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the poignancy and intimacy with which choi details the asian american experience was something that rightfully should've been included in the synopsis and marketing. littered with anecdotes about jayne and june's small-town korean-american church community, racist incidents that the characters experience, the confining expectations and suffocating pressure, and idiosyncrasies so unique to asian americans, this book felt like a love letter for them. i myself am not asian american, but rather asian australian, and while i might not have had the first gen immigrant experience, or been smothered by a chuch community, i relate almost painfully to all the experiences of jayne's childhood. Chris Clarke (2004). The science of ice cream. Cambridge, Eng: Royal Society of Chemistry. p.49. ISBN 978-0-85404-629-4 . Retrieved 2013-03-20. Egg yolk has the approximate composition (by weight) of 50% water, 16% protein, 9% lecithin, 23% other fat, 0.3% carbohydrate and 1.7% minerals. What lingers longest is the resonating, multifaceted story of Jayne and June Baek…[Choi’s] openness—personally, culturally, geographically—gives her narrative a seamless, insider fluency; her writing is consistently assured, her dialogue nimbly tuned, even her pain potently channeled through Jayne's struggles.” — Shelf Awareness Pro
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Damn I love this book. Messy, dysfunctional, raw and real young adulthood combined with one of the best sister stories I’ve ever read. Jayne is a hot mess with so much hope, I just want to bring her home and give her a hug. This novel revolves around the dramatic life of Rembrandt, the miller’s son from Leiden. He is seen through the eyes of an assistant, collectors and the women in his life: Saskia (his wife and I think the thing that both terrifies and magnetizes me about this novel is how Jayne could be me and I could be Jayne—in some alternate, messier life. Our realities aren’t separated by many degrees, in truth.While the narrative does focus a lot on the love/hate bond between June and Jayne, Yolk is very much about Jayne and her relationship with herself and her body. I really appreciated the way Choi handled Jayne's ED. While readers know that she has an ED, we only know know towards the end of the novel. I thought this was both clever and extremely thoughtful on Choi's part. Clever because it is indicative of Jayne's self-denial. While Jayne knows that has an ED she doesn't want to really think about what this means. I used to rationalize my ED by treating my bulimia as a necessary step towards 'thinness'. I knew deep down that what I was doing was definitely not healthy, but I trained my brain into thinking that it was just another part of my daily routine. So, Jayne's denial really resonated with me. I could also really relate to Jayne's attitude towards perfection as I too have the bad habit of abandoning things if I don't get good enough results. she had expectations for people & how they should act & if they don’t act in accordance to what she wants she gets angry. i liked this! i probably shouldnt have because the storytelling is pretty pretentious and the characters are pretty unlikable, but i surprisingly enjoyed this. go figure.
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Lexile ® HL680L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics® i like june i think at times she enforces reality within jayne even though she never wants to face it. I know what it's like to want to leave. How it feels when the home you have is a mirage, an illusion. But I know that wherever I am, if June's around, I'll be ok.
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. It is used in the production of egg yolk agar plate medium, useful in testing for the presence of Clostridium perfringens. from the beginning of the book up until right before the end you are taken on jayne & june's agonizing journey. if you're looking for a fun fluffy read this is not it, this is a graphic, revealing & upsetting.
Portraying intergenerational immigrant experiences with a Korean cultural focus, this poignant story underscores self-sacrifices that prove to be life-sustaining in the name of sisterly love. Intense, raw, textured. I glance at Jeremy, who’s paused with his fork raised to his mouth. “What time is our thing?” he asks her. People always ask me, why do you write YA? Part of it is writing stories that I wish I had access to when I was younger, not only from a representation standpoint. The truth is, a lot of what I do is publicly workshop my own baggage for money. There's this weird thing about writing fiction where, even if you wanted to be wholly divorced from your own life and experiences, that's what you end up drawing from. It's pretty irresistible, especially as a new writer, cannibalizing my own life and putting a little fake nose and glasses on it and trotting it out into the universe saying “No, this isn't my story at all. This is a totally different person who incidentally happens to be Korean and has issues with her mother.”
their broken dynamic is jolted when june lets slip that she has been diagnosed with uterine cancer.