Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Book Summary

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, PasteKirkus ReviewsSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more...


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Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng) Book Reviews

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- Gripping Story5 star

A gripping story examining what it means to be family.

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- Great Books!5 star

Safe to say, another great book suggestion from Reese’s Book Club!

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- Little Fires Everywhere5 star

Interesting read...

- Little Fires Everywhere LiFE4 star

I'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 😷😂.....ro

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- Wonderful5 star

Page 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.

- WOW!!!5 star

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

- Quite Boring3 star

I 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.

- Little fires everywhere3 star

I 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.

- Exciting book5 star

I was able to finish the book in about 24 hours. I really enjoyed the book then following the series on Hulu.

- Very dynamic!4 star

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.

- Finally got interested at the end3 star

It 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.

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- Must read!!5 star

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.

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- Disappointing1 star

I read this straight out of curiosity... I had high hopes and I was let down. Overdeveloped characters and anticlimactic.

- Amazing!5 star

This book was so compelling and really makes you examine people’s motives and morals.

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- Underwhelming3 star

Where 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.

- Not what I expected2 star

Too much detailed to no point. And the ending was not good at all.

- Intriguing and Confusing4 star

Loved the book, I was hooked the whole time, however I felt the ending was flat and left me wondering 🤔

- Left wanting more4 star

The story consumed me and was well written. However, the ending felt rushed.

- Twists and Turns5 star

I 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.

- Thin storyline1 star

Just could not get interested. Read nearly all and gave up. Found it a snooze.

- Little Fires Everywhere3 star

Liked 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!

- Little Fires Everwhere4 star

Thoroughly 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!

- Love this book5 star

Relatable and a page turner.

- Little Fires Everywhere5 star

Such 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!

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- Little Fires Everywhere2 star

Meh. Never became invested in any of the characters. Superfluous details to wade through.

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Great Book

- Little Fires Everywhere4 star

I really enjoyed this book - not my usual read but it was thought provoking- reminding me of the times of the late 50’s and early 60’s.

- Overrated2 star

The book started out slow and never really picked up. I felt it was too long winded and found myself scanning paragraphs. It wasn’t horrible but I probably would not recommend it.

- Truth5 star

My favorite thing about this book is the family secrets. With today’s social Media obsessed world, everything appears perfect. Like a Disney fairytale. Not true. This story hits closer to home then any social media post I’ve ever read. Thank you!

- Mmm3 star

I’m not quite sure why everyone is in love with this book; it didn’t grab me. I just don’t get the hype.

- Just ok2 star

This book was rated so highly I was excited to read it. I really struggled to get through this book. It was so slow! There seemed to be a lot of back story and I kept thinking when are we going to get to the good part?

- Great5 star

I read this one on a road trip. Traveling, while diving into this story was perfection.

- Terrible1 star

This book is awful. I am not sure why it has any good reviews. I had to force myself through the book and for a very anti-climatic ending. Don’t waste your time!

- Little Fires Everywhere5 star

An excellent read. Totally involved with each and every character and their stories.

- Little Fires Everywhere5 star

A great read. I enjoyed this book from the first to the last page. I look forward to reading more of the author’s writings. Thank you for a great page turner.

- Fantastic.5 star

Fantastic squared.

- Little fires everywhere2 star

Eh, like an after school special, but somewhat overwritten

- Great read5 star

Captivating - couldn’t put it down - each character is deeper than they realize growing throughout the book !

- Great book5 star

Insightful and spellbinding. Really enjoyed it and will seek out Ms. Ng's other books!!😀😀

- Good read4 star

Loved the book but not the ending. I hope she writes a part 2 because it ended with to many questions.

- Didn’t love it3 star

Just seemed kind of blah and boring. Not a deep emotional read by any means but it was well written. Just quick and easy.

- Started out good3 star

Then dragged out unrealistically. Sounded a little like peyton Place..mrs richardson would not be so mean nor would mia have been so stupid and uncautious. She was so careful her entire life witth Pearl. I was bored at the end and wish i hadnt paid so much for this book on ebooks.. Much ado about nothing..

- Disappointing!2 star

I read the reviews and was anticipating a great deal more than I received. I got bored with hearing about Shaker heights and how wonderful it was and the only place to live yada-yada went on and on. This book certainly is no classic. The book got to be interesting once t Mia and Pearl got to "wonderland “ i.e.Shaker Heights, but only slightly. Very predictable and found the families pretentious, selfish and uncaring.

- Excellent family drama4 star

I became completely engrossed with the families in this book and very quickly I might add. There are so many lessons about life to take away from this novel. It was funny, sad, scary and realistic in so many ways. I will definitely be waiting for the next work from this wonderful author.

- Best book I’ve read in awhile!!!!!5 star

If you haven’t read this book yet, what are you waiting for?! It’s truly one of the best books I’ve read in sometime! There are so many twists and turns that kept me from even wanting to put it down! Awesome!!!

- A Must Read from a Gifted Author5 star

This book touched me so deeply I cried in my darkened hotel room in Shanghai, China at 3 in the morning! I read it through almost non stop. It wove into a captivating story the intricacies of family life and that everything we do has so many further consequences down the road like a stone being thrown in a pond or dominoes knocking each other over! Great read, great plot line and great characters especially the children. It will be a movie someday. And to my two grown sons, I did my best

- Heartfelt5 star

This was a great story, easy read, over too fast. Hope for a sequel

- Little Fires Everywhere5 star

Great read. I read until my eyes grew blurry. It was like watching a train wreck. The title certainly fit the book.

- For example5 star

I'm not sure

- EXCELLENT!5 star

I became so engrossed with the characters that I didn’t want it to end. One of the best books I have ever read.

- Not good1 star

Just finished this book and bought it due to the high praise. Don’t be fooled by positive reviews. This book is poorly written, the characters are flat, and the story itself is flimsy. Plot points change oddly with new characters coming into the story awkwardly. Don’t waste your time.

- Overrated.3 star

This book had great potential. The characters were all given lots of depth. Unfortunately the ending was hurried and not given a lot of clarity. Some may argue that the ending is for the reader to interpret.

- Great read4 star

Really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend

- Little fires everywhere5 star

Superb character development in this richly webbed story of an American family with all the scars and beauty showing all at the same time. Within the pages are several opportunities for good discussions and lessons to be learned about ourselves. I highly recommend this read.

- B4 star

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Comecei a ver little fires everywhere. A kerry Washington continua maravilhosa, mas ela tem uma característica de a…

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so far i like little fires everywhere but i feel like a lot of metaphors and comparisons are forced so that others make more sense.... yes?

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I just finished watching Little Fires Everywhere fully bc the first time I fell asleep watching it, and now I feel…

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@kbsontherun Little Fires Everywhere. It's a lot(of good), girl. I was crying in episode TWO.

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That said, ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ is the best series to come out this year.

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alright so I started Little Fires Everywhere, and yall were right when yall said Kerry’s mouth is annoying as hell 😕

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