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Yellowface
Yellowface | Rebecca F. Kuang
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kricheal
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I have not thoroughly hated a MC in a looooong time. What a book.

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Jess861
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I despise the main character in this book (and that is probably an understatement) but the fact that the author could make me despise a character so much speaks to the writing. You are pulled into the story from the first page, and although you know it's only going to get worse, you can't put the book down. While I understand where the ending comes from, I think there could have been a better ending for the character.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

Soubhiville I was a bit disappointed with the ending too. 2w
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Jas16
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Mehso-so

I don‘t know if my expectations were too high or it was the fact I read this while I bed with pneumonia (yes 2024 really hates me) but this didn‘t fully work for me. June is deliciously unlikeable and Kuang managed to create tension even when I wasn‘t fully invested. Glad I finally read it but I appreciated it more than I liked it. #autheramonth

Soubhiville I hope you are fully recovered soon! 2w
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Jess861
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Rainy day at the cottage today so there will be reading, board games and colouring with the kiddos today. Going to jump in on #AuthorAMonth with the tagged book. While I saw this book pop up everywhere for a few months, I have no idea what it is about...which is kind of fun sometimes!

#RainyDay #Cottage #LakeSideReading

Aims42 I agree, it is a fun change of pace going into books blindly 😄👍 No expectations to fight against (edited) 2w
Jess861 @Aims42 I agree! The book is good so far, but definitely wasn't what I was expecting 😅 2w
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Bzosche
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“Reading lets us live in someone else‘s shoes. Literature builds bridges; it makes our world larger, not smaller.”

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AmandaBlaze
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Eggs Excellent 👌🏼 💛 👀 2w
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Teresereading
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛🤍💛 2w
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Melismatic
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The tagged was a compulsively quick read - the story spirals so quickly, it‘s tough to put down.

Admittedly, I kept waiting for a *why* June acted this way. My brain needed a reason why, even if it was ridiculous or left-field. Clues were only hinted at though - ultimately, June is who she is, the reader can draw their own conclusion.

Wild. Unnerving. Biting. Looking forward to reading more of Kuang‘s work. ✨ #AuthorAMonth

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Caterina
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This is a GREAT beach read, fast-paced and easy to read. I hated the entitled, self-centered unreliable narrator and enjoyed rooting for her downfall. The critiques of the racist, toxic publishing industry and online book world (Twitter, etc.) added something deeper to the book, although part of me wishes the book were far more complex - maybe with multiple versions of the narrative like Hernan Diaz's Trust. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ #AuthorAMonth #AAM @Soubhiville

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Melismatic
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June‘s descent is swift & brutal. Her narcissism is so petty but also so achingly common? The 1-star on GR debate is a nuanced thing but authors getting territorial about it? A whole new level of kill your darlings & power tripping. #AuthorAMonth

LibrarianRyan I probably already know about the 1 star debate and just not realizing it. I liked this book. Hated the main character, but I thought the messaging was there. And I felt like I new people like this. 3w
Melismatic @LibrarianRyan 100% know people like this who are sadly acting this way unironically. The delusion is so real. 3w
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Madison91
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This book had so much hype for an ending that I just did not care about

Amor4Libros Agree!! 3w
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IndoorDame
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#AAM When I read Babel last year I thought it was a captivating and original fantasy story, but the themes behind it seemed incredibly heavy handed, and as the conclusion approached it began to seem more and predictable. Overall I feel really disappointed when I think back on it, so I was reluctant to start this one. Surprisingly, I had a hard time putting this down and listened to it in one day. I found it much more nuanced than Babel, 👇🏼

IndoorDame and much more enjoyable even though there wasn‘t a single likable character. This one also started to loose me in the conclusion, but not because I was annoyed with the author, more because I didn‘t think it was as strong as the rest of the narrative. I definitely see a progression in Kuang‘s writing and would read a future book by her which is a great surprise. @Soubhiville 3w
Soubhiville I‘m glad you liked this. I‘m halfway through Babel now and while I like it, I feel like it‘s starting to drag a bit. 3w
IndoorDame @Soubhiville I feel like it helped that this one didn‘t take itself as seriously, so it was easier for you to take it seriously (also that it was shorter) 3w
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Yenya1954
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Junie Hayward aka Juniper Song is one character I would have loved to reach out and give her a good shake. She is accused of taking the work of another young writer and has it published after much rewriting. She certainly needed someone to give her some very stern advice. I enjoyed the book. R F Kuang certainly wrote a novel worth reading. 4/5

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Melismatic
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June is wrapped! Unintentionally read a lot of pink covers this past month 🤷🏻‍♀️💖

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janerzy
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Quite fast read. Despite that the plots sometimes make me feel like I‘m watching “Gossip Girl” all over, the book does offer some serious thoughts provoking on the issues of representation and cultural appropriation. It also teeters on the brink of satire for the harsh reality of the entertainment industry and who gets/owns to voice their version of the storytelling.

