The Magic Fish

Trung Le Nguyen

fiction lgbtqia+ young adult
adventurous slow-paced

256 pages | first published 2020

The book tells an intergenerational story of a mother and son struggling to relate to each other—the mother an immigrant to the United States who wants to make a home for her family in an unfamiliar country; the son trying to figure out the best way to come out to his parents. Through telling each other fairy tales, they're able to find common ground.

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Moods

emotional 92%
hopeful 79%
reflective 56%
inspiring 47%
sad 21%
adventurous 17%
dark 10%
lighthearted 10%
relaxing 8%
challenging 7%
mysterious 4%
informative 2%
tense 2%
funny 1%

Pace

medium 53%
fast 33%
slow 12%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 75% | A mix: 19% | Plot: 4%

Strong character development?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 3% | No: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 97% | It's complicated: 2% | No: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 97% | No: 2% | N/A: 0%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 42% | Yes: 25% | It's complicated: 22% | N/A: 9%

Average rating

4.7