This week I'm picking:
Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung
Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Gilmore Girls meets Fresh Off the Boat in this witty novel about navigating life in private school while remaining true to yourself.
Lucy is a bit of a pushover, but she’s ambitious and smart, and she has just received the opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship to a prestigious school, and a ticket out of her broken-down suburb. Though she’s worried she will stick out like badly cut bangs among the razor-straight students, she is soon welcomed into the Cabinet, the supremely popular trio who wield influence over classmates and teachers alike.
Linh is blunt, strong-willed, and fearless—everything Lucy once loved about herself. She is also Lucy’s last solid link to her life before private school, but she is growing tired of being eclipsed by the glamour of the Cabinet.
As Lucy floats further away from the world she once knew, her connection to Linh—and to her old life—threatens to snap. Sharp and honest, Alice Pung’s novel examines what it means to grow into the person you want to be without leaving yourself behind.
Why I'm Waiting:
I love books that are set in boarding schools. I always wanted to go to a boarding school but was brutally denied. In books I am able to vicariously imagine what it would have been like. Separate from that, this looks like an interesting take on how to reinvent yourself but still stay the same person.