Review: Level Up by Gene Luen Yang

Posted August 9th, 2014 by in *Review / 0 comments


Review: Level Up by Gene Luen YangLevel Up by Gene Luen Yang
Published by First Second
Genres: Manga, Young Adult
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
Read in: June 2011
Source: Public Library
Add to: Goodreads

Dennis 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 isn't complicated...Until suddenly it is.

Between his father's 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, he's just been kicked out of college.

And that's when things get...weird.

Four adorable--and bossy--angels, straight out of a sappy greeting card, appear and take charge of Dennis's 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. - via GoodReads

3.5 Stars

I had seen Level Up by Gene Luen Yang on a few book blogs. It caught my interest because it’s a book with a video game cover. Two of my favorite things are books and video games. (I’m a sucker for The Sims.)

Level Up was a cute story with a deeper meaning about how our expectations and that of our parents can differ greatly. It also shows us that as children we don’t think our parents know much and as adults we learn that they knew far more than they let on. Level Up was a quick read with great artwork and a story that has a great lesson for us all.



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