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Ivy Lin was a thief. But you'd never know it to look at her....

Ivy Lin, a Chinese immigrant growing up in a low-income apartment complex outside Boston, is desperate to assimilate with her American peers. Her parents disapprove, berating her for her mediocre grades and what they see as her lazy, entitled attitude. But Ivy has a secret weapon, her grandmother Meifeng, from whom she learns to shoplift to get the things she needs to fit in.

Ivy develops a taste for winning and for wealth. As an adult, she reconnects with the blond-haired golden boy of a prominent political family and thinks it's fate. But just as Ivy is about to have everything she's ever wanted, a ghost from her past resurfaces, threatening the almost-perfect life she's worked so hard to build.

Filled with surprising twists and offering sharp insights into the immigrant experience, White Ivy is both a love triangle and a coming-of-age story - as well as a dark glimpse at what can happen when we yearn for success at any cost.

©2020 Susie Yang (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"White Ivy is magic." (Joshua Ferris, author of Then We Came to the End

"Ivy Lin eviscerates the model minority stereotype with a smile on her lips and boot on your neck." (Lucy Tan, author of What We Were Promised)

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  • Buddy Willard
  • 10-11-21

Mediocre

Initially struggled to get into it. It's long! I didn't like the narrator's voice.

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  • Punam Madan Patel
  • 02-07-21

Interesting read

Well worth listening to - gets progressively more interesting and the finale is exciting to say the least.

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  • malka Resheph
  • 01-13-21

White ivy

The book started full of promises to lead to an interesting story, however as the main character Ivy unfolds we find her selfish, shallow and not clever or achievable, beside her own shallow motives and action I did not find the story interesting nor able to recommend it to anyone, morals of the story is weak.

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  • Silliroby
  • 08-30-21

Loved it.

Great read , a little predictable. Grandma is a character even though she has her misgivings.