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Book Review: Messy Roots By Laura Gao

Book Review: Messy Roots By Laura Gao

The Honey Pop received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Hello, bookworms! Today we’re reviewing Messy Roots by Laura Gao! We are so excited to discuss this book with you all. Are you looking for a beautiful graphic novel that’s full of life and tackles important topics like racism and fitting in? Then, Messy Roots is just what you need.

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This graphic memoir follows Laura’s childhood after she immigrates from Wuhan, China, to Texas at the age of four. We follow her as she comes of age and struggles with finding her identity. From things as simple as trying out for the basketball team to more emotional topics like strained parental relationships and more, Laura takes us through it all. Messy Roots comes out on March 8th! You can pre-order it here!

Content Warnings: Racism, discrimination, homophobia

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We read this book in one day! It had an addicting quality to it. From the gorgeous artwork and usage of color to the storyline, we just couldn’t get enough of Laura’s story. Something we really loved about this book was the duality of the storytelling. There were many fun moments that were punctuated by pop culture references and jokes, but there were also many hard-hitting topics discussed, like self-discovery and dealing with identity issues. The story was told in a very natural way that flowed throughout the book. We got to see many experiences, but each was fleshed out and came together to make a whole cohesive recount.

Another aspect we enjoyed was the development of Laura’s relationships with her friends and family. The elements of culture like a dialect vocabulary list and a history lesson of White Rabbit candy were also very interesting to learn about. We had a great time reading this book, we give it four out of five stars!

We can’t wait for you all to read Messy Roots when it comes out on March 8th! Be sure to pre-order this powerful story!

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