Everything I Never Told You
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.

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  • Navidad Thelamour
    Sep 28, 2016

    Navidad Thelamour

    "How suffocating it is to be loved that much." Everything I Never Told You centers around the Lee family: James, the Chinese-American professor who lectures on the epitome of what was never attainable for him—true Americanism, Marilyn, the blond wife who’d always dreamed of ...

  • Maggie
    Sep 24, 2016


    People decide what you're like before they even get to know you. Pretty sure I'm the bad guy here and I'm probably the only one who did not enjoy one thing about this story. And boy what a bummer and shame it is to write a negative review about a novel that literally won literary awar...

  • Leanne
    Aug 12, 2016


    Jeez, this book was sad. Not tragic love story sad or bawl your eyes out sad, but the uncomfortable, gut-aching sadness that comes with unfulfilled dreams and miscommunications and endlessly complicated family dynamics. Everything I Never Told You is certainly not a murder mystery - an...

  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    Aug 11, 2016

    Joce (squibblesreads)

    Full video review here! I read this book twice back-to-back. Books like Everything I Never Told You are why I read. I saw myself multiple times in the characters' struggles and beliefs. Celeste Ng has changed my life with this novel, and I'm so happy that it exists. ...

  • Eve
    Aug 5, 2016


    “How had it begun? Like everything: with mothers and fathers. Because of Lydia’s mother and father, because of her mother’s and father’s mothers and fathers.” Wow! Days after finishing this novel, I can't stop thinking about the Lee family. I had no idea what ...

  • Cathrine ☯
    May 25, 2016

    Cathrine ☯

    5There is an empty boat loosed from it's mooring and Lydia Lee is missing. “People decide what you’re like before they even get to know you. They think they know all about you. Except you’re never who they think you are.”Oh my, such exquisite writing and storytellin...

  • Dem
    Apr 21, 2016


    Everything I never told you is the debut novel by Celeste Ng and tells a powerful and yet quiet stroy about the Lee family who are coming to terms with losing their teenage daughter. The story is beautifully told and the prose has an eloquence to it that you only come across once in aw...

  • Regan
    Apr 5, 2016


    I received this book for review from Penguin Boy oh boy was I impressed by this book. Before I started reading it I was expecting something Lovely Bones esc. No. So much better. This story is kicks off with the reader finding out about the death of the "favorite child" Lydia, with this...

  • Carmen
    Mar 28, 2016


    "Ability to swim is preservation of life."These aren't the book's words, they're my sister's words. And they are true words, words I think of every time I swim. I am always reminded a tiny bit of my sister when I swim. You need to know how to swim, it is vital to survival. My grandmoth...

  • Michael
    Mar 19, 2016


    The book starts with a 16-year old girl’s disappearance and takes you on a slow deconstruction of what went wrong in her family that led up to what soon ends up to involve a mysterious drowning. Lydia Lee was so studious and responsible. Who could have targeted her for murder? Did...