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Yellowface
Yellowface | R F Kuang
What's the harm in a pseudonym? New York Times bestselling sensation Juniper Song is not who she says she is, she didn't write the book she claims she wrote, and she is most certainly not Asian American--in this chilling and hilariously cutting novel from R. F. Kuang in the vein of White Ivy and The Other Black Girl. Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars: same year at Yale, same debut year in publishing. But Athena's a cross-genre literary darling, and June didn't even get a paperback release. Nobody wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks. So when June witnesses Athena's death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena's just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers to the British and French war efforts during World War I. So what if June edits Athena's novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song--complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn't this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That's what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree. But June can't get away from Athena's shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June's (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves. With its totally immersive first-person voice, Yellowface takes on questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation not only in the publishing industry but the persistent erasure of Asian-American voices and history by Western white society. R. F. Kuang's novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable.
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monkeygirlsmama
Yellowface | Rebecca F. Kuang
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⭐ 4.5 STARS ⭐

Heard mixed reviews on this, but I really enjoyed the #audiobook. Loved the concept, but will say the main character did stress me out a bit. 😫😆

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CoffeeAndABook
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Huh. I‘m somewhere in chapter 5 and slowly losing interest.
I had pretty high expectations going in and maybe that‘s the problem. I‘m just not getting into it 🤔
I find it impossible to identify with the MC. She‘s making terrible choices. Just wow 😮

AnneCecilie I bailed when I reached chapter 5, I just didn‘t like the writing 6d
CoffeeAndABook @AnneCecilie I‘m tempted to do exactly that 🥴 6d
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Kimberlone
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Bailedbailed

Final May #Bookspin board. I finished 9 books in May, including my #Doublespin (Educated). I DNF‘d Yellowface at about 30% because I couldn‘t force myself to listen to the insufferable and un-self aware main character narration any longer.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1w
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 1w
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AnneCecilie
Yellowface | Rebecca F. Kuang
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Bailedbailed

Sadly this was not for me. I didn‘t like the writing from the start and after 58p (chap 5) that hadn‘t changed. I‘ve read too many good books lately that has pulled me in from the start, to have the patience to see if this was going to change.

Tamra I bailed too. 2w
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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As we have a couple of weeks left in the month, I am going to try to daily post my favorite books that I have read so far. I have read a lot this year, so I will be posting only those that I have given 5 stars to. But I will also be posting a bonus favorite in the comments section as well. The order of these is by number generator.
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I somewhat recently heard in a podcast that Kuang had described “Yellowface“ as a horror (CONT)

vivastory story of loneliness in publishing. I thought that was really interesting. “Yellowface“ is a dissection of the issues surrounding identity & appropriation in publishing. I was expecting to be hit over the head, but found this to nuanced in many ways. One of the big surprises of the year for me. 4w
vivastory BONUS: Kawaguchi's “Before The Coffee Gets Cold“ This was another real surprise for me & I was unexpectedly deeply moved by it. I'm not sure if I would have rated it quite as high, had I not read it when I did (during the winter & snowbound) but I think that our ratings are often impacted by environmental factors. While I have yet to read more in the series, I fully intend to. 4w
KathyWheeler Yellowface seems to be polarizing, but I loved it. (edited) 4w
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sarahbarnes I was really impressed by Yellowface, too. 4w
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your list, I‘ll join you towards the end of June, I haven‘t read that many 5⭐️ books (edited) 4w
Cathythoughts I‘ll look forward to your posts. I loved Yellowface. 4w
vivastory @sarahbarnes I was really surprised by it as I had mixed feelings on the other Kuang book I read 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I thought about waiting until June but I already had enough 5 ⭐books that it made sense for me to do it now. I look forward to your list📚📚📚 3w
vivastory @Cathythoughts Thanks! It was a lot of fun going through my reading log for the year 📚📚 3w
Reggie I love how even though at every turn June makes the wrong decision I was made to almost sympathize with her. Lol 3w
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JillR
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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So good, I loved every bit of this despite the toe-curling, car-crash in slow motion. You will love to hate June and her petulant indignation at what befalls her. The author wrote June so well, and forces discomfort in the reader. Funny, gossipy, snarky and very knowing; great fun yet dealing with serious and very current issues including cultural appropriation, own voices and who gets to tell a story.

