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 ...more
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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 ...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
I didnt know what to expect from this book. I dont read a lot of contemporary fiction, but this one caught my eye for a few reasons. First, the cover. Im a sucker for bright colors so that caught my attention right away. Second, Im always on the lookout for books that take place in other countries. Its an excellent opportunity to learn something new. And third, theres nothing I love more ...more
Whatever I was hoping to get out of this novel, I received just that and even more. Ive 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 couldnt pass it up.
Though the four main characters live in close proximity, in the same building, their ...more
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 Rubys suicide started dating Rubys rich Chaebol-heir boyfriend while using Ruby as a ...more
I didnt 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 Namis 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 a ...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
All the women speak with the same voice and there's something a little muddy about the writing so ...more
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha is a brutally honest look at contemporary life in Seoul, South Korea from the perspective of four young women who come from unfortunate backgrounds. Its a sharp, unfiltered, smart, and unforgiving social critique and analysis that doesnt pretend that everything will be better in the end. I also love that it calls out a problematic aspect of Korean culture. I know ...more
If I Had Your Face (네 얼굴이 있다면) by Frances Cha paints a rather exaggerated, but ...more
This riveting debut follows four young women as they forge a life in a frenetic society where plastic surgery is the answer to getting on.
Beautiful Kyuri works in a 10% (an exclusive room salon which employs only the prettiest girls in the industry) entertaining businessmen.
Orphan Miho is awarded a scholarship to study art in New York where she becomes entangled with the exclusive world of the chaebol (corporation) families.
Mute Ara, a hairdresser, ...more
Traveling to a different country and learning of their culture can be an interesting experience. We would normally learn the different exciting traditions they practice. However, we rarely get to see the harsh reality and lives until we live there.
This book is uniquely written to express a part of that harsh culture that is prevalent in South Korea today. I was shocked by their definition of success and beauty, the struggles of the poor, broken ...more
On paper (no pun intended) If I Had Your Face sounds like a book that really shouldnt work. Its a slice-of-life type novel following four women Ara, Kyuri, Miho and Wonna and their every day struggles, largely due to the pressures of the South Korean beauty industry. Sex worker Kyuri is in horrendous debt thanks to her many surgeries; artist Miho is obsessed with her dead ...more
Available Apr 21 through Random House Ballantine
If I Had Your Face follows five modern Korean women as they transverse their 20s covering issues like disability, wealth and education inequity and beauty standards. Similar to sisterhood narratives, each girl has her own voice and characters alternate chapters. Unfortunately, something about the writing did not stick with me. The topics either felt very rushed or very superficial with one dimensional characters. There's no ...more
I really have mixed feelings about this book. I have to say that it kept my attention, and I definitely wanted to keep returning to it after I put it down each night. The stories of the various women made me curious about them, and I found myself really wanting to know what happened in their lives.
However, I'm not sure I'm walking away from this book feeling any sort of emotional attachment to it. I liked the characters, but I ...more
Written well and easy to follow the story drags you in until you cant put it down.
I enjoyed following the narrative but in the end I felt like I was left with a lot of questions unanswered. I am also unsure if this a true reflection on how society is in Seoul now or the authors vision of the way it is heading, This is ...more
"I would live your life so much better than you if I had your face"
When I pulled myself out of this book, I don't think I fully knew where I was. For a while after turning that last page, my mind was still in the office-tel in Seoul with our characters, contemplating where their lives would go next. If you are looking for an upbeat read or a happy ending, look for another book. But if you're looking for ...more