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Susie Yang

Teoksen White Ivy tekijä

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Tekijän teokset

White Ivy (2020) 581 kappaletta
Ivy (2021) 2 kappaletta
Ivy (2021) 1 kappale

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In These Hallowed Halls: A Dark Academia anthology (2023) — Avustaja — 81 kappaletta

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Yleistieto

Syntymäaika
20th century
Sukupuoli
female
Kansalaisuus
China (birth)
USA
Syntymäpaikka
China
Koulutus
Doctorate of pharmacy, Rutgers University

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I don't know what this book I liked, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. Although I didn't fall in love with any of the characters, I did find myself thinking about them when I wasn't reading.
 
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bookonion | 35 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 6, 2024 |
Recommended: to people who know what they're getting
For a psychological study of a woman who lacks empathy, for race and class reflections on a life lived, for a strangely compelling view of someone constantly on the edge of self destruction, for a very slow-paced read that focuses on the inner workings on one woman's mind

Thoughts:
This book was not what I expected. Instead of an explosive thriller watching a descent into madness fueled by racism and class striation, I got a character study of a person trapped in their own mind as they self destruct their happiness in lieu of what they see as The Good Life. By the end, I felt a little deflated. But hopefully, if I can set expectations correctly, you can read this book happily the whole way through and end it feeling quite satisfied with what you've had.

We are with Ivy from infancy to early adulthood. Tracing her fall into thieving and other acts of familial rebellion resonate with other accounts of second generation Asian kids in America (at least, in novels if not in fact). While I anticipated this having a larger effect as it snowballed throughout the story, things turned instead to Ivy's endless need to lie about who she is and what her life is. Her childhood crush (nee, obsession) Gideon is the primary target of this as she plots to catch him for her own in her 20s at a chance meeting. Since he's quite well-to-do, Ivy has to hide her darkside and her poor family at all costs.

Please expect a super slow burn for this book. Imagine a page of paper curling slowly to ash in the dying embers of a fire, and that's what this is like. Not a bad thing, but something to be properly prepared for. The drama in this book is all in Ivy's mind as she panics and calculates and manipulates.

The plot did not go as I expected. That wouldn't usually be a bad thing, but here it left me feeling a bit flat. Like, why did I even bother reading that whole book if this is where Ivy ends up? I suppose the answer there is along the lines of "it's the journey, not the destination." This book could certainly speak volumes to the secret inner lives of every person you see. And while this book is ostensibly based entirely around Ivy's relationship with Gideon, there's really no romance; don't expect much like that.

White Ivy left me wondering why she makes the choices she does; Ivy doesn't seem to know what her happiness would truly look like, and so instead grabs onto what she thinks it is supposed to look like. Even when possible happiness is in her grasp, she detonates and takes her lying to the ultimate endgame of lies.

My favorite bits of this were watching Ivy's mental evolution as she layers more and more lies in her life and is then blindsided when it seems that some of them have become fact. This crystalizes early on when she is sent to China, and her attitude bends in quite different ways after that.

So, this is not a bad book. Personally it was not what I thought it would be, and so my experience was a bit tepid. However I can happily recommend it to others assuming they know what it is. So please, if a slow burn character study of a compulsive liar obsessed with image sounds up your alley, plan to read this one! It is truly excellent at what it does.

Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for a free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 


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Jenniferforjoy | 35 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 29, 2024 |
There was nothing likable about this truly cray cray mean girl, drawn out story, I wish I had bailed.
 
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hellokirsti | 35 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 3, 2024 |
A very compelling read, hard to put down, with a very unlikeable but magnetic trainwreck of a protagonist.
 
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decaturmamaof2 | 35 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 22, 2023 |

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