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Yellowface

Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 25/05/2023
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Yellowface
Tense and thought-provoking
Be prepared to absolutely hate our protagonist, Jane, as she attempts to rationalise the very sticky situation she gets herself into; pretending to be best... READ MORE
Emily M at Manchester Arndale
Yellowface
Speechless with a lot to say!!
Yellowface is as non-fiction as it is fiction. Kuang manages to create a plot that is so realistic that it ends up feeling surreal that this is a literary ... READ MORE
Grayce
Yellowface
Like Nothing I've Ever Read
Okay, I’ve had a week to think about this book and wow. Just like Athena, this story has haunted me. The whole time I was reading this book, I knew that w... READ MORE
Elyssa
Yellowface
Utterly Compelling Stuff
Having read and loved Babel, I was really interested to see how Kuang handles a more 'literary' book for want of a. better word. She is clearly a hugely ac... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Yellowface
Wow…
Wow, my chest still hurts from the tension! This was my first Kuang, and as far as introductions go, it’s safe to say Yellowface left an impression. The tu... READ MORE
Ryan Snaith
Yellowface
A Gripping Satire on Identity, Race, and the Publishing Industry
I couldn't resist diving into 'Yellowface' by Rebecca F. Kuang since it has been all over the internet, and everyone seems to be talking about it. The buzz... READ MORE
José Antonio García Sagardoy
Yellowface
A darkly fierce and insightful page-turner
Yellowface is a witty, vibrantly unique and razor sharp novel. I haven’t ever read a book like it. This is a smart, funny and thrilling examination of raci... READ MORE
Jesse at Eastbourne
Yellowface
Gritty and unapologetic - a triumph
I didn’t know what to expect going into this book but every page was better than the last. Having read a sample chapter way before publication I knew from ... READ MORE
Rowan Maddock
Yellowface
Captivating, satirical and imperative!
R.F. Kuang NEVER MISSES! Yellowface is a captivating, satirical and imperative read on the publishing industry and who is able to tell what story. Followi... READ MORE
Léa at Brighton
Yellowface
WOW!!
Where do I even begin?! First of all, I love Kuang’s work, and reading this only solidified my love for her writing. This book follows June Hayward, an a... READ MORE
sagal
Yellowface
Blisteringly dark and brilliant
Of course, I could not pass up the opportunity to receive an advance proof copy of Yellowface. Babel was one of my standout reads for 2022, and the descrip... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
Yellowface
Seeing it all come crashing down has never been so enjoyable :)
"The night I watch Athena Liu die, we're celebrating her TV deal with Netflix." are the first words from unsuccessful white author, June Hayward. Her succe... READ MORE
Selena Whitehead, Guildford
Yellowface
Shortsighted Lead
The first page of Rebecca F. Kuang's "Yellowface" had me chuckling and fully engaged for a bitter tale of jealousy and self deluded indulgence. And I did e... READ MORE
Riddler
Yellowface
Utterly unique
I was fortunate enough to be sent a proof of Yellowface before publication and it did not disappoint. The book gripped me from beginning to end and Kuang’s... READ MORE
Chloe Craig at Waterstones Durham
Yellowface
Incredibly avarage !
Having seen the popularity of Babel, I was intrigued to read this. Sadly it wasn't for me. I waited for something to happen, and nothing. It meandered ,nev... READ MORE
Kurde @Horsham
Yellowface
R. F. Kuang never misses
Another absolute banger from R. F. Kuang!In a departure from Fantasy, Kuang’s 'Yellowface' is a satire of the publishing industry and certain authors’ Twit... READ MORE
Ash
Yellowface
An unforgettable and tense literary masterpiece.
First and foremost, I'd like to thank El from HarperCollins for personally recommending this book, and sending me a copy to review. I think I've finally ha... READ MORE
Siobhan Mackie
Yellowface
Like looking into an altered reality
Kuang certainly cannot be accused of too little variation in her work. This novel is about as far from 'Babel' or 'The Poppy War' trilogy as it is possible... READ MORE
Tom at Oxford
Yellowface
Horrendously entertaining!
After knocking it out of the park with her last novel, Babel, I was eager to get my hands on whatever Rebecca Kuang was writing next. I was surprised and d... READ MORE
Beth at Bluewater
Yellowface
Never Has Disliking A Narrator Felt So Good
Yellowface is a fist-biting satire of creative theft and whitewashing, told through the blissfully, blisteringly ignorant account of a struggling writer wh... READ MORE
Red Newsom
Yellowface
a compulsive satirical thriller
I was kindly given an uncorrected proof by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I could Not put this down. I read this almost compulsively, p... READ MORE
Rhea | Barnstaple
Yellowface
A darkly thrilling and engaging examination of the publishing industry
I absolutely loved Yellowface! It’s fast-paced and incredibly engaging, I was so so sad it was over when I finished it and I haven’t stopped thinking about... READ MORE
