Level up

Yang, Gene Luen

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Level up
Dennis, the son of Chinese immigrants, yearns to play video games like his friends and, upon his strict father's death, becomes obsessed with them but later, realizing how his father sacrificed for him, he chooses a nobler path.

Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 1596437146
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 Ya
Characteristics: 160 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Pham, Thien


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Jul 01, 2014
  • lonniewilson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such a good book and great for anyone who has an interest in gaming.

Apr 28, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The book is kindred in spirit to Gene Luen Yang's breakthrough graphic novel American Born Chinese, which honestly has a stronger protagonist and narrative. Both titles deal with Asian-American youth finding identity and friendship while overcoming obstacles related to their parents and stereotypes.

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Aug 25, 2013
  • JINGNA_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i thought this book would be boring, but it's actually pretty interesting....

Jul 01, 2013

great book I liked video gaming parts.

Jun 27, 2013
  • fredma47 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Was a very interesting book with regard to Chinese culture and traditions. That he should respect his parents' wishes and try to achieve his life what his parents could not as immigrants. It was inspiring that he realized what the four cute angels were trying to tell. That it was his destiny to go to med school which his father could not due to the poor English skills he had as a Taiwanese immigrant. Many Westerners have lost this aspiration to succeed. It was also peculiar that he realized that once he was on the right foot, that he could also allot some time to complete his computer game hobby.

Dec 17, 2012
  • cowe192 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Touchy, but weird. I would recommend Scott Pilgrim instead if this looks interesting.

Apr 06, 2012
  • m_th rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Different approach to a coming of age story. There were a few unexpected plot twists that managed to answer a lot of questions, and still leave me confused.

Jan 12, 2012
  • shapjul rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent graphic novel suitable for young adults, but also fine for not-so-young adults like me. It's a coming of age story about trying to find your way given parental pressure, guilt and all the rest. The hero is a gamer, which makes the book really accessible to lots of teenagers. It's a great view of the parent/child dynamic, though told mostly from the child's point of view. I highly recommend it--and it won't take long to read it so you won't spend that much time even if you don't like it.

Nov 29, 2011

NYTimes Notable Children's book for 2011

Oct 17, 2011
  • vfryzek rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The First thing you notice with “Level up” is the cute gamer inspired cover, reminiscent of Scott pilgrim vs the world. Don’t let that fool you. Yang, Gene Luen delivers a mature emotionally driven story in a cleverly fun drawn graphic novel.
The underling story explores the burden of expectation some parents place on their children can be like a noose, and when the parent dies the noose can literally choke the child into adult hood. But not all is as dark as it seems. Incredibly funny situations and good friends help the main character through there ordeal.
Well worth the read.

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Dec 17, 2012
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Nov 21, 2012

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Mar 25, 2012
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