Level Up

Gene Luen Yang

Yang, Gene Luen; Level Up
Publisher: Viz Media
Publication date: 7-Jun-2011
Date Finished: 27-Jan-2016
Format: hardcover
Pages: 160
Series:  —
Genres: Graphic Novel, Contemporary, Young Adult
ISBN: 9781596432352
Source: library
Rating:4 stars

“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.


What initially drew me into this novel is how the cover looks like an old Gameboy, what I got out of it was even better than the cover. I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. It was a quick read and a fantastic identity novel that pits familiar obligation and personal desires against each other. Additionally, it had a really awesome art style. The marker inked illustrations gave the novel a less serious, young adult feel that could not have been achieved with bold, perfect lines. Spoiler: The ending, with Dennis finding his place between his passion, video games, and family, wants him to be a doctor, made for a wonderful conclusion.

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