Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng | Book Review

Pages: 336
Format: Physical
Publication: Penguin Press

How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
Rating: 4/5

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned -- from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors 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 teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. 

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere is told in multiple perspectives, which I absolutely love, and each and every character connects in some sort of way. I tend to really enjoy books written like this and this one did not disappoint. 
This was the first book I've read written by this author and it definitely won't be my last.

This is about relationships. Relationships between family and between friends, while also covering the topic of race. There are so many different types of relationships and I love reading about how people connect and how people can't connect. The book starts with the Richardsons house burning in flames while one of their children is missing then the story spins around and we're reading those days leading up to the Richardsons house fire.

I really enjoyed this book and I could compare it to The Most Dangerous Place on Earth, which I read earlier this year and also really enjoyed but I can't find any more words to explain this. It's intriguing and has great character development, which is something I look for in books and really enjoy.

It's a wonderful story and I recommend it. It's a great read if you're in the mood for contemporary fiction with a twist.


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