Dear LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng: What genre do you belong in?

Dear Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng:

You’ve been one of the most recommended books on my TBR ever since I watched and enjoyed Big Little Lies a few years ago. I had never read anything by Celeste Ng up until this point, and numerous other bookworms recommended you both for your gripping story and your fantastic writing. Needless to say, my expectations were already a little high when I first started listening to your audiobook.

I was hooked from the very beginning, with the aftermath of a fire set in the Richardson house. You reminded me of The Secret History by Donna Tartt in this way, another novel that begins with what is conventionally thought to be the “end” of the story (in that case, a murder). I knew the rest of the novel would be lead up to those initial moments, an explanation of why rather than what.

You were different from what I expected in many ways that I really enjoyed. Not only were you much more character-driven than plot-driven, but you also included a balance of teenage and adult perspectives. It’s difficult to say whether you would fall in the young adult genre or adult genre. In a way, I feel like it depends on the reader and which story line they personally relate to most. Although I’ve graduated college and am now in law school, reading about Izzy, Lexie, and Pearl’s struggles in high school brought me right back to my teenage years. Ng perfectly captures the awkwardness of being a teenager and not knowing what to do, how to act, and who to be in the future.

Along these same lines, it was also interesting to read about certain issues from the perspectives of different adults and teenagers. From race, class, motherhood, and even sex and abortions, you present the reader with multiple views on topics that aren’t often discussed so frankly and in such detail in novels like you. While you could certainly be categorized as a mystery or suspense novel, I think you could also be considered a contemporary novel about family dynamics and drama. You’re genre-defying in so many ways!

“It came, over and over, down to this: What made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?” 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Your story itself was engaging, gripping, and suspenseful. Your many story lines weaving in and out of each other kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. For each question answered you posed two more, making me reluctant to stop listening whenever I had to do work or something else that required my attention. As a law student, I was especially intrigued by and invested in the plot line involving the guardianship trial. I love reading novels that involve trials, but they can be a bit difficult to come by.

And yet, when it came time for your conclusion, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps it was because I had such high expectations going in or because you started with such a bang, but I was hoping for a bit more of a shock at your end. I suppose the surprises may have been intended to come along the way, and they certainly did; however, I still would have liked a bit more of a punch in the conclusion. You sort of fizzled out, leaving me wondering what I missed.

“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.” 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Nevertheless, you are a poignant, gripping, thought-provoking, genre-defying novel, one brimming with unexpected twists along the way. I am so glad that I finally followed the recommendations of so many bookworms, and I can’t wait to read more by Celeste Ng.

Yours,

HOLLY

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23 responses to “Dear LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng: What genre do you belong in?”

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I heard the most increible things about it, I must prioritize it 😍✨

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    1. It’s a great read! Hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

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  2. Well this is good to hear. I’ve been avoiding this one for so long because I hear about it all the time. Hype makes me nervous xD but I like the way you’ve described this so I know more what I’m getting into. How was the narrator for the audiobook?

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    1. The narrator was great! Would definitely recommend the audiobook πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy!

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    I had the same feelings about this one. I wanted more from the ending, too, but overall it was great! I’m currently watching the Hulu adaptation. I think it follows pretty closely, and the casting is spot-on. 😍

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    1. Ooh I can’t wait to watch the Hulu adaptation! Glad to hear that you felt the same way!

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  4. I’m so happy you enjoyed this one! It’s one of my favorite book, I just love how it gives so many perspective on various issue that happened πŸ™‚

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    1. Absolutely, the different perspectives are so interesting to read about! They add so much depth to the story.

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  5. I am glad you enjoyed this one! 😊 I recently read this one as part of a book club pick and really enjoyed it, too. So far it’s one of my fav reads this year. πŸ’šπŸ’š

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    1. Yes! It’s an excellent read, glad you enjoyed it as well!

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  6. I was really thinking it’s just the hype but after reading this I must give it a try

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  7. Glad you liked it. It’s the first Celeste Ng book I’ve read and I went and bought her first book soon after finishing it. I was also expecting something bigger at the end.

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    1. Glad to hear that I’m not the only one who felt that way about the ending! I’m also looking forward to reading more of her work!

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  8. […] Holly @ Nut Free Nerd also blogs about a lot of different types of books, but her posts surrounding classics have been so wonderful to read, so I’m nominating her for this award! I love how she gets me hyped to read more classics and shares monthly classic recommendations, as well as does reviews of classics she’s read. Her enthusiastic and informative posts are well-loved by me! […]

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  9. Found you via Orangutan Librarian. What an original way to write a review: I love it. I look forward to reading other posts on your blog, Holly.

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    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

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      1. You’re welcome, Holly x

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  10. This fizzled out for me as well- which was disappointing cos I also thought it would have had a more explosive ending, but there were things I liked. Really liked this review, cos I haven’t been able to articulate my feelings for this one since I read it!

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad to know that I’m not the only one who felt this way about the ending. It just seemed so anticlimactic after everything that happened!

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  12. […] Holly, who writes such unique reviews, and who I look up to a lot. I trust all of her book opinions, and each new post of hers is great! […]

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