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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
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Oct 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: english-420-ya-literature, mrs-as-young-adult-recommendations
Read in October, 2011

I really enjoyed this graphic novel! I think it is brilliantly clever, funny, and poignant all at the same time. I have never been a comic book reader and had never read a graphic novel before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It did not take long at all for me to be charmed by the book and laugh out loud. Yang masterfully ties the three seemingly unrelated story lines together, while addressing beautiful and important themes of identity and self-respect. It is a very quick read and well worth the time. I would gladly give this to any young adult. There is one indirect reference to a hand-job and masterbation, but it comes from an unsavory student and does not come across as extremely offensive. This, however, would be an opportunity for parents to have a conversation about such things and be a learning experience. Overall, a really darling book!

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