Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I struggled with the first half of this book. It’s wordy and slow and the author takes too much time to make her point.

The novel is about mothers and daughters, and the dreams that mothers have for their daughters. Marilyn’s mother was a single mom who wanted nothing more than for Marilyn to become a wife and mother, being taken care of. Marilyn wanted to opposite (to become a doctor and work), but ended up falling for her college professor and becoming a wife and mother, forcing her to put her own dreams on hold. Marilyn then repeats the cycle and pushes the dreams of becoming a doctor on her own daughter, Lydia. Lydia internally fights against this, but externally, she smiles and works hard and is eager to please her mother. In the end, Marilyn really does not know anything about her daughter.

The book is sad and depressing, but it’s a good story.


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