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Level Up #2020

Level Up Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People s Literature A New York Times Notable Children s Book Young Adult for Smackdown Video Games vs Medical School Which will win the battle f

  • Title: Level Up
  • Author: Gene Luen Yang Thien Pham
  • ISBN: 9781596437142
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Level Up By Gene Luen Yang Thien Pham, Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People s Literature.A New York Times Notable Children s Book Young Adult for 2011Smackdown 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 becGene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People s Literature.A New York Times Notable Children s Book Young Adult for 2011Smackdown 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.

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    1. It pisses me off when people vilify video games You can go to med school and play games during your down time My brother is in grad school and he still finds time for his hobbies Video games are not some evil time waster that ll rot your brain, preventing you from graduating or excelling in school You don t have to give up something you love to become a grown up, and I find it insulting that this book insinuates that only lazy people who don t want to get ahead in life would play video games.

    2. Level Up tells the story of a young Asian American torn between his passion for video games and his sense of obligation towards his parents, and it touches upon several potentially interesting topics the meaning of family and community in an increasingly individualized society, the growing pressure to attend higher education, the delayed transition to adulthood, and the role of commercial culture in all this Unfortunately, the book does not really have all that much to say about any of these top [...]

    3. There was this one scene in Gene Yang s Level Up that struck truer for me than maybe any other two panel pair in the history of comics In it, a friend describes the Nintendo Entertainment System to a young Dennis Let s listen in The reason this scene resonated so strongly with me was that this was word for word my own response to the discovery that such a machine would be coming to American shores I mean, give or take a word The impact of gaming systems on my young life was indelible, stamping m [...]

    4. This trim little graphic novel has been picking up some buzz, much like everything else that Gene Luen Yang does Plus, the cover looks like a classic Game Boy Win Seriously, though, I was pleasantly surprised by this graphic novel What looked like and began as a familiar story about a disillusioned young person finding solace in video games turned into a quirky, profound morality play about coming to terms with your family and creating your own destiny.Dennis Ouyang is on the verge of being kick [...]

    5. Level Up predated the craze for graphic novel autobiographies by a couple of years 2011 publication date While the story is fictional, and there are a few fantastical aspects, Level Up is close enough to a real live coming of age story that it feels like an autobiography.

    6. My smarty pants nine year old adores this book it d come up on a recommended for you page on so I got it He read it a few times one afternoon, so I grabbed it for a quick read as well From my adult perspective I found it charming with than a touch of melancholy.Beautifully written and beautifully drawn.In general the maturity of the book is clearly beyond a nine year old, but it proved great fodder for us to talk at the dinner table about what we d read and taken away from Level Up What parents [...]

    7. After having read American Born Chinese earlier this year, I was excited to pick up of Gene Luen Yang s work I loved the simple art style, the Asian American characters and themes, and the simple yet effective story.Level Up hit those marks, but not quite to the extent American Born Chinese did While it still focused on family and dynamics of the culture this time discussing youth culture rather than that of Asian Americans, though there is a bit of that as well , it didn t resonate quite as mu [...]

    8. I had a lot of hope for this book, as it touches on a number of topics that I find really interesting Specifically, I m interested in stories where characters struggle to find what it is they re passionate about in life while navigating the expectations of others, especially parents Also, growing up in the 90s, I strongly relate to video games, to the way they can become an all consuming world.Unfortunately, I feel as though the story never really dug into its themes There s a lot of untapped po [...]

    9. I liked the concepts with gaming and destiny It definitely gives an interesting point of view on those two topics in particular.

    10. Gene Luen Yang is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite graphic novelists Granted, I haven t read a whole bunch of graphic novels However, compared to the few others I have read Yang s have a uniquely creative way of getting an unexpected message across.Level Up follows the life of a young man named Dennis Ouyang Dennis is saddled with a burden most foreign offspring face achieving the dreams of our parents Dennis is met by four irritatingly bossy angels at a turning point in his life wh [...]

    11. As a fan of Yang s The Shadow Hero I approached Level Up which nostalgically references some classic 80 s era video games in the plot with certain expectations of similar quality While the concept in a nutshell a video game addict attends medical school under familial pressure and then weird things happen was good and the ending was just perfect, the actual journey was a little uneven at times Still, it s lively with some depth to it and would be effective for a teen young adult audience.

