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Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
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Dec 08, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: graphic-novel, realistic-fiction, usa, medicine, young-adult, asian-american, families, fantasy
Read on December 04, 2011

Dennis Ouyang loves video games but he since he is expected to study hard and become a doctor he doesn't get a chance to indulge until after his father dies when Dennis is a senior in high school. His love of video games swiftly becomes an addiction. On the verge of getting kicked out of college, four little angels suddenly show up to guide Dennis towards his "destiny" as a doctor. This clever graphic novel addresses the challenges and strange coincidences when struggling between what you love and what your family desires for you. I found the art by Thien Pham a bit confusing to follow in places, mostly involving the who-loves-whom subplot, but otherwise effective.

Book Pairings: Allen Say's Drawing From Memory deals with a similar theme (with different results) and gives a Japanese perspective that further illuminates the common family pressure on Asian-American children to succeed in a certain way.

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