Lee, Myung-Jin. Lights Out.

Author:Galuschak, George
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

LEE, Myung-Jin. Lights out. Tokyopop. 208p. illus, c2005. 1-595-32360-0. $9.99. S

Gung-Gun Nam (aka Gun) can't catch a break. He thought that transferring to Northern Art High School would help him start a new life, but for some reason bullies love to pick on him, and he can't help but fight back. Here is the basic premise of Lights Out." 1) a bully or bullies start picking on Gun; 2) Gun tries to defuse the situation using nonviolent techniques (reason, persuasion); 3) Gun's attempts to defuse the situation fail miserably, and he is subjected to physical abuse; 4) Gun doesn't respond to said abuse (he thinks of his dear old morn, who hates it when he fights); 5) the physical abuse escalates; 6) Gun grits his teeth (this is the equivalent of Bruce Banner transforming into the Hulk); 7) Gun unleashes a devastating counterattack that reduces his enemies to quivering puddings.


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