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Natural Beauty

By Ling Ling Huang
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Sly, surprising, and razor-sharp, Natural Beauty follows a young musician into an elite, beauty-obsessed world where perfection comes at a staggering cost.

Our narrator produces a sound from the piano no one else at the Conservatory can. She employs a technique she learned from her parents—also talented musicians—who fled China in the wake of the Cultural Revolution. But when an accident leaves her parents debilitated, she abandons her future for a job at a high-end beauty and wellness store in New York City.

Holistik is known for its remarkable products and procedures—from remoras that suck out cheap Botox to eyelash extensions made of spider silk—and her new job affords her entry into a world of privilege and a long-awaited sense of belonging. She becomes transfixed by Helen, the niece of Holistik’s charismatic owner, and the two strike up a friendship that hazily veers into more. All the while, our narrator is plied with products that slim her thighs, smooth her skin, and lighten her hair. But beneath these creams and tinctures lies something sinister.

A piercing, darkly funny debut, Natural Beauty explores questions of consumerism, self-worth, race, and identity—and leaves readers with a shocking and unsettling truth.

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4.0
Slightly Smiling Face
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenImmersive settingThought-provoking
Anxious Face with sweat“Visual and visceral, Natural Beauty is a scathing commentary on wellness culture, privilege, and what it means to "belong." Reading like a Black Mirror episode, this novel digs into the questions, "What is Beauty?" and "How much will you pay for it?" A striking debut by Ling Ling Huang.”
Descriptive writing
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersOriginal writing
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“wow another 5 star book for me. I finished this within the night because I had to know what happened. very unpredictable - I kept guessing what was going on and ended up not being right at ALL. very black mirror-esque in the sense of what our society could become when our obsession with beauty turns twisted.”
Characters change and growEasy to readSuspensefulTwistyUnpredictable
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“This book is soooo weird I loved it. Great commentary on our obsession with beauty standards and consumerism. Parts of this totally scared me, things that seem crazy fictional probably aren’t that far fetched.”
Diverse charactersAddictiveUnpredictableComicalDarkThought-provoking

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