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DOWNLOAD ✓ If I Had Your Face ✓ A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul Korea about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty secret room salons catering to wealthy men strict social hierarchies and K pop fan mania Even as a girl I knew the only chance I had was to change my face even beA riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul Korea about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty secret room salons catering to wealthy men strict social hierarchies and K pop fan mania Even as a girl I knew the only chance I had was to change my face even before a fortune teller told me soKyuri is a heartbreakingly beautiful woman with a hard won job at a room salon an exclusive bar where she entertains businessmen while they dr. There are great lines throughout This book does a lot to explore Korean womanhood At times it felt a bit like there was a checklist of issues to address but it was still an engrossing read

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Ink Though she prides herself on her cold clear eyed approach to life an impulsive mistake with a client may come to threaten her livelihoodHer roomate Miho is a talented artist who grew up in an orphanage but won a scholarship to study art in New York Returning to Korea after college she finds herself in a precarious relationship with the super wealthy heir to one of Korea's biggest companiesDown the hall in their apartment building lives Ara a hair stylist for whom two preoccupation. ''In the original story the little mermaid endures unspeakable pain to gain her human legs The Sea Witch warns her that her new feet will feel as if she is walking on whetter blades but she will be able to dance like no human has ever danced before And so she drinks the witch's potion which slices through her body like a sword'' Seoul South Korea Four women try to make ends meet in a society that has raised them with unattainable expectations corrupted aspirations and images they have to fulfill Ara has fallen in love with a K Pop singer her obsession adding up to her personal ordeal Miho tries to balance her upbringing and her New York experiences while dealing with her intense feelings for a handsome womanizer Wonna struggles to fulfill the expectation of being a mother Kyuri falls prey to her lust for beauty and money and sacrifices her body and importantly her sanity and dignity But what else is there to do in a reality that worships plastic surgery financial superiority and ridiculous fake pop iconsFrances Cha writes with clarity and honesty and allows hints of satire albeit acute and a little morbid She comments on a set of rules that has to be obeyed in a system that comes young female souls away convincing them that they MUST act as everyone and especially men expect them to Beauty and money are brutally connected to each other it has always been a reality for most women in all cultures throughout the ages In this novel we see this bond in its most extreme version You have to make money to put it simply and clearly You have to make men fall in love with you Therefore you need the perfect face according to the pop star standards And plastic surgery is the means to an endWith money comes exploitation and the feeling you can manipulate others as others manipulate you Sex becomes a weapon of persuasion and a means for the elite to achieve its goals And when you fall in love society has already fed you with despair so you become obsessed More and faster and faster Nothing remains untouched even motherhood is contaminated If you don't want children you are an abomination If you can't raise them you become a walking guilt Cha depicts an immense impossible indifference and absolute cruelty behind the shiny facadeHowever the camaraderie between women is an escape a haven where minds can be unburdened and hearts can be made lighter through shared feelings even for a while The voices of the four main characters are distinctive their thoughts seamlessly communicated to the reader as we try to understand them and their motives and choices My favourite character was Miho She was the restless spirit the one whose horizons were broadened through Art but her soft heart was there to threaten herΙ've said it again and again South Korean Literature is a mystery a treasure an enigma to be decoyed with each book If I Had Your Face is no exception It is real and through provoking an unsettling call to consider our views on social status ''idols'' and a worldwide industry that wants us beautiful willing and silent It is one of the best novels of the year ''The raindrops keep falling thickly now So we all stand up to make our way upstairs together as the sky starts crackling taking aim at each of us and the drunk men stumbling by'' Many thanks to Penguin Books UK and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewMy reviews can also be found on


If I Had Your FaceS sustain her obsession with a boy band pop star and a best friend who is saving up for the extreme plastic surgery that is commonplaceAnd Wonna one floor below is a newlywed trying to get pregnant with a child that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise and educate in the cutthroat economyTogether their stories tell a gripping tale that's seemingly unfamiliar yet unmistakably universal in the way that their tentative friendships may have to be their saving grac. Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewI didn’t know what to expect from this book I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction but this one caught my eye for a few reasons First the cover I’m a sucker for bright colors so that caught my attention right away Second I’m always on the lookout for books that take place in other countries It’s an excellent opportunity to learn something new And third there’s nothing I love than a female centric narrativeThe four main characters of If I Had Your Face are all women living in the same apartment building in Seoul Ara is a mute hair stylist and K pop fan whose roommate and lifelong best friend has been saving up for plastic surgery Kyuri is a jaded beauty obsessed woman who works in a room salon and distrusts men Wonna is a newlywed with a doting husband who endured abuse as a child and is now trying for a baby of her own Finally Miho Kyuri’s roommate is an artist with a wealthy boyfriend and a secret obsession with her former best friendThe characters are easily my favorite part of this book They feel like real women complex and fully formed Cha writes from a first person perspective which is usually not my preference but it worked beautifully here Each of the four main characters felt completely distinct; I could easily distinguish whose chapter I was reading at any given time Despite their flaws I developed a deep connection with each of Cha’s characters because I was able to understand their feelings and motivations and by the end of the book I was extremely attached to themThe themes of If I Had Your Face center around the patriarchal standards of Korean society which I found enlightening and thought provoking Although misogyny is present in every country and culture it manifests itself in different ways In Korea misogyny takes the form of strict beauty standards and gender norms that women are expected to adhere to Many women who don’t fit this impossible mold opt for expensive cosmetic surgery Their value is measured by their looks and by their roles as wife and mother Institutions like room salons fulfill wealthy men’s fantasies of being waited on by beautiful young womenThe only aspect of this book that I felt ambivalent about was Cha’s writing style She writes very frankly with minimal embellishment and an intimate vibe like you’re reading the main characters’ diaries For the most part it worked because it fit the tone of the book and its contemporary setting and subject matter but there were occasional moments when I wished for explanation and depth Other than that minor flaw this was an absolutely enthralling story and one I highly recommend