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π˜“π˜ͺ𝘡𝘡𝘭𝘦 𝘍π˜ͺ𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 by Celeste Ng


Confession: I’m not usually drawn to books that are adapted for television shows, even if I haven’t watched the show. I think this is because I love imagining in my head and deciding for myself what the characters look like, and once I’ve seen even just the trailer for a show, that’s been tainted.

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BUT, I gave this book a chance because I love Reese Witherspoon and Kerri Washington, and I’m down with characters represented by those stunning ladies.

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The plot was interesting enough for me to blow through this book in just a few days. It’s centered on the Richardson family and their foil, the Warrens.

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Elena Richardson has lived in the idyllic community of Shaker Heights nearly all her life and comes from a long line of SH residents. She is the epitome of the established woman with the β€œperfect” home, family, and career life-balance most strive for.

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Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl, on the other hand, have grown no roots. Self-proclaimed nomads, they pick up and move on at Mia’s whim. One their moves takes them to the Richardson’s rental home, where they become tenants.

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As the paths of these two ladies cross, things that once seemed settled and sure now become disturbed, leading to significant domino effects.

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I think my favorite part of this book is how Ng establishes the dichotomy between black-and-white thinking vs. living in the β€œgray” areas. There’s one sub-plot in particular that had me truly questioning what I would do were I in these characters’ shoes.

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While a couple of plot points seemed unrealistic/forced, overall I really enjoyed this read and would recommend!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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