Though I am not Australian or Asian, I could relate to the messages in Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. In fact, I think the book holds universal truths: we are, to some degree, bound by cultural expectations with which we have to grapple and make peace; schools can be very unsafe places for some students with adults often being the unwitting perpetrators of bullying behaviors; only when we come to embrace our whole self can we move forward in confidence. I don't think these truths belong only to Australians or Americans. As I read the book I recognized the brilliance of the message, one all teens should hear.
Here is what other reviewers have said about the book:
" from a narrator with perception so acute she cannot help but share it immerses readers into the very heart of every scene. This is highly recommended for classrooms and libraries [and] a superb choice for book discussion groups and world young adult literature survey courses."--VOYA, Starred review
"and part this well-observed and unsentimental novel taps into what is primal within privileged adolescent girls."--, Starred review
"Lucy's narration pulls readers alongside her uncertain navigation of two worlds, and as Lucy recognizes assimilation masquerading as inclusion, refuses to back down, and instead embraces who she is."--
Needless to say I highly recommend this book and have recommended its inclusion in the BSD Mock Printz list, a late entrants but so be it!