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Nick Park loves girls.

Drumstick legs, cherry-colored lips, dumpling cheeks . . . everything about them he wants to eat up. But he’s dateless and has been since he discovered girls in the third grade, and he’s convinced himself that this is solely based on the fact that he’s the only Korean American teenager in Renfield—the fifth richest (and WASPiest) town in Connecticut.
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 24th 2005 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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geraly
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: all
before i write anything else, i just wanted to share this from the book that almost made me blow chai tea latte out my nose: "...now that's what i call true love. doinking each other's brains out even as the pyroclastic flow vaporizes their genitalia...."

here's the synopsis from the author's website:

"On his graduation day from Renfield High, Nick Park is determined to figure out if his heritage is the cause of his abysmal luck with girls.

Beginning the novel as an unreliable and unknowingly comic
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Janet
Jan 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yanovels
I'm supposed to like the hero of this young adult novel, while being amused and relating to his many flaws. Unfortunately, the author spent all his time showing the flaws, and forgot to give me anything to like. Couldn't finish it. ...more
Heather
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, ya-reads
This book was seriously, 100% laugh out loud funny. I have this habit of carrying my books around with me and reading them while I'm walking around on campus, to and from classes, but I couldn't do this with Girls for Breakfast because I was making a fool of myself laughing too hard. Here's an excerpt to give you a taste: "What confused me about involuntarily visualizing Miss Hamilton with no clothes on was that she wasn’t even pretty. Her nose was pointy and her frizzy hair always looked sweaty ...more
Melody
Sep 12, 2007 rated it did not like it
Gah. Unlikable, self-loathing hero, pointless story, cardboard supporting characters.
Luna
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh dude, David Yoo is a funny, funny guy. I could not stop giggling out loud as I read this book. The humor is silly, self-deprecating and positively ludicrous at points, but so convincing I couldn't stop grinning the whole way through. And luckily, because Nick Park (the protagonist), the young, girl-obsessed, Korean-American kid in this book, is a total asshole. I kid you not. From the beginning of the book (where he's in 3rd grade) to the end (when he's graduating from high school), he's a se ...more
Barbara
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: boy-books
I can't decide if I loved or hated this book. The book opens on the morning of Nick Park's graduation from high school as he is reflecting on how his life unfolded ever since his parents moved to the upper middle class and almost all white town of Renfield, CT just before third grade. At the beginning, the book was laugh-out-loud-funny but there are equally sad, disgusting, and just plain mean episodes. Nick was his own worst enemy, lying to his friends, his parents, and girls. No doubt he exper ...more
Jacqueline Yang
Apr 13, 2021 rated it liked it
It was slow in the beginning and I did not really enjoy some of the anecdotes (pretending to know kungfu really annoyed me for some reason) but the book got better as he grew up and he told more stories Asian Americans or POC can relate to.
Beth
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
This amusing memoir-style novel chronicles the protagonist's early development and interest in the opposite sex. Humor ensues. Nick Parks, high school senior, is the only Korean in his suburban Connecticut neighborhood, and in spite of his athletic inclinations he never makes the popular crowd cut. We quickly see that girls are his downfall, and the most likely cause of the disastrous event has lead him to the top of the town's water tower, where he hides out instead of attending graduation rehe ...more
Jessi
Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
From School Library Journal:
Grade 9 Up–"I'd descended into social Siberia sometime during the first week of middle school and had no idea how I'd gotten there. This is, apparently, the question of my life." Nick Park, a Korean American, describes himself as "the only non-Anglo-Saxon student in suburban Connecticut," and blames his Korean looks for his lack of popularity and girlfriends. Readers, however, will understand that his problem is due to his desperate bids for attention. This edgy and w
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James
Sep 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
a fast, funny, and enjoyable read about the awkwardness and longing of the later primary school years, that also delves quite well into issues of racism and just how painful it is to be a teenager, even if you aren't "different" from everyone else around you.

i was actually surprised that this is a young adult book, for a couple of reasons, but not least of which is that it seems to take place in the late '80s, and having come out in 2005, would put most of its intended readers as not even born y
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Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I never liked the main character, Nick Parks. I can understand why he didn't have any friends. Nick is a jerk to his friends and all the girls that approach him. If I had gone to school with him, I wouldn't have liked him either.

