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SPOILER! The characters are all unlikeable to me. The only person I find somewhat "okay" is Izzy. I felt sorry for her from the beginning, especially with her horrible mother and siblings. Everyone in the family seems to lack empathy and humanity. Mia and Pearl act strange, too. Pearl is so incredibly childish..That's wh... SPOILER! The characters are all unlikeable to me. The only person I find somewhat "okay" is Izzy. I felt sorry for her from the beginning, especially with her horrible mother and siblings. Everyone in the family seems to lack empathy and humanity. Mia and Pearl act strange, too. Pearl is so incredibly childish..That's why she's so easily manipulated. Her relationship (or whatever it's supposed to be) with her "friend" Lexie's older brother comes as no surprise. Still, Pearl disappoints the reader's expectations, as do all the other characters. All seem immature, like pouting children. ALL their problems are due to lack of communication and compassion. Even Moody is unfair and mean to Pearl after he finds out about her and his brother. He seems to have been in love with her, but "love"..?.. It certainly isn't. In my eyes, it's not even friendship. The adoption story is nerve-wracking. While I can understand both sides, I still find the adoptive parents extremely unlikable. I can understand Bebe's decision to run away. It's brave that she dared to do that. On the other hand, she had nothing to lose. Elena Richardson is an awful person. I can't comprehend how many people can take her side. She behaves irresponsibly and ignorantly over and over again. I didn't like the open ending either. Even though you can guess what happens roughly after that. The book has a lot of suspense, so it was relatively easy to read without being bored. The rest was lame and superficial.
Ng, C: Little Fires Everywhere
Nominiert: International Dublin Literary Award 2019
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'I am loving Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year' John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars
'To say I love this book is an understatement. It's a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears' Reese WitherspoonThe brilliant new novel by the author of the New York Times bestseller, Everything I Never Told You.
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 principal 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.
Little Fires Everywhere is a straight-up thriller...From the beginning, Ng's confident use of the omniscient voice signals that this is a writer in total control...While the plot whisks you breathlessly along, it lays out the bones of a debate about race and parenthood Sunday Times, Pick of the Paperbacks
Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, won the Hopwood Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the American Library Association's Alex Award. She is a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, and she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.