    12. Kind of felt like a combination of ABC s Chinese stories with the unclear message of Saints I really like Yang s ability to surprise people with twists and surprises in his stories, but sometimes it feels like the message doesn t come together.I wish I had five cherubs to do my chores and help me along with my destiny or force me to adhere to it against my will I understand what they are metaphorically, but I feel like it would have been satisfying if they existed just in David s mind as guilt [...]

    13. This is my second graphic novel that I ve read by Gene Luen Yang, the first being American Born Chinese and it does NOT disappoint I first heard of this comic from a YouTube video a few years back and I knew, me being a gamer, I would love this tremendously After I read American Born Chinese and saw how much I enjoyed that story, it was a given that I was going to LOVE this book Well, the other day, I m browsing the library and, lo and behold, there it was On the shelf In all its glory I was ecs [...]

    14. A coming of age story about a young man who struggles to fulfill his destiny From a young age he is interested in video games, but his father doesn t support this hobby When his father passes away while the young man is still in high school he delays the grieving process with hardcore gaming Years pass and the young man is flunking college A band of angels appear and help steer the boy to his destiny med school so he can become a gastroenterologist and help save people from suffering the way his [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. About once a year I check out a stack of graphic novels from the library and go on a comics bender Level Up was on top of the stack today, and it was a quick, fun read with a lot of strengths The story takes some unexpected turns including an element of magical realism that keep you guessing, and there s an emotional core to the story in the form of a card given to the main character by his father that s really moving Then there s the ending, which is priceless I think this would be an especiall [...]

    17. Cool concept a son of Asian immigrants who have lived lives of eating bitterness is torn between his father s wish for him to pursue his destiny of becoming a gastroenterologist and his all consuming need to play video games The magical realism elements and the sparse watercolor art style allowed the emotional aspect to come through, since it gave me time to think about what was happening without overwhelming with a complicated style I wish it was longer and explored the side relationships some [...]

    18. Dennis Ouyang struggles to live up to his parents high expectations through college and med school when all he really wants to do is play video games With a little help from a quartet of seemingly innocent angels, he learns to find his true destiny.Gene Luen Yang s latest graphic novel, illustrated by Thien Pham, tells a story of family loyalty and finding your true calling in beautiful full color illustrations A touch of magical realism and snippets of med school mayhem bring some lightheartedn [...]

    19. I really liked this graphic novel The way video games were used in both metaphorical and literal senses were very clever I also thought there was meaningful message, and it was even humorous at times.

    20. Enjoyed this graphic novel by the author of American Born Chinese This tells the tale of young Dennis who loves video games but in order to fulfill family expectations he gives them up to study and go to medical school.I especially liked the dedication from the author Gene Luen Yang and the artist Thien Pham Dedicated to our brothers Jon and Thinh, both of whom work in the medical field, for being good Asian sons.

    21. I like this story because of what you want to do with your life vs the expectations your family has of you Finding balance in your life but he doesn t really find that, it always seems it s one or the other with the character but he never really found that balance exists I think that s what the ending was about but it really was disappointing because he just gave up games completely still the water color work in this book is messy but still charming good, fast, and casual story that is a chill r [...]

    22. This book was much deeper than I expected when I bought it It is a story about fulfilling the expectations of others and putting their hopes and dreams ahead of your own A young man gives up his love of gaming to go toto medical school which was his, now deceased fathers wish The story follows his journey through trials and tribulations on the way It is nicely done, the art is simple and I found myself drawn into the story.

    23. It s funny how you can get so caught up in what others want for you, and then you forget about what you want But you just might come to love the job that your parents wanted you to have

    24. SO awesome I love the message, and the fighting of family s expectations and then coming to terms with one s self SO AWESOME

    25. Level Up by Gene Luen Yang is a book about a boy named Dennis, however unlike most books about someone s life Level Up doesn t have any specific moral to the story Dennis in the book loves video games, this interferes with his life a lot and he actually was kicked out of college for not studying hard enough Four angels come down to Dennis and tell him that it is his destiny to get the job his father wished for him as a Gastroenterologist, with their help he is able to study and go on to med scho [...]

    26. I first read Gene Luen Yang s American Born Chinese for a Graphic Novels and Manga class back in 2010, and having fallen madly in love with his skillful story wielding, being intrigued by his unusual characters, and really enjoying his humor, I recommended the book straightaway to my partner, who loved it so much that they picked up this graphic novel as well And even though I m reading so much later than I read American Born Chinese, I m so glad I m reading this book now, because boy is it an e [...]

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