Amoy Daley, Waterstones Leamington Spa
Yellowface
The book everyone needs to read.
Kuang does it again with another intense, immense classic. Yellowface is a story of so many things; racism, colourism, greed, fame, opportunity… it is an e... READ MORE
Chloë at Cheltenham Waterstones
Yellowface
A cracking good read!
Wow! If I could have a one-word review, that would be it. RF Kuang can do fantasy, with the Poppy War trilogy, dark academia with ‘Babel’ and now literary... READ MORE
Fiona Ellwood at Leicester Highcross
Yellowface
a bananas thriller
I read this almost compulsively, putting it down only to work and sleep. Yellowface ticked a lot of my boxes: the story takes us behind the scenes of the p... READ MORE
Rhea | Barnstaple
Yellowface
I loved to hate June
I often found myself immensely frustrated with the main character, June, and I loved every minute of it! She is satire at it's finest. I think Kuang was ve... READ MORE
Kerry-Anne at Scarborough
Yellowface
R. F. Kuang’s done it again!
A masterful narrative of everything wrong with the publishing industry. Kuang had such a beautiful fluidity to her writing that makes the story easy to... READ MORE
Martha Dawson
Yellowface
A glimpse behind the literary curtain....
I couldn't stop myself continuing with this story despite the very real dislike of the main character Juniper; completely gripping! An entire story told fr... READ MORE
Nadia Afzal
Yellowface
Not my usual read
Firstly a thankyou to Harper Collins for my ARC copy! I could write about the intricacies of Yellowface for hours, how you love and hate June all at once ... READ MORE
Leah Chapman
Yellowface
Best book I've read this year
The other reviews say it all - an excellent critique of white privilege, the publishing world itself, social media, and the sexism that villanises a woman ... READ MORE
C.B
Yellowface
Best read of 23 (and it's only July)
You have - at the time of writing this - 64 other reviews you can read, so let me make it quick: Read this! (I got my hands on a review copy, lucky me!)
Kristina at Manchester Deansgate
Yellowface
Dark humour at its best
I absolutely loved and devoured this book! After having only read Kuang’s Poppy War triology I was not sure what to expect from this contemporary thriller.... READ MORE
Anna Bentham-Wood
Yellowface
So obsessed!!
I don’t think RF Kuang could ever write something I wouldn’t absolutely love! Yellowface is absolutely everything. RF Kuang has this incredible ability ... READ MORE
Faria at Blackburn
Yellowface
A Dark Descent into the Publishing World
I read Yellowface right after Babel and like Babel, it is a fast-paced and addictive book to read. I was reading this on my phone while walking home from w... READ MORE
Ella at Wakefield
Yellowface
Compulsive reading
A compulsive, unputdownable dive into white privilege, power, and entitlement within publishing. Dark but funny, this book unapologetically calls out all t... READ MORE
Molly at Nuneaton
Yellowface
One of the best of the year
My first Rebecca F. Kuang and it did not disappoint. I found the writing style unique with deadpan humour and a narcissistic protagonist, you’d never want ... READ MORE
Olivia
Yellowface
One of my favourite authors
Having read and loved The Poppy War trilogy and Babel, I went into this knowing I would enjoy it - and I did! Kuang's style of writing is so addictive, I i... READ MORE
Grace at Sudbury
Yellowface
Addictive!
Devoured in two days, couldn’t put it down! The characters and story were so engrossing and engaging, absolutely loved it!
Sophie Baker
Yellowface
A Page-Turner!
This book was a satire done so so well, and though I’m a bit late with my review - it does deserve all the previously mentioned great things, and others to... READ MORE
Nora - Trafalgar Square
Yellowface
Addicting!
This was one WILD ride of toxic friendship, greed and ambition! Yellowface features a morally grey, unreliable narrator whose downfall you’re praying for! ... READ MORE
Laionie Sarson
Yellowface
A true literary work of art
Is there anyone out there doing it like R.F. Kuang?? I don't think so! Absolutely stunning, I could not put it down, and I think this firmly cements R.F. K... READ MORE
Millie Slingsby
Yellowface
Fantastic read and ever better critique!
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, as I quite enjoy Rebecca narrative style, but if you are coming from having read Babel or The Poppy Wars, bear in mind this ... READ MORE
Iara Laversani
Yellowface
Serious and witty in equal measure
I finally got to this after being really privileged to receive a proof shortly before its publication, and it was worth every bit of hype! It was such a br... READ MORE
Rebecca at Tunbridge Wells
Yellowface
Complex and Thrilling
This is a darkly funny thriller that tackles culture appropriation, toxic friendships and the hardships people of colour face in the publishing industry. K... READ MORE
Loren  at Windsor

Synopsis

From the author of the global bestseller Babel. As unputdownable as it is wickedly funny, Kuang’s pin-sharp thriller of the machinations of the publishing world is a novel to gobble up in one, breathless sitting.