Nick lives in a fantasy world where he is no different then all of the Caucasian kids he goes to school with. He cannot see that he is any different. It doesn't occur to him until much later that all of the other kids see an Asian. Still, this doesn't excuse his asinine
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Bryan
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: advisory-reading
Once again, David Yoo writes another book through an Asian's small eyes. No offense, but i think it's okay, considering that i'm asian myself. Just saying. So, the thing with a book with an Asian protaganist, and more importantly, in 1st person perspective, is very surprising, but yet...right. It's about time...ASIANS REPRESENT! Also, i found myself very, very, very similar with the protagonist. We have lots alike. It's basicaly about an Asian chasing after girls. Or something like that... He's ...more
Karen
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I started reading GIRLS FOR BREAKFAST on the half-hour bus ride home, and I smirked all the way there. There's so much wicked humor in this book. I'm not Korean and I'm certainly not a guy, but I totally identified with Nick Park. He's both flawed and sympathetic. I laughed hard at his childhood memories of teaching fake martial arts to his friends, his mom's horrible cooking, and his incredibly embarrassing moments around girls and pretty much everyone else. Many times I was smiling and sighing ...more
Hannah Goodman
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. David has created a character that you hate and love all in the same moment. His protagonist, ultimately, is a a kind of hero though. His self deprecation isn't just for effect, and as the novel progresses it turns into self awareness and insight. It's a kind of epic novel following the main character from 3rd grade to senior year graduation. This is a book not only about race and identity but really about being a boy. I would subtitle this "The secret life of boys" and wish I ...more
Becca
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
I thought this book was a disappointment in my opinion. From the outside the book looks like a good witty book. I thought it would be a fun and easy read. In reality the book is so boring it was so hard for me to finish. There were some witty and humorous part in the book. This book is about Nick who is the only Korean boy in an all white school. He embarrasses himself infront of the whole school the day before prom so he decided to figure out what happened. He finds out that he was never really ...more
Queenie
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really funny, the protagonist, Nick Park, is definitely the most arrogant, selfish, and superficial person i've read but his humour makes up for it. Really like the ending because it wasn't really "finished", it left you hanging but at the same time had that finality of an ending. I don't know, but it gave me a lasting impression. The only thing I do have to say is, the book somewhat drags on. I found it boring towards the middle-endish. I recommend it to teens/young adults. It's a lax and fun r ...more
Louie Anne
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
i read this book in a span of 1 day, i found it funny and well written. It presents growing up in a realistic light, last minute happily ever afters don't exist the equivalent of it is realisation. A realisation that takes time to understand because we all had issues trying to fit in and blaming the world for not accepting us. Sometimes the reason they can't accept us is because we can't accept ourselves.

it's more than just an Asian kid trying to accept his ethnicity in an all white community an
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Kristina
Mar 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
This book was recommended to me by a friend, she let me borrow it and its really funny! It's about an Asian boy growing up in a WASP-y, wealthy Connecticut town where they are the only Korean family. The main character is really self deprecating and funny, and it was fun to read something from a boy's perspective because I don't read a lot of books that are from a boy's point of view. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a funny, light read! ...more
Treasure
Jan 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-books
I'm sure if I was a teen guy struggling to deal with the undertones of racism and dealing with being an Asian American, I would have connected well with this book. But since I am not, I instead had to connect with the plot, characters, and overall storytelling, but alas, there was little for me to connect with!
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Sarah
Sep 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Asian characters in YA lit are rare, and I loved the title. [return][return]Despite the fact that most teens have insecurities about themselves, Nick Park is certain that his insecurity--not being able to get a date is due to him being the only Korean American in town--is valid and so begins the process of looking into the matter in order to finalize his assessment once and for all.
Alanna
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
An interesting read about a Korean boy brought up in an all white town in the 80's. Never realizing he was different, or rather in denial that he's different, until he's a social outcast and forced to. Light and funny. Seemingly realistic insight of the mind of a hormonal teenager. Kept me captivated throughout. ...more
Richard Osborn
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
It's funny, witty, and interesting. But I really didn't like the main character. He's kind of a jerk and sometimes he can be a real douchebag. He doesn't really grow that much throughout the book. I like reading about heroes that I want to aspire to be like. I don't want to be like Nick Park at all. But I enjoyed reading it nonetheless. ...more
Vincent
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booksforadvisory
this book is about a kid who's the only Asian in his school. He is unpopular and wonders if it is true that his race is what's keeping him from getting girls. So i think this book is reccommended for every teenager. After reading it, you'll never look at an Asian guy the same way again ...more
Toni
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Despite the many differences between the author's upbringing and mine, I was able to relate to his internalized racial oppression a.k.a. racial self-hatred. Very funny and engaging writing. My only complaint is the content devoted to his understanding of racism; it feels too rushed and cursory. ...more
Jody
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
I decided to read this book because I read the author's bio/interview from a publisher. I was looking forward to it, but as I got into the book, the more I felt like it was a chore for me to read. I didn't finish it, although it was a good glance into the mind of a teen boy. ...more
Will Camp
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Meh. Was in the house, read it. Meh. If you are curious as to how aimless, listless guys _can_ think, he does a fair job - but I just can't handle aimless, listless guys - we've got enough of them in the world. ...more
Eric
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful first novel for Mr. Yoo about a Korean teenager growing up in Connecticut being the only Asian in the school system. The main character is dealing with adolescents and the experiences of girls and sex. Very amusing and engaging coming of age story about racial relationships.
Eric Nguyen
Apr 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a very interesting book but its just like any other teen book. It follows the life of an Asian American boy living in a dominantly white neighborhood and his quest for girls and to fit in. Very interesting and also a very immature read.
Matt Peña
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful writing. Can't wait for the new book to come out. ...more
Karrie
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
YA novel giving insight into a sex-crazed teenage male mind. Little too ridiculous for me, but it was for class.
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David Yoo's first collection of essays, The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever (Grand Central) is out June 19, 2012. He is a graduate from Skidmore College with an MA from the University of Colorado-Boulder. His first novel, Girls For Breakfast (Delacorte) was a Booksense Pick, an NYPL Books For the Teen Age selection, and a Reading Rants Top Ten Books for Teens choice. He lives ...more

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