Ivy Lin is a thief and a liar—but you’d never know it by looking at her.
Raised outside of Boston, Ivy’s immigrant grandmother relies on Ivy’s mild appearance for cover as she teaches her gra ...more
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Ivy Lin is a girl that pulled me in a million directions. On one hand I wanted to feel sympathetic towards her. Her family immigrated t ...more
I have to admit at first: I had hard time to get into the story and live inside Ivy’s mind to connect with her life but after a few attempts l ...more
Just what was this cloak called privilege and how did it protect you? Was it visible to the wearer or just to onlookers on the outside?
UPDATE 8/9/2020: I had some strong thoughts while reading White Ivy that I planned to include but ultimately cut from my final review. Since I finished the book, though, I've been turning it over in my head... and I think I'm going to include those initial thoughts.
FIRST: I was very wary starting this book because of the Ivy/Gideon (Asian woman/white man ...more
”You used to ask how your father and I got married. That’s how. It was because I willed it. If I had been a stupider girl, your father never would have looked at me. But I saw my chance and made a story for myself—even if it was a false story. You have to give a man something to fight for. That’s the secret to a lasting marriage.”
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for sending me an ARC of White Ivy in exchange for an honest review.
Unfortunately, the story did not work for me at all. It is ...more
It’s the story of Ivy, a Chinese American who grew up learning to steal (taught by her grandmother), and always dreaming of having the finer things in life. She becomes infatuated with Gideon, an American classmate whose family is rich. Soon after, her parents ship her off to see relatives overseas. When she returns five weeks later, she learns her family has moved to a new home in a new state.. ...more
Dark, lyrical, and utterly compelling!
Ivy Ling is a thief: and incredibly proud of it! She learned her craft under the tutelage of her grandmother, who expertly lifts items from garage sales and resells them to make a tidy profit. While Ivy is her own headstrong and intelligent young woman, the danger of her job is alluring in that she is finally able to own the finery that will help her feel acclimated to her ...more
Ivy is a liar and a thief. She is a Chinese Immigrant who wants to be successful, live up to her parents' wishes, and move up on the social ladder. She grew up in a not-so-nice neighborhood in Massachusetts and is ashamed of her background. She aspires to be like her White classmates because she thinks of them as symbols of wealth and success. She develops an obsession with a boy named Gideon. He is the golden boy and comes from a wealthy family. T ...more
Synopsis that starts with Ivy Lin is a thief and a liar.
Posh high society, immigrant experience, AND an ambitious AF MC.
Yes, yes, YES I am self-centered enough to think this book MUST have been written for me! Now excuse me while I spend today screaming and squealing because I'VE BEEN APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
UPDATE: OKAY I'VE READ IT. And OMGGGGGGG I am so so so thrilled that this actually lived up to my extremely (and unreasonably) high hopes! This ...more
This book is so beautifully and lyrically written. It has echoes of The Great Gatsby and The Secret History. I was completely consumed by this book, so that I was unaware of anything else happening around me. That’s how obsessed I was with Ivy.
No spoilers but there is a moment in this book that is so genuinely shocking, I gasped aloud. I am no ...more
I admit that as I read I kept waiting for Yang to build on these new themes, to intensify and explore them. It was an unfair expectation. Ivy's re ...more
I was quite excited when I won this story. It was thoroughly engrossing from start to finish. I read it quite quickly (even though I had company visiting). The writing was superb! I've read other authors who having written several published stories that still haven't developed this level of talent. While she gives plenty of clues to big reveal, unfortunately for me, they were a bit to obvious, in my opinion, since I saw the two big twists quite early before they ...more
Teenage Ivy Lin isn’t sure of much when it comes to what she wants, nor has she ever been, except for one thing – she wants golden boy, Gideon Speyer. Raised outside of Boston with strict immi ...more
In a nutshell this was kind of mind blowing for me, wow! Ivy, is the young daughter of strict Chinese immigrants living near Boston. Unassuming and barely noticeable Ivy is recruited by her grandmother to steal things from places like yard sales and second hand stores, a job she does well. Longing desperately to fit in with her peers Ivy struggles to emulate their ways and seemingly carefree lives ...more
All grown up, Ivy lives in Boston with her roommate and is working as a scho ...more
Ivy started off as this pitifully lonely child that I could totally relate to, but then she basically became a cold and unfeeling thing and never l ...more
I am basically senseless right now. As I read this I felt so many different ways. The one thing that was consistent in those feeling was the state of suspense I was in the entire time because anything was possible as I turned the pages.
The fact that this was a DEBUT novel astounds me, really it does. The writing was smart, eloquent, witty and yet at times ...more
This began as a bit of a character study of an unabashed social climber and ingratiator and in the second half segued into a bit of a thriller. One of the major revelations was telegraphed too early on for my liking but I don't know if I saw it because I read a lot and am of a suspicious nature or it was that baldly obvious. The thriller-esque happening was a decent surprise but felt a bit removed in tone from the rest of the story, sti ...more
Ivy Lin has certainly been on my mind. A thief, a liar, and most definitely a woman who isn't used to anyone saying no. From her early years in China with her grandmother to her reunion with her parents and brother in America, Ivy doesn't feel that she really fits. Her grades at school are abysmal, her mother rules with an iron fist, and her peers don't really seem to want her for anything except ...more
The author did a great job helping to understand why Ivy feels and behaves the way she does. Seeing little glimpses of softness and love here and there I really was rooting for her in different ...more
White Ivy was certainly an interesting read, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
It tells the story of Ivy, a Chinese immigrant who has always felt separated from her more privileged, white peers. She falls for Gideon, the main "golden boy" at school, but her chance of being with him is ruined by her family, until many years later. She then starts to worm her way into his family and his heart, when a pers ...more
It’s the story of Ivy, a Chinese-American girl, who wants everything that white privilege brings…and she’ll do anything to get it.
Very few characters in this book are likable – many are horrific. I did find that I loved Ivy’s brother, though I didn’t really get to know him all that well. After all this, and the world in general, is Ivy’s story. Everyone else is a minor player.
Ivy’s desire to be white is o ...more
If this book was to be split into two, I would give the first one a solid 4 stars. The second? Maybe around 3 stars.
So let’s go with 3.5 for the overall score
I found myself really enjoying the story of Ivy, an Asian-American girl trying to figure out who she is and what really makes her happy. The Lin family dynamics was an interesting portrait of an immigrant family trying to figure out the American dream, whatever that means.
Ivy is a Chinese-American whose grandmother taught her to steal at a very young age. Right away you know Ivy is going to be an interesting character.
I will say the beginning is a bit slow, but stay the course because the book gets better. In the first part, we learn about Ivy's family and a bit about a family secret. Nan, Ivy's mother had a first love who tragically died before marrying Ivy ...more
In Susie Yang’s debut novel White Ivy (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781982100599), Ivy grows from a fretful child to a moody, self-loathing grifter of an adol ...more
Expected Publication: September 8th, 2020 by Simon & Schuster
This is a captivating and complex story of Ivy and her complicated upbringing by her Chinese immigrant family, to her transformation into an insecure and manipulative young woman who will do whatever it takes to win the love of a handsome, wealthy man she has been pursuing since grade school.
The story has a very quiet tension to it. It takes it time to delve into Ivy's ...more
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