Messy Roots is a masterpiece of memoir storytelling, with delightful depictions of family, the heartbreaking truths and difficult journeys of adolescence, the messiness of identity and of self-exploration, and even hilarious meme references strewn throughout, making this a pleasure to read from start to finish. My heart both ached and rejoiced the whole way through! Gao’s memoir spans exploration of identity in its many forms and the beauty of one’s heritage, but also grounded things in the present by interspersing truths on the horror that Asian Americans during the racism that clouded the covid pandemic.
I'm in love with Laura Gao's storytelling, who’s writing and artwork positively bursts with personality. I can't wait for everyone, young adults and adults alike, to devour this beautiful work like I did.
(Graphic Novel, Ages 14+) - Reviewed by Iz