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Same Difference & Other Stories
     

Same Difference & Other Stories

by Derek Kirk Kim
 

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After selling through the self-published run of Same Difference and Other Stories in just a few short months, Derek Kirk Kim proudly moves his debut collection to Top Shelf! Through a series of sensitive — and often hilarious — short stories, Kim deftly explores the not-so-average twenty-something's quarter-life crisis, romantic neurosis, and a

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After selling through the self-published run of Same Difference and Other Stories in just a few short months, Derek Kirk Kim proudly moves his debut collection to Top Shelf! Through a series of sensitive — and often hilarious — short stories, Kim deftly explores the not-so-average twenty-something's quarter-life crisis, romantic neurosis, and a refreshing slice of Korean-American life.

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KLIATT
Derek Kirk Kim is Korean American, and this graphic novel is the first collection of his stories. "Same Difference," the best of the bunch, is all about honesty. Nancy gets a bunch of letters addressed to a girl named Sarah (who's moved away), and eventually gets curious enough to open them. They're love letters—pathetic, drippy love letters written to a girl who could obviously care less. Nancy writes the guy back in Sarah's voice, and even tries to convince her friend Simon to drive her to the town he lives in—she wants to see what kind of sad loser he is. Simon does, and she sees, and it's not at all what she expected. The stories in Same Difference have an autobiographical flavor. Kim's characters are very real; I admire writers who are brave enough to create flawed characters and not apologize for them. Kim lived in South Korea until he was eight years old, and then moved to the US. Perhaps coincidentally, many of the stories deal with being an outsider; themes such as loneliness, insecurity, and not being able to get a date (a big one) are prevalent. Luckily, Kim has a great sense of humor, and the stories are written with a light touch. Same Difference contains adult situations, vulgarity (including the F-Bomb), and semi-nudity; highly recommended for collections that cater to older readers. KLIATT Codes: SA*—Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Top Shelf, 143p. illus., Ages 15 to adult.
—George Galuschak

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891830570
Publisher:
IDW Publishing
Publication date:
07/06/2004
Edition description:
Not Appropriate For Children
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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