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Melismatic
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Aiming to finish my current read this weekend so I can dive into this during the holiday week for #AuthorAMonth. I have another title lined up for this author too - Babel - but didn‘t realize it was 500+ pages. Gulp. Gonna be carrying that 🧱 back & forth on the train for a bit. 😂 🤷🏻‍♀️

Soubhiville I loved this one! And I‘m about 40% through Babel and enjoying it. Hope you like them too! 3w
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monkeygirlsmama
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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 1mo
CoffeeAndABook @AnneCecilie I‘m tempted to do exactly that 🥴 1mo
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Kimberlone
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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!!! 2mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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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. 2mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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vivastory
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.
#2024HalfWay Book 1
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. 2mo
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. 2mo
KathyWheeler Yellowface seems to be polarizing, but I loved it. (edited) 2mo
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sarahbarnes I was really impressed by Yellowface, too. 2mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your list, I‘ll join you towards the end of June, I haven‘t read that many 5⭐️ books (edited) 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘ll look forward to your posts. I loved Yellowface. 2mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes I was really surprised by it as I had mixed feelings on the other Kuang book I read 2mo
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📚📚📚 2mo
vivastory @Cathythoughts Thanks! It was a lot of fun going through my reading log for the year 📚📚 2mo
Reggie I love how even though at every turn June makes the wrong decision I was made to almost sympathize with her. Lol 2mo
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JillR
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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
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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 2mo
IMASLOWREADER @KadaGul this is my 1st one hosted by the library…I have always gone to barnes and noble or book fairs (edited) 2mo
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kricheal
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I've heard so much about this! 🎧

eskoch28 My friend just finished this and LOVED IT 2mo
Bookpearl Halfway through it now and absolutely love it!! 2mo
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Bookpearl
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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
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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
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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!😻 3mo
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TamTracy
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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
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Reading at the track meet. This book is sooo cringy 😣

BarbaraBB It is! Great photo! 3mo
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AvidReader25
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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. 3mo
Sarahreadstoomuch Love this book! And now I have one of my library book groups reading it 😉 3mo
Anna40 Great review! 3mo
AvidReader25 @Suzze @Anna40 Such a fascinating book! 3mo
AvidReader25 @Sarahreadstoomuch I love that! This is such a perfect book to fuel great discussions. 3mo
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Cathyloves2read
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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
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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!!! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛🤗📚 4mo
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Beachbum
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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 👍🏻 4mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
Teresereading I liked the layers within layers, a cleverly constructed narrative. 4mo
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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, 4mo
REPollock (Contd) I was hooked. I had already read another book by the author and it was very different and similarly engaging. 4mo
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! 4mo
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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. 4mo
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? 4mo
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. 4mo
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Teresereading Provided interesting insights 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had no idea about the publishing industry! This opened my eyes to a lot of things I‘ve never really thought about. 4mo
REPollock 100% spot on about the literary fiction publishing industry (from my lived experience). Especially the MFA-to-literary-darling pipeline. 4mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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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. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Maggie4483 I totally agree with you! 4mo
REPollock Totally agree with @Maggie4483 4mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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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. 4mo
Teresereading It was the point of no return 4mo
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. 4mo
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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. 4mo
Cupcake12 At the end of the day without Athena‘s work there would be no book. The story had already been created. 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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! 4mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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 4mo
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. 4mo
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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. 4mo
Roary47 I think they may have tried too hard to be friends. They were very different and forcing a friendship. 4mo
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. 4mo
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LapReader No depth there at all or to their lives in general. Hard to be friends with competitive perfectionists. 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
Teresereading Towards the end June seemed to be remembering some good things about their friendship but the first betrayal altered their relationship (edited) 4mo
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. 4mo
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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. 4mo
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.) 4mo
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! 4mo
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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. 4mo
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) 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
Teresereading It was so random, and then she kept digging herself in deeper. It was weird when started thinking it was her work. 4mo
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. 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
Cupcake12 I think in her heart she wanted to save her but her head took over and saw an opportunity to be taken. 4mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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 🥞 4mo
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. 4mo
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 4mo
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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 4mo
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Maggie4483 I can't wait! I actually finished it *BEFORE* the discussion this time! 4mo
Maggie4483 And, yes, please tag me! 4mo
Pageturner1 tag me 4mo
REPollock Thank you for tagging me! 4mo
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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. 4mo
BarbaraBB Great photo! 4mo
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LatrelWhite
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Finally getting around to listening to this ⬆️

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JessieKB
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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! 4mo
Cupcake12 I read this for “litsylovereads too. It‘s not something I would have chosen myself but glad I did. 4mo
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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!! 4mo
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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 😀