Level up gene luen yang
Level Up by Gene Luen YangDennis Ouyang has always struggled in the shadow of his parents expectations. His path is laid out for him: stay focused in high school, become a gastroenterologist. It may be hard work, but it isnt complicated … until suddenly it is.
Between his fathers death, his academic burnout, and his deep (and distracting) love of video games, Dennis is nowhere near where his family wanted him to be. In fact, hes just been kicked out of college.
And thats when things get … weird.
Four adorable—and bossy--angels, straight out of a sappy greeting card, appear and take charge of Denniss life. And so Dennis finds himself herded back onto the straight and narrow: the path to gastroenterology. But nothing is ever what it seems when life, magic and video games collide.
I've compared him to O. Henry before , and the label still fits. His stories all have elegant plot structures, broad characterizations, more than a dollop of sentimentality, and one or more plot twists. Race, family and faith tend to be his dominant themes, all tinged with a fantasy element. That these comics are from the perspective of an Asian-American and tend to represent that experience gives them some novelty, but the underpinnings are entirely familiar. That said, Level Up represents a step forward in his development as a writer, in part because of his choice of Thien Pham as his illustrator for this story.
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The book was published in June by First Second Books. Dennis Ouyang is a young man who loves to play video games, but is struggling to get into medical school. Having been pressured by his parents since childhood, Dennis struggles to keep his goal of becoming a gastroenterologist , like his late father always wanted him to be. But when it seems like his goal is as good as dead, four angels suddenly appear and persuade him to keep on studying. The four angels help Dennis with his daily chores, including the dishes and laundry, so that he can focus on his studies.
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Unlike many of his friends and classmates, Dennis was not given a weekly allowance. His Asian parents believed in hard work and instilling a superior work ethic in their children. They worked hard for their money and they didn't believe in wasting it on frivolous things like game playing. Yet his fascination with playing video games only increased. He loved watching the other kids play and when he was at the arcade and no one was around, he would grab the joystick and pretend he was playing. Although he wanted a Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas, his father insisted on giving him a chemistry set.
Thank you! Dennis recognizes them from the card his dad gave him when he was eighth-grade valedictorian. They cook and clean for Dennis, get him reinstated and make sure he studies. When Dennis develops a social life, the angels reveal their scary side, pushing him to decisions of his own—but, frustratingly, the story punts on why Dennis chooses as he does. Those creepy angels will stay with readers. A piquant, multilayered coming-of-age fable for the wired generation. Graphic novel.