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Level Up – Gene Luen Yang

Level Up by Gene Luen Yang is the story of a teenager, Dennis Ouyang. He has always struggled in the shadow of his parents’ expectation. His father wants him to be a gastroenterologist, but that is not what Dennis wants to do. However, Dennis doesn’t want to fight with his father about the expectation, and therefore he still attends medical school to study to be a gastroenterologist. In the book, it shows the path the Dennis choses after his father passed away. He goes to medical school and studies, but that is not what Dennis likes to do. Instead, he is only doing what his father wanted him to be. It makes him depressed and unhappy. He thought that his destiny was to be gastroenterologist, but that was his father’s dream, not his. As a result, he dropped out of medical school and began playing video games because he knew what he was supposed to do in the games, unlike in life.  The games make him feel like he knows what he’s doing: the goals were clear and attainable. This book reflects the teenagers now: they are lost in the “path of life,” but they are able to find a…

The Rose that Grew from Concrete – Tupac Shakur
Autobiography , Poetry / December 13, 2016

The book The Rose that Grew from Concrete is a collection of poetry from the late 80’s to early 90’s from Tupac Shakur’s personal journal. This collection helps you understand what Shakur was going through during those years with all the ups and downs in his life. He talks about his emotions through his poetry, so the reader can have a feel for him. In his poem, “Sometimes I Cry,” my favorite, Shakur expresses how he felt alone even at the peak of his career: Sometimes when I’m alone I Cry, Cause I am on my own. The tears I cry are bitter and warm. They flow with life but take no form I Cry because my heart is torn. I find it difficult to carry on. If I had an ear to confide in, I would cry among my treasured friend, but who do you know that stops that long, to help another carry on. The world moves fast and it would rather pass by. Then to stop and see what makes one cry, so painful and sad. And sometimes… I Cry I find this interesting because you would figure a popular person like Shakur wouldn’t be dealing with…