Everything I Never Told You – Published 2014
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.
So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.
A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
This was another book that my grandma’s book club tackled, and a few of them, my grandma included, didn’t finish it. Some abandoned it once they started because it is so heavy, and others didn’t start once they heard it was depressing. This made it more intriguing to me, I think.
I actually didn’t mind how heavy it was, and it was heavy. Every family member has secrets that they shouldn’t be keeping to themselves if they want to sustain a healthy relationship with one another. I don’t mind depressing stories, as long as they’re written well, and this one was.
It was super interesting to get insight and perspective for Chinese Americans living in the 70s. I like a book that broadens my horizons and puts me into someone else’s shoes.
The ending was surprising to me. I won’t spoil it, but I thought I had it figured out many times, and I was wrong every time.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
It’s not uplifting. Ever. Not at all.
I need to grow up and get over the third person point of view thing, but I can’t.