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Age 16

Age 16

Interest Age: 12+
Grade: 7+
Reading Age: 12+
Paperback : 9781773218342, 316 pages, May 2024 , 9.0" x 6.0"
Hardcover : 9781773218335, 316 pages, May 2024 , 9.0" x 6.0"

Description

"Moving and emotional." —Victoria Ying, Harvey Award–winning author of Hungry Ghost

"Crucial." —Deb JJ Lee, creator of In Limbo

"Beautiful." —Fiona Smyth, illustrator of Sex Is a Funny Word

A powerful coming-of-age graphic novel about how mothers and daughters pass down—and rebel against—standards of size, gender, race, beauty, and worth.

Guangdong, 1954 Sixteen-year-old Mei Laan longs for a future of freedom, and her beauty may be the key to getting it. Can an arranged marriage in Hong Kong be the answer to all her problems?

Hong Kong, 1972 Sixteen-year-old Lydia wants nothing more than to dance and to gain approval from her mother, who is largely absent and sharply critical, especially about the way she looks. Maybe her way to happiness is starting over in Toronto?

Toronto, 2000 Sixteen-year-old Roz is grappling with who she wants to be in the world. The only thing she is certain of is that if she were thinner, things would be better. How can she start living her life, instead of just photographing it?

When Roz’s estranged por por abruptly arrives for a seemingly indefinite visit, three generations are now under one roof. Delicate relationships are suddenly upended, and long-suppressed family secrets begin to surface.

Award-winning creator of Living With Viola Rosena Fung pulls from her own family history in her YA debut to give us an emotional and poignant story about how every generation is affected by those that came before, and affect those that come after.

Content Warning: body image, disordered eating.