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Laurinda – tekijä: Alice Pung

Laurinda (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2014; vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Alice Pung (Tekijä)

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18411114,690 (4.02)-
In Australia, Lucy tries to balance her life at home surrounded by her Chinese immigrant family, with her life at a pretentious private school.
Teoksen nimi:Laurinda
Kirjailijat:Alice Pung (Tekijä)
Info:Black Inc. (2014), 352 pages
Kokoelmat:Unread, Fiction, Oma kirjasto
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Lucy and Linh (tekijä: Alice Pung) (2014)


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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 11) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
diverse teen fiction (10th grade mean girls, friends drifting apart, set in private all-girls school in Australia)
Lucy's parents are Chinese (born in Vietnam) refugees in Australia; her mother slaves away every day in their garage sewing up piles of garments. Writing about her hard-working mother earns Lucy a scholarship to a fancy school, but when she gets there she finds the place is ruled by a trio of mean girls known as "The Cabinet." Predictably, Lucy is adopted by the girls midway through the story, and I'm sure will probably be forced to do something awful to her former friend before some ugly fall out amongst all involved. Lucy does take it upon herself to report wrongdoings (without necessarily naming names) to more than one authority figure at the school, but (at least the first two times) it doesn't help the situation any, even though she is not the only student to speak up.

I read to page 194 and had a hard time deciding whether to keep reading--the characters are very believable, but the plot is also realistically slow and painful, similar to a real high school experience. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
That was interesting and engaging, though a plot twist towards the end unnecessarily cheapened the book. I like that Alice Pung writes about the diasporic immigrant experiences in Australia--it certainly helps us think about stories as global and universal. And if you're a fan of Mean Girls, then this will resonate with you. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Absolutely fantastic!

I was excited to read this book after winning a copy through Goodreads First Reads program, but I did not expect it to become one of the best books I've read in years.

A fascinating account of a young girl's experience in an Australian private girls school,[a:Alice Pung|576550|Alice Pung|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1368490644p2/576550.jpg]'s [b:Laurinda|22603951|Laurinda|Alice Pung|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1404094087s/22603951.jpg|42091357] is impossible to put down. It has such a unique angle, that of a Vietnamese immigrant on scholarship, and a clever ending that perfectly wraps up this multi-faceted account of her first year at the prestigious school.

Laurinda touches upon familiar themes for a book about school aged young adults, including boys, mean girls, family life, status, class, authority, but does so in a new way. We see things, quite clearly, from the viewpoint of the smart, no nonsense protagonist, Lucy.

Highly enjoyable. Highly recommended. ( )
  StephMWard | Nov 4, 2020 |
Chinese-Australian Lucy Lam is shocked when she wins acceptance to Laurinda on the first Equal Access scholarship - she was sure her classmate Tully would get the place. Lucy goes off to Laurinda believing that hard work and friendliness will help her there as they did at Christ Our Savior, and finds that things are very different: the school is effectively run by the three-member Cabinet of popular students (the daughters of former popular students, and back and back), and the Cabinet viciously bullies teachers and students alike.

Lucy narrates in first person, each chapter addressed to Linh - Lucy's old, whole self from when she lived in Stanley and went to Christ Our Savior with students similar to her. At Laurinda, Lucy isn't her old self, mainly keeping quiet and certainly not even attempting to explain to any of the other students what her home life is like: her father works at a factory, her mother works out of their garage (sewing, illegally), and Lucy helps take care of her little brother, affectionately called the Lamb.

But the Cabinet adopts Lucy in an attempt to co-opt and control her, and finds that she's more than they expected. During her first year at Laurinda, Lucy slowly figures out how to navigate this new world, and what she values about her old one.


It never occurred to me that what I knew wouldn't alter the personality I had. (32)

This was how "niceness" was policed - not through directives about virtue, but through conformity in dress and manners. (108)

How strange high school is, that our reputations are in the hands of people we barely know, people we see every day... (119)

It was exhausting to be the sort of person they expected me to be. (138)

As I felt the woman's power over me shrink, I also felt something expanding in me - not empathy, but condescension....Laurinda had shown me that just because a person was an adult, it didn't necessarily mean you had to respect them. (182-183)

People, even well-intentioned people, were always trying to take away our quiet little successes and joys and replace them with big, overarching fears. (238)

..."tacky," the term used by wealthy people to describe the most beautiful things poor people could afford. (267)

And there's only so much of yourself you can hide...before you start to fall apart. (267)

It's so much easier to be a hero when you know you belong. (287)

But I knew now that success had to mean something to me, not only to those around me. You could do all the right things and still feel as though you had failed. (320)

"...Leadership is about building your own character before you start influencing anyone else. To be a true leader, I think you must first learn what it is like to follow....and to follow without losing your own moral compass, you have to know yourself and appreciate where you come from." (Lucy's speech, 333)

"They were not good. They were not bad. They were just nice." (paraphrase from from Into the Woods, 334) ( )
  JennyArch | Jun 17, 2019 |
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! It is much more insightful and credible than the subject matter (high school drama) and genre (YA) let on. I appreciated Alice Pung's cultural perspective, but it only served as decoration for a foundation of good writing and even better storytelling. At first, I was frustrated by the loosely epistolary format, but as I savored her carefully crafted narrative, I should have recognized that same intentional creativity in her chosen mode. ( )
  saresmoore | Mar 20, 2018 |
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Published in Australia as Laurinda and in the US as Lucy and Linh.
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