Unidentified Suburban Object

Unidentified Suburban Object The next person who compares Chloe Cho with famous violinist Abigail Yang is going to HEAR it Chloe has just about had it with people not knowing the difference between someone who s Chinese Japanese

  • Title: Unidentified Suburban Object
  • Author: Mike Jung
  • ISBN: 9780545782265
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The next person who compares Chloe Cho with famous violinist Abigail Yang is going to HEAR it Chloe has just about had it with people not knowing the difference between someone who s Chinese, Japanese, or Korean She s had it with people thinking that everything she does well getting good grades, winning first chair in the orchestra, etCETera are because she s ASIANThe next person who compares Chloe Cho with famous violinist Abigail Yang is going to HEAR it Chloe has just about had it with people not knowing the difference between someone who s Chinese, Japanese, or Korean She s had it with people thinking that everything she does well getting good grades, winning first chair in the orchestra, etCETera are because she s ASIAN.Of course, her own parents don t want to have anything to DO with their Korean background Any time Chloe asks them a question they change the subject They seem perfectly happy to be the only Asian family in town It s only when Chloe s with her best friend, Shelly, that she doesn t feel like a total alien Then a new teacher comes to town Ms Lee She s Korean American, and for the first time Chloe has a person to talk to who seems to understand completely For Ms Lee s class, Chloe finally gets to explore her family history But what she unearths is light years away from what she expected.

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    1. An interesting premise, but I'm afraid I couldn't get past two things:One, the main character was just too unlikeable. I kept hoping she'd improve and she did a tiny bit. Sometimes. But she kind of reliably kept losing her temper at people, shouting a lot, and treating others badly, and I just wasn't into it. Two, the principle twist. I just don't think it was necessary. This book could have just been about what it appears to be (at the start) rather than what it ends up being. It was even a gre [...]

    2. Really liked this one. Delightful voice and such an authentic sensibility to Chloe's issues. Teasing out her assumptions regarding peer's and friends' responses to her --- is it about race and ethnicity or something else? --- is artfully done. And there is a delicious twist to boot. Difficult to say more without spoilage, but this is the sort of realistic fiction/sf that When You Reach Me is. That is, mostly rooted in the real but withmething else too.

    3. Whip-smart, hilarious, and endearing, this book will win your heart and your funny bone. Chloe Cho feels alien as the only Korean kid at her middle school. She encounters casual racism daily, which fuels her already-short temper, but her BFF Shelley is a constant source of support and acceptance. When her parents reveal her true ancestry and it impacts her relationship with Shelley, Chloe realizes that she might not have been a very observant or kind friend. (Inter)Stellar work from #weneeddiver [...]

    4. Oh, man, I really liked this one. I marked it as both contemporary and sci-fi because while it is definitely science fiction, the bulk of the story is written as contemporary fiction and I think that fans of contemporary fiction will gravitate to this one more than huge science-fiction fans. This is a book about a middle school girl trying to figure out her identity and dealing with bigger issues than she could have ever imagined. While she's dealing with big identity issues, she's also dealing [...]

    5. So this one is mostly a realistic ya novel of a girl trying to connect with her Korean heritage while her parents resist saying it's "too hard" or "too painful" to think about the family's past. I had a few students in mind as I read this and thought of my own grandfather from Italy, whom I never had the chance to talk to about his reasons for leaving Italia. All this is until there is a shift in the story line, and the realistic cultural quest becomes more sci-fi. I can see how this will appeal [...]

    6. I thought this book was amazing! I loved how it was realistic fiction and then switch to fantasy. That was a big surprised and I thought I was not going to like the book any more, but I did. I think making the book fantasy half way though made the book better. If you like science fiction books you would probably like this one. This is what I thought about this amazing book.

    7. I really liked this one at first--Chloe is a great narrator, and I found myself chuckling at her sarcastic, dry inner voice. She's not perfect, but what middle school kid is?But that twisth.Don't get me wrong--I'm all for a good surprise. There's nothing better than "Oooh.s are happening that make me think this but BAM. Something else."But this was more "Oooh.s are happening that make me think this but BAM. Now here's a recipe for meatballs."It was just SO sudden and SO unexpectedwhich maybe peo [...]

