Book Review Books

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

What a quirky little book this was. It takes place in Shaker Heights, Ohio and tells the story of three families that couldn’t be more different.

The Richardson family lives in a large, pristine house. The two parents and four kids, Izzy, Moody, Trip and Lexie, don’t seem to know how good they have it. They have never known anything less. Elena, the mother, is a reporter at the local paper.

Mia Warren, on the other hand, is a single mother of her daughter, Pearl. The two are nomads. They move from town to town as Mia looks for inspiration for her next art project. Mia, as it turns out, ends up renting a small apartment in a building owned by the Richardsons. Pearl befriends Moody and Lexie, and ends up dating Trip secretly.

While all this is going on, the McCullough’s have just adopted an Asian baby. When the baby’s biological mother discovers who has her baby she tries to sue to get it back. Elena puts her investigative skills to work to help, and also ends up investigating Mia as well.

Turns out Mia has quite the past. One even her own daughter is unaware of.

This book was an interesting read. While I usually love reading books for the perspectives of multiple characters, this one bounced around from one character to the next in a way that I didn’t really like. One paragraph is all about Elena and then the next the author has moved on to another character.

I think I just wanted more. More from each character. The book isn’t long in comparison to some of my other favorite authors, and perhaps it suffers from the short length. Oddly, though, I also believe that the shortness works in the books favor. You get a glimpse into these families lives but that’s all.

Worth a read if you are in for the weekend and you’re caught up on Netflix.

%d bloggers like this: