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"Do you love sister dynamics? Family dynamics? Great first love feelings? Wanna weep gently to yourself for a bit? GET YOURSELF SOME MARY HK CHOI. (Trigger warnings for disordered eating.)"

Liz B.

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"Personally--and with no shade to YA--this book overflows its marketing category and has something special for any reader who lives in the concentric slingshots of social media, body shame, and complicated families. An unforeseen illness forces two estranged sisters into working through their differences--sure, but the genius of the story is in its pacing and in the slow burn/bloom of the more tectonic problem underneath. Choi's writing is both super smart and accessible, and I've never felt as seen as I have in her protagonists whose lives are limned--but not defined--by the particular icons, sense-memories, and references of Korean-Americanness."

Jean Y.

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Author Mary H. K. Choi
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date 2021-03-02
Section Young Adult (12 Up) / All Staff Suggestions / Suggestions for Kids / Jean Y. / Liz B.
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781534446007

From New York Times bestselling author Mary H.K. Choi comes a funny and emotional story about two estranged sisters and how far they’ll go to save one of their lives—even if it means swapping identities.

Jayne and June Baek are nothing alike. June’s three years older, a classic first-born, know-it-all narc with a problematic finance job and an equally soulless apartment (according to Jayne). Jayne is an emotionally stunted, self-obsessed basket case who lives in squalor, has egregious taste in men, and needs to get to class and stop wasting Mom and Dad’s money (if you ask June). Once thick as thieves, these sisters who moved from Seoul to San Antonio to New York together now don’t want anything to do with each other.

That is, until June gets cancer. And Jayne becomes the only one who can help her.

Flung together by circumstance, housing woes, and family secrets, will the sisters learn more about each other than they’re willing to confront? And what if while helping June, Jayne has to confront the fact that maybe she’s sick, too?

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