    8. I didn't particularly enjoy this book, but perhaps younger readers will. I admit that I don't think I read the jacket cover summary well, or didn't think the book would actually take it where it hints it would, because I was actually surprised by what Chloe learns about her family history.Chloe's character -- her exaggerated sarcasm, her generalizations of other students and locals (as racists, etc.), her dramatic reactions -- bothered me. For example, when upset by even the smallest things, Chl [...]

    9. This 2017 Texas Bluebonnet nominee was extremely promising for the first half of the book. Chloe Cho is a solid main character with a great mix of both positive and negative traits and with her supportive parents and solid best friend, I just knew that author Jung was going to use Chloe's intelligence and almost too strong work ethic to smooth the rough edges of her temper and superiority complex. But then he took the developing mystery of why Cho's parents refuse to acknowledge their Korean her [...]

    10. Told through the lens of a middle school girl, desperately trying to connect with her Korean heritage and looking to better understand her place in the world, this book had an unexpected, super fun twist worthy of a Gordon Korman novel. Jung also provided an ending that left me wanting more.

    11. 4.5 StarsOriginally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.The Painter household has been waiting for a new Mike Jung book since we first read Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities when it first came out. Unidentified Suburban Object did not disappoint.Chloe Cho is the only Asian girl in her school. When people aren't confusing her with being Chinese or Japanese (she's Korean), they are busy thinking she is first chair violin and the smartest kid in school simply because she's Asian. She i [...]

    12. E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineChloe Cho isn't wild about being the only Asian student at her school, but she HATES that people can't tell that she's Korean and assume that she is Chinese. She's love to know more about her Korean family background, and tries cooking "authentic" food with her best friend, Shelley. When she asks her parents about anything to do with her heritage, however, they refuse to talk about it, saying that it's something they would rather not think about, and beside [...]

    13. Chloe is the only Korean kid in her small town. Actually, she's the only Asian kid, period, in her small town. Getting people to recognize that Korea, China, and Japan are all different countries with different cultures is already a huge hurdle. The problem is that her parents won't ever talk about their families or their past. They also seem strangely clueless about Korean culture, food, clothing, and language. This is infuriating for Chloe, who has cultivated a strong connection to her Korean [...]

    14. UNIDENTIFIED SUBURBAN OBJECT by Mike Jung combines satire with a serious examination of racial stereotypes, family connections, and friendship.Chloe Cho is frustrated by being the token minority in her all-white town. Her parents don’t seem interested in their asian ancestry. When a Korean American teacher moves to town, Chloe immediately connects with her. However when Chloe explores her family history as part of a class project, she finds unexpected results.Librarians will find that the comb [...]

    15. A fun book for middle grade readers! Chloe Cho was a fun character to tag along with - bossy, type A (and straight A, make no mistake about that), and desperate to learn more about the culture her parents came from. I was definitely not expecting the major plot twist halfway through the book that puts it in an entirely different genre--I have to admit that it took me a few chapters to catch up. But I'm an adult with a few decades of story reading working against me, and I get the feeling that ki [...]

    16. I think that this book was a really good book! I loved both the reality part and the science fiction twist when Chloe finds out about the truth of her family! One thing I think Mike Jung could've done better was the nemesis. It seemed like Lindsay Crisp, the "stupidest person in school" was kind of one. But she wasn't really mean. She was just oblivious to a lot of things and plain dim-witted. Still, every story should have an enemy, and it should show it. Whether the enemy is the coolest girl i [...]

    17. Unidentified Suburban Object by: Mike Jung. The book was funny, it had a major plot twist, but it managed to keep it’s humor at its peak. It takes place in a small town in the United States, and Chloe Cho is dealing with a major problem, school. Everything goes wrong, she loses her best friend, and worst of all, she finds out she’s not even from earth. I liked the frenemy relationship between the main character and the best friend. I disliked the plot twist, some of the “jokes” were a li [...]

