Title: Little Fires Everywhere
Author: Celeste Ng
This is an interesting book and did not play out the way I thought it would.
We start off with a fire at the Richardson house, and the finger is pointed at Izzy, one of the daughters who lives there. So straight away you know this is all going to end in flames as the novel then jumps back to the previous June and we slowly work our way to figuring out why Izzy burnt the house down.
We follow many characters, all who have problems of their own and without their knowledge, these problems all intertwine within eachother. Pearl and her photographer mother Mia move into a rental property owned by the Richardson family, and very quickly Pearl becomes obsessed with them. During her time with the family, her mother Mia gets a job as a cleaner of the Richardson home, where Izzy becomes obsessed with her and her photography. While all this is going on, there is also a town scandal where a biological mother is fighting for custody of her daughter who she abandoned and is now in the custody of Mrs Richardsons’ close friends the Mc Culloughs.
It is a novel that highlights a lot of the social issues of our time: underage sex, parental rights and adoption, social media and the general media, as well as the usual relationships between a mother and daughter. It covers many genres quite widly in that this novel could easily work as Young Adult and Adult Fiction. It is a bit dark, and does touch on some emotional issues so watch out for that.
One thing I didn’t like about the novel was how long it took to get to the reason why Izzy set the house on fire. It doesn’t happen until the last few pages, and I felt like I needed a bit more story afterwards to have the feeling of closure. The first scene is in the back of your mind the whole way through, and to not have an ‘after the fire’ story does leave you hanging. The teenage storyline can get a bit weak and wishy-washy after a while, and during those times I found it easy to put the book down. But when it gets good, you spend the whole day waiting to come home and read more.
If you like novels with a bit of a dark side, a novel that makes you think and deals with some serious issues, then you should absolutely read this. You can pick it up from the Book Depository by clicking here.
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