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Lucy and Linh

Lucy and Linh A literary Mean Girls meets Fresh Off the Boat that follows Lucy as she tries to balance her life at home surrounded by her Chinese immigrant family with her life at a pretentious private school

  • Title: Lucy and Linh
  • Author: Alice Pung
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  • Page: 294
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A literary Mean Girls meets Fresh Off the Boat that follows Lucy as she tries to balance her life at home surrounded by her Chinese immigrant family, with her life at a pretentious private school.

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    1. LolaReviewer on said:

      ‘‘Lucy and Linh’’ is a perfect YA contemporary book for fans of Cloudwish by Fiona Wood and the movie Mean Girls.You know what’s so special about it? Something I wasn’t expecting in the slighted bit? There is absolutely no romance inside of it. Sure there is a girl-boy encounter, but no flirting is involved. It really isn’t about that, and this made me respect the book as well as the author all the more.I simply hate it when a plot mainly depends on the romance, as if nothing else [...]

    2. Suzanne on said:

      Thank you for my signed copy and my first 'First Reads' win. Signed copy was unexpected but great!Alice Pung is a young woman with a vast cultural history and a very important story. Here is a piece of fiction, but knowing some of this author's background, this stuff is real. The main subject I took from this is the issue of 'outworkers' and the extreme hard work of those that need to do this and work very very hard to earn such little pay. I was not surprised to hear that Alice works in the ar [...]

    3. Phrynne on said:

      This proved to be ideal aeroplane reading - I finished the whole thing in a couple of hours of uninterrupted flying time. It was not an earth shattering book but it was very readable - once started there was no where to stop.I sometimes found Lucy to be very judgemental and she would certainly be a difficult person to be friends with, but the book was well paced and realistic about the problems of being the "different" person in a group. At the end I had no doubts that Lucy would certainly be ve [...]

    4. Mish on said:

      In Laurinda we follow the life of 15 years old, Lucy Lin, through a series of letters to unknown friend Linh. Lucy’s parents immigrated to Australia by boat from Vietnam, now living in lower suburbs of Stanley. Her mother’s place of work is in their garage, sewing clothes till all hours for minimal pay, and as well as her father, who works nights shift (long hours) at Victory Carpet factory – they’re battlers trying to get ahead. Lucy attends a catholic school, Christ Our Saviour where s [...]

    5. Bill Kupersmith on said:

      Laurinda follows a very old but effective formula; technically it is a Bildungsroman in which a young person learns the way of the world. An outsider learns to navigate the unfamiliar world of the upper classes. Only in this case the outsider is a child of Vietnamese boat people. Tho’ it’s a little more complicated because whilst having been born in Vietnam, Lucy’s parents are actually Chinese. They live in a downscale suburb of Melbourne, but the 15 y/o Lucy has won a scholarship to a pos [...]

    6. Veronica ⭐️ on said:

      I think how you feel about this book may have a lot to do with the readers own upbringing. I just found Lucy to be a big winger, very judgemental of other people but cried out that everyone was judging her.The pranks at Laurinda were nothing horrendous, just pranks that teenagers doI felt Lucy had a massive chip on her shoulder and I suppose her saving grace was she did realise it was there. ”I wish I could say I didn’t have a chip on my shoulder, but I knew I had a whole McCain’s factory [...]

    7. Tatiana on said:

      Compared to American mean girls, Australian rich mean girls seem so mellow and not scary at all.

    8. Shelleyrae at Book'd Out on said:

      Alice Pung has received critical acclaim for her memoirs, Unpolished Gem and Her Father's Daughterwhich explore her experience as an Asian-Australian. Laurinda is Alice Pung's first fiction novel and features a teenage girl, Lucy Lam, who is awarded the inaugural 'Equal Access' scholarship to the exclusive Laurinda Ladies College. Lucy is the daughter of Chinese/Vietnamese 'boat' immigrants who live in a 'povvo' area of suburban Australia. Her father is a shift worker in a carpet factory while h [...]

    9. Carolyn on said:

      Lucy Linh is a 15 year old girl who has won a scholarship to exclusive Laurinda Ladies College. Her family are refugees who arrived in Australia on a fishing boat and think they are lucky that her father has a job in a factory and her mother works at home illegally making garments for minimal wages. So this is a big chance for Lucy to break out of her poverty and into the privileged world of Laurinda.For Lucy, who was accepted and confident at her previous multicultural school, Laurinda is daunt [...]

