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Level up
Yang, Gene Luen
Adult Fiction YANG

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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
It was a Pac-Man arcade game in a Chinese restaurant and for six-year-old Dennis Ouyang, it was love at first sight. But Dennis’ parents have different ideas: good grades, college, med school. So young Dennis never plays a video game until he’s in college. Then—the day after his father dies of liver cancer—Dennis finally gets his hands on a video game system. He’s a natural, and gaming becomes his life even when he flunks out of school. But when Dennis is visited by a quartet of quirky cartoon angels straight off the front of a greeting card, he’s quickly back on track, video game-free and on his way toward the future his father always envisioned for him: a successful career as a gastroenterologist. As Dennis tries to ignore the visions of pixelated video game characters that dance in his head, artist Thien Pham pens cartoon panels in subtle shades filled with energetic characters and the wry humor of author Gene Luen Yang. Level Up is a smart, savvy meditation on what can happen when you try to juggle what you want and what’s expected of you with the twists and turns that life can take all on its own.
posted Dec 13, 2011 at 2:44PM
Westonka Winter Jackets Recommends said:
A great comic drawing in family, friends, growing up, dreams and, of course, video games with a fun magic realism. Made me think, made me laugh, great story, great writing, inspiring.
posted Feb 13, 2012 at 6:43PM
Lauren Chenevert said:
After the death of his father, Dennis Ouyang’s video game-playing habit becomes an all-consuming fixation. With a muted color palette, this graphic novel explores the father-son relationship and the tension between a carefree childhood and an adulthood full of responsibility.
posted Feb 26, 2013 at 1:37PM
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