Lunar New Year Love Story

First Second. Jan. 2024. 352p. Tr $25.99. ISBN 9781626728103; pap. $17.99. ISBN 9781250908261.
Gr 6 Up–Readers will fall in love with this heartwarming, fun rom-com. Yang (Dragon Hoops) brings another delightful addition to graphic novels that blends culture, love, and family dynamics in a relatable way. Valentina’s family is fated to be unlucky in love. Wanting to break the curse, Valentina makes a deal with the spirit of Saint Valentine: she has one year to find true love and “prove that you do not share your family’s fate.” If she fails, she must give her heart away to Saint Valentine and will never fall in love. Yang takes readers to Lunar New Year celebrations with Valentina and her friends and family, employing characters who are relatable and endearing. The attention to detail and color work by Pham, for example, in the intricate details of the festival decorations, create a visual feast for readers and add depth and strong emotion to the story. A wide audience of readers will relate to the universal themes of love, acceptance, forgiveness, and familial bonds.
VERDICT A positive and beautiful work of art that will make an impression on readers.

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