Jayne and June’s lives are almost totally separate. Jayne thinks they’re nothing alike, and prefers to avoid her sister at all costs rather than face her and the rest of her family. But when June finds her to tell her she has cancer, Jayne’s life will be changed forever.
I can confidently say that Yolk captured life in a way no book I’ve ever read has. The characters are all so vivid – likeable or despicable or somewhere between the two – but even more real what is they did and how they acted. They’re messy and make mistakes, they get better and then fall back on old habits. Nothing is perfect in this book. Very little turns out perfectly or meets expectations. However, as the characters meet disappointments and failures head-on, the readers only learn more about them, just as you might with a real person.
I also loved how this book portrays sibling relationships. There’s truly nothing like a ride or die relationship with a person you’d also deck for a minor inconvenience. Jayne and June’s biting back-and-forth, juxtaposed with their love for each other, culminates in the most realistic sibling relationship I’ve ever read. I can only hope to find more books like this in the future.
Yours in love and literature,
Content warning(s): eating disorders, sexual content, swearing, cancer, racism, racial slurs, slut-shaming, body-shaming, cheating
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