Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Ri...


Details Little Fires Everywhere

TitleLittle Fires Everywhere
ISBN9780735224292
Author
Release DateSep 12th, 2017
PublisherPenguin Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Audiobook
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Reviews Little Fires Everywhere

  • Emily May
    2017-07-28
    All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. 4 1/2 stars. You should go into this book expecting what it is: a slow-moving character portrait filled with complex family dynamics and small-town politics. If you know what this is, like with Ng's Everything I Never Told You, and don't go into it expecting fast-pacing and high-octane drama, you will probably find this quiet read to be...
  • Melissa
    2017-08-08
    *4.25 stars*Little Fires Everywhere is such an apt title for a novel that delves into the intricacies and angst that undoubtedly burns through some relationships—none more so than mother and daughter. At its core, this story explores the notion that being a mother doesn’t mean being perfect; it comes down to love, sacrifice and sheer will. Through her cast of captivating characters, Celeste Ng confronts the reality that haunts us all—each a...
  • Deanna
    2017-09-18
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpress.com/“Little Fires Everywhere” is my first read by Celeste Ng, but I’m pretty sure that it won’t be my last. I could easily have read this book in just one or two sittings but life got in the way (in this case life being a glass of 7up, a knee jerk and “Nooo! Save the books!”). But once the book was dry, I picked it up again and didn’t stop until I finished the ...
  • Julie Ehlers
    2017-07-21
    The order of the small town on the riverbankForever at war with the order of the dark and starlit soul—Adrienne Rich, “8/1/68”The nonconformist has always been at war with the suburbs—Adrienne Rich was writing about it 50 years ago, and she surely was not the first. I can understand this dichotomy; I myself have certainly experienced suburbs where a high level of conformity seemed to be expected, resulting in a weird high-school atmospher...
  • Elyse Walters
    2017-09-12
    I pre-ordered this book months ago. It arrived at 12:01am today. I've been reading non - stop.... a one- sitting read with a few necessity breaks. Here's is my problem.... I feel as if I've read this story before. I was only mildly interested in many scenes. There were parts I found trite and parts I found semi boring. Personally - I found the characters to be very one dimensional. Here's another problem I have:Yesterday I finished reading "In Th...
  • Matthew
    2018-06-23
    Dang!If this book does not get your brain churning, well, then you did read the same book I just did!This book is filled with so many scenarios with so many questions and no perfect answers. Every situation is a little pile of kindling and any of the questionable solutions will only ignite the fire . . . soon you have a bunch of fires ready to burn everything to the ground. Man, that would be a great title for this book! Oh . . . wait . . .It has...
  • Larry H
    2017-09-13
    I'd rate this 3.5 stars. (I know, it's killing me, too.)Sometimes one of my greatest frustrations with books I read is that it is difficult for me to believe that a character would do something egregious as a knee-jerk reaction to something they don't agree with. I know, I'm reading fiction, which isn't always directly based on real life, but sometimes a character's actions are so ridiculous and ring so false that they really change my feelings a...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2017-12-22
    “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.” Never in my life have I read any book, any narrative, that cared as deeply for all of its characters as this one did. Little Fires Everywhere lives in the grey area, leaving it impossible not to be invested, impossible not to love every character and cry for every character and root for every character,...
  • Maxwell
    2016-10-01
    When I read Celeste Ng's debut novel Everything I Never Told You in late 2014, I was smitten. Ng's writing was so beautiful, her characters so real, and the story so compelling. I instantly knew I would be reading whatever she put out next.Three years later and I'm happy to say that Ng has returned with just as stunning of a novel as her debut. Little Fires Everywhere is hands down one of the best books I've read this year; and just like its pr...
  • Lori
    2017-10-16
    So, self-identification determines if a book is YA? Based on more than 60% of the content, this is young adult material. It’s good; parts are excellent, others not so much. I liked Mia’s backstory as she became an artist using experimental photography. I thought that the custody dispute concerning “Oriental Barbie” was worth at least a star or two.A lot of the characters are clichéd. The at-home Mr. Richardson could be a cardboard cutout...
