book reviews

White Ivy

Susie Yang

What ever you think is going to happen in this book — you’re wrong!

White Ivy completely surprised me and I very much enjoyed being pulled into the complicated, romantic, and somewhat mysterious world of Ivy Lin. This book was a little outside my normal range of reads, but I am so glad that I listened to all the great things I was told about White Ivy and gave in to the temptation to read.

Coming of age novels are a familiar trope but White Ivy takes that concept and gives it a brand new life. The familiar mixes with the unfamiliar, and out comes this wonderful novel that is just as knowable as it is unique. I often find that pacing can be difficult to master in a book that covers so much time but Yang demonstrates complete control over the timing of Ivy’s life, and I never felt like the plot was moving faster or slower than it needed to move.

There are so many layers in this novel that I think most readers can find an idea or genre or character with which that can connect.

Are you a romance lover? Ohhh, boy, are you going to mesmerized by this story!

Interested in the struggles and family dynamics of immigrants and their children? That’s here, too!

Enjoy mysterious, complicated, and questionable characters? Mhmm, you guessed it — this is the book for you!

It took an exuberant amount of self-control to resist rereading White Ivy the moment that I finished the last chapter and, while I have lasted thus far without reading it again, I can feel my will wearing thin. I would highly recommend this book to other readers, especially those who are like me and find it harder to branch out and read things outside their comfort genres. But don’t just take it from me — White Ivy was also a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick, so take it from her or the many other readers who have read and loved the novel!


I give White Ivy five stars because has been the first book in a while to truly surprise me and captivate me. Okay, and maybe I lied — my own book review post has convinced me to read it again!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Have you read White Ivy? Let me know what you thought about it in the comments!

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