A New York Times Notable Children's Book (Young Adult) for 2011 Smackdown! Video Games vs. Medical School! Which will win the battle for our hero’s attention in Gene Luen Yang’s new graphic novel? Dennis Ouyang lives in the shadow of his parents’ high expectations. They want him to go to med... show more
A New York Times Notable Children's Book (Young Adult) for 2011 Smackdown! Video Games vs. Medical School! Which will win the battle for our hero’s attention in Gene Luen Yang’s new graphic novel? Dennis Ouyang lives in the shadow of his parents’ high expectations. They want him to go to med school and become a doctor. Dennis just wants to play video games—and he might actually be good enough to do it professionally. But four adorable, bossy, and occasionally terrifying angels arrive just in time to lead Dennis back onto the straight and narrow: the path to gastroenterology. It’s all part of the plan, they tell him. But is it? This powerful piece of magical realism brings into sharp relief the conflict many teens face between pursuing their dreams and living their parents’. Partnered with the deceptively simple, cute art of newcomer Thien Pham, Gene Yang has returned to the subject he revolutionized with American Born Chinese. Whimsical and serious by turns, Level Up is a new look at the tale that Yang has made his own: coming of age as an Asian American.
Publish date: June 7th 2011
Publisher: First Second
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Coming Of Age
, Sequential Art
, Graphic Novels
, Graphic Novels Comics
, Video Games
Hanging out at the library while younger son plays D&D. Level Up jumped off the endcap and into my hands rather than the books I brought with me. Level Up predated the craze for graphic novel autobiographies by a couple of years (2011 publication date). While the story is fictional, and there ...
I good YA graphic novel about Dennis, a young man trying to find his way. Does he want to be a gastroenterologist, as his parents always hoped? Or does he want to be a professional gamer? Why do they want him to be a doctor so badly? And what does he really care about in life?You can change your min...
I reread this today while I was getting my car washed. I like the concept a lot. The art bothered me this time around. I hope the sketchy/unfinished look was purposeful but I didn't particularly enjoy looking at it. Also why is there a girl in a bikini at a gaming competition? The story also wraps...
Well that was unexpected. Perhaps that's the best way to read it. Library copy.
Source: Library Publisher: First Second Series: - Edition: Hardcover, 160 Pages Genre: Coming of Age Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository* *I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases Rating: 4/5 Level Up is a quirky, fun, and emotional graphic novel by one of my favor...