In summer 1977, teenager Lydia Lee is found dead in a lake in her small hometown in rural Ohio. Lydia’s parents – her father is Chinese-American and her mother is white – struggle to understand what happened to their ambitious and responsible daughter. The mystery in Everything I Never Told You centers not on Lydia’s death, but on her hidden inner life. As the story progresses, Ng deftly peels away the layers of Lydia’s story to reveal a girl very different from her parents’ description.
In this debut novel, Celeste Ng relates a quiet and beautiful tale of a family finding their place and chafing under the burdens of both individuality and parental expectations.
Availability: USMAI, SMCM
Review Submitted by: Kaitlyn Grigsby
Rating: Highly Recommended