Review: Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi | a raw and real coming-of-age story

Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

March 2, 2021, from Simon & Schuster
New adult contemporary
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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.

5 stars

Yolk is my first Mary H.K. Choi book. I’ve heard so many good things about her books, but I was blown away reading this. Yolk is a messy, jumbled, and painfully real coming of age story about two estranged sisters coming together that resonated so deeply with me.

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