White Ivy | Arc Review

I am still steadily making my way through my Netgalley arcs and I am only a day behind on this review of White Ivy! If you haven’t heard of this one, I definitely recommend that you check it out!


A dazzling debut novel about a young woman’s dark obsession with her privileged classmate and the lengths she’ll go to win his love

Ivy Lin is a thief and a liar—but you’d never know it by looking at her. Raised outside of Boston, she is taught how to pilfer items from yard sales and second-hand shops by her immigrant grandmother. Thieving allows Ivy to accumulate the trappings of a suburban teen—and, most importantly, to attract the attention of Gideon Speyer, the golden boy of a wealthy political family. But when Ivy’s mother discovers her trespasses, punishment is swift and Ivy is sent to China, where her dream instantly evaporates.

Years later, Ivy has grown into a poised yet restless young woman, haunted by her conflicting feelings about her upbringing and her family. Back in Boston, when she bumps into Sylvia Speyer, Gideon’s sister, a reconnection with Gideon seems not only inevitable—it feels like fate.

Slowly, Ivy sinks her claws into Gideon and the entire Speyer clan by attending fancy dinners and weekend getaways to the Cape. But just as Ivy is about to have everything she’s ever wanted, a ghost from her past resurfaces, threatening the nearly perfect life she’s worked so hard to build.

Filled with surprising twists and offering sharp insights into the immigrant experience, White Ivy is both a love triangle and a coming-of-age story, as well as a glimpse into the dark side of a woman who yearns for success at any cost.

Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for my honest review!

I would like to start by saying I went into this book thinking it was a mystery/thriller. I had gotten this in mind because Goodreads had listed mystery and thriller in the genre classifications. That mixed with the way the synopsis read, I really thought that was what I was getting myself in to. However, I would really list this book as a contemporary fiction. While it does have some dark themes to it, it is not something that has the draw of a standard mystery or thriller.

Now that I have gotten that out of the way, I cannot get over how fast this story grasped my attention. With that being said, this is a book I would consider a slow burn and is not something I would recommend for someone looking for a quick read. This story has many facets to it and draw you into Ivy’s life from being a child in China to an adult living outside Boston, MA.

This book follows the family dynamics of an immigrant, as well as, Ivy’s aspirations of moving up the social ladder and obtaining a life of wealth and privilege.

Ivy, herself, is a very complicated and complex character that at many times throughout this book is hard to root for. That in itself can be difficult since the story is really told through her thoughts and motivations. I found myself wanting to be sympathetic towards her, for overcoming obstacles, but then she would do things that made me feel the complete opposite. In the end, Ivy was a well-crafted character that brought this story to life!

This was a very strong debut novel that I enjoyed from start to finish, in all of its slow burn glory. I think it was well-written and executed. I would recommend it!

Book Details:

Title: White Ivy
Author: Susie Yang
Publication Date: November 3, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Ficton, Adult Fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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4 thoughts on “White Ivy | Arc Review”

  1. Wow, this sounds like an interesting coming-of-age story and the synopsis pretty much had me sold until I read that there’s a love triangle and I just can’t with those 😂 Even from the synopsis it does sound like Ivy can be quite a trying character but intriguingly complex! Great review 🙂

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