Celeste Ng, follows up her last inter-cultural masterpiece, ‘Everything I Never Told You’ with a book that traces the class and cultural differences in US. The story is so compelling that you turn pages instantly, and the writing so good, that you regret only so much is left. The characters, particularly the teenagers – Lexi, Chip, Moody, Izzy, and Pearl are drawn really sharply, and distinctively. The only drawback is the excessive back stories of the adults – Mrs. Richardson and Mia – that slow down the pace of the book. An interesting lesson there – sometimes the writers feel compelled to tell us the back stories of some of the main characters , to tell us how they came to be what they are, and sometimes the readers only want to get on with the story and don’t really care. Overall, a brilliant book.
A must read.