Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.

The novel follows two families; the Richardsons and Warrens.

The Richardsons are the ideal big and wealthy, successful and respectful family, living in a beautiful house with a freshly trimmed grass around it.

The Warrens include Mia a single mother and her teenage daughter Pearl. Mia is a photographer, and in order to provide for them, she takes every job she can to make ends meet.

All looked good until Richardson’s friends were trying to adopt a Chinese-American baby who happens to be Mia’s friend biological daughter. Being young, scared, abandoned by her boyfriend and low on cash she foolishly left the baby at the fire station and when she came back the baby was gone. Therefore, Mia and Helena Richardson find each other on the different sides of the barricade, fighting for what they think is right. In the meantime, many secrets from their pasts are revealed and complicate the situation even more.

Most of the time, everyone deserves more than one chance. We all do things we regret now and then. You just have to carry them with you.

The classic tale of a perfect family that it’s not perfect as it seems. Judging people who live differently, sticking your nose in other people’s business, digging in people’s pasts, teenagers, parenting, friendship, first love, unexpected pregnancy, and cultural differences, all in this book. Which was good, however, was quite slow in the beginning. In the first half, nothing happened, at all! However, the second half flies by like a meteorite.

I liked the writing and the overall idea of this book. It got me thinking a lot about what I would do in those situations and whose side I’m on. The book can be a good choice for a book club read since there are lots of things and opinions to discuss.

Another thing I liked about Little Fires Everywhere are the characters, they were complex and not clearly good or bad.

The only issue I have with this book and I’ve already mentioned this is that the first half was very slow. I don’t like to fight my way through the book and struggle for almost a half of it. However, I’m glad I didn’t give up on it.

 

Rating: 4/5

 

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