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Everything I Never Told You Lesson Plan

Introduction to Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You is Celeste Ng's debut novel. The book, published in 2014, follows the mixed-race Lee family as they cope with the death of Lydia Lee, found drowned in the local lake. The story is set in 1970s Ohio and deals with themes of racism, sexism, parental expectations, interracial marriage, and intergenerational trauma.

Critics praised the book following its publication, topping the New York Times Bestseller List. It was Amazon's #1 Best Book of 2014 and the winner of the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award. As of 2019, the novel had been optioned for a movie.

Key Aspects of Everything I Never Told You


The tone of the novel is wistful and melancholy. It's also quite...

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