Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal
Cyclopedia Exotica is such a clever graphic novel, playing to Dhaliwal’s strength of on-point sociocultural observation and criticism. Using cyclops to highlight the struggles of being part of an immigrant community with visible physical differences, Dhaliwal shines light on how differences are either fetishized or condemned in attempts of forced assimilation. Despite these very serious and real issues, this novel managed to be light-hearted and funny, providing a relatable and profound read.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Klune deliberately tugs at your heartstrings in this fantasy tale about a caseworker named Linus Baker visiting an island inhabited by six misfit orphans who are deemed dangerous by the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. This novel is all about the “found family,” my favourite literary trope, and is adamant on proving that no matter how different you seem, you can still find your kin and be deserving of love. The House in the Cerulean Sea is part of our 2021 summer reading list and is currently 15% off!
Tired of the slander constantly directed towards Romeo and Juliet, Chloe Gong decided to adapt the play and set it in debaucherous Shanghai during the 1920s. Juliette Cai and Roma Montagov, despite having a tumultuous past and being heirs to their respective opposing gangs, decide to team up in order to save their loved ones and their beloved city from a mysterious, seemingly fabled contagion. Part heist, part mystery, part forbidden romance, Gong's compelling debut novel can convert the most vehement critics of Romeo and Juliet into genuine fans.
Papa Ballon by Saehan Parc
Papa Ballon is a humorous and unexpectedly deep story about children from a small town who have to grapple with the unexpected event where the entire town’s parents transform into balloons. Parc explores the idea of children taking over their parents' responsibilities with outrageously hilarious outcomes, while highlighting the preciousness of the relationship between child and parent.
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The House in the Cerulean Sea
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