Goodreads Synopsis: In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
I picked up this book because it won the Fiction genre of 2017’s Goodreads Choice Awards. And I admit I honestly wasn’t expecting much of it, just because I don’t usually like Adult Fiction.
But this book totally took me by surprise. I had a hard time getting into the story at first and relating to any of the characters. I really liked that Mia was an artist but I didn’t really care about her character, or about any of the other characters. Plus I’ve been going through a phase where I just hate reading about rich people, and since most of the characters fit into that category I was close to quitting the book.
I decided to keep reading because of Izzy’s character. I really liked the relationship she had with Mia and I just found her to be the most relatable character. That was about 100 pages in, and around that time the story finally started to pick up and from then on I couldn’t put it down.
I loved how the author dealt with the adoption situation, it was so well handled and well-written. It really made me think about adoption in our country, and just in general. I also really liked how the story ended. It was a sort of ”grey” ending, with ends that weren’t neatly tied into a bow. Some characters had hope on the horizon, others were still stuck. But it felt realistic and it made me feel more for all of the characters.
In the end I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.