Little Fires EverywhereCeleste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

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The #1 New York Times bestseller!

Now a Hulu original series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

“I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting.” —Jodi Picoult

“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 Witherspoon

“Extraordinary . . . books like Little Fires Everywhere don't come along often.” —John Green

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

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 explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Named a Best Book of the Year by: People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more...

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Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng) Book Reviews

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Exciting bookI was able to finish the book in about 24 hours. I really enjoyed the book then following the series on Hulu..Score: 5/5

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Quite BoringI don’t get all the hype about this book. There’s nothing exceptional about it, nothing thought provoking. I kept waiting for something exciting or impactful to happen. The story and writing is quite plain..Score: 3/5

Great‼️Wonderful book. Very well written. Lots of hearts you22.Score: 5/5

Must read!!I loved the show from the start but after reading the book it’s a total game changer and it’s making me wonder if there will be a second one..Score: 5/5

Little FiresGreat - loved the characters!.Score: 4/5

Little Fires Everywhere LiFEI'm a retired Honolulu Police Detective in my 70's. I was introduced to LiFE by a dear female friend and former Honolulu Police Commissioner. Why did I give it only 4 stars?: I don't have much time left to wait around to find out if Izzy ever finds Mia and Pearl. The time it takes Celeste to complete a book, I may not be around 😷😂 4/5

Excellent readThis was such a page turner. I loved the writing style of Celeste very much. I only wish there was a sequel or hopefully one on the way!.Score: 5/5

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Meh.Simple writing, leans on trite clichés to try to make a tedious social statement..Score: 2/5

Good for Book Club DiscussionsThe story begins with the fire as a teaser and then goes back to tell the story leading up to it. The adoption element of the story doesn’t really come into play until halfway through the book. There are small mysteries throughout the story that keeps the tension up. I didn’t think Mia was a very likable character although later in the book, the author shares details of her past that somewhat explains why she is the way she is. Elena Richardson isn’t very likable either. Overall Little Fires Everywhere is a good story that you will enjoy. Lots of things to discuss so pick this one for your book club..Score: 4/5

WOW!!!An incredible read… Twists and turns throughout the whole book, I never saw that ending coming… It is a must read for sure..Score: 5/5

Intriguing and ConfusingLoved the book, I was hooked the whole time, however I felt the ending was flat and left me wondering 🤔.Score: 4/5

A great readI saw the tv show first but the book gave so much more insight into the characters. A great read.Score: 5/5

Left wanting moreThe story consumed me and was well written. However, the ending felt rushed..Score: 4/5

What was NYT thinking?How did this get a good review from NYT? I read, more like skimmed over, and finished the book. I was bored by the upper white class mentality with a few challenges encountered. The first chapter had promise but lost me after that. Light read . Boring..Score: 1/5

Amazing!This book was so compelling and really makes you examine people’s motives and morals..Score: 5/5

Little Fires EverywhereSuch a great group of stories intertwined together in a way that is both simple and complex all at the same time. Excited to see the Hulu miniseries that’s due to be released sometime in 2020 based on this book. Highly recommend!.Score: 5/5

Thin storylineJust could not get interested. Read nearly all and gave up. Found it a snooze..Score: 1/5

Little Fires EverwhereThoroughly enjoyed the story and the storytelling. There were moments of greatness in the prose. I saw a one star rating and have to believe that person was reading a different book!.Score: 4/5

The ending...really?!This book I thought was a great read until the end. It’s almost as if Celestes just decides “Ok. I’m done.” I wanted more details on where these characters end up. I feel like there are too many story lines that are left open. Extremely disappointing!.Score: 3/5

WonderfulPage turner. Beautifully written from each character’s perspective. The questions at the end are thought provoking without feeling like you’re back in AP English..Score: 5/5

Love this bookRelatable and a page turner..Score: 5/5

Great Books!Safe to say, another great book suggestion from Reese’s Book Club!.Score: 5/5

Quick read - a little basicGood, quick read although felt a little too dramatic and like I was watching a Hollywood TV series.Score: 4/5

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GoodThis was a good book! It was an easy read and I enjoyed the writing style. I didn’t want to put it down, but it was just a little predictable. And the ending wasn’t very good, pretty anticlimactic..Score: 4/5

A lot of waiting for something to happen.Book was just okay, must be a lot of fake reviews. My daughter and I read it together and kept waiting for something to happen and when it did it was predictable and non- earth shattering. The end didn’t tie any lose ends up so I’m guessing a sequel is coming..Score: 3/5

