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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Almost American Girl offers a glimpse of South Korean culture and features a glossary of common words and phrases. The book offers a glimse of what it's like to be an immigrant and the process of assimilation in a new culture.
If you stay true to your interests, you'll eventually find people who share them. Immigrants add to the cultural dynamism of the U.S. Mothers and daughters need to communicate honestly and respect each other's talents and passions.
Positive Role Models
Robin is shocked and saddened when she's forced to leave all her friends behind in Korea. As she makes tentative steps to reach out to people her age in America, she eventually finds solace in her cartooning skills. Throughout her trials, she still treats others with compassion and is able to appreciate her mother's good qualities.
A couple of instances of "hell," "bulls--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
College-age students drink beer and cocktails in a nightclulb.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Almost American Girl is a graphic memoir of 14-year-old South Korean teen Chuna trying to adapt to a strange new existence in Alabama after her single mother marries. Writer and illustrator Robin Ha recounts her experience as a lonely teen, one who eventually learned to belong by concentrating on her art. College-age characters drink beer and cocktails in a few scenes. Swearing is limited to "hell" and "bulls--t."
Is It Any Good?
America is a land of struggling immigrants, and this tenderhearted memoir captures the mixed feelings that often accompany the experience. With humor and compassion for her younger self, cartoonist Robin Ha presents in Almost American Girl the sadness and confusion of being in a strange land among people with different cultural expectations. Robin learns that it's wise to have goals that can be reached step by step, and it's fortunate that she chose cartooning as her passion in life. Her artwork is bright and lively, mostly realistic but with some manga and anime influence. Middle- and high-school readers will identify with young Robin's predicament and enjoy the resolution of the story.
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