Everything I Never Told you by Celeste Ng

everything I never told you

My Rating:4 Stars

“They never discussed it, but both came to understand it as a promise: he would always make sure there was a place for her. She would always be able to say, Someone is coming. I am not alone.”
Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You

“There is nowhere to go but on. Still, part of her longs to go back for one instant—not to change anything, not even to speak to Lydia, not to tell her anything at all. Just to open the door and see her daughter there, asleep, one more time, and know all was well.”
Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You

“You could stop taking their phone calls, tear up their letters, pretend they’d never existed. Start over as a new person with a new life. Just a problem of geography, he thought, with the confidence of someone who had never yet tried to free himself of family.”
Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You is another one of my top books of the year. The books starts off with the Lee family having breakfast wondering why Lydia is late to come downstairs not knowing their young daughter is already dead-drowned in the nearby lake. Only in the wake in Lydia’s death does her family realize how little they knew her. The girl who seemingly couldn’t put the phone down for hours was listening to a dial tone talking to herself . Ashamed to let her family known how hard it is for her to fit in and how lonely she is after they have pushed her so hard to be popular. Her mother who was always good at science and wanted to be a doctor pushes Lydia to take all the advanced science classes doesn’t realize her “mini me” has to cheat in order to live up to her mothers expectations because no matter how hard she tries she doesn’t understand the material. To her younger sister Hannah who receives no attention from her parents and her older brother Nathan who is the space geek with no friends Lydia has always been the apple of her parents eyes but she is buckling under the unwanted attention.

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