Book Title: Girls For Breakfast
Author: David Yoo
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Heritage: Korean American
Published Date: 2006
Blurb: On his graduation day from Renfield High, Nick Park is determined to figure out if his heritage is the cause of his abysmal luck with girls.
Beginning the novel as an unreliable and unknowing comic narrator, Nick Park stuggles to fit into Renfield -- an alarming homogeneous Connecticut suburb as her grapples with his own ambivalence toward his ethnicity and his neurotic love for girls. Girls For Breakfast is a unique funny, unforttabel meditation on love and race, family and friendship, acceptance and isolation.
Nick Park is an ironic, sharp-edged commentator on the world of masculine angst, relationships and sex, and his commentary brings to the mix an intelligent, candid and irreverent inquiry into what it means to be an "ethnic" teenage boy in the white suburbs of late twentieth century American.
From killing a hamster in 3rd grade in front of his entire class, to contracting illicit photos of his 8th grade crush, to repeatedly lying about being a 4th degree black belt, Nick Park is a character that you will remember long after you close this book.
About the Author:
David Yoo is a graduate from Skidmore College with an MA from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is the author of the YA novels Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before, a Chicago Best of the Best selection, and Girls For Breakfast (Delacorte), a Booksense Pick, an NYPL Books For the Teen Age Selection, and a Reading Rants Top Ten Books for Teens choice.
His first middle grade novel, The Detention Club (Balzer+Bray) was published in 2011. His first collection of essays, The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever (Grand Central) is forthcoming June 2012. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son, where he regularly plays adult soccer and old school video games. He teaches in the MFA program at Pine Manor College and at the Gotham Writers' Workshop.