Aimee from Summer Reads and Moonlit Dreams chose this one for me. It was the second book I picked up for A Merry Little Blogmas because FIRE. Whilst we were on the first part of the plane journey I kept seeing what looked like fires on the ground (Husband says they probably were fires on the oil fields) and I thought “Ooh, I’ll read that fire book next”. So here I am.
Amy said: “Little Fires Everywhere is a book I so highly recommend as it tackles some very important issues. It’s a book that is beautifully written & gets you emotionally invested with all of the characters. From the very first page, you’re left wondering why Isabelle Richardson burnt the house down. Full of scandals and secrets, you will find yourself torn between the Richardson’s and the Warren’s but is everyone really as innocent as they make out to be?”
Aimee was not wrong. There is fire everywhere! It starts with a house being burnt to the ground. Small fires started on each family member’s bed as if by “some demented girl guide”. I instantly loved Celeste’s writing and Izzy. Izzy is my hero: the odd one out in her family, trying to stand up for what she believes in, in a world where she doesn’t fit in. All the characters were really well developed with their own stories. Izzy was my favourite. We know at the start that she burnt her family home to the ground but we don’t find out until the very end why she did it and that keeps us hooked.
There is so much going on in this story I hardly know where to start. The intricacies of the story are what made it really special. There is so much about what it means to be a parent and we see both sides of each story played out in different characters. There are some really important issues explored: surrogacy, unwanted pregnancy, single parenting, being part of a family constantly on show, abandoning a baby and inter-racial adoption. Celeste deals with them all expertly and each individual thread is so well-written and thoroughly explored. It is a new favourite of mine.
Thanks so much Aimee for the introduction!