Ok. So. Here’s the thing. I really don’t know how I feel about Little Fires Everywhere. Like seriously, I’ve been thinking about the ending and thinking about the characters and I really don’t know. But I think I like it? Hopefully we find out by the end of this post. Let me explain.
I read Everything I Never Told You a bit ago and did not like it. Namely because I didn’t like 90% of the characters. If you’ve read most of my posts, or even just one post, you know that characters make all the difference for me. And plot. And theme. She’s picky ok?
So I went into Little Fires Everywhere with a bit of trepidation but was willing to give it a try. I’m glad I did. I liked it much much better than the first novel. And right before the ending Ng was well on her way to being redeemed. Here’s why.
Mother – daughter duo Mia and Pearl move into a cookie cutter suburb. Which wouldn’t be a big deal except they aren’t cookie cutter people. The town has very strict bylaws about house colors, grass length, ect but Mia is an artist and gypsy with a mysterious past. Pearl is a bit more mainstream but definitely not cookie cutter.
Then you have the ultimate cookie family. The Richardson’s.
PTA Mom, absent busy white collar Dad, two sons, two daughters.
Trip is the oldest son, athletic and lady killing. (A truly horrible phrase)
Lexie is the oldest daughter, pretty, popular, dating the prom king.
Moody, son number 2. Pearl’s best friend and king of the friend zone.
Last but not least, Izzy. The only one who isn’t cookie cutter in the family and unfortunately, the character we see the least of.
Looking back at my character summaries, they look like very stereotypical characters. And honestly, they kinda are. Which is why I had to ask myself, is the part of me that likes this book the same part of me that likes Riverdale?
Upon further reflection I have decided it isn’t. Mia and the plot that elevate Little Fires Everywhere to more than just a soap opera.
You see, a family friend of the Richardson’s is trying to adopt a Chinese American baby. And the drama catches quicker than wildfire. Secrets are revealed, the classes clash, and things aren’t what they seem.
I can’t go too much more in depth because I don’t want to give anything away, but I do need to mention that the ending was #trash. Sorry, I don’t make the rules.
But I have come to my conclusion. Despite the ending, I would recommend this book. It’s very modern American life-real life drama-very of the time work. I’ve read a couple of those at this point and I feel kinda eh about them. But it’s a good one. So read it.