Title: Little Fires Everywhere
Author: Celeste Ng
Page Count: 336
Mrs. Elena Richardson lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her husband and four kids. The two boys are Trip and Moody and the two girls are Lexie and Izzy. They live in the perfect suburban home, where Mrs. Richardson is a journalist and Mr. Richardson is a lawyer. Mrs. Richardson meets Mia and her daughter Pearl and decides to let them stay in their rental home that they own. Mrs. Richardson is immediately suspicious of Mia, an artist who works side jobs and spends all of her extra time at home with her photography and painting, and she decides to do some investigating on her. Meanwhile, Pearl has grown close in friendship with Moody and loves going over to the Richardson’s home to hang out with them. Mr. Richardson takes on a case of a couple who are actually very close to Elena, The McCulloughs. They have adopted a Chinese baby who was left on the steps of the fire department. But now the birth mother of the baby wants her baby back and is fighting The McCulloughs for custody.
The story starts out with the Richardson’s house on fire. There are literally little fires in each of the bedrooms. All of the Richardson’s are outside watching the fire department but one person is missing. Izzy. Izzy is the “odd” member of the family. She doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the kids and her mother seems to give her more of a hard time than the other kids. Then from there, we jump back to learn how exactly this fire started. I went back and forth with my thoughts on this book so many times. At first, I really liked Mia. Then about halfway through, I didn’t like her so much. But by the end, I liked her again. I liked that she wasn’t part of the perfect suburban lifestyle. She wasn’t interested in trying to be like Mrs. Richardson. She is an artist and I really enjoyed that aspect. Pearl on the other hand, was boring to me. I can’t really remember any significant things about her, to be honest. She was just dull character. Elena… I liked her at the beginning but she slowly was showing who she really is and I really disliked her by the end. She is so manipulative and she thinks that she leads this perfect life, but she is not perfect in anyway. I know nobody is perfect, obviously. But there’s just something about those people who think they are perfect that really just irk me.
Izzy and Moody were my two favorite of the Richardson kids. I think that Moody is just the greatest friend. He’s the one who ends up befriending Pearl in the first place. And of course, Izzy was just great. I tend to like characters that don’t fit in. I like people who stand out and are not in the mold of the cookie cutter family and who act like themselves and not like everyone around them. I don’t really have any opinion on Trip or Lexie. Neither one of them acted like they wanted anything to do with Pearl and by the end of the book we see how they really felt.
The mystery surrounding Mia’s background was very interesting to me. I was so intrigued to find out what Mia was hiding and I couldn’t figure it out until it was actually revealed. And the situation with the court case… It’s so hard to say what my opinion is because I don’t know yet. On one hand, the Asian baby should be with her mother, Bebe, but on the other hand, her mother chose to leave her on that fire stations steps. Does she deserve a second chance? I don’t know! This book deals with adoption and abortion and motherhood, all really personal and heavy topics. If someone has an abortion, they don’t get that second chance to change their mind. So does Bebe deserve a second chance? I don’t think she does but I’m still not quite sure.
I gave this book three stars because I didn’t love it. I was irritated with the characters a lot and the story wasn’t totally that interesting to me. I just didn’t care that much about the characters, like I should have. I thought the book was okay and I would definitely recommend it if you are into dramas. This was definitely a drama and a lot of it.