  • Susanne Strong
    2017-09-11
    5 Amazing Bright Shiny Stars! I would give it 100 if Goodreads would let me. Little Fires Everywhere is a novel that far surpasses any other that I have ever read. I don't know how Celeste Ng did it. It is a brilliantly written novel with intricate, rich and wholly vivid characters whose lives are so fully intertwined you can't help but read on in bewildered awe of how Celeste Ng created these characters. My nerve endings were fully engaged on h...
  • Angela M
    2017-06-26
    The Richardson family lives a perfect life, planned to a T and that's what Elena Richardson, her husband and four children seem to have, at least to fifteen year old Pearl Warren. Pearl moves with her itinerant artist mother, Mia, into a rental house owned by the Richardsons in Shaker Heights and becomes infatuated with this family, their house, their life style so different from her own and is mostly infatuated with three of the teenage siblings...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2017-10-26
    4.5 It's my first novel by Celeste Ng and even though Literary Fiction/Contemporary isn't my genre, I really enjoyed this one. I now have to pick up "Everything I Never Told You" which has been on my shelves for way too long!Would recommend if you're looking for a slow character driven book full of emotions!
  • Liz
    2017-11-14
    At first glance, this book seems to be mostly about teenagers, but then it struck me that it’s really about parenting. Each parent thinks they’re doing the right things in the way they raise their children. But who truly is? Ng does a good job of bringing each character to life. Izzy is the most unique of the characters. And the relationship between Izzy and Mrs. Richardson is spot on perfect. “When it came to Izzy, Mrs. Richardson was sel...
  • Diane S ☔
    2017-07-26
    An author that has the uncanny ability and insight to look deep inside the workings of the often complicated relationships between mothers and daughters. Mrs. Richardson prides herself on always following the rules, believing if this is done success in life and family will follow. She has four children , but as we know saying it doesn't make it so. Mia, a single mother, has a secret, a secret that will be used to her detriment. She was my favorit...
  • Meredith
    2017-04-16
    Intensely complex, multi layered, and intricately plotted Little Fires Everywhere is a profoundly complicated and jarring read about motherhood, freedom, and the human experience. When unconventional artist Mia and her fifteen year old daughter, Pearl, move to Shaker Heights, Ohio their lives dramatically change. Of even great significance is their impact on the seemingly perfect Richardson family. On the surface, the Richardson’s seem to have...
  • Maureen
    2017-10-17
    Metaphorically speaking, everyone has 'little fires' in their lives - events that begin as a small spark, and have the ability to transform into a raging inferno, changing lives for ever.Shaker Heights, Cleveland is an idyllic place to live, everything has been planned to create the perfect community, but it's residents are expected to live by its many rules and regulations.The Richardson's are quintessentially the kind of family who the communit...
  • Jen
    2017-10-01
    This is one of those reads that starts off as a small flame. Then just as the smoke becomes a raging inferno, the story has gotten under your skin and you've inhaled more than you thought and instead of it going to your lungs, it aims straight for the heart.It's a story of relationships - Mother daughter ones. It starts off with Mia and daughter, Pearl, who move to shaker heights which is an upscale suburban neighbourhood where life is both homog...
  • Julie
    2017-10-11
    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a 2017 Penguin Press publication. A smart, but often scathing look at entitlement coupled with the endless dynamic layers between mother and child. The Clinton era gets a sharp examination as we drop in on Shaker Heights, an ideal suburban community with plenty of unspoken rules for its financially comfortable residents. The Richardson family is the prototype of the community, with Elena Richardson embraci...
  • Jenna
    2017-10-11
    My favorite part of this book was the part when I deposited my still-pristine hardcover copy, unblemished BOTM Club bookmark and all, into the Little Free Library down the street - knowing that although I did not much enjoy the book, I am one of approximately 998 readers in that regard, and therefore my little free deposit would hopefully confer lotta free joy on someone else.I didn't hate this book at first; rather, the dislike gradually seeped ...
