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Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
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Oct 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: comics, video-games

Written by the author of American Born Chinese, and illustrated by Thien Pham, Level Up tells the story of an Asian American man (Dennis) torn between the expectations of his family (in this case, to be a doctor) and following his own passion (in this case, video games). Pushing him further are four adorable greeting card angels who "help" him to concentrate on his destiny. I like it when an author uses elements of speculative fiction to talk about real world issues, and does it well. This is one of those times when it worked really well. The art is cartoony and appropriately cute when showing the angels. I also really like how Dennis ended up coming to a decision about his future.
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