Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Prompt: A book set in the decade you were born. Brief synopsis:  The Richardsons are your typicall...

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Prompt: A book set in the decade you were born.

Brief synopsis: The Richardsons are your typically Shaker Heights family - big house, a lawyer father, journalist mother, and four kids all in high school (Moody, Trip, Lexie, and Izzy). It's the perfect American family living the American Dream. Enter Mia Warren and her daughter, Pearl - new tenants in the Richardson rental house, and a duo that immediately intrigues all four Richardson children. The novel follows both families and how they're pulled together during the late 1990s.

Little Fires Everywhere is a novel that feels so comfortable, like you're settling right in with people you know. This isn't to say the actions performed within the book will make you comfortable - in fact, chances are they'll do quiet the opposite. You'll definitely see these characters as friends, enemies, frenemies, colleagues, classmates, etc. that you've known in your life. It was easier than pie to get attached to the different folks within the novel.

Honestly, the novel starts with someone's house being burned down and the daughter being assumed to have committed the crime, so there is no grace period for getting into the book - as soon as you start reading you're hooked.

This book has been on my list for quiet some time, but Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington coming together to turn it into a series pushed me to pick it up. I absolutely, 100% could already see this show playing out in my head, and I think it will be phenomenal. The characters, regardless of and possibly because of their flaws, are incredibly believable and I can't wait to see who will portray them on the small screen.

This book, while being so easy to read because it's so good, is so much deeper than the surface reveals. It's a novel about race, privilege, and family. But it also references true events that you'll totally latch onto (like the whole Clinton/Lewinsky scandal).

My only complaint is I hate when books switch from present tense to referring to a past event, the back to present tense. I think it's complicated and sometimes confusing. Other than that, I absolutely loved this novel. 

Little Fires Everywhere is incredible, and I can't wait to get to relive the experience through a television series. I already know I'm going to become even more attached to those teenagers via tv.

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  1. I really enjoyed this one, though I didn't like it quite as much as Ng's other novel, Everything I Never Told You. Have you read that one? Can't recommend it highly enough!

    1. I haven't read it, but I'll add it to the ever-growing TBR list. :)