  • Berit☀️✨
    2017-10-25
    5 complicated stars!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I have read SO many wonderful books lately, I keep thinking I can’t rate all these books 5 stars... but then I think how can I not? They all definitely deserve it! SO here I go again with another gushing review!(Currently I’m reading a book I’m not all that crazy about, so I promise a slightly negative review to come😉)What makes you a mother biology or love?This book was about the bonds between mot...
  • Dana Ilie
    2018-05-07
    3.7 starsCeleste Ng’s writing style wasn’t super easy to read. I feel the need to stress that Little Fires Everywhere is not a fast-paced, easy to read suburban thriller. It’s a slow-paced novel of fiction that focuses on American suburbia and middle class ethics that often requires more attention when reading to make sure you pick up on every subtle detail. All the time I read this book, I have the sensation that it was a script of an Desp...
  • Lola
    2017-12-05
    I felt so invested in the characters.Not at first. That’s what’s interesting. In the beginning, everyone looked the same to me. Everyone *felt* the same. I had trouble distinguishing characters from one another.But then I started learning about their pasts and began to see people in a different light. Mia Warren, for instance, is extremely secretive. She isolates herself on purpose and moves from place to place on a regular basis. She doesn...
  • jessica
    2018-08-22
    ‘all her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. it so easily went out of control.’ i honestly wasnt expecting to enjoy this book. i didnt really like celeste ngs debut and i thought this was probably overhyped. but this is one of the few occasions where i am actually happy to admit i was wrong. i knew from the first chapter, where the title comes into play, that i was in for a real treat. if you dont know by now...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2018-01-16
    This novel is amazing! I regret not reading it sooner.What happens when two characters with very different personalities converge? A captivating story. On one corner we have Elena Richardson, a successful, married reporter with four children who live in a well-to-do neighborhood, she has planned out carefully her life and executed it meticulously. On the other corner we have Mia Warren, an enigmatic, creative, single artist and her daughter Pearl...
  • R.K. Gold
    2018-04-10
    I'd probably give this 3.5, I guess. I don't know. I didn't like this book, but I feel like I should. Ng is a phenomenal writer but I just couldn't get into this book. The first chapter was amazing and I thought I was in for something special.There was a clear theme of ignorance in the "progressive" town of Shaker Heights that only outsiders and Izzy could see. The reason I couldn't get into this book was that all the supporting characters felt a...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    2017-10-09
    The whole time I was listening to this book, I couldn't shake the feeling of deja vu. It finally dawned on me that Little Fires Everywhere inexplicably reminded me of a childhood favorite book called The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright. Both books feature families of four rambunctious kids and Celeste Ng writes in a confident, animated manner that is reminiscent of Elizabeth Enright's style. The books each have more of an infectious, rather than a...
  • Taryn
    2017-09-10
    3.5 Stars. Celeste Ng certainly knows how to start a story! "Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down." The town was already on edge because of a controversial adoption case, but now the Richardsons' family drama has given them something new to talk about. What's going on behind closed doors in this perfect suburban co...
  • Carol
    2018-01-09
    3.5 Stars....my true rating. I've been putting off writing my review....and rethinking my rating on LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE bc it just didn't blow me away like it did so many others, and I really wanted time to think about it....What am I missing? It's just kind of a soap opera really and nothing we haven't heard before. One family with teens who make mistakes (one big one) and a busy-body mother who thinks she's better than everybody. Another mo...
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    2018-10-26
    🔥 🏠 3.5 stars (rounded up). While beautifully written, emotional and intense - Little Fires Everywhere didn't blow me away as much as I expected it would. It was a slow-burn book that required your investment and I have to admit to skimming some pages because they felt long. The story for me was about more than the storyline though that was certainly interesting. What resonated with me was Ng's depiction of relationships. The relationsh...