    10. CW (Read Think Ponder) on said:

      Bloody fantastic. This book has been pitched as Mean Girls x Fresh Off The Boat, and I completely agree. Tackles white nonsense and the ingenuity of individuals who promote diversity and equality for the sake of their own image. (Sound familiar?)- This book and narrative is as sharp as a tack. There were many, many times where I found myself laughing at the cleverly crafted satire. - I ADORED Lucy. Lucy is a Vietnamese-Chinese student who earns an 'Equal Access' scholarship to go to a privileged [...]

    11. Regina on said:

      3.5 starsLaurinda was a good read, however I kept comparing it to my memories of Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta - my favourite book in my teen years - and for me it fell short.Perhaps if I had never read LFA my rating for Laurinda would be higher?It was well written, looked at race and socio economical divisions, humorous at times, provoked strong reader emotions - namely anger and fury at the 'mean girls', brought back memories of high school (although I don't think that is really a [...]

    12. Morris on said:

      I think that my intense dislike of “Lucy and Linh” may be a case of it being “it’s not you, it’s me.” For that reason I bumped up the stars from two to three.I really did want to like the book. The story of a poor immigrant trying to assimilate in a private school full of spoiled rich girls seemed interesting. Not to mention, a diverse book! It seemed so full of promise. In reality, I found myself with an almost immediate dislike of Lucy that only increased as I kept reading. It didn [...]

    13. RitaSkeeter on said:

      I've been stalking this book on for a little while, so when I saw it on sale yesterday I hastily downloaded it and started reading straight away.This is an insightful and honest account of a teenager from a 'problem' suburb in Melbourne, who changes to an exclusive school from her local Catholic after winning a scholarship. An extra dimension is that the teenager, Lucy, is first generation Australian. Whilst this is a book about a teenager, I hesitate to say it is YA fiction due to the depth of [...]

    14. Natalie on said:

      I don't like that this book has been marketed with a "Mean Girls" angle--- Lucy and Linh or Laurinda (the Aus title) unearths something far more insidious than vicious sociopolitics between teenage girls---- systemic white privilege, racism, elitism and classism in our society but using the backdrop of an elite all-girls' private school.This book coolly dissects white privilege at its finest where it seems like a group of intelligent, privileged white girls "taking you under their wing" is some [...]

    15. Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries) on said:

      Gave up after 75 pages. I really do appreciate how it dug into privilege, especially in regards to race and class, but the voice isn't holding my attention at all. We've got mean girls and sex-shaming and I'm certain the novel will tackle both, but Lucy's narrative voice simply isn't strong enough to make me stick around for that. I read the first forty pages on January 29th and didn't pick the book up again until today, February 13th. That's a fine illustration of just how little Lucy brought m [...]

    16. Todd on said:

      This is one of my top teen picks for 2016. Lucy is one of the best-written characters I've read in a long time, so believable that you want to call her your friend. The way the author evokes the worlds that Lucy embodies is sensational, from her dilapidated home to the prestigious private school, and all the places in-between. I've rarely read and better understood the stark class divisions that are felt by an immigrant community and the second generation. Looking forward to reading more by Alic [...]

    17. Rana on said:

      Oh my fucking god. This book. I'm sure that every other review also mentions Mean Girls but holy shit. This is Mean Girls if Mean Girls was really, really smart and full of beautiful, heart-crushing statements about how being a teenage girl fucking sucks. PLUS OH MY FUCKING GOD THIS BOOK GETS EVEN BETTER. There was so so much amazing stuff here about immigration and generational-divides and class and education and casual (and super not-casual but really intentional) racism and what it means to f [...]

    18. Michael Livingston on said:

      Think Mean Girls with a sharper focus on class and race.

    19. Sonja on said:

      The social commentary in this is PHENOMENAL, but it took me a really long time to actually get into it. Once I did, though, I was sold. The description of this being Mean Girls meets Fresh off the Boat is spot-on.