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IMASLOWREADER
Yellowface | Rebecca F. Kuang
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excited for this and i am glad its virtual #libraryevent #aapimonth

KadaGul @IMASLOWREADER I love 😍 attending book 📖events held by libraries 📚since they provide exposure to both authors ✍️and libraries📚, generating traction.#Lovelocallibraries 1mo
IMASLOWREADER @KadaGul this is my 1st one hosted by the library…I have always gone to barnes and noble or book fairs (edited) 1mo
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kricheal
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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I've heard so much about this! 🎧

eskoch28 My friend just finished this and LOVED IT 1mo
Bookpearl Halfway through it now and absolutely love it!! 1mo
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Bookpearl
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Self-care consists of writing letters to all of my bookish friends! I‘m behind…but excited and looking forward to a post office run.

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candc320
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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This story was deliciously wicked! The narrator was quite adept at making excuses for her insane behavior and I was honestly gobsmacked at some of the rationale she used…it would have been comical at times if it wasn‘t so horrible. It was also really interesting getting an inside look at the publishing industry and the hypocrisy within it. I‘ve never read anything quite like it and I devoured it! 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

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Hilary427
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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I loved this book! It‘s our first book club read and I can‘t wait to discuss. It was like watching a car accident - cringey but in a highly readable way! (21)
⭐️ : 4/5

Leftcoastzen Cuteness!😻 2mo
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TamTracy
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Well written and attention catching. I love books about controversial topics and this one was awesome. I loved to hate the narrator all the away through. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Flaneurette
Yellowface | Rebecca F. Kuang
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Reading at the track meet. This book is sooo cringy 😣

BarbaraBB It is! Great photo! 2mo
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AvidReader25
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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This was like watching a car crash. I couldn‘t look away. Almost every character involved was self-serving and driven by an absolute narcissistic desire for success, but the author was so good and you are so invested in what happens next. The whole plot is really digging at a deeper issue of cultural history and authorship. The ever present threat of social media‘s ire gave it and added weight. Lived up to the hype for me.

Suzze Same. I really enjoyed it. 2mo
Sarahreadstoomuch Love this book! And now I have one of my library book groups reading it 😉 2mo
Anna40 Great review! 2mo
AvidReader25 @Suzze @Anna40 Such a fascinating book! 2mo
AvidReader25 @Sarahreadstoomuch I love that! This is such a perfect book to fuel great discussions. 2mo
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Cathyloves2read
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Mehso-so

I‘ve seen this book recommended in many forums, & have been wanting to read it. It drew me in from the start. If you‘ve read it, you know what I mean. I wish the entire book had been as good as the beginning.It‘s definitely a quick read. I can‘t say that any of the characters were likable,nor I don‘t think they were supposed to be.It‘s hard to believe that this is the same author that wrote Babel. The 2 books were so different.

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BooksNBowls
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Yellowface addresses many controversial topics of the publishing industry. Who has the right to tell minority stories? How thin is the line between inspired story telling and intellectual theft? Is cancel culture harmful and abusive or effective and just? It certainly made me question my own thoughts and opinions on the subjects! 4/5

BooksNBowls Thanks to @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for gifting this to me!!! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛🤗📚 2mo
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Beachbum
Yellowface | Rebecca F. Kuang
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This book reads like a dream, a thriller dream and it isn‘t. First chapter, main character‘s college friend dies “In a weird tragic way” who also was a successful writer. Then the “protagonist” who also is a writer, does the unthinkable. We will leave it at that. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Final thoughts!! Thank you all for participating!!

What do you think happens to June after the end of the story??

Have you read other books by this author? Do you plan to? Would you recommend this book??

