White Ivy by Susie Yang

**A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick** A young girl’s overwhelm on a privileged former classmate becomes a tale of love, lies, and dark obsession, offering stark insights into the immigrant experience, as it hurtles to its electrifying ending.Ivy Lin is a thief and a liar—but you’d by no means are aware of it via searching at her. Raised out of doors of Boston, Ivy’s immigrant grandmother is predicated on Ivy’s moderate appearance for canopy as she teaches her granddaughter how to pilfer gadgets from yard income and second-hand shops. Thieving permits Ivy to accumulate the trimmings of a suburban teen—and, maximum importantly, to attract the attention of Gideon Speyer, the golden boy of a wealthy political family. But when Ivy’s mother discovers her trespasses, punishment is swift and Ivy is despatched to China, and her dream right away evaporates. Years later, Ivy has grown right into a poised yet stressed young female, haunted by her conflicting emotions about her upbringing and her family. Back in Boston, while Ivy bumps into Sylvia Speyer, Gideon’s sister, a reconnection with Gideon seems not handiest inevitable—it seems like fate. Slowly, Ivy sinks her claws into Gideon and the whole Speyer clan by attending fancy dinners, and weekend getaways to the cape. But just as Ivy is about to have the whole lot she’s ever wanted, a ghost from her beyond resurfaces, threatening the almost perfect existence she’s worked so tough to build. Filled with unexpected twists and a nuanced exploration of class and race, White Ivy is a glimpse into the darkish aspect of a lady who yearns for fulfillment at any cost.


Ivy Lin isn't any monster, however from time to time, when sufficiently motivated, she does titanic things. She doesn’t just covet what others have; she is ate up via cravings for wealth, fame and a boyfriend whose all-American (in her thoughts, this indicates white and patrician) accurate seems are nothing like her personal.

In Chinese American author Susie Yang’s debut novel, we meet Ivy at numerous extraordinary levels of life. She grows from fretful child to moody and self-loathing junior grifter. By her past due 20s, she has advanced into a smooth, sophisticated adult, decided to attain her American perfect via any way necessary. Her appears and situations have improved, however her desperation in no way completely evaporates.

Rather than a traditional thriller, White Ivy is a slow-burning, difficult psychological man or woman study and coming-of-age story complete of circle of relatives secrets and foreboding. Ivy isn’t an outsider really because she’s an immigrant; she stands proud even inside her personal deeply dysfunctional Chinese American circle of relatives. Their treatment of Ivy exposes the minor harms of everyday life—the tiny slights and diffused hits that leave marks that in no way fade. Alienation appears to be Ivy’s herbal state, and this is in no way greater clear than while she is closest to getting what wants: popularity, recognize and, maximum of all, a romantic relationship with her childhood crush, the beautiful scion of an old-money New England family.

Despite the book’s inevitable ending, Yang permits her main person ambiguity. Ivy is strangely, uncomfortably relatable and ultimately unknowable. Her transgressions are broadly speaking minor, but her from time to time vicious internal monologue indicates that she has the capability for some distance harsher misdeeds. Perhaps this is the point—that the dividing line between everyday wrongs and acts of real evil is razor thin. So whilst signs and symptoms start to indicate that something very bad is set to happen, the violent act is all of the greater jarring.

Ivy brings to thoughts different desperate, liminal characters, including Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley. Readers will find loads to appreciate on this sharply determined psychological thriller.


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