Yolk

Yolk

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Struggling with emotional problems and an eating disorder, Jayne, a Korean American college student living in New York City, is estranged from her accomplished older sister June, until June gets cancer.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, [2021]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781534446007
Branch Call Number: TEEN CHO
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 22 cm

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Apr 29, 2021

When I read Emergency Contact three years ago, I had a couple issues with it, but ultimately enjoyed it. This is my second book by the author and I believe she’s written what will become of my top favorites from 2021. I love this book! I love it for all its dread and I love it for all its sibling rivalry, love, and snark.

Jayne (the main protagonist) is an early 20-something college student who’s completely self-absorbed, but not necessarily in an arrogant or mean spirited way. Yet, I’m sure she’ll come across that way to some. It’s a self-absorption that keeps her fixated wholly on herself - being invisible, her body image, comparing herself to others, and trying desperately to be seen as worthy. When I started reading, I was afraid I would dislike her, but instead, I was overwhelmed by my emotional attachment to her. I was not exactly this girl in college, but I was still her in so many ways and I felt everything she felt. The cringe moments, the shame, the turmoil, the fear, the invisibility. She's trying hard on the outside to mask all that’s on the inside. This author nails it.

There’s a sweet romance in the book, but it’s ultimately about Jayne and her sister, June. These two have been somewhat estranged, but when needs arise, they have each other’s back. In all the ways a bickering, but loving sisterhood could be. Unfortunately, I could also connect with that. Lol.

Yolk was emotionally moving, funny, and so dang realistic. When I turned the final page, I just wanted to hug the book to my chest.

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Apr 27, 2021

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Apr 27, 2021

Struggling with emotional problems and an eating disorder, Jayne, a Korean American college student living in New York City, is estranged from her accomplished older sister June, until June gets cancer.

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