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Roary47 I liked the book, it was hard not to put it down. I found that I was experiencing my own injustices when reading it, but seeing the other side of that argument was helpful. I think it could be controversial, but it was approached very well. I was seeing that we all kinda hated June and that was an interesting dynamic that our pov character was who we hated. That was new for me. 2mo
Cupcake12 It took a while for me to get into. After half way I was hooked. It‘s my first book by the author and I‘d definitely read another. 2mo
Teresereading I liked the layers within layers, a cleverly constructed narrative. 2mo
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REPollock I admit to a sick fascination with literary identity hoaxers—Nadijj, JT Leroy, people who adopt marginalized identities and are disgraced and their writings dismissed when their grift comes to light. What were they thinking would happen? So I was all in on the concept of this. When it became clear June was encouraged in the charade by her editor, the ethics became more complex and even though it reminded me of everything terrible about publishing, 2mo
REPollock (Contd) I was hooked. I had already read another book by the author and it was very different and similarly engaging. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It took me a bit to get into and I wanted to dnf, but I didn‘t! I couldn‘t stand any of the characters and I w as bred to shake June! 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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June falls into a negative spiral. Should authors avoid reading reviews of their books? Should readers tag authors in their negative reviews?

How much truth do you think is in Yellowface? The publishing industry?

What is your opinion of the title of this book? What do you think of the controversy??

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Roary47 I think reading/ writing reviews should be helpful. If you hated the book saying it wasn‘t for me because of xyz. The trolling of someone‘s hard work is just uncalled for. Constructive criticism should be used to tell the author what they can do to make it better, or how to reach a broader audience. 2mo
Cupcake12 If you have a hard outer shell, reviews can be of great benefit. I see many authors ask on socials not to be tagged in negative reviews. It has opened my eyes to the publishing industry…is it that shallow? 2mo
willaful @Cupcake12 I don't tend to pull punches in my reviews but I don't tag authors. They use social media in the same way others do, as people not just as authors, and if they choose to read negative reviews they want to have control over how and when. 2mo
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Teresereading Provided interesting insights 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had no idea about the publishing industry! This opened my eyes to a lot of things I‘ve never really thought about. 2mo
REPollock 100% spot on about the literary fiction publishing industry (from my lived experience). Especially the MFA-to-literary-darling pipeline. 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Do you think that either of the authors had the right to write about the Chinese Labor Corps? Should these stories only be written by someone with personal lived experiences with the issues? Were June‘s actions justified when she found out how people felt about her not having any Chinese heritage?

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Roary47 I think that anyone should be able to write a story that has not been told. There are nations that might not have the ability to write, and can provide insight. There are others that have the story, but not the words to express the events that should be documented. However, neither of these girls put in the work with the people from my understanding. My understanding was it was a work of fiction based on true events. 2mo
Cupcake12 Anyone can write a story but if it‘s based on a true event than I think it should be only those who have lived and breathe it. As June had no Chinese heritage but it was implied that she shad, I can understood why people turned against her. 2mo
LapReader Anyone should be able to tell a story from their point of view or in fiction if they are honest about their bias. June‘s problem was she thought she had. 2mo
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Maggie4483 I think it‘s dangerous to say that authors should only write about things they personally have experienced, or about groups that they are members of. Then there would be no historical fiction or diversity within stories, and that hurts the literary world. But authors have an obligation to do extensive research and seek out input from members of those groups. June not accepting the sensitivity reader is more proof of her arrogance. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Maggie4483 I totally agree with you! 2mo
REPollock Totally agree with @Maggie4483 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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How do you feel about June changing her name? Was this unethical, deceitful?

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Roary47 Having a pen name was fine. A lot of authors do that, but it she changed her name for this book. Throughout the book we saw that misconception in the people that had her speak about the book, and yeah, they assumed. 2mo
Cupcake12 Authors change their name but I felt this was to sell more books based on the target audience. It was deceitful as it made people think she had shared experiences or hardships. 2mo
LapReader Hard to not be influenced by the possibility of more sales. She didn‘t come up with this idea just went along with it so I gave her a bit of grace. I liked the sound of it. 2mo
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Maggie4483 It‘s all the circumstances of the name change combined that makes it problematic. It wouldn‘t have been such an issue if she had published her first book as Juniper Song, or if Song wasn‘t such a common Chinese name, or if the subject matter of the book wasn‘t so deeply rooted in Chinese history. But all those factors together make the motivation behind the name change real suspicious and almost impossible to deny. 2mo
Teresereading It was the point of no return 2mo
REPollock It‘s a tough one because the pseudonym was suggested by her editor. It was craven and deceptive, but she was so desperate for publication and attention from anyone in the industry at that point. Not making an excuse for her but it‘s not solely her fuckup. 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Did June plagiarize Athena‘s work by publishing “The Last Front?” What about the second story? Should there be legal repercussions??

