When I read the blurb for Laurinda by Alice Pung, my first thought was of Mean Girls. Certainly, there’s an element of that in here … but I’m starting to wonder whether Heathers might be a better comparison. Either way, I’m enjoying this book so far. It’s sharp and observant – just what I’m in the mood to read.

Here’s the teaser:

Linh, these girls were like the disembodied clowns’ heads you find at carnivals, the ones with the open mouths. The game looked so easy, but only when you played it did you realise that the heads were always turning from side to side, reminding you, “No! You can’t win!”

Book Cover:  Laurinda

And here’s the blurb:

When my dad dropped us off at the front gate, the first things I saw were the rose garden spreading out on either side of the main driveway and the enormous sign in iron cursive letters spelling out LAURINDA. No ‘Ladies College’ after it, of course; the name was meant to speak for itself. Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its secret core is the Cabinet, a trio of girls who wield power over their classmates – and some of their teachers. Entering 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 at work, and is courted by them, Lucy finds herself in a battle for her identity and integrity. Funny, feisty and moving, Laurinda explores Lucy’s struggle to stay true to herself as she finds her way in a new world of privilege and opportunity.

Sound good? Would you read this book? You can buy it here.


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



Monique Mulligan

Monique Mulligan

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  1. +JMJ+

    Laurinda is similar to the novel that I took my own teaser from this week: Madeleine L’Engle’s And Both Were Young. It’s also about someone who is struggling to fit in at a new school. She seems to have much nicer classmates than Lucy Lam does, though!

    I love the clown’s heads simile in your teaser. =) It reminds me of that time on The Gilmore Girls when Lorelei compared her mother to Whack-a-mole. I believe she said, “There’s an arcade game with your name on it.” LOL! It makes me think that everyone has an arcade game that they are like!

    1. The abrupt change is probably more due to the fact that I took out the paragraph break to condense the blurb into one block. It doesn’t do that in the book.

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