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A Book That I Liked: Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

Updated: Apr 23, 2021

As someone who loves Reese Witherspoon, and trust her taste with a seriousness that most only put in their mothers, I was highly disappointed with the execution of this book. Now don't get me wrong, the book was a good read and had some exciting twist and turns. However, the book took me a while to become invested in and felt like a lifetime to read. The start of the book was not my cup of tea, but did do a great job setting up what was to come. My biggest issue with the book is that when it finally got juicy, there was only about 15% left to read, not statistically accurate but my best guess.

The best moments, seemed to be cut short by the lack of pages that were left and yet, we still get to the meat, pardon my noun vegan friends, of the story and get a great deal of insights. The end of the book was fascinating to me and left me happy that I had pushed through to the finish.

Now for the heartbreaking moment...

Upon finishing this book, I was counting down the days until the Hulu series, created by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. This show was good and did come across similar to the tone of the book, however, the biggest plot point did not happen in the series, and it was SOOO upsetting. I binged the series with my gal pals and was on edge the entire time, waiting for the big reveal. Guess what... to my utter state of shock, it DID NOT HAPPEN. Crazy right? There I was, so glad that I read the book, because I knew what was going to take place, and yet the series had other plans. This was upsetting, as I was actually happy with the ending of the book, and excited to see it portrayed on my television screen. Oh well.

I will recommend this book to anyone who:

  1. Has time on their hands.

  2. Has seen the series and is curious as to what happened in the book.

  3. Loves watching Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon!

  4. Or whoever wants to see Reese Witherspoon be the ULTIMATE helicopter parent . She's really good at that. The Christmas Card scene (Hulu series), OMG! I died!

I'm saddened by this experience, but I'll always say that knowledge is knowledge and therefore, I'm happy to have read another book. These are my insights, I think I built the book up beforehand and had unrealistic expectations. The show is a hit and could not have happened without the text.

As always, if you want to follow along of my reading journey, you can follow me on instagram at @ashsreadinglist.

Happy Reading Y'all,


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