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!Download Book ⚖ Lucy and Linh ♵ Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls At its hidden centre of power is The Cabinet, a triangle of girls who wield power over their classmates and some of their teachersEntering this world of wealth and secrets is Lucy Lam, a scholarship girl with sharp eyes and a shaky sense of self As she watches The Cabinet in action, and is courted by them as she learns about power and repression Lucy finds herself in a battle for her identity and integrity This proved to be ideal aeroplane reading I finished the whole thing in a couple of hours of uninterrupted flying time It was not an earth shattering book but it was very readable once started there was no where to stop.I sometimes found Lucy to be very judgemental and she would certainly be a difficult person to be friends with, but the book was well paced and realistic about the problems of being the different person in a group At the end I had no doubts that Lucy would certainly be ve This proved to be ideal aeroplane reading I finished the whole thing in a couple of hours of uninterrupted flying time It was not an earth shattering book but it was very readable once started there was no where to stop.I sometimes found Lucy to be very judgemental and she would certainly be a difficult person to be friends with, but the book was well paced and realistic about the problems of being the different person in a group At the end I had no doubts that Lucy would certainly be very successful in her life A well written book dealing with a number of social issues in a thoughtful way In Laurinda we follow the life of 15 years old, Lucy Lin, through a series of letters to unknown friend Linh Lucy s parents immigrated to Australia by boat from Vietnam, now living in lower suburbs of Stanley Her mother s place of work is in their garage, sewing clothes till all hours for minimal pay, and as well as her father, who works nights shift long hours at Victory Carpet factory they re battlers trying to get ahead Lucy attends a catholic school, Christ Our Saviour where she s fou In Laurinda we follow the life of 15 years old, Lucy Lin, through a series of letters to unknown friend Linh Lucy s parents immigrated to Australia by boat from Vietnam, now living in lower suburbs of Stanley Her mother s place of work is in their garage, sewing clothes till all hours for minimal pay, and as well as her father, who works nights shift long hours at Victory Carpet factory they re battlers trying to get ahead Lucy attends a catholic school, Christ Our Saviour where she s found her place and can be herself around her peers For a young girl, she has caring nature and is well grounded Life changes for Lucy when she granted a scholarship at a prestigious girls college, Laurinda She befriends a group of girls called The Cabinet, who are not interested in Lucy as a person but to mold her to become, and think, like them They are rich, and influential, and just plain nasty They will they use their powers of influence and intimidation to control their peers and teachers Everyone is too frightening to stick up to them Lucy eventually loses herself, her identity and integrity She is shown wealth and is now ashamed of her illiterate parents and family s home She s lost her voice afraid to speak up when she knows someone has done wrong Somehow the old Lucy has gone and she needs to find a way to bring her back.Laurinda is Alice Pung first work of fiction She is best known for several published memoirs One in which I ve previously read called Unpolished Gem, a heartwarming and delightfully story of Alice s family whom immigrated to Australia from Cambodia, trying to live the Australian way of life While I adored this book, it s evident in Laurinda that Alice has come a long way in her writing and storytelling Alice explores a range of serious issue in Laurinda, not only of racial prejudice, but also of one s perception and treatment of lower class families, respecting and understanding different cultures and ethnic background, and when people with power abuse it The extent they will go keep their status, in the form of manipulation and bullying, targeting unfortunate ones that get in the way or play on individual s weakness Ruining careers, reputations and self esteem with no remorse Alice writing is so tight, her main character, Lucy, is complex and genuine, and her in depth observation of human behaviour is couldn t beaccurate.Laurinda for me rang true on a very personal level.I was fortunate enough to attend a school like Christ Our Saviour, where I felt accepted and could be myself it was outside the school grounds where I felt different I grew up in Maltese Australia household I ve seen how tired my parents and grandparents were from working hard, long hours in factories or cleaning jobs occupations some people looked down upon I have seen the shame in my grandmother eyes when a banker made her feel inferior, when she asked for help filling out a withdrawal slip she couldn t read or write I have witness racial slander directed at my family because of their thick Maltese accent So whilst reading Laurinda I felt as though I m home Alice Pung spoke my language, she knew my family A remarkable and important book, in each and every way This is a coming of age story and all the highs and lows and woes that go with this.Growing up is a difficult journey at the best of times without finding your roots uprooted and planted in forgein land A land where you have to have courage, where you need a voice to be heard and strength to get where you need to be in life.Lucy is that person experiencing those problems.Linh is the friend she writes and keeps in contact with in her homeland.Lucy s parent work hard to get her a better life.Comi This is a coming of age story and all the highs and lows and woes that go with this.Growing up is a difficult journey at the best of times