(EN) Review: Celeste Ng – Little Fires Everywhere

Posted september 12, 2018 by Laurie in English, Recensies, Reviews, Roman / 1 Comment

It has been a while back that I stumbled on Little Fires Everywhere on Goodreads and my attention was immediately drawn to it. However, I waited to read this book until now. But, was the story just as intriguing as the synopsis?

(EN) Review: Celeste Ng – Little Fires EverywhereLittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Pages: 338
Published by Penguin Press on September 12, 2017
ISBN: 0735224293

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

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.

First impression
When I started reading, I immediately had questions. Why has there been a fire? Who were all these people and what did they do to deserve all this? After this prologue, the actual story began.

A never-ending story
The thing that followed however, could be best described as a complete report of all the things that happened. To me, it felt like someone was telling the stories of Mia and the Richardson family. This way of storytelling made te book feel like a report instead of a story you could easily be a part of. Therefore, this book felt a little like dragging on and somewhat boring.

The characters
Because of the distant way of storytelling, you can’t say a lot about the characters. However, I was not a fan of mrs. Richardson. She was too controlling.

The plot
In my opinion, the plot could have been more interesting. OK, it was interesting, but it could have been better. It was somewhere in the middle for me. I would have liked it better if we followed a few POV’s instead of this reporting style.

Little Fires Everywhere was an OK book. It was not bad, but not amazing either. The reporting style of writing made the story feel very distant, which made it quite impossible to feel a connection to neither the plot, nor the characters. It was a nice read for in between, but not a book I would easily recommend.


One response to “(EN) Review: Celeste Ng – Little Fires Everywhere

  1. I mostly read YA, but I have been trying more and more adult fiction recently. little Fires Everywhere has been on my TBR just because of all of the hype. But thanks to your review, I don’t think it is my kind of book. I am not really a fan of journalistic style writing in a book. I would rather have a little more imagination in the writing style. Thanks for the review!

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