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Roary47 This is that warning we hear about intellectual rights of the author. Where is says something about sections or portions of this are the authors property. I think she stole both of them because of this, even with her changes it was still the story originally created. 2mo
Cupcake12 At the end of the day without Athena‘s work there would be no book. The story had already been created. 2mo
Maggie4483 Yes to all. Again, she could have credited Athena (claiming co-authorship of the book and saying the short story was inspired by Athena) and avoided most of the mess she got into. 2mo
REPollock I don‘t feel like I can judge whether either one is plagiarism without reading the (nonexistent) texts, but it‘s all ethically questionable at best and intellectual theft at worst. 2mo
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How do you feel about June? At any point did you agree with her choices or feel sympathy for her?

What are your thoughts of Athena? Did your opinion of her change over the course of the book?

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Zuhkeeyah I could almost see some of June‘s justifications, but she was just so unlikeable that I couldn‘t ever see her in another light. 2mo
Roary47 At first I agreeing with her, but then it was justifying everything she did. In the end it consumed her and she was ready to hurt another to get the life she wanted. I started hating her somewhere in the middle and was so appalled by her decisions I couldn‘t turn away. 2mo
Cupcake12 At times I felt sorry for June as she wanted the fame and fortune so bad, she was just desperate. Athena seemed to revel in her fame, I really didn‘t like her but I didn‘t have a reason as to why! 2mo
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Maggie4483 While it was hard not to feel sorry for her when she was at her lowest points, she was really unlikable and just so incredibly stupid. She told so many lies that I think she started to believe them, & then she got really arrogant. Even if she had achieved all her success on her own, her attitude was just so cringey (do the kids still say “cringey”?). Like Kanye calling himself a genius. I have a hard time respecting people who lack humility. 2mo
REPollock June reminded me of insufferable classmates in grad school (creative writing MFA). I hated her on many levels but she‘s a definite type. Dozens of Junes at my school and probably many others. 2mo
Teresereading June‘s decisions were poor and her judgement was lacking. However Athena was flawed and the more we found out about her, the less likeable? What nationality was she? There were multiple backstories 2mo
REPollock Because everything the reader knows about Athena is filtered through June‘s POV, I didn‘t form an opinion of her. I wondered how she would tell her side of some of these scenes. 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Were June and Athena ever really friends? Did either have any real friends??

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Zuhkeeyah I think their semi-friendship was the most either could manage. Athena could not read a room and June was too embittered about her lack of success to be fun. 2mo
Roary47 I think they may have tried too hard to be friends. They were very different and forcing a friendship. 2mo
Cupcake12 I don‘t think they were ‘real friends‘ even though at times the opportunity arose. I feel it was a forced relationship and very awkward. 2mo
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LapReader No depth there at all or to their lives in general. Hard to be friends with competitive perfectionists. 2mo
JessieKB At face value, it seemed to be a mutually opportunistic friendship. It served as a great reminder though that you should always consider your source. 2mo
Maggie4483 They were frenemies at best. It was definitely about what they got from the other (June got admission into Athena‘s literary inner circle, and Athena had someone to feel superior to). There was never any genuine affection. 2mo
Teresereading Towards the end June seemed to be remembering some good things about their friendship but the first betrayal altered their relationship (edited) 2mo
REPollock I think they were both too self-obsessed yet insecure to have any actual friends. Also they both were invested in intellectual pretensions such that it would be difficult for either of them to be open or vulnerable to anyone else. 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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What was going through June‘s head when she stole Athena‘s work??

