I read this one because of a very high recommendation on Twitter, even though historical fiction isn’t something I gravitate toward. It follows a Chinese American teenage girl living in San Francisco. She is determined to become a business woman and manages to get herself admitted to a very exclusive (and white) girls’ boarding school. She’s living there when the earthquake of 1906 hits, and she helps her classmates and others survive during the aftermath. I enjoyed it.
This is a graphic novel memoir detailing Shannon’s elementary school years. I really think every parent and every kid should read it and then talk about it afterward. I read the whole thing in one sitting, full on cried, and was in a funk thinking about it for the rest of the day.
Hilarious. Cute. Full of heart. Fun. I enjoyed every page. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out this spring. The texts to the Avengers are maybe the best part, but the pages of names of squirrels and the awesome deaf character tie for second place.
Now that the movie’s out, I think pretty much everyone knows what this book is. The movie was a faithful adaptation, but I still think you should read the book whether or not you’ve seen the movie. I was surprised over and over how the author could have gone over the line into cheese so easily, but she never did. It’s wonderful and moving and just right.