I received a complimentary audiobook copy of WHITE IVY by Susie Yang for an honest review. Thank you to Simon Audio, Libro FM and the author for the chance to read and review! I picked up a hard copy at the library as well so I could switch back and forth between print and audio as the mood struck!
Rating: 4.5 / 5
WHITE IVY centers on the life of Ivy Lin, the daughter and granddaughter of Chinese immigrants. Ivy’s grandmother teaches Ivy how to con and steal from a very early age, leading Ivy to learn that as the best way to get what she wants, even as her mother tries to course correct. As a young woman, Ivy reconnects with her old crush, Gideon. Together they form a couple that seems fated to be.
Though Gideon’s wealthy and powerful family seems to be all that Ivy ever wanted, she still is drawn to her darker tendencies. When an old friend who knew her in her darker days comes back into her life, Ivy finds herself living two lives, desperately seeking to preserve the golden future she sees between herself and Gideon at any cost.
I was immediately sucked in by Ivy’s character and her ability to reimagine herself and her own story. She is gutsy and bold, but not a character I could say I really liked. Certainly she was fun to read about, but not someone I’d want in my own social circles off the page. I think the author did a great job of walking the thin line of a character who is unlikable but still really compelling.
This book also takes a close look at the relationship between Ivy and her immigrant family. Though there are familial bonds there, her family roots are not something Ivy wants to cling to and she often dismisses their value in her life. Her own vision for how her life should be is vastly different from the life her parents have planned for her.
This book keeps you turning the pages to see how far Ivy will go to protect herself and the life she feels is her due. I really couldn’t put it down once I got going and the audio was very well done!