‘Laurinda’ by Alice Pung.
Publisher: Black Inc.
Published: November 2014.
Page Count: 352 Pages.
Genre: YA Contemporary.
Firstly, a huge thank you to Black Inc Australia for sending us a copy of ‘Laurinda’ to review ❤️ .
‘Laurinda’ was definitely one of the best books that we have read in a while. We were originally introduced to Alice Pung and her beautiful writing style in ‘Begin, End, Begin a #LoveOzYA Anthology’ where she wrote a short story called ‘In a Heartbeat’. After being introduced to the author, we just couldn’t wait to start reading her other novels.
When we began ‘Laurinda’, we just couldn’t put it down. We were drawn into the world of the main characters! We loved the overall plot idea. We can honestly say that this is one of the best written books that we have read in a long time. Everything that took place had an overall purpose. For example, the conversations, the secrets looks that the girls gave each other and of course, the gossip! Everything was described beautifully and we were definitely transported into this world, we were sucked in until the very last page was turned!
One of the things we loved the most about ‘Laurinda’ hands down would have to be the dramatic cabinet. The cabinet is portrayed as a group of three young woman who have a manipulative power over both staff and students at the school. The members of the group include Amber, Brodie and Chelsea. They all wear looks of innocence however, behind their masks lie the cruel bullies that they really are. No one at the school was willing to challenge them so they continued to get away with anything and everything! This was until Lucie came to the school and ultimately changed the game.
We feel as though anyone after reading this book would try and connect their own personal experiences to the story.
Another important part to mention about this book is its overall message. When the main character Lucie began at the school as a scholarship student, she felt as though being around people of different class, whom could afford anything would change her. The thing that really surprised us throughout this novel was Lucie’s massive transformation! She starts the school year knowing her exact place in the world however, this changed dramatically throughout certain events in the novel.
We loved how this novel portrays that to be your own hero, you need to have the confidence to be yourself. The overall message of this book would be to stay true to yourself, make your own decisions and to not be consumed by peer pressure.
As the book came close to the end, we see Lucie creating her own path through life, growing in confidence to be herself. She performs an inspirational speech about how it’s ok to look down to notice the small things in life. We will definitely be look at things more closely around us now like the flowers growing and the leaves moving in the wind. It’s important that we learn to wonder and to realise the significance of the smaller things that we take for granted.
Overall, we really loved ‘Laurinda’. This is honestly one of our favourite reads for 2017. We would definitely recommend this read.
Book Rating: 4/5 Stars.
Have you read ‘Laurinda’? We would love to know your thoughts. Let us know in the comments!😊