Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

Book Review #532

Title: Yolk

Author: Mary H.K. Choi

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: March 2, 2021

Pages: 400

From New York Times bestselling author Mary H.K. Choi comes a funny and emotional story about two estranged sisters switching places and committing insurance fraud to save one of their lives.

Jayne Baek is barely getting by. She shuffles through fashion school, saddled with a deadbeat boyfriend, clout-chasing friends, and a wretched eating disorder that she’s not fully ready to confront. But that’s New York City, right? At least she isn’t in Texas anymore, and is finally living in a city that feels right for her.

On the other hand, her sister June is dazzlingly rich with a high-flying finance job and a massive apartment. Unlike Jayne, June has never struggled a day in her life. Until she’s diagnosed with uterine cancer.

Suddenly, these estranged sisters who have nothing in common are living together. Because sisterly obligations are kind of important when one of you is dying.

Yolk is a story about two estranged sisters who reconnected and began to be more present in each other’s lives. Despite living in the same big city, the odds and differences between their clash personalities were too big. But after a shocking news rocked their worlds, they grow even closer and fonder.

The protagonist definitely isn’t like the typical character. Jayne is pretty chaotic and messy which makes her absolutely relatable. She doesn’t always make the best choices and it resulted her to veer towards another direction than she predicted it to go. As for Jane, she seems to be doing well on the surface, but actually there’s so much more depth than what she shows to society. The Baek family is kind of messy too and it highlights on being an Asian immigrant family, adapting to life in America.

This story has on a more mature take than any other ordinary YA book I’ve read before. I don’t know if its just me or what but every time I pick up this author’s books, I wouldn’t know what to expect. It would always surprise me and at the end, I’ll find that I don’t completely enjoy the story and narration. I suppose Mary H.K. Choi’s books are not my cup of tea and I just have to make do with it.

I really tried to like this book but I can’t. It doesn’t really wow me and as much as I hoped it would. Yet, it is still a memorable book that life sometimes could take you to another path you wouldn’t have anticipated and that it could just be for the best.

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