Book Reviews

“People decide what you’re like before they even get to know you” ― Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You

The secrecy of this book had me hooked as the bakery smell! This book is so deep, dark, and romantic. How can a family have so many secrets? Why do sons and daughters fear so much their parents regarding the truth? These characters are more concerned regarding what their parents will do to them if they tell the truth. It is sad to see how their parents scare them more than actually trying to grow in them a sense of security. How they work harder for the approval of their parents but it is never enough.

Celeste did something I have never seen. She focuses on how the death of the daughter affected the parents and the siblings… this is not detective thriller story. The kid is already dead and resting in peace, and the ones suffering are the ones how were left on the earth. Just like Emily Bronte’s poem “Song”:


My lady, Lydia, she no longer suffers, she no longer has that weight on her shoulders or the pain on her soul. The ones who suffer deeply are the ones she left behind, her parents and her brother and sister. We should focus on their grief and see how they will cope with this horrible situation.

Moving on, every single physiologist will adjudicate all your issues to your parents, and that is seen so clear in this book. It is incredible how the traumas of their childhood and the bad relationships with the parents are portrayed on their own sons and daughters.

Dysfunctional families. How we deposit our wishes on our children. How we force them to do things we couldn’t. How we expect them to be something they are not. How we promised to be different from our parents but ended up doing the same or even worst.


You might not force them to look for a husband but you might force them to do what they never wanted to do. Isn’t it the same? They, sometimes, do not love their sons or daughters, they fall in love of a fake image of what they could be or better said, they, the parents, could have been if they had the chance.

One of the reasons why I like this book so much is how the author portrays the mechanics of the family. How everybody has their own story secrets. The story is not only seen from 1 (one in word as before you’re not using numbers) perspective and the rest are not only affected superficially. The author shows us how everything affects the family member in personal ways because of all the things they know but don’t share. And again, I have to quote Bronte:

They thought the tide of grief would flow

Unchecked through future years;

But where is all their anguish now,

And where are all their tears?

Pain will be there, it will hurt bad and one might almost die, but I think Bronte is right, we move on just like the characters of the book are doing, they know they will be hurting for some time, but in the future, they will remember with longing and love, but will no longer hurt.

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