I saw Little Fires Everywhere plastered all over the internet and in the windows of bookstores all over. I told myself I’d eventually get to it. I decided to join bookstagram and start a blog, and I noticed there was a huge hype surrounding the book online as well. I caved in, bought the book, added it to my TBR pile, and I finally got around to it about two weeks ago. So yes, I am late to the party…but better late than never!
This is my first novel by Celeste Ng. Im planning to pick up her first as well.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Overview – Spoiler Alert : Medium
“In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.”
– Synopsis taken from the book
Review – Spoiler Alert : Low
In the picture perfect town of Shaker Heights lives the idealistic Elena Richardson and her family. She is the ‘perfect’ wife, mother, and journalist; she also raises her four children to strive for the same idealistic standards. The nomadic, free spirited, mother daughter pair Mia and Pearl are Elena’s new tenants; and they are looking to finally put down roots in this quaint model town. When Elena’s best friend’s world, turns upside down, she starts to dig into the story of her tenants. Soon after, her own life goes up in flames.
Little Fires Everywhere is a brilliantly written novel with vivid characters, plots, and subplots, that will have you questioning everything- even your own personal views, values, and morals. The book starts off slow, but if you give it a chance you will become sucked in.
There are many little fires everywhere, and life lessons. For some, everything comes burning down.
This book made me laugh, cry, and question my own personal values. Perfect for a book club, and group discussion but if you tend to get super invested in characters and a tad bit emotional…you may need a stiff drink to help get you through (or munchies for my underage crew).
Commentary – Spoiler Alert : Low
This book, along with Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie had me wondering….why did I wait so long to read this?!
Little Fire’s Everywhere took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. This book does start off slow, and it took a while to get my attention – but once it did, I was sucked in. When I started reading, I was thinking the book was about one thing, only to discover that there were multiple story lines that where all equally interesting and beautifully entwined. It had me questioning my own self about my own morals, and what is right and wrong in each given situation.
You will find that each character has a little fire burning inside them. I don’t normally discuss characters but my favorites were Izzy and Mia – without a doubt.
This book is ideal for a buddy read, group discussion, and or book club – there are so many topics to debate, some might even be too personal for discussion for some individuals.
A MUST read book, and it will be a permanent fixture in my future home library.