without finding your roots uprooted and planted in forgein land A land where you have to have courage, where you need a voice to be heard and strength to get where you need to be in life.Lucy is that person experiencing those problems.Linh is the friend she writes and keeps in contact with in her homeland.Lucy s parent work hard to get her a better life.Coming from a poorer background they know what it s like to have nothing so, Lucy winning a scholarship was good, it was very good for Lucy With life when growing up you have peers who are important to you, you feelabout this when young but not so much when older.I thought the teasing etc was minor compared to some terrible experiences nowadays.It was well written.I could see where this was clearly heading.It was however slow at take off for me and took me halfway before I felt it warming up I think how you feel about this book may have a lot to do with the readers own upbringing I just found Lucy to be a big winger, very judgemental of other people but cried out that everyone was judging her.The pranks at Laurinda were nothing horrendous, just pranks that teenagers doI felt Lucy had a massive chip on her shoulder and I suppose her saving grace was she did realise it was thereI wish I could say I didn t have a chip on my shoulder, but I knew I had a whole McCain s factory up the I think how you feel about this book may have a lot to do with the readers own upbringing I just found Lucy to be a big winger, very judgemental of other people but cried out that everyone was judging her.The pranks at Laurinda were nothing horrendous, just pranks that teenagers doI felt Lucy had a massive chip on her shoulder and I suppose her saving grace was she did realise it was thereI wish I could say I didn t have a chip on my shoulder, but I knew I had a whole McCain s factory up there I really didn t get a feel for the story until the last 100 pages and it was then I started to warm to Lucy, but it took a long time to get there I did however love Lucy s parents, Warwick and Quyen, they were hard working no nonsense people.I may be a bit slow but I didn t get the twist until the very end of the book.I can see Laurinda is getting lots of rave reviews, it just wasn t for me Laurinda follows a very old but effective formula technically it is a Bildungsroman in which a young person learns the way of the world An outsider learns to navigate the unfamiliar world of the upper classes Only in this case the outsider is a child of Vietnamese boat people Tho it s a littlecomplicated because whilst having been born in Vietnam, Lucy s parents are actually Chinese They live in a downscale suburb of Melbourne, but the 15 y o Lucy has won a scholarship to a posh girl Laurinda follows a very old but effective formula technically it is a Bildungsroman in which a young person learns the way of the world An outsider learns to navigate the unfamiliar world of the upper classes Only in this case the outsider is a child of Vietnamese boat people Tho it s a littlecomplicated because whilst having been born in Vietnam, Lucy s parents are actually Chinese They live in a downscale suburb of Melbourne, but the 15 y o Lucy has won a scholarship to a posh girls day school called Laurinda.In some respects, I think posh day schools are the worst of both worlds, offering neither the rough tumble mixture of social classes found in a state day school nor the 24 7 on top each other nearness that creates the condition of belonging in a boarding school Lucy would have done much better Melina Marchetta s Jellicoe School Lucy is adopted by the clique of leading girls called the Cabinet not in the political sense but in the jeweller s but goes home to her family Warwick Quyen Lam I don t think we re told how he acquired the name of an English county Mother spends day and most of the night doing piecework sewing shirts for a family business There is also an infant brother called the Lamb frankly that gave me the creeps because every time Lucy mentions him I thought of Sunday roast Till I was about 70% into the story I d not realised that mum speaks only about three words of English that the shirt making operation is thoroughly illegal I d kept thinking it was also unnecessary We learn that is true, as well as unsafe unhealthy, esp for the Lamb Before attending Laurinda, Lucy went to a Catholic School called Christ Our Saviour even tho her father is an atheist Every time on the audio Lucy enunciates the name of her former school, she pronounces it as if it were an expletive not the theological designation of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Son of God Which for me was the principal failure of the book Lucy her family are totally materialistic, as materialistic as the Cabinet girls with their expensive uniforms and classy motorcars The school has no ethos but snobbery, but Lucy family appear equally without spiritual values Genuine albeit patronising attempts at friendship, as by Amber s mother Mrs Leslie, arouse resentment ingratitude It is easy to sympathise with Lucy to understand her touchiness hypervigilance towards anything that suggests condescension, but she seems to be dying of an ebola level of class envy.I didn t sympathise with some other characters Lucy liked better Ms Vanderberp the history teacher whom the Cabinet s prank involving a tampon red ink drives into early retirement should have been grateful Tho I loved am proud of my career as a teacher, one should retire early enough to develop other sides of one s personality, when we learned that she had subjected her 89 y o father who was dying of cancer to chemo, I realised if she had become a hospice worker she could have spared him a lot of unnecessary agony Mr Sinclair, the politics teacher a subject, btw, that ought never to be taught below university age in my opinion starts out as the girls heart throb then about 30 goes all defensive lest he be accused of harassment Lucy blames