Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese, published in 2006, has won a multitude of awards since. The graphic novel tells the stories of a Monkey King, a second-generation Chinese immigrant struggling to fit in, and a teenager burdened with his stereotypically Chinese cousin, Chin-Kee. With an unexpected twist, the stories seamlessly come together in the end.
American Born Chinese was an easy read; this, however, did not take away from its intricate plot. The stories were not only entertaining but also taught a valuable lesson about staying true to your roots. This is prevalent in today's society since most teenagers are so desperate to fit in, but with comedic relief, American Born Chinese remedies this with its lesson.--Jules Almazar '16
Without a doubt my favorite book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
Little Women follows the lives of the four March girls living with their
mother as their father fights in the Civil War. Each of the sisters
represent a different personality and, as readers, we are all able to watch
them grow and learn through the years. Josephine March is the
outspoken "black sheep" of the family who constantly gets herself into
sticky situations and stays fiercely loyal to her family. Margaret, the eldest
March girl, stays completely focused throughout the book on finding a
husband. Mary is the shy, sickly reserved sister. Jo always feels the need to
protect little meek Mary. The last March sister, Amy, constantly gets
caught up the need to be fashionable and cares far too much about what
people think of her. These girls go through many ups and downs in the
story, including a devastating death, but overall most of these sisters are
all looking for stability and love in life. Jo, however, is not looking for love, but to broaden her career. Jo is the real reason why I love this book. She represents a modern woman and breaks the social constraints that many women of the 1800s felt. Jo is the perfect role model for any young girl and many critics even say that she represents the early roots of feminism in this country. Furthermore, the wide range of personalities in this book represent all the things a woman should be and all the trials she will probably go through in her life. This book is a beautiful representation of American life and literature in the 1800s and an absolute must read for anyone. It can even change your life like it did mine.--Marianne Farrell, '16
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