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๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ by Celeste Ng


Confession: Iโ€™m not usually drawn to books that are adapted for television shows, even if I havenโ€™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 Iโ€™ve seen even just the trailer for a show, thatโ€™s been tainted.

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BUT, I gave this book a chance because I love Reese Witherspoon and Kerri Washington, and Iโ€™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. Itโ€™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 โ€œperfectโ€ 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 Miaโ€™s whim. One their moves takes them to the Richardsonโ€™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 โ€œgrayโ€ areas. Thereโ€™s one sub-plot in particular that had me truly questioning what I would do were I in these charactersโ€™ 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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