Little Fires Everywhere
ISBN: 014313566X
EAN13: 9780143135661
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 17, 2020
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 1.181102" H x 7.401575" L x 4.173228" W
Weight: 0.4761985 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

The runaway New York Times bestseller

Named a Best Book of the Year by:
People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more

I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting. -Jodi Picoult

To say I love this book is an understatement. It's a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears. - Reese Witherspoon

I am loving Little Fires Everywhere. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year.--John Green

Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel. - Paula Hawkins

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful Read More chevron_right

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I love this book! Even after watching the show I loved reading the detail of the book. It’s so entertaining
   A very good read
A quick, but absorbing read. My first Celeste Ng book. Covers many subjects and would be a great book club pick. So much to discuss! Hope to read more from this author.
I read this book because I loved the TV show. The book is just a good and you get a better background of the story. It is different than the show in some ways. I would definitely recommend! I finished the book in 2 days!!!
   Poor Plot and Underdeveloped Characters
I like to read. I was hoping Little Fires Everywhere would be a page-turner with thick plot twists. I have yet to watch the show, but I don't want to go through the book now. The organization of the book is poor. The reader is left wondering what the point is when the characters are developed midway through the book. It wasn't until the last chapter of the book that I began to worry. Save your money if you want to read this. You can watch the show.
The book is compelling. I wanted to know what happened next. There were a dozen small plot flaws. There was a big flaw. Who thinks a person with no money can jump on a plane and take a baby with no passport to a foreign country? Is it really? This was impossible in the 90s. The way everything ended left me devastated and sick, despite the fact that one main event was impossible and another was created by a two-dimensional character. I wish I hadn't read the book, it brought up some thoughtful points for discussion, but overall I don't think I would have liked it.
   A wise and haunting story
There is a lot of depth in the book that appears to be a simplistic writing style. The topic of what is better for a child to live with her birth mother in poverty or have a better shot at life with an adoptive family felt very personal to me. My grandmother lost her newborn daughter in a Soviet prison when she was pregnant with her two small kids. When a letter arrived from the orphanage stating that someone wanted to adopt my grandma's baby, she couldn't read it and probably wasn't anyone willing to read it to her. At the time, I wish there was someone like Mia for her. Her newborn daughter was adopted and lost to her forever. My grandma's generation kept their mouths shut, and I didn't know until after my aunt was adopted that she was a baby girl. I would have done everything to find her.
   I wish it wouldn't have ended
The novel had a slow start, but it was essential to the story. It was a beautiful story. I finished it at about 3 AM, but sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and read to go back to sleep. I just had to keep reading. I loved the characters and always wanted to know what would happen to them next. I wanted to control what was happening, but not everything could come out the way I wanted it. There is so much I would like to see happen in the future to each of the characters, that I would love to see CelesteNG continue this story in another volume. I would read it right away. It has been made into a series on Hulu, so maybe Celeste will be asked to continue the series after the first season is over.
   It's just OK
The book is a current formula book. Diversity and cognizance of the me too movement are all criteria for a book or movie today. It's a lot to think about when it comes to being a parent. I am sure it will get high marks from other people. The wealthy families are unkind and thoughtless. Poor families are nice. There are no solutions to age old problems. A basic novel is what it is.
The character development in this book was excellent, but I felt ambivalence about some characters more than once. Most of the time, I was angry with Mrs. Richardson and her small town. I would avoid this person in any location. Mia, my favorite character in the book, was portrayed in questionable ways throughout the book, so each of the other characters questioned themselves, their points of view. I don't know why I didn't like this book as much as I wanted. Maybe the secrets each character kept was the reason for it. Maybe it was the lack of insight into the harm Mrs. Richardson had caused in each person's life and why she felt it necessary to act before thinking. I am not sure. I was hoping that she would get beyond her shallowness. It felt disconnected to me. I was in no hurry to finish the book and often set it aside to relax.
   A topic does not a book make
I bought this because of the rave reviews. I went back to check if I missed it. This book could've been a short story. It's been filled with uninteresting side plots, unnecessary back stories and more banal information about Shaker Heights than you can shake a stick at. The topic is ageless and divisive. There are Greek plays on it. The first half of the book went on and on, but in this book it's presented over halfway through via characters other than that. The writing does not make up for this. I believe teenage girls would like it. I didn't.