Were you screaming at her?! 😱 📣

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Gissy I read this book last year August 2023. Unlikable characters. June was always justifying her behavior🙄For me this was okay. I think this part of June‘s constant behavior what she would do not, was repetitive 🤦🏽‍♀️3/3.5 ⭐️For me. 2mo
Zuhkeeyah Not really surprised considering her intense jealousy of Athena‘s success. (@gissy I also did not like any of the characters. I‘m with you on the low rating.) 2mo
Roary47 She was a character that I loved to hate because of this. At first yes, I saw that she was trying to make a way for herself, but still that was someone else‘s work! 2mo
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Cupcake12 I can see how deep jealousy took a hold of June. She tried to excuse her behaviour at every opportunity. But theft is theft. 2mo
Maggie4483 I don't think any though whatsoever was involved in the decision to take the actual manuscript. She was acting on pure impulse.
Her decisions after that were just a downward spiral of stupidity.
I kept thinking of two other books while reading this. The first was the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. Because like Rebecca Bloom, I think 99% of June's problems could have been solved if she would just STOP. LYING.
The other was-(continued)
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Maggie4483 When Michelle McNamara died suddenly in the middle of writing I'll Be Gone In The Dark, and Billy Jensen, Paul Haynes, and McNamara's husband Patton Oswalt all stepped in to help finish it. I think Jensen & Haynes had already been working with Michelle before her death, and they are not listed as authors of the book. But both received some acclaim after the fact, and Jensen went on to have a brief but very successful stint in (continued) 2mo
Maggie4483 ...True Crime media (until he had his own scandal and got canceled).
I think June could have told a smaller lie and gotten away with it. She could have easily convinced people that she and Athena were working on the book together, and I think she would have avoided a lot of the fallout (both the race stuff and the plagiarism). Yes, she would have had to share a lot of credit with Athena, but I think it would have been a lot better for her.
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LapReader She had to make a quick decision if she was going to steal it as it‘s not like she could have come back and got it later. She definitely didn‘t think it through and continued to make further bad decisions. 2mo
JessieKB All of this!!! @Maggie4483 yes🤣🤣 Shopaholic. She acted on impulse but in my opinion knew exactly what she was doing once it was done. She is definitely one of those “can‘t make a good decision (or tell the truth) to save your life” type people. 2mo
Teresereading It was so random, and then she kept digging herself in deeper. It was weird when started thinking it was her work. 2mo
REPollock Stealing it in the moment when she was super drunk and has just watched helplessly as Athena died, okay, she wasn‘t thinking clearly. When she decided to revise the draft and pass it off as her own instead of giving it to Athena‘s family, she chose the shitty path. 2mo
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Oh my goodness! Every time I see pancakes I‘ll think of this book!

Do you think June could have done more to save Athena??

I‘m at work and I‘ll post questions as I can! Everyone is welcome to join!!

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Zuhkeeyah Haha same! I was extra careful chewing mine last week. 2mo
Roary47 I haven‘t eaten pancakes since this book. 😅 It did seem like she just stood there. It was probably the shock of it all, or maybe disbelief, but man. 2mo
Cupcake12 I think in her heart she wanted to save her but her head took over and saw an opportunity to be taken. 2mo
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Maggie4483 It's hard to fault June for not doing more. Some people just freeze in those kind of situations. I'm first aid and CPR certified because of my jobs, but I pray I never have to use it...I know I would be terrified of doing it wrong and making things worse. 2mo
LapReader Also trained in cpr and never want to have to use it. My poor brother in law did it twice last year and both people died despite his best efforts. The first a neighbour after a hit and run by a drunk driver, the second a mate who fell down a flight of stairs after a buck‘s party. Poor bugger. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Of course being a nurse I‘m trained in cpr and I‘ve had to perform it countless times. So it‘s easy for me to think that she could have done more, but I know she was in shock. I‘ll think of this book every time I eat pancakes 🥞 2mo
REPollock Also they had been drinking all night. I‘ve been certified in CPR/1st aid for my job too but if I‘d been drinking all night, I know I wouldn‘t even feel confident about a Heimlich maneuver, much less further 1st aid. 2mo
Teresereading When I did a first aid course recently, pretty sure they told us Heimlich wasn‘t recommended for amateurs. Slap them on the back and call 000! I was frustrated that she took so long to call for help 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Don‘t forget our discussion on this one Saturday, March 30th!! 📖 📚 ✍️

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Cupcake12 Looking forward to it x 3mo
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Maggie4483 I can't wait! I actually finished it *BEFORE* the discussion this time! 3mo
Maggie4483 And, yes, please tag me! 3mo
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REPollock Thank you for tagging me! 2mo
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Currently reading!

An audacious protagonist and full of dark humour. This book was gifted to me by my friend. I‘m finding it really refreshing!