Foyles Fiction Book of the Year 2023

Synopsis

Athena Liu is a literary darling and June Hayward is literally nobody. White lies... When Athena dies in a freak accident, June steals her unpublished manuscript and publishes it as her own under the ambiguous name Juniper Song. Dark humour... But as evidence threatens June’s stolen success, she will discover exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves. Deadly consequences… What happens next is entirely everyone else’s fault.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008532772
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 540g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 32 mm

Customer Reviews

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Yellowface
Yellowface is a huge criticism of publishing!
I finally read Yellowface, the newest masterpiece by R.F. Kuang which will be released on May 25, 2023. First of all, I have to thank Netgalley, HarperCol... READ MORE
@iam_addicted_to_books
Yellowface
How far would you go for success
Yellowface by Rebecca F Kuang I give this book 4.5 stars This book is written in the first person (so buckle up to be in Junes head) The author has crea... READ MORE
@bookbloggerjanine
Yellowface
Hauntingly bewitching...
Yellowface is a detailed and fascinating portrayal of the publishing industry, exposing the dark unseen depths and exploring the issue of race within a lit... READ MORE
Victoria Justice
Yellowface
This had potential, but unfortunately I found it boring and depressing
I'm sorry to say that I really didn't get along with this book. I'll start with the positives - I enjoy unreliable narrators in all their forms, so that wa... READ MORE
Claudia George
Yellowface
A soulless and heartless read.
Sadly, I didn't enjoy it at all. . This is the 2nd book I've read by this author and I really don't like how Kuang writes her characters. I don't mind r... READ MORE
bookishlybesotted
Yellowface
I devoured this in less than 24 hours, it was so perfect
Is there a more anticipated book of 2023 than this? I don't think there is. I admit, that whilst I own a copy of Babel, at the time of writing this, I hadn... READ MORE
Victoria Bucknell
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Yellowface by R F kuang
Yellowface by R F Kuang is a story about two writers June Haywood and Athena Liu, they were supposed to be twin rising stars, same year at Yale, same year ... READ MORE
Christine Rennie
Yellowface
Jealousy
A novel that gave an insight into the world of publishing, of jealousy, backstabbing, of representation, and who we are.. June was our main protagonist, t... READ MORE
Amanda Duncan
Yellowface
Wow.
4.5/5 If I’d read this book without knowing the author and you’d told me it was RF Kuang , I wouldn’t have believed you. Wait a minute…
Emma Lucas-Copley
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Mixed Feelings
Ooh some mixed feelings about this one! I don’t often read books over 300 pages in 2 days so it clearly kept my interest but despite this being my first R.... READ MORE
Katherine  Nolan
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Publishing laid bare
Yellowface is an enthralling thriller that explores online culture, the publishing world and the modern landscape of cultural debates about racism, privile... READ MORE
Blue Book Balloon
Yellowface
New to RFK, great read if you’re into writing.
I haven't read any of RFK's other books, so I didn't go into this novel with any expectation. I also read lit-fiction, so think that's where this book fit... READ MORE
C4thj
Yellowface
Gripping, infatuating and overall just impossible to put down!
At this point, I’d read R.F Kuang’s shopping list if they published it. After the explosive release of Babel, I was desperate to read more of their writing... READ MORE
Alice Blackwell
Yellowface
Enlightening
Wow, this is one thought-provoking novel. I found the characters thoroughly unlikeable and was squirming in my seat for most of the read waiting for seemin... READ MORE
T Edwards
Yellowface
clever and thought-provoking, polarising and often darkly funny.
“People always describe jealousy as this sharp, green, venomous thing. Unfounded, vinegary, mean-spirited. But I’ve found that jealousy, to writers, feels ... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
Yellowface
A truly sensational book that you simply must read
June and Athena are both writers, though worlds apart. June has had no success with her writing and Athena has become a bestseller. When Athena dies, June ... READ MORE
Katherine
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Yellowface
Well, this was a little different to what I usually read but I was so intrigued by the synopsis, I thought I'd give it a spin and I am so glad I did. We st... READ MORE
Ashrae
Yellowface
Highly recommended
The Poppy War was dark and violent, this is one is darkly funny and full of violence. It's a multilayered book: you can read as a thriller, a satirical nov... READ MORE
AMG
Yellowface
Funny & Very Different!
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. I had heard so many great things about it before I picked it up that I started this with the highes... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Yellowface
