NOVEL REVIEW: YELLOWFACE BY R.F. KUANG



Eiyo Fadneiras,

We are now moving to the middle of December. Woah... time moves really fast. How are you guys doing? I hope you guys are doing ok because I'm doing ok as well and just launched my first zine yesterday (11.12.2023). Yay!!!

My first zine is titled Bukan Kecil Tapi Merah (BKTM). The zine is also part of my first novel, Fail Merah. So good news for Emil & Dahlia shippers. Here's your chance to embrace the two main characters again. For more info on BKTM, click this link >> MEMPERKENALKAN BUKAN KECIL TAPI MERAH (ZINE FAIL MERAH).

Alright, now let's carry on with today's objective. In today's post, I will share my review of R.F. Kuang's Yellowface. Now let's begin this review with the author's bio...


ABOUT R.F. KUANG

Brilliant Asian-American author ~ R.F. Kuang (Image: time.com)

She was born as Rebecca F. Kuang. Kuang is an Asian-American award-winning novelist. Besides Yellowface, some of her novels are Poppy War Trilogy and Babel: An Arcane History. All of Kuang's novels are listed as bestsellers.

Kuang has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford. She is now pursuing her PhD in East Asian Languages And Literatures at Yale.


ABOUT YELLOWFACE


This thrilling psychological horror story followed a struggling young author named June Hayward. June was not lucky compared to her friend, Athena Liu. Athena was a literary darling. Her debut was a phenomenon. All of her books were listed as bestsellers. But June was a literary nobody. And this made June jealous of Athena. 

In the early chapters of the story, Athene died while celebrating her latest success. The girl choked on pancakes.  June was there. But she failed to rescue Athena and did something really bad. June stole Athena's finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers during World War I.

June gave Athena's manuscript a little editing and sent it to a publishing company with her own name. The publishing house was impressed with the manuscript. And they believe June wrote it. So the publishing house agreed to publish June's manuscript (that was actually Athena's) and make her their new star. 

June Hayward changed her name to Juniper Song. June finally achieved her fame. Yes, fame was sweet for June. Juniper Song's novel became a bestseller. But unfortunately, fame doesn't last long for June. Someone exposed her lies on the internet. Oh... oh... who could it be? And Juniper Song was canceled. 

However, June was not the kind of person who goes down without a fight. June vowed to search for the person who exposed her lies. Who could it be? Will the truth hurt June more?


MY REVIEW OF YELLOWFACE


Yellowface is the second psychological horror novel I've read after Bunny by Mona Awad. Btw, I like Yellowface more than Bunny. Hehehe ^_^ 

Yellowface is very thrilling. This novel is definitely a page-turner. Once you open it, you will read it till the end. Every chapter makes you want to know what happens next. And the ending of Yellowface is very shocking. But I'm not going to tell you here. You need to read Yellowface if you want to know. Ngehehe :P

Yellowface is a horror story about loneliness in a fiercely competitive industry. June and Athena see each other as a competitor more than friends. Both of them are hungry for success and fame. Plus, both of them have no friends to support them. Without fame and success, June and Athena will be lonely.

Besides loneliness, Kuang also shares the reality and dark side of the book industry in her writing. There are a lot of manipulations and backstabbing in this competitive field. Looks like the book industry is not much different from the film and music industry. Huhuhu... humans!

To me, Yellowface is also an eye-opener novel. Reading Yellowface makes me grateful. Compared to June and Athena, I have family, relatives, and friends supporting me throughout my writing journey. Syukur alhamdulillah. You guys are awesome and amazing people. Thank you for the endless support. Love you guys till Jannah ^_^

I rate Yellowface 10/10. To me, Yellowface is a brilliant novel. I highly recommend this novel to my fellow bookworms and writers. Yellowface is a novel you guys must not miss! The story is awesome and well-written. Plus, it gives you an insight of the book industry. And this novel recently won Best Fiction for Goodreads Choice Awards this year. 


Okay, so this is my review of R.F. Kuang's Yellowface. Has anyone read Yellowface? If yes, what are your opinions of the story?

Okay, this is all for now. Thank you for reading my review. I'll see you again in my next post.

XoXo,

Fadima Mooneira ^_^

(Authorpreneur, Content Creator, Blogger & Illustrator)


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  1. I've heard such good things about this book, definitely on my TBR list.

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  2. Great review. I've seen this novel in a few different places and going on your write up, I think it's time to give it a read.

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    1. Yay!!! I’m sure you’re going to love this book.

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  3. I've read Yellowface and found it to be a brilliant book. It really looks at many themes and kept me wanting to read more. I enjoyed it so much that I will be reading more by R.F. Kuang. Great review!

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    1. Me too. I’m now a fan of R.F. Kuang. Can’t wait to check her other works.

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  4. I read this recently via audiobook. R.F Kuang is such a good writer!

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  5. I like that the book Yellowface is very thrilling. Will try to read it one day

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