Perfect.Great and easy read..Score: 5/5

Little Fires EverywhereOne of the best books I have read in a long time. Such an intelligent writer. Slowly peeling away the layers of each character's personality, heart & soul. Refreshing to read and ponder, long after closing the book. Lori.Score: 5/5

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Finally got interested at the endIt was detailed and wordy in the beginning. She went on for pages on descriptions that could have been put in a few sentences or left out. I pushed through it, and was happy I did. I hope she comes out with a second book..Score: 3/5

Captivating!Great read! Definitely read the book before watching the show!.Score: 5/5

Great plot!Story twists and turns keeping you interested until the end. Overall a good read and one of those books that stays with you forever. I enjoyed this read very much..Score: 5/5

Gripping StoryA gripping story examining what it means to be family..Score: 5/5

Little Fires EverywhereInteresting read....Score: 5/5

Little fires everywhereI rated this book three stars because I thought the underlying messages of the book were very important and I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters, but not enough happened in the storyline for me..Score: 3/5

UnderwhelmingWhere do I start🤔. I liked the character development although I felt some of the writing was redundant. It is not a fast paced book. I invested a lot of time where I kept thinking something is surely about to happen. But even the ending was nothing notable really..Score: 3/5

Twists and TurnsI love all the plots twists and the conflict that keeps these characters in motion. This book got me into drama, mystery, and thriller books, and it is definitely one you’ll want to read again and again. The way Ng connects every little fire is outstanding..Score: 5/5

Excruciatingly slow first half never fully redeemed by the second.I struggled to get through the first half of this book in a way that I haven’t with a book on a long time. The unending descriptions of the town governance, garbage collection, house trim and the like were going on for far longer than necessary. I understood the cookie-cutter, planned community nature of Shaker Heights and its “perfect” residents after a couple of chapters. I didn’t need 150 pages of details to convey the scene. I found myself walking away from the book for a week or so after every few chapters before attempting to motivate myself to pick it up again. Right about the halfway mark events started to unravel and it held my interest, but as soon as I reached the end it all felt a bit too little, too late..Score: 2/5

Very dynamic!Loved this book! It has a slow start (hence only 4 stars), but once it gets started, you have to hold on for dear life till the end! Each of the characters is compelling and dynamic, and I loved that the story was shown through so many different perspectives..Score: 4/5

Little Fires EverywhereLiked the book…except for the ending. There were so any loose ends and the story was cut off and left to the imagination of the reader. Disappointed!.Score: 3/5

DisappointingI read this straight out of curiosity... I had high hopes and I was let down. Overdeveloped characters and anticlimactic..Score: 1/5

A story about family, sacrifices and bravery but lacking in organization.I was really excited for this book! I really wanted to know who started the fire or how many fires would occur in the book and I was super excited about how a whole family could be involved. I was compelled to write a review because of it felt like the title didn’t live up to its publicity and my expectations of what I’ve heard about the book from other reviewers. The first ten pages drew me in right away....then it slowed down for about a 120 pages. This is where it got really difficult to finish the book. It felt like multiple ideas and thoughts from different characters just randomly tossed in there to give the book extra fluff. There was a good 50 pages just about the journalist mother’s plan to find out Mia’s past and it had a very slow start even though it’s a short 350 page book. I loved the overall idea of the story. The themes about family extending to past who you share genes with and I love the way Mia’s art was described as a symbolic measure of sacrifice. I really appreciated the ending and I hope you read it but I was just confused what was going on for the middle of the book. Thanks for reading ;).Score: 3/5

Not what I expectedToo much detailed to no point. And the ending was not good at all..Score: 2/5

So goodLoved it.Score: 4/5

Azare MoralesAzarel24.Score: 5/5

What was the point??This book would have gotten a 2 star if it wasn’t for all the awesome 90’s references. I kept waiting for the book to get better, but unfortunately it didn’t. The author shares a lot about each character and then the book is over. I kept thinking, what is the point of this book? So many different storylines for no reason. Not my cup of tea..Score: 3/5

I enjoyed every second.I wish there would be a sequel. I read the last third of the book in one stretch, without even going to the bathroom I was that engaged.....Score: 5/5

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Little Fires EverywhereMeh. Never became invested in any of the characters. Superfluous details to wade through..Score: 2/5

Poignant and funA handful of characters, each of them unique and memorable. Amazing descriptions of shared life from conflicting perspectives of many women who are very different from each other. Dilemmas that make people certain of the correct answers, except the other half of humanity is just as equally convinced that their answer is the true one. Suspense. Love, beauty, truth. This book has it all and yet it is an easy and fun read..Score: 5/5

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