Koko Be Good

Koko Be Good

by Jen Wang


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Koko Be Good by Jen Wang

Koko's always got a new project cooking, even though they usually end in total disaster. This time will be different, Koko promises herself. This time, she's decided to Be Good. But how can a girl whose greatest talent is causing trouble get her act cleaned up? If she's being honest with herself, Koko isn't even sure what "being good" means.

Jon knows what being good means, and that's why he's going to Peru to support his girlfriend's humanitarian mission. That's good, all right, but is it what he wants? Jon has a promising future as a musician. Is he ready to give that up—maybe forever?

Two very different people, both struggling for direction, find their way into each other's lives in Jen Wang's first graphic novel. Honest, wrenching, and incredibly funny, Koko Be Good is a tour-de-force debut about human nature and the inhuman efforts we make to find ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596435551
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 09/14/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.76(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jen Wang grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, where she lives today. She enjoys nature shows, biking, libraries, and something new all the time. She has also lived in Portland, Oregon, and Taiwan.

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Discussion Questions

1. A main theme in Koko Be Good is the question of what it means to be a good person. What do you think makes someone a good person? Do actions and intentions matter equally?

2. What do you think about Koko's strategies for becoming good? Why don't any of them work for her?

3. At the beginning of the book, Koko seems to have sacrificed all sorts of positive social attributes (responsibility, concern for others' feelings, etc.) for a pure expression of self. To what extent does she maintain or reflect this at the end of the book?

4. What do you think of The Ballad of Faron Lau (pg. 155)? How does it change your opinion of Faron's character? Does the different format of this section make sense for Faron's character? Why or why not?

5. "I'm going to live for the world!" says Koko. Do you think she does a good job of living for the world? What does ‘living for the world' mean?

6. What do you think about Jon and Emily's relationship? Do you think their decision to separate was the right one for both of them?

7. Koko Be Good was painted in a limited palette of watercolors. How does the way the art of this story looks affect the way you think about the characters and the setting?

8. Jon, Koko, and Faron are all searching for some direction for their lives. Do you think that search for the best path through life is common to all people in their twenties in the United States? How is the situation for twenty-somethings different than say, fifty or a hundred years ago?

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Koko Be Good 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this up on a whim in the store; it was the art style that drew me in. I took it home and finished in one sitting. The characters are cute and personable, I couldn't put it down. I just home this becomes a series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago