. You will also need a ruler (not pictured).

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Let me take you on a tour of some of the pages in my BuJo, beginning with my goals. My goals are one of the first pages in my bullet journal. The key on the left-hand side is for my unread shelf pages, which will make more sense in a moment.

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I have *ahem* quite a few pages for my unread shelves. I decided to color code my books by genre, hence the key. This might seem insane, but it really helps me locate a book more quickly across multiple pages. I could have alphabetized the books by author, but I will continue to add unread books as I collect them throughout this year, therefore that seemed like a system that wouldn’t be manageable for me.

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Here’s a closer look at the chart at the top of the page. I created a color-coded section entitled FORMAT to keep track of which books I have on my kindle, on paper, and on audio. Some books I have in more the one format.

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Other Pages:

My list of books I will have read in 2018.

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The Book of the Month selections with my picks highlighted.

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I’ve added some book club and reading challenge pages to my bullet journal. I don’t really have any formal plans to follow them, but I thought it would be fun to keep track of the selections and read books when my own shelves fit in.

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I also created a page for the Man Booker Prize finalists. The highlighted books are the ones I own copies of. I even left a blank page for the 2018 finalists.

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My favorite pages are my TBR Bingo sheets. I got this idea from some very clever Bookstagrammers. When I read five in a row, I will reward myself with a prize. I’m thinking a new enamel pin or a trip to the movies, but not a book. I’ve categorized my bingo pages by fiction and nonfiction books on my unread shelves.

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And there you have it! If you’re interested in learning more about bullet journals for reading, I highly recommend following the hashtag #bujoforbooklovers on Instagram. If you want to tackle your unread shelf in 2018, follow Whitney and the hashtag #theunreadshelfproject2018 on Instagram to learn more!

Do you BuJo? Tell me about the supplies you use or any cool pages you’ve added in the comments!

The Chalk Man

I don’t read too many thrillers, often preferring novels with a lot of character development and beautifully written prose. It’s just my reading style. But every now and then, I just want to get lost in a crazy, plot-driven storyline that will take me for a wild ride. The Chalk Man was my Book of the Month pick for December and I chose it because there has been a lot of hype around it. This is C.J. Tudor’s first book, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she does next.

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown and thinks he’s put his past behind him, but then he gets a letter in the mail containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank–until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

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My thoughts:

One thing I loved about this book was the back and forth between past and present day. Each chapter would often end with a shocking piece of news that left me eager to read more. This book was the definition of, “just one more chapter” reading! I tore through this book because of all the cliffhangers along the way. Eddie narrates the story throughout and we see his perspective as an adolescent boy and as a forty-something man, living in a town crawling with tragic history. Adult Eddie is flawed. He drinks heavily and has even been caught inebriated at his job where he teaches English at the local school. Early on, the reader has to wonder what makes Eddie drink to forget? What happened to him? This is where the story begins to really unfold.

Young Eddie and his parents live in a small town (Adult Eddie still lives in his parents’ old house), and like any small town, there are many secrets. As a boy, Eddie begins to learn more about the secrets and lies hidden within homes. As more lies are uncovered, we begin to understand how all of this plays into the mysterious chalk men drawings and Eddie’s behavior as an adult. This was not a typical thriller with one main element responsible for all the mysteries and tragedies, and I really enjoyed that. Tudor does a beautiful job of exploring human character and tendencies in various scenarios. For me, the underlying theme throughout the story was the idea that human actions (or errors) can have unintended, but terrible consequences that impact a person’s future motivations and mentality.

Overall, I really enjoyed Tudor’s writing and the exciting plot. The creepy ending left me pretty shook and with many unanswered questions (not sure how I feel about not knowing all the answers). I would be curious to hear your thoughts, especially on that ending!

The Chalk Man is out this Tuesday, January 9!

Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You was a book that SO MANY people recommended to me over the past three years. Why does it take me so long to realize that if countless people are telling me to read a book it must be worth looking into? I had always heard how incredible the story and Ng’s writing were, but somehow this book managed to remain far from the top of my reading list. Everything I Never Told You was the last book I finished in 2017 and I can’t think of a better way to wrap up a full year of reading. Read my thoughts below to see why I highly recommend this thoughtful and gorgeous book.

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Synopsis (from Amazon):

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet….

So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue – in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’ case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family, Hannah, who observes far more than anyone realizes – and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.


“The things that go unsaid are often the things that eat at you–whether because you didn’t get to have your say, or because the other person never got to hear you and really wanted to.”
― Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You

 

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My thoughts:

Celeste Ng has a unique and captivating style of writing in which she fluidly weaves each character’s thoughts and actions into a single moment. It seems like it would be chaotic and confusing, but on the contrary, it somehow made the prose more emotional and alive. Ng flows back and forth between first person and third person, depending on the character’s own knowledge at certain points of the story. The characters recount their memories from their earlier years leading up to young Lydia’s disappearance, and experience and react to the modern day events during and after the moment she vanishes and is found dead.

As you read through the narrative, you begin to understand that each character’s past and identity impacts everything up to the point of the disappearance. From Lydia’s father’s struggle as the only non-white child at a boarding school in the 1950s. He faces culturally accepted (at the time) racial slurs and grapples with always standing out as an Asian-American when all he desires is to fit in. Then there’s Lydia’s mother whose young life’s passion was to become a doctor in a society where young women are expected to find a good husband, have 2.3 children and become the Betty Crocker of their household. Unlike her husband, all she ever wanted was to stand out and be different from the norm. Ng does the most beautiful job unveiling the desperate needs and vulnerabilities of these two people who fell in love, married and had three children of multi-racial identities, while finely conveying how those same needs and vulnerabilities ultimately impact the unstable core of their family structure and their children. Grief and acceptance are the themes that intertwine seamlessly throughout the entire novel.

Ng’s character writing left me feeling flooded with emotion, to the point where I felt my chest flutter throughout the story. The way in which she delicately conceals what each person feels, but reveals a masked and untruthful response during character interactions is frustrating (but in a good way). I absolutely love when a writer can make me react so deeply to their words, even if the reaction is anger and irritation. These emotions significantly humanize the story and the characters. I felt so connected to the story, and its dissection of the family structure along with the desires and pressures of both parents and children. The relationship between and the eccentricities of the siblings were my favorite bits of the novel. As a sibling, I could wholeheartedly relate to that strange and eternal bond you share with a brother or sister, and the shared secrets you keep from your parents.


“He pushed her in. And then he pulled her out. All her life, Lydia would remember one thing. All his life, Nath would remember another.”
― Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You

Have you read Everything I Never Told You? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!