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LapReader
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When your book matches your mimosa. Can‘t say I‘m loving this, too millennial. With no ballet for a while yet and being made to rest I have been having some restful weekends. Yesterday it was tea in bed before a cooked breakfast, a book in the bath then a lay in the hammock, an arvo nap followed by dinner and a show with my cousin. Today it was a pot of tea and the papers in bed. Some white wine and Gardening Australia later then early to bed.

CatLass007 I found this book to be mediocre also. It was a Goodreads favorite last year and I don‘t understand all the hype. Maybe it‘s that Goodreads isn‘t all it‘s cracked up to be either. 3mo
BarbaraBB Great photo! 3mo
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Finally getting around to listening to this ⬆️

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Mehso-so

I didn‘t love this. 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️I‘m not really sure what else to say. Being ultra curious, especially when it comes to how things work…I did find all the talk about publishing and the process very interesting. Wonder how much of it is true!! Looking forward to discussing!! #LitsyLoveReads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Totally agree! 3mo
Cupcake12 I read this for “litsylovereads too. It‘s not something I would have chosen myself but glad I did. 3mo
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Cupcake12
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Athena Liu has know June Hayward since studying at university together. Athena dies in a freak accident and June gets hold of an unfinished manuscript Athena was working on. How far will June go to keep what she rightly believes is hers?
I loved the first person voice throughout. The author tackles racism, cultural appropriation and the threats of social media. Full of dark humour, lies, scandals and deceit.
#litsylovereads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great photo 💛 and I‘m glad you liked it!! 3mo
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PageShifter
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Pickpick

June is so unlikable and delusional main character - and that's why I liked her. Her mind was so twisted, I loved to see what she's going to make up next.

This was really captivating read, I was intrigued to see what was going to happen next. Super easy & enjoyable read. And I loved the ending, it was twisted enough to my liking 😀

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Cupcake12
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Next up…#LitsyLoveReads
Hope it‘s as good as the other books we‘ve read ❤️📖📕

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Can‘t wait to discuss! 💛📚 3mo
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JessieKB
Yellowface | Rebecca F. Kuang
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1. Get my flower beds cleaned out and ready 🪻☀️ and get somewhat caught up at work!!
2. Definitely being a Mom!!
3. Haven‘t planned anything for ‘24 yet!! I need to get to working on summer for sure!!
4. Yellow Face. 😳

Cupcake12 No.4 is next on my tbr for #LitsyLovereads. Thanks for joining in and have a good week x 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Tux gives this one a so so rating and I agree! I can‘t remember a character that I‘ve ever disliked more than Junie! Her audacity was shocking! The racism was depressing and I kept wondering “where is this going?” I did like the second half more than the first and the publishing details were interesting. There were several trigger warnings that I wasn‘t expecting… lots to discuss!!

#LitsyLoveReads
#Adayinthelifeoftux

Captivatedbybooks I just wanna smooch his nose!!! 3mo
AlaMich He looks so tiny! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AlaMich he‘s gotten pretty big! 3mo
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dabbe Tux is all tucked in! 🖤🐾🖤 Love your new pic, too! 💚💙💚 3mo
AnnCrystal 💕😻💝. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @dabbe thank you 😊 🫶🏻 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Chilling with Miss Priss tonight! Tux is somewhere being antisocial! What are you reading?! 📚📚

#Catsoflitsy
#Adayinthelifeoftux

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Jari-chan Aw 😻💖😸 3mo
Karisa At first I thought you were calling the mc in that book “Miss Priss” kinda fits! 😂 Your Miss P seems much sweeter! (I have never yelled at a book so much!😂) 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Karisa me either!! She is awful! 😱 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jari-chan 🥰❤️ 3mo
AmandaBlaze The Bad Ones by Melissa Albert 3mo
AnnCrystal 💕😻💝. 3mo
Bklover Yellowface!! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bklover have you started it? 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
Bklover Only just started! 3mo
Bklover Oh! I forgot to mention - thanks so much Misty for the cards and the bookmarks I keep finding tucked in the pages of this book!!❤️❤️ 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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This book… the main character makes me want to scream 😱 the nerve!! I‘m sure it will be interesting to discuss!

