Book Looks: Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng


Phone Case | Sweater | Bag | Earrings | JeansSneakers

Title: Everything I Never Told You (2014)
Author: Celeste Ng
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue – in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest in the family – Hannah – who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened.

Read the first lines…

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. 1977, May 3, six thirty in the morning, no one knows anything but this innocuous fact: Lydia is late for breakfast. As always, next to her cereal bowl, her mother has placed a sharpened pencil and Lydia’s physics homework, six problems flagged with small ticks. Driving to work, Lydia’s father nudges the dial toward WXKP, Northwest Ohio’s Best News Source, vexed by the crackles of static. On the stairs, Lydia’s brother yawns, still twined in the tail end of his dream. And in her chair in the corner of the kitchen, Lydia’s sister hunches moon-eyed over her cornflakes, sucking them to pieces one by one, waiting for Lydia to appear. It’s she who says, at last, “Lydia’s taking a long time today.”

Upstairs, Marilyn opens her daughter’s door and sees the bed unslept in: neat hospital corners still pleated beneath the comforter, pillow still fluffed and convex. Nothing seems out of place. Mustard-colored corduroys tangled on the floor, a single rainbow-striped sock. A row of science fair ribbons on the wall, a postcard of Einstein. Lydia’s duffel bag crumpled on the floor of the closet. Lydia’s green bookbag slouched against her desk. Lydia’s bottle of Baby Soft atop the dresser, a sweet, powdery, loved-baby scent still in the air. But no Lydia.

39 thoughts on “Book Looks: Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

  1. I love this Book Look Reg. I would definitely wear everything you picked out here, actually change the colour of the jumper to red and I have that outfit in my wardrobe. Plus I could do with that phone case given I have a terrible of habit of forgetting things I need to do!
    This sounds like an amazing book as well. Have you read this yet? I’m definitely going to be adding it to my to-read list! 😀


  2. I put the book on my list. I had a childhood friend named Lydia and she died a few years ago. I don’t how she died, though. Her birthday was 4 days before mine and my mother used to date her uncle.


      • I have the newest phone I’ll have for awhile: I have the iPhone 6S. I’ll be paying that off for awhile!
        I found this cute case in my stuff just the other day that I forgot I bought, and it’s an iPhone 5 case! Argh! It’s so cute bc it’s a bejeweled Hello Kitty case. I’m thinking of giving it to someone who has an iPhone 5 or SE!


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