Do you go through times when you can’t stop reading? It’s like you have a reading bug and the only thing you want to do is to snuggle in bed and read a book. Well, that’s me for the past 14 days. I’ve been reading like there’s no tomorrow. Three books in two weeks: First, the Origin by Dan Brown, then Turtles all the way down by John Green and yesterday I finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.
Celeste’s previous book “Everything I never told you” was one of the best books I read in 2016. The story sucks you into the pages until you have finally read the last sentence, and you are left wishing there were more chapters to read, because although you have reached the end you know there is still more of the story to be told. So, when I saw she had released a new book, I knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible and I did.
Little Fires Everywhere is different from its predecessor. For starters, this one doesn’t begin with someone being dead! But the writing style is the same. As with the first book, in this one, you feel you really get to know the characters, you understand why they think they way they do, the reasons behind their actions and how they feel throughout the story. It could sound a bit confusing with too many story lines, but it’s written in a way you do not get confused and it’s very easy to follow along.
What is it about? To put it simple: Two families, four kids with opposite personalities, who are caught up in the middle of a very tricky situation regarding the ‘real’ meaning of motherhood. Who should keep a baby? The mother who gave birth but abandoned the child after not being able to provide appropriate conditions, or the woman who has taken care of the baby for the past 12 months, who provided food, a home and endless love?
Do you want to get immersed in a captivating story in a meant-to-be-perfect community while getting to know the internal battles of all the characters? All the fires within them? This is the book for you!