Mean girls, bullies and private school privilege: Alice Pung’s Laurinda
Pung is the author of two acclaimed memoirs, Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and edited the collection Growing Up Asian in Australia. Laurinda is her debut work of fiction, and is set in an exclusive private girls’ school of the same name. The book follows new scholarship student Lucy Lam as she uncovers Laurinda’s true powerhouse: a group of students called The Cabinet who rule the institution with an iron fist. The novel is hard-edged satire cloaked in contemporary YA: exploring class dynamics, everyday racism and bullying. It’s Heathers meets House of Cards by way of Mean Girls.