American Born Chinese

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Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. New York: First Second, (2006).

ISBN: 978-1596431522, e-book, $5.72.


             America is known as a melting pot of cultures, yet there are still ruling stereotypes that keep ethnic cultures from feeling like they truly belong. American Born Chinese is the story of three characters who find themselves trying to eradicate those stereotypes from their lives while realizing they must still keep a hint of who they are as they try to assimilate.

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The Coldest Winter Ever

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Souljah, Sister. The Coldest Winter Ever. New York: Pocket Books, 1999. Print.

ISBN: 978-1416521693. Paperback, $7.99


Ghetto-born and bred, Winter’s family finally now lives on the wealthy side, what with her kingpin dad and all. Access to all the money and luxuries she could ever hope for, Winter develops a spoiled, privileged look on life and unhealthily uses it to her advantage.

 “Now I realized that me and him were just alike. We were both born to win. And, when we were not winning, it was OK ‘cause we were busy planning to win.”

Unfortunately, what Winter must learn is that too much time on top doesn’t prepare you for the trip to rock bottom.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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“My point is this: This book contains precisely zero important life lessons, or little-known facts about love or sappy tear-jerking moments when we know we had left our childhood behind for good, or whatever.”

“It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks.”

“This book makes it seem like I hate myself and everything I do. But that’s not totally true. I mostly just hate every person I’ve ever been.”

“Honestly? I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.”


Andrews, Jesse. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. New York: Amulet Books, 2012. Print.

ISBN:978-1-4197-0532-8, Print, $7.95.


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