Older teen protagonist get real about trauma


I am really glad that there is so much amazing YA out there. To me, it feels like authors are creating a new genre entirely. I didn’t feel that anything I read in high school resonated with me. Books like The Outsiders and The Catcher in the Rye are not only outdated, but they don’t relate to today’s teens at all.

I hope books like the ones I read here make it into the hands of teen readers, even if it’s a long way before schools start teaching these books. Continue reading

Far away and so close

These were the books I read right before school started. I think books really speak to different parts about me. For example, I want to go camping and fishing. I’m interested in modern Asian history. I support Asian American authors! I found Front Desk really inspiring as I was starting a new job.

Mia wrote a letter to persuade motel owners why she should win the motel. She told them

  1. I know what I’m doing.
  2. I love what I’m doing.
  3. I won’t let you down.

That is all an employer or even a partner ever needs to know. Mia is an inspiration to me because I want to go about whatever I do the same way. Thank you Kelly Yang fir writing this book! I am so glad you wrote it and we all have the chance to stand by Mia.


1. Slider by Pete Hautman – I loved this book! 🍔🌭🍕 I definitely have never read a book about competitive eating before. I found myself cheering for David as a middle child who is not good at anything except eating. I loved the relationship with his sister and brother too. The competitive eating part is a little bit unsettling but the story is awesome.

2. The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng – This whole series is basically my story. I love books, babies, and fortune cookies. I love going to China. I loved all the references to books! It’s so cozy and reminds me ofPacy Lin’s stories too. And the illustrations are lovely. This year has been the year of the book for me as well.

3. The Year of the Baby by Andrea Cheng – Basically a book about me and Isla. I loved the science project about babies! I am a baby lover and it is so sweet to read about a new baby sister <3.

4. The Year of the Fortune Cookie by Andrea Cheng – I loved this book because of the friendships and Anna going to China for the first time. I loved that her teacher adopted a baby!

(The 5th book being there because it fits into the cozy yellow covers of the other ones <3)

History and fantasy


img_09801. Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully by Jeffrey Brown – I think the Star Wars character are adorable, and I love the illustrations too. Middle school sure is tough whatever planet you are on -_- and bullies are always lurking around the corner! :O

2. When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park – Linda Sue Park is one of my favorite historical fiction authors for kids, and I really do learn history from her novels. I was interested in the Japanese occupation of Korea because I watched a drama on the same period called Chicago Typewriter, which I loved. I like the fear of being caught and quiet patriotism that people under occupation show every day. It stood out to me that their uncle can only be a revolutionary because he is single and has no family, just like the resistance leader in the drama. A man cannot risk his life fighting for his country if he has to also provide and be there for his family. More books about resistance please!

3. The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata – This is my favorite book! I loooved it. I love stories about farmers, apparently. It was just so awesome to read about Summer and her summer 😛 If I had to spend my summer cooking for farm workers, taking care of my brother and grandparents, and end up having to drive a combine myself, I would probably go crazy but I would still do it. It is not too different from my life and basically Summer’s story is super relatable to me ❤ .

4. Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist by Liz Kessler – Mermaid stories are my guilty pleasure 🐟🐠. Neptune and Aurora were in love! One of the things I like about this series is the twist, where it’s a merman and a human woman instead of a mermaid and a man. Hehe.

5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin – I did not finish this book even though I really wanted to. It was ever referred to in a Japanese manga 5 centimeters Per Second! I just could not get through it. Maybe I need to read a graphic novel version of this book. I think it would be a lot more exciting.