Friday 22 February 2019

Little Fires Everywhere by: Celeste Ng

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Published: September 12, 2017 by: Penguin Press
Pages: 338
Rating: 5/5 stars

Shaker Heights is a neighbourhood that plays by the rules. It's residents are successful and orderly, and everybody knows their place. So when Mia Warren enters town, an eccentric artist with her daughter Pearl, suspicions arise. Elena Richardson, one of Shaker Heights' most prominent residents, soon becomes weary of Mia when the adoption of a Chinese-American baby by Elena's friend puts Elena and Mia on opposing sides. Soon Elena will try to uncover the secrets of Mia's past out of spite, but it will have devastating costs for both her family, and Mia's.

This book BLEW MY MIND. It was so cleverly written, with well-rounded, developed characters and a kickass setting. It kinda had the feeling of Big Little Lies to me, but this book truly can stand on it's own of being an amazing read.

There are so many layers to this book. There are themes of motherhood, of adoption, and importantly, of culture. I think Shaker Heights as a whole was an amazing setting to place this story in because you really see how this perfect neighbourhood breaks down as the story goes on.

The characters were incredibly well-written. Elena, I loved to hate, I had such a respect for Mia as a mother, and even the Richardson children and Pearl were really developed characters. I think that Ng really succeeded in writing such complex characters that you can rally behind, but also scoff at their decisions. (But in a good way!)

Overall, the plot of this book was fascinating; the themes, really well-written, and I could not put it down. It was suspenseful, shocking, also funny at times, and I think Ng is a brilliant writer.

Have you read Little Fires Everywhere? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. I skim-read this review because I want to go into the book blind, but I love the premise and I'm glad it was a 5 star read for you! It sounds amazing.

  2. Glad you enjoyed this! I've heard awesome things about, so it's on my TBR :)

    I do have to keep mentally adjusting my pronunciation of 'Ng' though - my brain keeps insisting it's the Welsh letter Ng, not the 'ing' sound which Celeste Ng's Twitter handle says! (I would tell you how to pronounce Ng in Welsh, but I have no idea how to type it!)

    1. Haha! I actually know a lot of people with the last name “Ng” so I have never had trouble pronouncing it in my head. I hope you get to read the book, Cee!

  3. Have only heard amazing things about this one so far, I have NO idea why I haven't gotten around to it yet but you do so make me want to!

    1. Omg it's amazing!! You have got to read it :D