Almost American Girl

Almost American Girl

A powerful and timely teen graphic novel memoir—perfect for fans of American Born Chinese and Hey, Kiddo—about a Korean-born, non-English-speaking girl who is abruptly transplanted from Seoul to Huntsville, Alabama, and struggles with extreme culture shock and isolation, until she discovers her passion for comic arts.

For as long as she can remember, it’s been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up in the 1990s as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn’t always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together.

So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation—following her mother’s announcement that she’s getting married—Robin is devastated. Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesn’t understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends at home and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesn’t fit in with her new stepfamily. And worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest to—her mother.

Then one day Robin’s mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined.

Title:Almost American Girl
Edition Language:English
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  • Tatiana

    A pretty decent YA memoir mostly about immigrant experience. It is compared to American Born Chinese and Hey, Kiddo, but Almost American Girl doesn't quite have the depth and creativity of those works...

  • Layla (Between the Lines)

    Thank you to HCC Frenzy for sending me an ARC of Almost American Girl.I rarely find myself relating to anything these days but this memoir really struck a chord in me. Robin paints a beautiful story, ...

  • Elizabeth A

    The author was raised in Seoul, Korea and is suddenly transplanted to Huntsville, Alabama when she's about 14 years old. This graphic memoir explores the author's relationship with her mother, the mov...

  • Kelly

    What a fantastic graphic memoir, and I cannot wait to revisit this in full color as the sample pages for that were excellent (it'll really enhance the already solid art!).Growing up in Korea, Robin kn...

  • Richie Partington

    Richie’s Picks: ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL: AN ILLUSTRATED MEMOIR by Robin Ha, Harper/Balzer + Bray, January 2020, 240p., ISBN: 978-0-06-268510-0“Their father’s hell did slowly go by”-- Graham Nash ...

  • LauraW

    I am gradually finding graphic novels that I enjoy: ones with more content than fighting and magical happenings. This book is technically not a graphical NOVEL, but I am going to put it in my group fo...

  • Ruth Covington

    I was a homeschooled girl in a conservative religious family who moved 2000 miles from one place to another when I was 13, so this book, about a Korean girl moving from Korea to Alabama at age 14 with...

  • Jennifer

    Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplier.For so long, it has been just Robin and her mom. Then mom takes Robin on a “vacation” to America. Except it wasn’t ...

  • Deborah Embury

    4.5 I really appreciated getting a deeper looking into the experience of Ha; her struggles in adapting to her new home, sadness over losing what was familiar, and her focus on the particular hardships...

  • Karen Parisot

    Born in Korea to a single mother, Chuna Ha aged fourteen is suddenly wrenched from her happy existence in Seoul. Her mother has decided without any warning to uproot both their lives and start over in...