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Re-Gifters (Minx Books) Paperback – June 6, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Minx Books; First Edition edition (June 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140120371X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401203719
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Well-developed characters, plot, and setting make this graphic novel a standout for both dedicated comics readers and those less eager to explore titles in the format. Korean American teenager Dixie and her best friend, Avril, practice hapkido, a martial art. There is a big hapkido tournament coming up in their South Central Los Angeles neighborhood, but Dixie, who has a firey disposition, loses her focus when she develops a crush on another teen hapkido artist, Adam. She spends her contest entry fee on an exorbitant gift for him and then realizes that he has no romantic interest in her. When Dixie attempts to win a free spot in the tournament at a neighborhood (library-centered!) competition, the other contestants, who are rougher street kids, disparage her efforts. Plot twists, which are both credible and nicely paced, include a falling out between Dixie and Avril, an accident that provides Dixie with an entry ticket to the big event, vengeance on Adam, and a new flame for Dixie. The black-and-white artwork is bouncy and pops with expressive faces, postures, and martial arts moves. This story works visually and as a sound narrative where action, romance, and introspection combine in an enjoyable and realistically multiethnic whole. Goldsmith, Francisca

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"...funny and touching in equal parts and is carried off in fine style." -- Publishers Weekly

"A strong start for the new Minx imprint." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Well-developed characters, plot, and setting make this graphic novel a standout..." -- Booklist (starred review)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy Ward on July 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Dixie has two passions in life: hapkido (ancient Korean martial art) and Adam (her hapkido classmate). But the two don't mix. Dixie has lost her ki, the spiritual energy that makes her strong. She isn't able to focus when Adam is around. And the national hapkido championships are here. Will Dixie be able to find her ki in time for the championships? Will she win Adam's affections? Or will a re-gifted item show her the true path? For those of you who aren't familiar with the term (or who are too young to remember Seinfeld), re-gifting is when a person uses a gift you have given them and gives it to someone else. The story is great and really comes full-circle. The character of Dixie grows and matures. I also love the supporting character of Dillinger, who grows and changes himself. After reading this book, you learn that outward appearances sometimes hides the true person within. The graphic novel format works really well for this story too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the second Graphic Novel in the now defunct MINX line that I have read, the first being The PLAIN Janes by Castellucci and Rugg. Both are about strong female characters - young women who can be role models or examples for the young women in our lives. This one is about a young Korean girl growing up in LA. She has spent years studying hapikido. But she is also a young girl in love. And love sometimes makes us do crazy things. This is a story about tradition, it is a story about honour and it is a story about life. Dixie, Jen Dik Seong, is told by her instructor: "If you do not find that harmonious balance you cannot fight well or live well". Read to find out if she can learn to discover that balance. Wonderfully drawn and written, this is a great story. It is a pity DC Comics cancelled this line. These are books I plan on hanging onto for my daughter for when she is older.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tina Fields on November 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the first Minx book I found, and it's the one that made me seek out more. Re-Gifters offers engaging, complex and quirky characters, a lot of subtle emotional content, a view into the Korean/Korean-American worldview, excellent drawings, and a twisty plotline that keeps you turning those pages. Viva Mike Carey & co! Many Minx books later, I still think it's the best one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Moore VINE VOICE on November 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Dixie is Korean and a black belt in hapkido. She has a super crush on Adam, which keeps throwing her off her game. She runs into walls because she's too busy thinking about him. She blows her entrance fee on a gift for Adam's birthday, and then he asks her about another girl. Dixie figures life can't get any worse. Then through a mishap of events, she ends up training with a thug named Dillinger. If Dixie can get her head straight and win the championship, maybe the rest of her life will straighten out too.

This was a fun story and the title is perfect. It was interesting to see the gifts journey as it is re-gifted over and over. It was interesting having the martial arts in the forefront of the story. It introduced me to a whole different world that I have never experienced. There is a little bit of prejudice in Dixie's world, but it's mostly just ignorant street-thugs. Dixie could take them. It was great seeing how Dixie transformed throughout this novel and eventually got in a rhythm of her own. This was a girl empowering story and you should make sure and pick it up.

First Line:
"When you are ready----begin."

Favorite Lines:
"It's okay, I guess. If you like guys with big weapons."
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Format: Paperback
I have to admit that while I really liked this after I'd first finished it, the more I thought about this story the more I just sort of feel that this was more average and bland than I'd really like.

Like so many of the Minx line, this has some incredible artwork. This is one area that I've yet to be disappointed, and this book kept up with the art expectations of its fellow releases. The art is fun, quirky, and fits the story and characters. I can see people getting into this for the artwork alone.

Story-wise, it's good. It's just not great. The book tries to put itself out there as a book about girl power and not needing a guy, yet at the same time it seems to sort of go against that in places. I liked the pairing at the end, although I kind of felt that it was a teensy bit forced. I'd have liked to see them as friends more than a couple, although they would be nice together. This just seems a little too "paint by the numbers" at times.

Overall though, this was still a good read and is actually one of my favorites of the Minx brand and one that I'd probably recommend first. It's just more of a library read than anything else.
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