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 Stranger – Albert Camus
Philosophical Fiction / April 1, 2016

     The book, The Stranger, written by Albert Camus, follows a young man, Meursault, after the death of his mother. Meursault is characterized as an unemotional, shy and effortless man. People are suspicious of him during his mother’s funeral as he keeps to himself, does not show any form of emotion, and refuses to see his mother before she is buried. Additionally, he is displayed as effortless, because he does not put in any efforts in his relationships and friendships. For example, his “girlfriend,” Marie, desperately wants him to marry her, however he does not put in any effort to make her happy and fulfill that dream of hers. Later on in the novel, Meursault commits a murder by shooting an Arab multiple times, and is immediately found and taken into court where he is accused of the murder and is possibly sentenced to death. In the jail he reminisces about how his life has drastically changed. He shows no fear or emotions, even after acknowledging the fact that he could be publicly hanged for the murder he committed.      Albert Camus was an author who was very influenced by the meaning of life, and what it meant to live a fulfilled life….