“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” Everything I Never Told You is a haunting story about what happens to a family after the unexpected death of its favorite daughter: 16 year-old, Lydia. In the surest sign of a great book, I found myself looking for any spare moment I could in order to keep reading. Every day I kept my fingers crossed for an extra-long nap from my girls so I could find out what happened to Lydia Lee. Set in small-town Ohio in the 1970s and told through the alternating perspectives of Lydia’s parents—Marilyn, a brilliant woman whose future was forever altered when she fell in love with James, a professor of American history and son of Chinese immigrants; and Lydia’s siblings—Harvard-bound Nathan and observant fifth-grader Hannah. The reader is fully immersed in the world of the Lee family and the secrets that led to the shocking death of its central member. This absorbing debut novel is a story of lost dreams, fitting in, and the expectations of family. Not to be missed.
Patricia Moore is a part-time librarian at the OWL.