The Fold by An Na
Growing up, one of my best friends was Taiwanese. The cover and title of this book struck me, because I distinctly remember a conversation we had as pre-teens while looking at Seventeen or some such magazine. She was frustrated because all of the models did not have eyes that looked like hers and she had no idea how to make eye shadow look good. Of course I knew her eyes were different from mine, but until then, I never thought it was in a problematic way.
All that to say – that’s what this book is about. The main character, Joyce, is a struggling junior in high school with a perfect, beautiful older sister. Comparisons between the two always leave Joyce feeling like the ugly, awkward one. So when Joyce’s plastic surgery-addicted aunt offers to pay for “the fold” surgery to make her eyes more American and beautiful, Joyce has to decide – is it worth the pain? Is it worth feeling more confident? Is it worth it to attract gorgeous boys like John Ford Kang?
If this topic interests you – what lengths could and should we go to for beauty – I suggest you pick up this book. It’s a simple, easy read and Joyce is a likable character and narrator.
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