    18. A hilarious middle-grade tale about discovering and coming to terms with your personal identity, with a twist. Chloe desperately wants to embrace her Korean heritage but every time she asks her parents about their culture and traditions they are weirdly reluctant to talk about it. They're obviously hiding something, and when Chloe finds out what it is, her world is rocked. A lot of good stuff about race, identity, family and friendships is going on here, plus some serious library love, delivered [...]

    19. Well, that took a completely unexpected turn (I mean, I did not see that twist coming AT ALL), though I guess there were hints. I guess the lesson of self-acceptance did remain constant too. Also, interesting (unfortunate?) cover choice considering the book's discussion about book covers not featuring non-white characters.

    20. Well, this was moving along OK and then about half way through it took a "wrong" turn.I lost interest in the story, didn't care for the main character and wondered why the author chose to leave the multi-cultural theme that could have been developed into an OK read.

    21. Part of my personal Reading Challenge this year was to write a review for all the books I read, so I can't get away with my usual 4 or 5 score without really thinking about why, so here it goesI'll admit I got about halfway through this book and thought, "Hmmm I don't know about this." The plot took a turn that I had kind of anticipated but still found weird and jolting. Looking at others' reviews, this seems to be the biggest complaint against the book. Although it was a little tough for me to [...]

    22. Chloe is a star student: straight As and first chair violin. She works hard and takes her academic career very seriously. Her best friend, Shelley, whom she's known since she was three, is also highly motivated in school. Unfortunately, Chloe stands out in another way, as well. She is of Korean heritage in a place where there isn't much diversity. She's heard every stereotypical comment you can think of: "You're good at math, right?" "Are you Japanese or Chinese?" (no one even thinks about Korea [...]

    23. Enjoyed this very much, and even laughed out loud when it turns out that the main character is even more diverse than she thought. Chloe grows up as the only Korean in her home town. Her parents won´t talk about being Korean and while once that was fine, now that she´s in middle school and trying to connect to her Korean heritage she finds it very frustrating. Turns out that she is not Korean (she's something totally different - and boy, is it a doozy!) and that her parents have lied to her al [...]

    24. Unexpected!! For the deeper thinker and the science fiction fan. Some reviewers didn't like the main character---found her too angsty. As a mom of teens, I think she was well written. Chloe says what some kids wish they could say. And she does get "in trouble" for getting out of line. I was very surprised at the turn of events in the middle of the story, but the title did allude to some sort of surprise. And I think the idea added a layer to cultural identity that makes sense. This book left me [...]

    25. I am excited to see that so many of the 17-18 Texas Bluebonnet books have a focus on minorities and different cultures. So many of those stories have been largely untold in elementary school books. I wanted SO much to like this book. I mean, a sassy, smart girl who is going to teach cool things about the Asia and/or Korean culture, and it seems like we might learn a bit about the violin, too. This sounded awesome. I was disappointed. I try to rate the books based on what I think my 3rd -5th grad [...]

    26. *** SPOILER ALERT***I don't think I have ever given a book one star before, but I just do not like this one. And yes, I read the entire book. The main problem I have is that it presents itself as realistic fiction for about 95% of the book, but then you have this big giant twist that Chloe and her parents are aliens and the parents have never bothered to tell her. Really???So now you think the book is going to be SciFi (which could maybe make it interesting in a different way), but the only thin [...]

    27. I loved the concept of this book. It asks us to think about what it means to belong, and the assumptions we make about those who are different from us and how being different can feel like being as foreign as an alien. While the concept was fascinating, I was distracted by the lack of character development and poor quality of writing. Also, other than the main character's annoyance with the daily racist microaggressions, there's nothing about this character that elicits care, empathy, or a remot [...]

    28. I can honestly say that this book was different than anything I have read-- and completely unexpected! When I started reading this book I expected an average, coming of age book about a girl struggling with her identity, and then completely out of the blue it took a very strange left turn. I'm not sure what to think of this book, but overall enjoyed it. I can't wait to have some of my students read it and see what they think!!

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