#LitsyLove
#LitsyLoveReads

JessieKB We have twin bowls!!! Great minds. I am ready to get started.💛 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JessieKB fiesta? We love it! 3mo
JessieKB Yes!! Turquoise and red for us. We do too!! 3mo
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DebbieGrillo
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Pickpick

Like many others, I loved this book that gives an inside look at the ruthless world of publishing. Unpopular opinion: I loved the main character. I think I've always been fascinated by people who make out-of-character, horribly awful choices that loom with gnawing guilt until it finally implodes and their life shatters.

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Cupcake12
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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I only went to the library to pick up Yellowface 😂 The books looked so shiny and new, I couldn‘t resist!

lil1inblue Oooh. Babel is so good! I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Hey guys! Just checking in to see how y‘all are progressing!

I‘ve been working a lot or I would probably be finished!

#LitsyLove
#LitsyLoveReads

💛📚💛

Everyone is welcome! Let me know if you would like to be tagged!

Cupcake12 Just picked up my copy today x 3mo
Maggie4483 Will you add me to the tag list? 3mo
Read4life Starting it this weekend. 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Maggie4483 got you added! 🫶🏻 3mo
Sleepswithbooks On Chapter 6 and I don‘t like the main character. Second book in a row Misty 😡!! You‘re turning me into a hater and I‘m suppose to be a gentle lovey 🙅🏻‍♀️😂😂😂😂 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sleepswithbooks haha! I can‘t stand her! 3mo
Roary47 I‘m finished. It was really hard to put down. 3mo
REPollock I‘m finished. Looking forward to the discussion! 3mo
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Eva_B
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Pickpick

This book was brilliant! So much going on! The casual and also blatant racism of which the protagonist is woefully blind says a lot about society today. Every page had something that made me either cringe or made me angry. The lies and deception will hook you in. Along with the fascinating look at the inside of the publishing industry. There is so much in this book!!. Would make a great book club read!

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Sleepswithbooks
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Making my way into the Buddy Read 🐌📖

KadaGul Adorable Positioning of the Book 📖 #LOVEBOOKSHELVING 🥰🥰 3mo
Sleepswithbooks Thank you @KadaGul 🥹💛 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Perfect day for front porch reading! Back to work tomorrow!

Happy Monday 🌼💛

#LitsyLove
#LitsyLoveReads

JessieKB 💛💛💛 3mo
maich I'm jealous. Here is still cold. March is colder than January🥶 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Watermelon 🍉 🍷 yes please!

Getting started on this one for our #LitsyLoveReads

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britt_brooke Yum, enjoy! 3mo
BooksNBowls Oooh I‘ve been wanting to read this 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BooksNBowls it‘s yours when I finish! 💛🤗 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BooksNBowls I love you too 🤗❤️ 3mo
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Roary47
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Pickpick

4✨ I‘m not sure how to feel about this book because of the racial back and forth that happens in it. It‘s unfortunate that it‘s a thing. That we judge other people‘s work and ideas because of the color of their skin. Stealing is wrong no matter how it gets twisted. This book gave a different dimension on theft, and the main character who we should hate or love has layers and it‘s hard to hate her or love her because she is getting injustice too.⬇️

Roary47 I like that this made me think. #LitsyLoveReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Dang! You read that fast! 3mo
Roary47 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was really good right off the bat. 😍 3mo
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Hillea2
Yellowface | R F Kuang
Pickpick

Such an interesting topic, super thought-provoking and was a perfect pick for book club. It‘s hard to hate your narrator/main character but it‘s so well written you manage to hate June but still enjoy the book!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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This is our selection for our #LitsyLoveReads buddy read! Read at your own pace! Discussion will be March 30th! Let me know, if you haven‘t already, if you would like to be tagged! 📚💛📚💛

#LitsyLove

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Teresereading Not sure if I am tagged? 3mo
Roary47 I‘m started and would like to be tagged. 🥰💛 3mo
DebbieGrillo Just finished this and would love to discuss. Please tag me. 3mo
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LitsyEvents
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Repost for @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I LOVE buttercups! 💛🌼 it‘s a gorgeous day here in MS! 65 degrees and sunny 🌞

This is next up for our buddy read in March!

Who is planning to join?! Please let me know so that I can tag you! Everyone welcome! 🤗

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