Kimchi and calamari. It sounds like a quirky food fusion of Korean and Italian cuisine, and its exactly how Joseph Calderaro feels about himself. Why wouldnt an adopted Korean drummer—comic book junkie feel like a combo platter given:(1) his face in the mirror (2) his proud Italian family. And now Joseph has to write an essay about his ancestors for social studies. All he knows is that his birth family shipped his diapered butt on a plane to the USA. End of story. But what he writes leads to a catastrophe messier than a table of shattered dishes—and self-discovery that Joseph never could have imagined.

This book was truly stunning.

The thing that at first pulled in me to the book is the way that Joseph is Korean. I lived in Korea amid my senior year of secondary school, and Cherished it… what’s more, I appreciate any positive references to Korean culture, dialect, sustenance, and so on. I cherished that he was from Busan, which is truly near where I lived when I was there.

So the start of the story is basically: Joseph, a Korean kid, is received as an infant by an Italian-American family. He’s raised really Italian… eating pasta three times each week (in his words)… with the huge more distant family, and dab, spot, dab. And after that his eighth grade English educator gives his class a task to compose a 1500-word paper about their family line. So he resembles, “Uhhh… I’m received! I don’t know ANYTHING about my Korean legacy!” So he goes on a kind of social and familial investigation, supported by his closest companion (a web master) and another Korean family who simply moved into the territory.

I don’t realize what it resembles to be received or to be… sandwiched between two exceptionally solid societies (I’ve recently got the one in number culture, myself), yet I figure the writer made a truly extraordinary showing with regards to of composing Joseph’s story in a way that enabled me to venture into his shoes for a little time. It was an extremely intriguing and interesting background that I’m happy I could have!

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