Since You Asked by Maurene Goo
Holly Kim is the stereotypical Korean girl: skinny and shy with long black hair; expected to make the best grades, get into the best college. She fights back, refusing to do the “dress up for first day of school” thing, and associating with a variety of best friends. (the “one of these, one of those…”)
She is also a copy editor for the school newspaper. On the first day, a bored Holly edits a story sarcastically as a “real world” version of the saccharine line put out by a senior; then accidentally files it instead of the real story. Despite the trouble she incurs from the principal, her one-time column becomes a sort of “tell-all” hit. The snarky column spins off reader responses to high school life, dances, and Asian Americans.
Although predictable, with little plot, Holly is witty and funny, and a good read. She ultimately breaks through the stereotypes to become a real teen (at times whiny, rude, and rebellious).
Recommended 12 up.
Cussing- oh yes!