“If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
Very entertaining read. It tackles a lot of issues women face in South Korea, in a fictional story about orphans who are struggling to make it. They have the burden of societal expectations on them, family pressure, and poor options available to them.
The issues it explores include the sex industry (salon bars), the divide between rich and poor, women’s rights in the workplace, and marriage/childbirth expectations.
By the end of this story, I really identified with these girls. It’s hard living in a big city like Seoul, with the pressures of culture, being a woman, and your family bearing down on you. It wasn’t too preachy. It’s a light, and easy to read novel.
I put off reading this for a bit because the cover had me thinking it would be a ridiculous love story like Crazy Rich Asians (even though I haven’t read that book either, but watched the movie instead).
I lived in South Korea before for it’s always nice reading books set in Seoul.
Rating: ★★★★ Book #44 in my #ReadingChallenge2021 #Books #BookReview #Women #SouthKorea #Fiction”,