- Paperback: 174 pages
- Publisher: Minx Books; First Edition edition (June 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140120371X
- ISBN-13: 978-1401203719
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Re-Gifters (Minx Books) Paperback – June 6, 2007
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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
"...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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that graphic novels are fiction dumbed down(Here I go with another one of my counter reviews):
Re-Gifters is fantastic! Especially for someone like me, 46 y.o., who wants to get a clue
about what teenagers think about today. Don't miss this Minx series! Also, if this
NY Times reviewer had never read Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis or Persepolis II
(plus any number of terrific graphic novels today), then she will have had another thing coming
re: the rise in academic esteem of graphic novels. In other news, the Butler Library
at Columbia University had an exhibit on them, including the book, How to Read Comics
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.
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.
"When you are ready----begin."
"It's okay, I guess. If you like guys with big weapons."