I didn't like it as much as I liked the cover
I really wanted to like this book as much as I like the cover. Instead, I have mixed feelings, hard to put this review together. I might be in the minority... READ MORE
june.reads
Yellowface
A clever, entertaining read.
What I liked: • The fast pace. • How cleverly and well written the book was. • The POV coming from the antagonist. • The way the characters were writte... READ MORE
Chloe Jolley
Yellowface
some interesting insights into publishing
I feel really undecided about this book, looking at the reviews it's obviously very popular, but I found it difficult to warm to. I found the discussions o... READ MORE
jean
Yellowface
Brilliant literary thriller
Brilliant! Entertaining, thought-provoking, challenging... the writing is fast, clear, involving: the narrator is morally challenged (and challenging!), p... READ MORE
Clarisa Butler
Yellowface
This was outstanding as my first novel from R.F. Kuang!
To say I was furious and stunned by the audacity of June through this book is an understatement. She used white women's tears, envy/jealousy and discrimina... READ MORE
Siofra K
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Novel set in publishing USA
4.5* This is very much a novel of the moment, everywhere you look it pops up. And there is good reason. The writing style is very competent and propulsive... READ MORE
TripFiction
Yellowface
Absolute page turner which will make you questions yourself
I rarely have found a main character so horrible and relatable at the same time. At the same time, she made me cringe at the exact type of racism I hear fr... READ MORE
Michaela Conrad
Yellowface
Amazing!
Everyone is absolutely terrible, they are awful people with appalling personalities. The kind who you want to loose your control, punch them and tell them ... READ MORE
Ana Bastos
Yellowface
Worth The Hype!
Heavily influenced by the Instagram book community, Yellowface was EVERYWHERE as a must read, and who am I to resist becoming involved? I couldn’t wait to ... READ MORE
Jill Harris
Yellowface
Eye-opener
June is an unsuccessful author who is bitterly living in the shadow of her old college friend Athena Liu. She is pretty much everything June wishes she cou... READ MORE
JENNIFER Barry
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Hauntingly real
Yellowface is a detailed and fascinating portrayal of the publishing industry, exposing the dark unseen depths and exploring the issue of race within a lit... READ MORE
Victoria Justice
Yellowface
What would you do?
I really wasn't sure what to expect from the short synopsis on this book but that also made me incredibly curious and so I had to read it to find out and I... READ MORE
MunchKim
Yellowface
Irreverent and truthful.
A witty, irreverent and beautifully dark look at the publishing industry, often hilarious and always always ironically truthful. Everything that happens i... READ MORE
Elizabeth Wilkins
Yellowface
An absolute must-read
"Yellowface" by Rebecca F. Kuang is an incredible book that explores the complexities of identity, power, and self-acceptance. The story revolves around J... READ MORE
Pupak  Mohebali
Yellowface
How Far Would You Go ?
Having previously read ' Babel ' by R.F. Kuang, a book I really enjoyed, I was very keen to read ' Yellowface' as a comparison. In my opinion, the two book... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
Yellowface
Clean Slay
Just read it
Chinomso Onwuneme
Yellowface
Tense & Thrilling
Woww! I can only say wow once I finish reading this book. So, this is what the book industry looks like. This is how some writers feel about other writers.... READ MORE
Nadia J
Yellowface
Utterly compelling & scarily funny
A scathing and absolutely savage read. 'Yellowface' explores issues of jealousy, race, 'wokism', toxic behaviour on social media, and paranoia in an utterl... READ MORE
HEF
Yellowface
An endlessly layered, thought-provoking and prodigious book from one of the best voices of our generation so far
Yellowface quickly became one of my favourite reads of the year so far. This is just fantastic work from an author I full heartedly pledge allegiance to. ... READ MORE
Emily (ashortbooklover)
Yellowface
A Good Read.
Having previously read ' Babel ' by R.F. Kuang, a book I really enjoyed, I was very keen to read ' Yellowface' as a comparison. In my opinion, the two book... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
Yellowface
A fictious character experiencing imaginary discrimination in an allegorical publishing world...
Or rather, is the author styling herself as an 'Asian-American (read: Chinese-American) author', rather than simply as an (American) author? You know, fic... READ MORE
The not-so-constant gardener
Yellowface
Had potential but didn't go all the way.
I really enjoyed the premise of Yellow face but the ending fell pretty short for me. A big twist or some shocking reveal was hinted but never fully deliver... READ MORE
Raie Dyer
Yellowface
I must be the only one…
Who wasn’t blown away. Found it a little slow and self-indulgent. It was interesting but not intriguing enough for me, as I wasn’t drawn to the main charac... READ MORE