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Book Review: Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng

little fires everywhere by celeste ngLittle fires everywhere

Paperback, 338 pages
Published September 12th 2017 
by Penguin Books 

Teacups: eee


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 lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren–an enigmatic artist and single mother–who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood–and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.



“your past chases you no matter how far you go, no matter how fast you go; you cannot run away from it”


I love reading a mystery. I love it when one by one everything unfolds and I am awestruck sitting on my couch looking like my brain has just got hit by a meteor. This book was expected to be like that.

All of the things… theme, synopsis, characters were mysterious. Though I waited till the 7th chapter to really get involved. Let’s talk about what I found interesting and awful in the book after discussing the cover.

Book cover: I usually like the blue one that gives you the Twilight mood and the paper house with falls but not dangerous fire. It is like the house you make with paper tends to catch fire if you are not careful.

What I liked:

  • The layer of characters and a story were opening like a Russian doll. All the characters were presented in a nonjudgmental way. Everyone had passed and reasons for being who they are right now and how situations carved them.
  • The story has been beautifully planned; it uses omniscient POV which I did not think many people like to read but I personally enjoyed it throughout the novel.
  • The novel talks about various aspects of life, society, and culture touch; one hand on motherhood, and then on the other hand the fingertips touch races and ideal norms and status.
  • It explores our world, our human nature, it shows us our selfishness or our priorities, our choices, and our tendencies.
  • Nag takes you to the town holding your head showing off her Pretty Little world and dolls AKA her characters in it.
  • There is a moment as the story goes you can see why it is named little fires everywhere you can see as one after other situations unfold living fires in characters’ lives.
  • The teenager life of Paul and Richardson’s children had something I collected like her portrayed them in their actions to very carefully

What I did not like:

  • Even though characters were interesting somewhere there were too much descriptions about who they are, how they live, and where they live.
  • The description of the shaker height was over the top. There were many moments in the book which have too many lines that I wanted to omit while reading.
  • At that point, I felt like nag touches so many aspects that she forgot the timeline and lost the very essence of the book.
  • What I really don’t like in this book is there were not any character development are you really wanted to change something very big into one of the characters in it and so many characters have potential to for example in Lexi’s life there can something could have happened in Mia’s life I guess she could have chosen something different and in Mrs. Richardson’s life she might have changed her nature too
  • Next, I felt that there were not any and the main big point I wanted in the book is the end’ because I wanted to see what happens after the fire and I didn’t get any end I guess that could be a sequel or something but I guess writer should have pointed it out in some way or ended the novel incorrect way.

My teenage self would love this book. but my present self did not like it that much I would have gone with this book for a few coffee dates but I would never collect it I honestly don’t want to read a similar book like this which don’t have and in development or ending because that’s what a student kind of a story I like but there is a lesson; I learned from this book is…
“your past chases you no matter how far you go, no matter how fast you go; you cannot run away from it”



“Most of the time, everyone deserves more than one chance. We all do things we regret now and then. You just have to carry them with you.”🐦

 Celeste Ng, Little fires everywhere

“I don’t have a plan, I’m afraid, but then, no one really does, no matter what they say.”🐦

Celeste Ng, Little fires everywhere

“Everyone sees race, Lex,” said Moody. “The only difference is who pretends not to.”🐦

Celeste Ng, Little fires everywhere


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