Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You

Large Print - 2016
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Lydia, the middle and favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter becomes a doctor, in James's that she is popular with a busy social life. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the balancing act that has kept the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Large Print Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781432837464
143283746X
Characteristics: 382 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

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Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee. When her body is found in the local lake, the family balancing act is destroyed.


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JCLHebahA Feb 04, 2021

Haunting exploration of a family through the lens of the death of middle daughter Lydia. Ng shows all the little cracks beneath the facade that everything is OK through a deft touch and well-chosen details. It isn't just another "suburbia hides quiet suffering" tale, though, with the Lee family the only mixed-race (Chinese-American) family in their town in the 1970s and mother Marilyn struggling with accepting the life she never planned for herself. It's heartbreaking without being bleak, and it's phenomenal as an audio book.

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Deeya7
Nov 19, 2020

'Everything I Never Told You' is a wonderfully elaborate and multifaceted book that paints the picture of complexities within a Chinese American family that is living during the 1970s. The book begins when the Lee family discovers that their daughter Lydia has been found dead in a lake nearby. The story continues as each member of the family reflects on their past as they each struggle to understand one another. This book not only sheds light on problems that all families face, but it also touches on topics such as racism and parental pressure, as well as the scars that they can leave on a person. Additionally, the characters are all very realistic and relatable. I'm sure everyone will be able to connect to this book in some way.

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kxyhuang
Nov 16, 2020

In Small-town Ohio, a mixed Chinese-American family meets a terrible fate: the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, Lydia, has been found dead in the local lake. Chaos erupts in the town, and the family is left by themselves to piece together what to do. I could read this story again and again without feeling exhausted because the nuances within each line become more exciting to read each time. The contrasts between the two cultural backgrounds is an ongoing battle in Ng's novel. The sudden death exacerbates how Lydia's siblings view their own roles in the family. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the gripping, page-turning storylines in this novel.

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OaktownMo
Nov 05, 2020

This is not an easy book. But you will be pulled in to the story and the writing. Sad as it is, there is a certain enchantment.

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sjarrell0
Sep 22, 2020

I flew through this book. Oh the ending actually killed me and I love Nath so much.

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INVS
Aug 31, 2020

A downloadable audiobook? No clue who reads it, no sample, hmmmmm.:(

JCLEmilyD Jun 23, 2020

From the same author that brought you Little Fires Everywhere. Same writing style. Not sure what's going on? Yeah, me either. Keeps you wondering until the end.
Bonus points for author of color!

IndyPL_LindsayH May 27, 2020

I devoured Little Fires Everywhere a few years ago,, but waited until now to read this book. It was just as enthralling to me! I wish it was longer, but it’s length probably was a good move by Celestine to ensure the text was powerful.

It is the story of the pressures of growing up in America. The pressure to fit in and succeed socially and academically.

I just wish Celestine would write more!!

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ellenorndorf
May 19, 2020

I read this during while at home. I didn't really like it. I thought it was depressing. It is about a Chinese American family living in 1970s Ohio. The mom character lives vicariously through her oldest daughter.

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elisabeth_23
Apr 06, 2020

I love Celeste Ng's writing style. It is so beautiful. "Everything I Never Told You" tells the story of family breaking apart due to the death of one of the daughters, Lydia. It explores many family issues, one being miscommunications that result from never really sitting down and talking as a family. It is absolutely heart breaking to read through the book, but it is a wonderfully, emotionally complex book to dive into.

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elisabeth_23
Apr 30, 2020

“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.”

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elisabeth_23
Apr 30, 2020

“Before that she hadn’t realized how fragile happiness was, how if you were careless, you could knock it over and shatter it.”

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ambdizzle
Aug 23, 2019

A few months later, when they were married, they made a pact: to let the past drift away, to stop asking questions, to look forward from then on, never back.

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ambdizzle
Aug 23, 2019

He smelled the way velvet felt, something you wanted to run your hands over and then press into your face.

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ambdizzle
Aug 23, 2019

How good the rain would feel, like crying all over her body.

ellensix Jun 05, 2017

All their lives Nath had understood, better than anyone, the lexicon of their family, the things they could never truly explain to outsiders: that a book or a dress meant more than something to read or something to wear; that attention came with expectations that-- like snow-- drifted and settled and crushed you with their weight.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

What made something precious? Losing it and finding it.

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shayshortt
Nov 05, 2015

“The famous women had bored her. Their stories were all the same: told they couldn’t; decided to anyway. Because they really wanted to, she wondered, or because they were told not to?”

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kn1226
Sep 14, 2015

Don’t ever smile if you don’t want to.

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Nov 16, 2020

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siammarino Jan 15, 2015

The apparent suicide of their daughter Lydia threatens to tear the Lee family apart. As Chinese Americans in a small Ohio town, they already feel marginalized. This is a great novel about minorities, prejudice, and parenting mistakes. Never force your child into the career you wished you had pursued!!

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Sexual Content: Read with caution. Not suitable for kids AT ALL

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