[Book Review] 'Everything I Never Told You' by Celeste Ng

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It all begins with Lydia's death.

One morning, her family members just realize that she's already missing. They call the police, eventually; the search begins. Yet, to their surprise, Lydia's body is found at the bottom of the lake near their house.

Someone's behind her death, her mom is convinced. Even Nath, her brother, believes a guy named Jack has something to do with it since they have been too close recently. But they are both wrong.

That's because Lydia's death is more complex than any of them has ever imagined. As the narrative progresses, readers are able to get to know more about Lydia's family and how complicated things have been for them from the very beginning, and how these complications have, directly and indirectly, led to her fall.

Everything I Never Told You does begin with Lydia’s death, but it’s definitely not just about that. Instead, it is a portrait of a family that has gone through a lot and is constantly forced to face issues concerning race and gender.

It is heartfelt and thought-provoking at the same time. Its wise use of dialogues, clever character design, and impressive use of setting enables it to raise important questions without sounding too didactic.

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Mina Deocareza

[Book Review] 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In Night-Time' by Mark Haddon

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This is not your ordinary detective novel.

The story begins when a dog called Wellington gets killed one night. Christopher, the protagonist, is about to say hi to his neighbor's pet but to his surprise, the dog's already dead. Someone has just stabbed him with a garden fork.

Then, his adventure begins. After the incident, he decides to find out who the dog killer is. Inspired by his favorite character, Sherlock Holmes, he uses some investigative skills and starts looking for clues. He also decides to write everything down in a book. He also tries to roam around the neighborhood and talk to people, hopeful that one day he will eventually meet someone who can give useful information on who the killer is.

Of course, in the end, he will find out who it is--plus more. As he talks to people within the neighborhood, he also unveils a secret about his family.

More things about Christopher will also surface as the story progresses: his condition, how he looks at things, and how brilliant he is as a person.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time is definitely one of the most emotional books I have ever read. It is entertaining and touching at the same time.

I think this is made possible by the very promising design of the characters, particularly Christopher. His motivations, leading to the shocking discoveries he has had, and how it has sparked conflict with the other characters make the novel even more interesting.

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Mina Deocareza