Book review: Almond

"When everything changes on his birthday, Yungjae is forced to rediscover what it means to live on his own and deal with a loss he's not sure he knows how to feel."
Por Paola Saucedo
Aug 24, 2022

Won Pyung Sohn’s Almond tells the story of Yungjae, a boy born with alexithymia.

This condition makes it difficult for him to feel anything from anger to fear, and with his mother and grandmother as his guides, Yungjae does his best to adapt to what is expected of him.

Like many other neurodivergent people, the protagonist of this novel struggles to fit into a world that is not designed for him.  And it is that many times the difference in our societies, far from being led, is left aside and attacked.

When everything changes on his birthday, Yungjae is forced to rediscover what it means to live on his own and deal with a loss he’s not sure he knows how to feel.



Together with the troubled Gon, Yungjae explores the meaning of loss, friendship, and love.

Though the ending *spoiler warning* leaves something to be desired, turning into a tale in which the neurodivergent protagonist is “healed” by love, Yungjae’s journey is one worth following for its simple sincerity.

Paola Saucedo

Paola Saucedo

Politics & Democracy writer from The Bookish Man.
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