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No-No Boy by John Okada
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Dec 14, 2008

it was amazing

This is one of my favorite books, I've read it many times in high school and college. And that's maybe the best time of life to read it, when emotions and passions and disillusionment with "the man" are in full spin all around you.

Though the book focuses on Ichiro, a no-no boy returning home to post-WWII Seattle, it successfully paints fleshed-out portraits of a variety of Japanese Americans at this time: a war hero, a widow, stubborn first-generation parents who still cling proudly to Japan, grieving parents who quietly Americanize themselves, and angry youths looking for someone to blame.

The drama is extreme, and the writing grabs you by the neck and just spirals you down into this world until you find yourself looking up from it after a chapter or two, and having to readjust to your present situation.

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