After months of deliberating, tapping my finger against the desk, fiddling with knobs, buttons and toggles on my website wondering “Should I?” “Shouldn’t I?” and then waiting for several more weeks I decided to take the plunge! So here I am with my very first blogpost on my website!
Now you’re probably wondering what triggered the jump to self-blog. Well… it’s this wonderful book I couldn’t put down and just had to share with you – EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng. And I promise… I never told you everything except that the book is being adapted for film and is so beautifully written!
The story revolves around a Chinese-American family in the 1970s – when telephones had cords, the internet didn’t exist and books were the prime source of knowledge. The tragedy that unfolds when teenage Lydia’s body is found in the lake is the unravelling of a mystery and people’s delicate lives. Alienation. Race. Family. Inequality…these are just some of the many topics explored. As the police and FBI try to solve the mystery, the Lee family faces its own hidden secrets. Marilyn, the mom. James, the father. Hannah, the youngest of three. Nathan, the older brother. They all cling to hidden desires, dreams, a wish to escape and struggles to fit in… or not.
Having grown up in Hong Kong where the cultural mix was and still is a beautiful mosaic of everyone jostling for space in an overcrowded city I do remember it was easier for some to fit in over others. Sometimes the rule was determined by the color of your skin, the popular people you hung out with – who had already staked claim on the turf – or the majority from a rainbow of minorities.
In any case, the desperation to fit in persists for some people no matter where they go while others struggle to be different.
What struggle has caused you to take a leap?