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Girls for Breakfast

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Girls for Breakfast

A very clever and funny cover that resembles a cereal box greets readers of GIRLS FOR BREAKFAST. This witty read chronicles the story of Nick Park, who is missing his high school graduation rehearsal to think back over what led him to humiliate himself in front of a wonderful girl the night before at his Prom.

Nick is the only Korean in his white suburb, and he begins to think that his race might be the cause of his unpopularity. As he reflects over everything he has done through junior and senior high, though, he realizes that he has never been comfortable with anything about himself, and that there may be other reasons why he has trouble with girls.

Nick's stories are as funny as they are cringe-worthy, and everyone will recognize themselves in some of his embarrassing escapades. From offering fake martial arts lessons to gain friends as a boy, to trying to ignore the Korean church youth group his parents desperately want him to join, Nick has tried too hard to avoid his true self and to be like people he perceives as popular.

It all comes to a head at the Prom and it takes hours of reflection the next day for Nick to sort through what will happen next. Readers will only receive hints until the end of the book, but they will be too busy enjoying Nick's funny and ironic narration about himself.

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Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

Girls for Breakfast
by David Yoo

  • Publication Date: May 24, 2005
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0385731922
  • ISBN-13: 9780385731928