Almost American Girl

Almost American Girl Review

A teen graphic novel memoir 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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    Almost American Girl Reviews

  • Bookishrealm

    This graphic novel was more important to me than I expected. Robin Ha has done such a brilliant job documenting her experience of moving from South Korea to Alabama. Even without understanding her exp...

  • 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...

  • Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight

    *4.5Fascinating! I loved reading this graphic novel memoir. Robin's mother was the most interesting person - she works so hard and is so firm in making the best possible life for herself and her daugh...

  • nitya

    I'll admit that my experience with Korean culture has been superficial (watching dramas, eating food and listening to some kpop). So I picked up Ha's book, in hopes of learning more and fixing my bias...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • Melanie  Brinkman

    Why is it so easy to feel out of place in the places we are supposed to call home?In 1990s Korea, being raised by a single mother means Robin's family doesn't fit the conventional mold. But as long as...

  • Emma

    I’m not going to spend time writing an elaborate review, because it’s a graphic novel and I was able to read it within a couple sittings. I found this to be a really well written story, but ultima...

  • 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 ...

  • Maia

    This is a wonderful, beautifully drawn memoir. Robin is the daughter of a single mother who struggled against South Korea's conservative society to create a happy life for their small family. The summ...