This was the April book for books and BTS book club. This months book prompt was Seokjin: A book with pink in the cover.
“I would live your life so much better than you, if I had your face.”
Content Warnings: abuse, suicide, predatory behavior, mental health, fertility problems, cheating, misogyny
Set in modern day Seoul, we follow the lives of four young women. This didn’t read like a novel more like we got glimpses into these women’s lives. If I Had Your Face was a compelling read, exploring modern Korean womanhood, sexism, gender roles and the beauty industry.
➽ Ara, is a hairdresser who lost the ability to speak because of an incident in her past. She is obsessed with a singer from a K-Pop band to the point of unhealthy behaviours.
➽ Kyuri, who has fought her way to the top to work at one of the top room salons in the country. Basically an escort,She has spent a lot of money on plastic surgeries.
➽ Miho, a poor art student who was able to study abroad in New York with the South Korean elite. She is engage to a man from a wealthy family.
➽ Wonna, a newlywed struggling to get pregnant, despite not knowing how she will be able to afford a child.
One of the main themes of this book is the constant need to be beautiful. Your worth is determined on how you look and how much money you have. I knew Korean beauty standards were very different than western countries, but I have never seen anything this extreme. This book is very character driven, and has almost no plot.
I felt like the book ended kind of abruptly. There was no real ending. This was an interesting story and I definitely would read this author in the future.