If I Had Your Face
"Even as a girl, I knew the only chance I had was to change my face... even before a fortune-teller told me so."
Kyuri is a heart ...more
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She does not know what this work does to you—how you cannot hold on to your old perspective. You will not be able to save your money because there will never be enough of it. You will keep doing things you never expected to do. You will be affected in ways you could never imagine.
In the beginning, I was really loving If I Had Your Face. It introduced me to several fascinating characters and it takes on the subject of beauty standards and sexism in Korea. But I think where this book went wron ...more
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 hav ...more
This book is just heartbreaking right from the get go. It delves into the lives of five young women that live in the same apartment building. We hear from four of them, in alternating chapters. This book was a real eye opener for me. I knew about the ...more
Oh wow, I really enjoyed this novel, it felt like a New Adult Korean Gossip Girl, except with way more commentary about patriarchy and capitalism and greater solidarity between women. If I Had Your Face follows four women living in Seoul, Korea: Kyuri, a beautiful woman who’s received a lot of plastic surgery and works in a competitive “room salon,” Miho, a talented artist in a precarious romantic relationship with a rich and handsome boyfriend, Ara, a hairstylist who is obsessed with a ...more
Narrated by Frances Cha, Sue Jean Kim, Ruthie Anne Miles, and Jeena Yi
Beware....after reading this book:
....It will be hard to ever see Korean woman the same again — without thinking of the horrors associated with the underground beauty subculture regime.
“If I Had Your Face”, is an eye-opening novel of how South Korean women from Seoul, are valued—by both men and women.
....Wealthy men want a pretty women at their side.
....Insecure women want to look like the pretty women.
I 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 mo ...more
2020 READ WHERE i WISH I WAS EDITOR AWARD
First of all thank you to Paromjit whose review led me to this novel. I also read Jenny's review that also propelled me to read further.
I was excited to be approved by Netgalley for an e-copy but when I got to it...the book had expired...so I borrowed a copy from a gal pal.
I see great things ahead for Ms. Cha who has her finger on both Korean culture and young womens' nihilism, despair and propensities for cruelties unde ...more
I’ve read very few books set in Korea, and they’ve all been historical as far as I can remember. If I Had Your Face takes place mostly in Korea, with some chapters in NYC when one character travels there to study art. This book is a deep dive character study of four Korean women.
The thread uniting them all would on the surface appear to be a search for beauty, however, the quests for inner peace and self-acceptance that are also on the tab ...more
ARA. Left mute after a brutal attack when she was a teenager, Ara spends her days as a hairdresser in Seoul, sharing laughs with her best friend Sujin and dreaming about someday meeting k-idol Taein. She's all but left her childhood where it belongs: in the forlorn town that taught her true violence.
KYURI. Numerous cosmetic surgeries have shaped Kyuri into a symmetrica ...more
Whatever I was hoping to get out of this novel, I received just that and even more. I’ve been especially interested in how women in other parts of the world live and interact with one another, so when I saw in the description that this was “...set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way...”, I really couldn’t pass it up.
Though the four main characters live in close proximity, in the same building, ...more
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IF I HAD YOUR FACE is a multi-POV story set in Korea. It revolves around Kyrui, Miho, Ara, and Wonna. All of them lead very different lives but their intertwining journeys share one similar theme: navigating the misogyny and rigorous gender norms for women.
The beginning of the book is very strong but after the 50% mark, it kind of peters out. Kyrui and Ara are the best narrators, in my opinion. Kyuri is a hostess who used to be a prostit ...more
Envy became the green-eyed monster when Shakespeare dubbed it so in Iago’s warning to Othello. Today, we just call it access to Instagram. Scrolling endlessly through a sea of heavily altered photos has the capacity to make any of us feel envious of others, or even go so far as to make us think, “I would live your life so much better than you if I had your face.”
So ponders one of the main characters of the appropriately titled “ ...more
Today I finished this novel, and conclude that I do not know much about South Korea. ☹
Wonder what I’ll read tomorrow? No doubt it will be a trifecta…”I don’t know much about Country X”. ☹
Anyhoo, I liked this book because it was well-written and held my attention, and I thought the four protagonists were quite interesting. So 4 stars ...more
This is a book set in Seoul which features five young women living in an Officetel in contemporary Seoul. Four of them feature as alternating first party point of view characters.
Kyuri is a prostitute turned Ten Percent salon girl via sheer determination and copious amounts of plastic surgery. Miho an orphan who won an art scholarship to the US where she got involved with a Rich Korean artist (Ruby) and after Ruby’s suicide started da ...more
3 ½ stars
Engaging and insightful If I Had Your Face is a solid debut novel from a promising writer.
If I Had Your Face follows four young women trying to navigate everyday life in contemporary Seoul. They live in the same building but to begin with are not exactly friends. We have Ara, a mute hair stylist who is infatuated with a member of a popular Kpop boy band, Kyuri, who has undergone numerous plastic surgeries and works at a 'room salon' where she ente ...more
This poignant novel is truly concerned with how a small group of five younger, independent women, who grew up in hardship (in orphanages or in abusive/neglectful family environments) in more remote areas of South Korea and who now inhabit an “office-tel” apart ...more
I read If I Had Your Face in less than a day, I absolutely could not put this book down and I did not want it to end.
Set in bustling Seoul, Korea we meet four young women who beat all the odds and are currently living in the city, but they continue to face a lot more than they are equipped to handle.
We meet Kyuri who spends her nights getting drunk with rich businessmen at a salon that hires only beautiful women. Kyuri entertain men on a nightly ...more
I've read several books by female authors set in Korea in the past few years but they were works written in Korean and for Korean audiences (Han Kang, Kim Sagwa, etc). That writing tends to cover similar topics but in a more surr ...more
I didn’t know plastic surgery was SUCH a big thing in South Korea and after finishing the book I just had to googled it. Turns out that South Korea has the highest rate of plastic surgeries per capita in the world.
This book gave a glimpse into this sub-culture I knew nothing about and there was a vapid sadness to Kyuri, Sujin and Nami’s frantic search for validation in all the wrong places.
But the book also showed other young women like Ara who preoccupies her life with obsessing over ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but what I did not expect was to be completely mesmerized by its characters. I could not put this novel down, they were so interesting that I had to keep on reading to know their stories.
The characters of this book are four women, who are different but also alike in some aspects. They are all dealing with their troubled past and facing their present and future in the best way they possibly can, even if it isn't always easy.
The novel is in ...more
The title of the book caught my attention and had me thinking deeply. "If I had your face," would my life changed for the better? The bleak thought of getting a perfect face visited my mind once and had me the urge to get my face done in exchange for the belief that with a pretty face, life can be more beautiful........
It's fascinating and daringly honest how the author has brought this topic out in the open with its se ...more
Told in vignettes, each woman's storyline is universally relatable in some way, whether it be trying to stand up for oneself at work, having to constantly improve one's beauty ...more
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