This graphic novel is not only beautifully drawn with vibrant color and interesting technique, it also skillfully presents three stories of characters who seem very different at first, but turn out to be one and the same: a story of a Chinese American boy who wants desperately to fit in, even at the cost of losing his most genuine best friend. Jin’s struggles to ask out the girl he likes, overcome jealousy, and endure being called names because of his ethnicity will be familiar to the reader. However, the stories of the monkey king and the Chinese deities provide a sense of extra flair for the graphic novel and might not be as familiar to a reader who has not researched Chinese culture. However, even without prior research this graphic novel can be very much enjoyed. I enjoyed the story as a reader and particularly admire the plot twist/the intersection of all three stories near the end. This was handled so gracefully on the author’s part that I think perhaps this would even be a great read for younger teen readers as well as older.
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