Sagwa has her finger on the quickening pulse of modern youth as she portrays a town where everyone is preoccupied with bigger, grander vistas and what they need to become—and who they need to trample—to get there. Filled with a dizzying, psyche-breaking anxiety, b, Book, and Me is a fever dream of how an entire generation is struggling under the debilitating grasp of capitalism and the illusion of social mobility. Truly haunting.— Luis
Best friends b and Rang are all each other have. Their parents are absent, their teachers avert their eyes when they walk by. Everyone else in town acts like they live in Seoul even though it's painfully obvious they don't. When Rang begins to be bullied horribly by the boys in baseball hats, b fends them off. But one day Rang unintentionally tells the whole class about b's dying sister and how her family is poor, and each of them finds herself desperately alone. The only place they can reclaim themselves, and perhaps each other, is beyond the part of town where lunatics live--the End.
In a piercing, heartbreaking, and astonishingly honest voice, Kim Sagwa's b, Book, and Me walks the precipice between youth and adulthood, reminding us how perilous the edge can be.