Finding My Voice

Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Kat Cho

fiction young adult
hopeful lighthearted reflective medium-paced

192 pages | first published 1992

THE GROUNDBREAKING #OWNVOICES CLASSIC BY CELEBRATED KOREAN AMERICAN AUTHOR MARIE MYONG-OK LEE

Seventeen-year-old Ellen Sung just wants to be like everyone else at her all-white school. But the racist bullies of Arkin, Minnesota, will never let her forget that she’s different—the youngest member of the only Korean-American family in town. At the start of senior year, Ellen finds herself falling for Tomper Sandel, a football player who is popular and blond and undeniably cute…and to her surprise, he falls for her, too. Now Ellen has a chance at life she never imagined, one that defies the expectations of hanging out with her core group of friends or pleasing her parents. But is her romance with Tomper strong enough to withstand hometown bigotry and her family’s disapproval?

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Moods

emotional 60%
hopeful 60%
lighthearted 40%
reflective 40%
challenging 20%
inspiring 20%
tense 20%

Pace

fast 80%
slow 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 60% | No: 40%

Loveable characters?

No: 40% | Yes: 40% | It's complicated: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 20%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 75% | No: 25%

Average rating

3.39