Book Review: Yellowface

Yellowface by Rebecca F. Kuang is a powerful and thought-provoking book that left me feeling shaken and moved. From the moment I picked up this book, I was completely drawn into the world of the story and the struggles of its characters.

At its core, Yellowface is a story about identity and belonging. Set in a world where people are divided by race and ethnicity, the novel follows Cassie as she tries to navigate a society that constantly questions her place in it. Through her experiences, we see how our identities shape our lives and how we are often forced to choose between assimilation and resistance.

One of the things that struck me most about Yellowface was how well-drawn its characters are. Each one feels like a fully-realized person with their own motivations, desires, and flaws. As Cassie moves through different parts of society, we see how these characters interact with each other in complex ways that shed light on larger societal issues.

Kuang’s writing is both lyrical and incisive, capturing the mood of each scene perfectly while also conveying deeper meaning about what it means to be human in a world that often seems hostile to difference. She has a real talent for evoking emotion without being sentimental or heavy-handed.

Of course, no book is perfect, and there were times when I found myself frustrated with some of the choices made by certain characters or with aspects of the plot. However, these flaws only served to make me more invested in the outcome of the story – I wanted Cassie to succeed despite all odds because I cared so deeply about her journey.

Overall, Yellowface is an incredibly powerful novel that delves deep into issues of identity, belonging, and resistance. Its characters are fully-realized and its prose is both beautiful and insightful. If you’re looking for a book that will challenge you while also resonating on an emotional level, then Yellowface is definitely worth reading.


publishedDate : 2023-05-25

authors : Rebecca F Kuang

publishers : HarperCollins UK

pageCount : 336

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R.F. Kuang. Rebecca F. Kuang is a Marshall Scholar, translator, and award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy and Babel: An Arcane History, among others. She has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford; she is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages …

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