What I’m Reading: Everything I Never Told You

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I just finished listening to the audio book Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

All in all it was an pretty good book.  It’s written in first person and I’ve become a real fan of authors who switch from character to character writing in first person with the story told through each of the character’s eyes.  This book could have benefited from that writing style.

The book tells the story of a young girls struggle between wanting to please her parents and wanting to be herself.  The first line of the book is, “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.”..Lydia is the young girl.  I think had the story been told in first person, I would have felt “closer” to the Lydia…closer to her parents and closer to her siblings.  As is was told I didn’t feel as attached as I would have liked to.  That aside it was a pretty good book.

Here’s what Amazon has to say, “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing,Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.”

Amazon readers give the book 4.1 Stars.  I would be inclined to give it 3.5 stars for the reasons stated earlier.  I wanted to feel more connected to Lydia and her family.

What I’m Reading: Water from My Heart

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I just finished up listening to the audio book Water from My Heart: A Novel by Charles Martin.

I told you MANY times how much I like this author..and after reading this book.  I still can say he’s one of my favorites.   In most of his books someone was astray and finds their way to a good life.  This book was no different…the main, Charlie, is a drug runner.  The story is interesting and kept my attention.

If I were to compare this author to others I would say he’s much like Nicholas Sparks.

My favorite part of the book is the last chapter where Martin explains his own real life experience and how he came to write the book.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age sixteen. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it does in more lucrative but dangerous ventures he now operates off the coast of Miami. Charlie tries to separate relationships from work. But when his choices produce devastating consequences, he sets out to right wrongs, traveling to Central America where he will meet those who have paid for his actions, including a woman and her young daughter. Will their fated encounter present Charlie with a way to seek the redemption he thought was impossible–and free his heart to love one woman as he never knew he could?Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age sixteen. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it does in more lucrative but dangerous ventures he now operates off the coast of Miami. Charlie tries to separate relationships from work. But when his choices produce devastating consequences, he sets out to right wrongs, traveling to Central America where he will meet those who have paid for his actions, including a woman and her young daughter. Will their fated encounter present Charlie with a way to seek the redemption he thought was impossible–and free his heart to love one woman as he never knew he could?”

Amazon readers give it 4.9 stars.  I would agree.  I have one more book of his to read and then I will have read them all…I sure hope Martin keeps writing because I’ll miss his stories if he doesn’t.

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