What are some reasons you read? My primary reason is for

What are some reasons you read? My primary reason is for

3/22/2021, 5:22:05 PM
What are some reasons you read? My primary reason is for entertainment, but I’m finding that the older I get the more I turn to books for connection. This can be interpreted in a number of ways—relating to, or learning about, a person/group, emotion, circumstance, or using books to connect via friends and community. I was not expecting to relate so much to “YOLK” based on the synopsis. (thank you to @simonteen for the free copy and to SimonSchuster audio for providing me with an audio file for review). This was such an emotional, honest story and I related to it on many levels. Sister relationships can be complicated and the relationship I had with my older sister definitely was. We’ve been there for each other, we’ve despised each other, we’ve gone years without speaking because of a fight, but we always come back together because we’re sisters. I can’t tell you how relatable reading Jayne and June’s relationship was for me. It was all the shame I feel for being an awful sister when I should have been a better one and all the gratitude I feel that I have sisters. This story also delves into topics likeeating disorders (TW: bulimia), depression and Asian family dynamics. Listening to Jayne talk through her thought process on her education, her romantic and family relationships… it was not easy for me to listen to because I did not like Jayne for most of this story and the irony is how much of myself I saw in her. I laid in bed crying through the entire last chapter (although I was emotional and introspective the entire time.) Angry and sad for Jayne and Junne, and angry and sad at my past self. This is one of those books that I don’t know how to recommend, but think if you’re Asian, or have sisters, or have lived parts of your life feeling lost, you’ll find a place in YOLK. All I can say is that this book was a raw and emotional story about sisterhood and learning how to ask for help and it made a big impact on me and I’ll read it again. #yolk #HKCHOI #bookreview

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