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By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Insightful and frank novel explores beauty in America.

Book An Na Coming of Age 2008
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An Na has written a beautiful, poignant coming-of-age story that is as real as the teen girl next door. Na brings readers into a world that is seldom highlighted: the family life of Korean Americans. Her focus is on Joyce, a lovable, troubled heroine who is told by her own aunt that her eyes are a flaw that need to be fixed. Granted, her aunt is called "Michael" (Jackson) by the rest of her family because of all the plastic surgery she's had. But it still adds an extra level of angst to Joyce's self-image issues, and a difficult decision to make when her aunt offers to pay for the surgery.

What Na does especially well is highlight how everyone in Joyce's family, with her aunt's help, tries to make changes: family members try to look taller, more glamorous, find mates, etc. Na's focus on family and accepting the flaws of loved ones is reflected in Joyce's journey of self-acceptance and love. The positive family portrayal and body image message is sure to appeal to parents and young readers alike.

Book Details

  • Author: An Na
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
  • Publication date: April 10, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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