Joyce never used to care that much about how she looked, but that was before she met JFK—John Ford Kang, the most gorgeous guy in school. And it doesn’t help that she’s constantly being compared to her beautiful older sister, Helen. Then her rich plastic-surgery-addict aunt offers Joyce a gift to “fix” a part of herself she’d never realized needed fixing—her eyes. Joyce has heard of the fold surgery—a common procedure meant to make Asian women’s eyes seem “prettier” and more “American”—but she’s not sure she wants to go through with it. Her friend Gina can’t believe she isn’t thrilled. After all, the plastic surgeon has shown Joyce that her new eyes will make her look just like Helen—but is that necessarily a good thing?
Printz Award–winning author An Na has created a surprisingly funny and thought-provoking look at notions of beauty, who sets the standards and how they affect us all. Joyce’s decision is sure to spark heated discussions about the beauty myths readers confront in their own lives.
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An Na is the author of Wait for Me and A Step from Heaven (National Book Award Finalist and Printz Award winner). She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.From Booklist:
When Joyce’s image-obsessed aunt Gomo offers to pay for surgery to make Asian eyelids appear more Western, the teen is unsure about going under the knife, even though she dreams of finally wearing eye shadow “without looking weird” and fluttering extrawide eyes at her crush. Her agonized decision making provides readers with the medical nuts and bolts, as well as a balanced look at the issues, with input from a responsible plastic surgeon, Joyce’s outraged older sister, and a peer who has already acquired “the folds” with no regrets. Though just as rooted in contemporary Korean American family life as Na’s previous books, which include Printz winner A Step from Heaven (2001), the author’s third outing is both lighter in tone and less multidimensional—a flaw that isn’t much aided by a hurried revelation about a family member’s sexuality. That being said, few teens exist who have not yearned for a quick-fix transformation, including many for whom surgery may be a real option, and they’ll welcome the solid facts as they, along with Joyce, ask difficult questions about the correlation between superficial alterations and genuine empowerment. Grades 6-10. --Jennifer Mattson
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Book Description G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Y, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110399242767
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Book Description G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0399242767