    20. Sophie Brookover on said:

      MUST READ ALERT!I want everyone to read this book. It's about race and family and immigration and class and education and friendship and it is so, so good. Lucy's parents immigrated to Australia from Vietnam (where their ancestors had immigrated to, from China, some generations previous), and now scratch out a living as a factory worker (Lucy's dad) and seamstress (Lucy's mom). Lucy wins a prestigious scholarship to Laurinda Ladies' College, and everyone thinks that as a result, she'll be the on [...]

    21. Kelly on said:

      This is a story of an Asian immigrant teen's life in Australia. Like Cloudwish, it explores haves and have nots, privilege, and relationships that are complicated inside and outside of school. What this book excels in in a way that Cloudwish doesn't, though, is really giving us deeper insight into the main character, with less focus (none at all, in fact, seeing Laurinda is an all-girls school) on romance. There are a lot of similar elements, though, so readers who like one will likely enjoy the [...]

    22. Deborah on said:

      phooey, I put my review in the comments :-/will see if I can copy it to here the meantime, here's a great quote from Laurinda, p. 188 in my edition."Hey, Lucy," Chelsea would ask "what do you think of Mrs Goninan's shoes?""They keep her feet dry and warm," I'd say, deadpan."You're a crack-up."From that time on, the Cabinet took good care of me. They became my benefactors.I started to rethink things. So this was what Katie saw in them - they could be so helpful, and accommodating, and accepting. [...]

    23. ALEXA on said:

      I had expectations going into this book, and I think that's what tripped me up a bit. While I did find the story fairly interesting, I didn't particularly think it memorable. It does a fair job portraying the main character's culture and home life and school situation, for sure. But I didn't particularly think that the plot - especially the Mean Girls portion - was anything too new.

    24. Christine Bongers on said:

      Acutely observed, insightful and at times disturbing portrayal of the experiences of a Chinese-Vietnamese outsider at a privileged girls' college in 1990s Melbourne.Bit slow to start but could not put it down 100 pages in!

    25. Rich in Color on said:

      Review copy: Purchased by reviewerPower is fascinating. Who has power? Who lacks it? Does power actually corrupt? These are certainly some questions to ponder when reading Lucy and Linh. Lucy’s been dropped into a society with all kinds of stated and unstated rules around power and she has difficulty trying to adjust without losing herself.At this new school, popularity and power is determined by more than beauty, talent and economic status. Perception is everything and Lucy worries so much ab [...]

    26. RavenclawReadingRoom on said:

      More like 3.75 stars. Also reviewed on my Youtube channel.Reading this book was a slightly strange experience for me for several reasons. 1. It's set in Melbourne. 2. It's set in the 1990s.3. It's set in a private girls' school.I attended a private girls' school in Melbourne in the 1990s, so there was a lot about the story that felt frighteningly familiar. I could relate more than I liked to the parts of the story about teenage girls tormenting teachers and the rest of the class going along with [...]

    27. Helen King on said:

      This was a good read - some parts rang true, and some were a bit too simplistic (especially in reference to Lucy's old school, which, other than a relatively low academic performance, appeared to be flawless - which was probably unlikely). There are some parts where Alice Pung really nails the differences, and the snobbery, and the key values between the two cultural groups she is trying to bridge (and, in fact, the subgroups within them), but others where she choses an unrealistic scenario or s [...]

    28. Anna Spargo-Ryan on said:

      Lucy Lam talks a lot in this book. She talks a lot about how ambitious she is, about how poor her neighbourhood is, about how hard working her parents are. She talks about the snobby girls at her school and about the down-trodden teachers and especially about the Cabinet.The thing is, she talks about it so much that she doesn't let us see any of it. Looking for Alibrandi is one of my favourite books, and it's hard not to compare it to this (Pung herself mentions its author in her acknowledgement [...]

    29. Kim on said:

      I loved this book! The look at Australian private schools in the 90's and cultural acceptances was fantastic. Lucy's voice was so easy to get lost in.

    30. Nina ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ on said:

      Now I know why this book can be considered a piece of literature. It's not just fiction. It's literature. So in effect, I should be rating this 5 stars but I won't because there are many things about this book that frustrated me enough that it marked itself down one star. Let's seeIn the beginning I had a really hard time reading this piece of fiction. I have read one Alice Pung book before this one, and I have always wanted to read her first piece of creative fiction, Unpolished Gem. However, b [...]

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