BOOK: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer…
Hey guys! I’m trying something new with my blog/Insta in hopes that I can keep up with it a little better. I hope you like it the book photo, flat lay, and outfit photo combination—I think it’s working for me so far, but I’m only one week in so stay tuned. This week I’m excited to bring you Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. This book was a RW Book Club pick a month or so ago, and I could not wait for it to come out because I loved Celeste’s first novel, Everything I Never Told You, SO much. Little Fires lived up to my expectations of it for sure. It’s about the perfect (real) town of Shaker Heights, Ohio—a place that looks, smells, and sounds like success. Pearl and her mother Mia move to Shaker and rent an apartment from Elena Richardson and her picture-perfect family. All of the Richardson children have some kind of a connection with Pearl—a connection that turns out to be too good to be true for some of them. When some neighborhood drama engulfs the town, Pearl and Mia are involved, and Elena inserts herself into the situation in order to get to the bottom of what’s going on while secretly hoping there are some dirty little secrets she can expose. The idea of the perfect little suburb of Shaker Heights is challenged throughout Ng’s novel, and she leaves readers wondering if it will ever be the same.
This book is a little bit slower paced, but still high in intensity. I was hooked from the start because, having spent a lot of time in and around Cleveland, Shaker Heights is familiar to me. I always love reading novels set in places that I’ve been to—I feel more connected to them I guess. I loved how Ng developed her characters and used a mix of past and present to paint a full picture of their lives. I’d say it is almost as good as her first novel—definitely worth the read. Little Fires would make a great book club pick for the fall!
And speaking of fall…this outfit is on repeat every week in my world. I wish I had ten of these vests. It’s so comfy and you can dress it up for work or dress it down for casual stuff too. I’ve had my eye on the shoes for a while, having first seen them at Nordstrom Rack. A little patience led me to this look-alike pair at Target for almost half the cost. WIN! Aaaaand if you don’t own a pair of Joe’s Jeans, I give you permission to treat yo’self to some—they’re the best. For real.
Have a great weekend, trendy readers, and thanks for bearing with me as I figure out how to fit blogging into a busy schedule!