The Fold

by An Na

Summary: Joyce is always compared to her beautiful, smart older sister Helen. The summer before her senior year, Joyce's aunt Gomo offers to pay for Joyce to get "the fold", a plastic surgery that creates a crease in Asian eyes and makes them look more Western. Joyce wrestles with this decision. If she does go under the knife, she might look a lot prettier (more like Helen) and finally attract the attention of her longtime crush. On the other hand, she is very frightened about the surgery and wonders if she might lose herself in the process.

Thoughts: This is a realistic look at self-image. I liked how Joyce thought about all the different aspects of a "quick fix" and how this might affect her both positively and negatively.

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