the Cabinet for creating suspicions, but sorry, goes with the territory cute junior master is a very ephemeral role A 15 y o cannot be expected to have a accurate take on things, I think Lucy needed very much something every young person must have a grown up friend mentor who is not a parent, can model for her what an adult should be.Tho listening to this book was often an unpleasant experience, I m not sorry to have read it Love this dual feature on Kindle where you can listen read simultaneously or alternatively Witnessing the educational deformation both Christ Our Saviour Laurinda offered Lucy, I really came to appreciate what good schools like those in Along the Jelllicoe Road Friendly Fire can accomplish Both Taylor Sophia main characters very much outsiders too emerge with so much better formations spiritually, emotionally intellectually, than I have hope for Lucy Perhaps we can learn something worthwhile from reading about bad schools too Compared to American mean girls, Australian rich mean girls seem so mellow and not scary at all. Alice Pung has received critical acclaim for her memoirs, Unpolished Gem and Thank you Goodreads for my signed copy and my first First Reads win Signed copy was unexpected but great Alice Pung is a young woman with a vast cultural history and a very important story Here is a piece of fiction, but knowing some of this author s background, this stuff is real The main subject I took from this is the issue of outworkers and the extreme hard work of those that need to do this and work very very hard to earn such little pay I was not surprised to hear that Alice works Thank you Goodreads for my signed copy and my first First Reads win Signed copy was unexpected but great Alice Pung is a young woman with a vast cultural history and a very important story Here is a piece of fiction, but knowing some of this author s background, this stuff is real The main subject I took from this is the issue of outworkers and the extreme hard work of those that need to do this and work very very hard to earn such little pay I was not surprised to hear that Alice works in the area of wage fairness as a solicitor Her family has worked hard in silence with doors shut and blinds pulled down tight Do many people know about this This is an insightful story told to us from a young girl, Lucy, who at fifteen years of age earns a scholarship to a prestigious girls school Here we see some horribly self absorbed, pretentious and downright horrible nasty teenagers, preening themselves and cunningly trying to make everyone bow down to them This little group have the entitlement phenomenon right here Lucy is a smart girl, and ends up on top inways than one Along the way we learn how hard people work to get by and how the priveliged just don t get it She learns so much about herself and we see this coming of age in such a lovely way Alice Pung is a brilliant writer, she just gets everything right in relation to setting and character This is a great book for all ages and is so very real I enjoyed every minute of this read, and can t wait to readof her books A solid 5 stars Lucy Linh is a 15 year old girl who has won a scholarship to exclusive Laurinda Ladies College Her family are refugees who arrived in Australia on a fishing boat and think they are lucky that her father has a job in a factory and her mother works at home illegally making garments for minimal wages So this is a big chance for Lucy to break out of her poverty and into the privileged world of Laurinda For Lucy, who was accepted and confident at her previous multicultural school, Laurinda is daun Lucy Linh is a 15 year old girl who has won a scholarship to exclusive Laurinda Ladies College Her family are refugees who arrived in Australia on a fishing boat and think they are lucky that her father has a job in a factory and her mother works at home illegally making garments for minimal wages So this is a big chance for Lucy to break out of her poverty and into the privileged world of Laurinda For Lucy, who was accepted and confident at her previous multicultural school, Laurinda is daunting Power and wealth are the important drivers in the girls relationships with each other and their teachers and Lucy struggles to deal with the trio of girls who wield the power and can make life hell for anyone who goes against them.Alice Pung, herself growing up a refugee, has written a brilliant account of what it is like to be a teenager suddenly thrust into an alien environment while at the same time struggling to find her own identity She raises many important topics, not just those of race and class but also of abuse of power, manipulation and bullying Some favourite quotes On a girl give to making nasty commentsShe wasn t a bimbo after all, I saw, but was just prone to say snide things every seven minutes or so, as if she had bitch Tourette s On the suitable race of eligible boysIn their white daisy bouquet of slim pickings, they cast out all the chrysanthemums, and anything brown was considered wilted On the three girls who rule the schoolThey were like three big albino rats in a cage full of brown mice You wanted to be close to the glorious creatures, not only because they were so compelling, but also because you hoped that if they smelled your familiar scent often enough, they would not eat youOn her urge to remain hidden and uninvolvedAnd here was the most bitter paradox of adolescence alone, I was most myself, most true But the self that really mattered was the self that was visible, the self that could be shown to other people On the suffocating atmosphere of Laurinda itselfThere was something creepy about the femininity at Laurinda, something so cloistered and yet brimming with stifled sex that it reminded me of the Victorian whalebone corsets we once saw at the Werribee Park Museum, which kept everything cramped tight, until the stitches unravelled and out poured mounds of naked pink and white