Re-gifters

Re-gifters

Book - 2007
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"Meet Jen Dik Seong -- or "Dixie" as she's known to her friends. She's living on the ragged edge of LA's Koreatown, and her only outlet is the ancient martial art of hapkido. In fact, she's on the verge of winning a championship -- until she falls for fellow hapkido fan/California surfer boy Adam and gets thrown spectacularly off her game. As she struggles to win the tournament -- not to mention Adam's affections -- Dixie learns that in love and in gift-giving, what goes around comes around"--Cover, P. [4].
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2007
ISBN: 9781401203719
140120371X
Characteristics: 148, [27] p. : chiefly ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Hempel, Marc.
Liew, Sonny 1974-

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adreanaline
Mar 28, 2016

I loved Sonny Liew's other book The Shadow Hero so I gave this book a try. Unfortunately it's written in such a masculine way that I found it hard to relate to the protagonist. Sure there are girls like Jen, but there's no subtlety in her character. One could simply switch genders throughout the story and it'd be no different. Sadly one could say the same about the white writer, Korean topic issue but I'll leave that for native Korean reviewers.
Re-Gifters is quirky and does stand out amongst other books, but the lack of authenticity is why it has two stars from me.

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Legomyeggo33
Aug 10, 2013

What a great book! It had the perfect plot and a terrific ending!

forbesrachel Jul 27, 2013

A young Korean-American girl faces the difficulties of her changing emotions, and she needs to find her way soon so that she can compete in her hapkido tournament. In her world, Dik Seong Jen, or Dixie, is surrounded by her culture, and for those that are unfamiliar with Korean culture, the author does explain most of it. She is a blackbelt fighter, but a whitebelt in love, and as things progress finds out that the right person will allow you to be at peace with yourself.

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Legomyeggo33
Aug 10, 2013

'"You know the importance of ki. The universal energy that some call spirit. This is not strength of body or of mind. But it underlies all strength, and makes strength strong."'

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Legomyeggo33
Aug 10, 2013

'"Be proud of what you will become, here. But be proud also of what you came from, and what you are. "'

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Legomyeggo33
Aug 10, 2013

Jen Dik Seong lives in California and does the martial art of hapkido. She has a crush on her fellow competitor and must learn channel her ki. There is a huge competition coming up, but she is having trouble focusing.

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