Translated from Korean to English, Love in the Big City by Sang Young Park follows Young, a millennial, as he navigates life’s ups and downs.
What it’s about
Comprised of four sections, each one narrates a different period in Young’s life. The first section focuses on the boozy fun that Young and his best friend Jaehee get up to while at university. The duo party, go to class, meetup with men they matched with on dating sites. That is until Jaehee announces she is getting married. Now, Young must adjust to life without his best friend constantly by his side.
In the other sections, Young comes to terms with his sexuality, a medical diagnosis, his mother, and past trauma.
Love in the Big City is a coming-of-age, character-driven story.
Thoughts on Love in the Big City
The sections that focused on Young’s life in his early thirties were the most interesting to me. Some parts were laugh-out-loud funny, while others were somewhat depressing.
The author and translator perfectly capture what it’s like for millennials in their twenties and thirties, from hard-partying ways to job uncertainty to trying to settle down.
If any more of Sang Young Park’s books get translated into English, I will definitely give them a read.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Expected Publication: 16 November 2021
Thank you to Grove Press for the arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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