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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
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Oct 26, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: coming-of-age, we-own
Recommended to Lissa by: Chris Crowe
Recommended for: Teenagers and Young Adults
Read in October, 2009

Graphic Novel / Race / Identity

When I pulled out a graphic novel for my Young Adult literature class, I was not impressed. When I pulled it out a little less than an hour ago, I was still not impressed. I have never felt a pull towards graphic novels, so I was pleasantly surprised when I was drawn into this book. The novel follows three characters who do not seem to be connected. However, as the novel progresses, we learn that each of these characters are not only connected, but extremely interconnected. We see the life of an "American born Chinese" in an acute form. While reading the novel, I felt sad for Jin when he wished he was simply American, and I was surprised with the lengths he went to in order to fit in. I was also surprised that the entire novel centered around this central theme: Everyone wants to fit in, but in the long run, they're better off as they started. If you pick up this novel, you will not be disappointed.

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