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Yolk, by Mary H.K. Choi

27 reviews

allisonparkss's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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kellyofcali's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

A book about family, and love, and self-love, I think - I really enjoyed the way Choi writes, and quickly become invested in June and Jayne, two different sisters who share a lot (as sisters do). I found the ending a little weak, but endings are tough. 

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cady_sass's review against another edition

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challenging emotional funny hopeful inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

“This story might be emotionally expensive for you” 

That kinda says it all, doesn’t it? What a beautiful, honest piece of writing. There is a delicate balance between loving these character and hating them, and we walk it closely, but that is what makes them come alive. The realities of family and childhood trauma and what we become, and how we carry it with us even when we run far away. The reality of living in world (country) where treating illness is a luxury. It takes a bit to get into it and, admittedly, I put it down for a few days at one point but I’m so glad I picked it back up. I love this with my whole heart. 

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chwinters's review against another edition

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challenging emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

This should be classified as new adult; don’t consider this YA at all. 

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logikitty's review against another edition

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dark emotional tense slow-paced

3.75


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leannanecdote's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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kat_withthebooks09's review against another edition

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dark emotional informative reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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michaelion's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

Fuck I wish I wasn't an only child.

I hate contemporary references in books with a passion but this one isn't that bad.

My only issue is Jayne is constantly said to be an emotional character but reading through I can barely get a sense of her thought process. She does things / takes actions at random,
Spoiler for example: kicking out jeremy, going with june to the doctor,
and there was no build up or explanation as to why she decided to do those things. Actually it didn't have to be explained, but those moments felt random from a character whose thoughts we're exclusively able to read. Makes the character feel plot-driven as opposed to character-driven, but the story as a whole doesn't feel the same.

I guess my other issue is misused AAVE. But also... Asian American? From Texas? New York transplants? Color me shocked.

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onemorepagecrew's review against another edition

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emotional funny reflective sad slow-paced

4.5

Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi is an excellent choice for readers who love character-driven novels that center estranged sibling relationships.  The plot is the supporting character in this one and the main story is told through the relationship between sisters Jayne and June. 
 
The sisters are three years apart in age and even though they both moved from Seoul to New York City together, they are estranged and live different lives.  They are reunited by circumstance when June is diagnosed with cancer, and they begin to lean on each other.  
 
I loved the everyday-ness of the storyline and the way that the sisters couldn’t mask their true selves from each other.  It showed through tiny moments that no matter what different paths you take as adults, your shared experiences early in life remain part of who you are.  
 
I’d recommend this book for those who enjoy a slower-paced literary story that doesn’t rush for plot advancement.  It’s thick with sibling dynamics and peppers in events around them.  Both sisters are working through health challenges and they have family trauma as well, so be sure to check the content warnings before picking this up. 

Content warnings: Cancer, Disordered eating (graphic), Body shaming, Medical content, Grief, Abandonment, Child death, Sexual content (mild) 

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seoulatte's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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