By Gene Luen Yang
Illustrated By Thien Pham
Not My Edition:
Hardcover, 160 pages
2011, First Second
From the back of the book: Struggling with bad grades, a video game addiction, and his father’s death, Dennis Ouyang is on the verge of dropping out of college when four adorable angels appear and take charge of his life. But nothing is ever what it seems, when life, magic, and gaming collide.
I’ve read some of Yang’s other work and I love his writing, so of course, I was going to borrow this book. Level Up is a fun, geeky, coming of age story. Dennis falls in love with video games at a young age and I can relate, except that Dennis is way better at them than I am. This story is a little sad, as well as funny and insightful (like all of Yang’s work). I loved the video game, and specifically, the Pac-Man references. The ending was unexpected and I enjoyed the direction it went in.
If you’re a fan of Yang’s work, definitely read Level Up. If you haven’t read anything by him yet, this could be a good place to start!
P.S. As a friend warned me, I’ll warn you. There’s poop in this book!