Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

First off, I’m going to be very honest. I never would have picked this book up if I were in a library or a book store. The only reason I read it was because it was assigned to me in school. Luckily, it was sort of a murder mystery. The first line of the book literally states that the main character had died. Books assigned for school are notoriously boring, so does this book live up to that stereotype? Or does it defy it? Let me start off with giving you a little bit of context about what I’m learning in English right now, and how this book pertains to that.

The unit I am currently studying in English is “identity.” It’s all about the deep and emotional stuff we don’t really like to talk about, and luckily, we don’t do much of the personal side of it. But, as a class we have to read a lot of passages and essays and analyze quotes from those passages or essays. Basically, I had to do the same thing for this entire book; I had to find quotes that implied or revealed something significant about the characters and then write an analysis for each quote. For that, this book was incredible. All the characters in this book go through very relatable struggles with themselves and who they are. However, the relatability is about the only good thing I can find to say about this book.

The number one reason I really disliked this book was its immense predictability. Two chapters in, I could already tell you what was going to happen in the next ten chapters.  There were no plot twists, nothing to keep me interested, and every attempt at a plot twist did not really surprise me because I had already known it was coming. In all honesty, I would have stopped reading this book if it were not for the fact that my grade depends on me having read this book. That is how incredibly boring it was. Now, I am not saying that it was not well written. In fact, I think Celeste Ng is a great writer, but there was something way too predictable and familiar about this book. I sadly would not recommend this book, and I definitely will not be picking it up again after this unit in English ends.

Until next time, let this following quote make you smile – “Nothing ruins my day quite like reading a bad book.”

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