Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You

By Celeste Ng

  • Release Date: 2014-06-26
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 872 Ratings


New York Times Bestseller · A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice · Winner of the Alex Award· Winner of the APALA Award for Fiction · NEA Big Read Selection 
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“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • No surprises here

    By miab531
    The book was a pretty easy, quick read. The ending was largely predictable from the beginning of the book. The story line and the dialogue felt very cliche at times. The author's style of writing was also very descriptive, so much so that it was honestly difficult to get through paragraphs at any given time and the writing felt forced in places. For anyone that likes a story painting a portrait of a family with movies-esque drama, this is your read. But otherwise, I'd look into another.
  • Read it.

    By wormish
    It's about Tiger moms, and parents wanting the best for their kids, and the bias in society, and the dynamics of a family, in this instance, an Asian-American family. It resonated so much in me because it felt real, a plot that could happen in real life. I hope they make this into a movie.. Looking forward to another great novel from Ms. Ng..
  • Brilliantly Structured

    By Literary Fan
    This book is brilliantly structured and is a great read on several levels. It is much more than solving the question of how Lydia died. The story of being different, or of wanting to be different, or wanting to fit in, is a universal story that transends time, place, generations, and is played out all too tragically in schools, streets, and neighborhoods today. A close read of Ng’s detail and emotionally packed book is in order. As much as it is a page-turner, it is a great lesson, too.
  • Moving read!

    By bradidaily
    A quick but beautiful and moving story of the dynamics of a family. Loved it!
  • Absolutely brilliant.

    By Kennaaaaaa
    10/10 would recommend. I finished it this morning and I am quite sad that it's over. Such a good read.
  • Kept my interest

    By Blueshoes57
    I really enjoyed this book, even though it was painful To read in some parts. Very well written .The characters are dimensional.
  • The things I never told you

    By donnams
    A page turner! An excellent read! The characters were finely drawn. So well was the story told that it haunted me for days
  • Everything I Never Told You

    By cmarieride
    A great read... It really depicts the effects of mixed marriages and the challenges we face. It doesn't matter what the mix is there is some adjustments....
  • In the Middle

    By Madison is a c00l kid!
    I rated this a three star for various reasons. One mainly being that half the time it went back and forth between the past and the present and it was confusing at times. Also, there was never a huge break in the plot where you were on your seat wanting to know what happened. Yes, the whole book you want to find out what happened to Lydia but nothing absolutely crazy happens. I enjoyed this for a quick read but I definitely wouldn't consider it a favorite.
  • Everything I Never Told You

    By adorebooks61
    Great read……it comes across anyone who is relocates or grows up in a different culture. We think things have progressed with time but has it??? Look at what is happening in the world around us…...