Min, Katherine. Secondhand world, a novel.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position::Young adult review - Brief article - Book review
 
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MIN, Katherine. Secondhand world, a novel. Random House, Vintage. 269p. c2006. 978-0-307-27499-1. $13.95. SA

The story starts with the narrator, Isadora Myung Hee Sohn, known as Isa, telling the reader that she has just spent 95 days in a burn unit and that her parents are dead in a fire. She then tells us of her life as the only surviving child of a Korean couple who lost their young son in a freak accident. Although she tries to fulfill their expectations, she rebels while in high school when she meets an albino classmate, Herold, whom she calls Hero. She, Hero and her best friend run away from home, which leads to some major discoveries about herself and a major upset in her family life. When it turns out that not only she, but also her...

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