Kevin is your typical first generation Chinese-Canadian. Older sister is perfect, mom is too busy working, and his newly arrived Popo (grandmother) can only communicate by yelling. All Kevin wants to do is draw in his comics, watch his cartoons, and maybe be able to walk through the halls at school without someone calling him Egg Boy, kids never let things like that go. It’s not bad enough his sister is starting to resent him, his dad left them, and his mom isn’t around, but the more frustrated he gets, the more he acts out, the more he gets in trouble, the more his sister resents him, on and on in a cycle. This is Kevin’s story and the story of lots of struggling first generation kids trying to respect their parents' culture and find some of their own in the only country they’ve ever known. Recommended by Sameah
For fans of Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese and Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward, this funny yet poignant middle-grade coming-of-age story highlights the struggle of feeling invisible while yearning to be seen by all.