In Real Life
By: Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang
Category: Graphic Novel, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, International
Suitable for: Teens+
My Rating: 5 Stars
Format Read for Review: E-book copy provided by the publisher/author/agent in return for an honest review.
Description: Anda begins playing a MMORPG after receiving a RL invitation to join a girls-only guild. In the game she meets and befriends a teenage Chinese boy who is a gold farmer. Morals and ethics are questioned as Anda fights for her new friend.
In Short: This beautifully illustrated graphic novel tackles themes of child labor, bullying, and poverty, against the backdrop of a sweet and inspiring story. I definitely recommend it to those who enjoy video games. Being a gamer girl myself I was drawn to this book and I was not disappointed.
Pros: I love the protagonist, Anda. She is such hero. She defends the oppressed. She befriends the excluded. Anda is someone who appears to be an underdog herself, a new girl that doesn’t have a lot of friends. But she really is a fighter for the little guy. Not to spoil it or anything, but she does make a difference. Overall awesome story. Fun to read and beautiful artwork.
Cons: I have no notable issues with this book.
Parent’s Guide: There is cartoon violence. No nudity or sexual content.
If you are interested in this book you may also enjoy this great Rom-Com about a gamer girl that I previously reviewed here: Gamer Girl by Glynis Astie. (This book is also a Book of the Month winner and in a couple days it will be one of the prizes in a big giveaway!)