This book depicts the thrilling conflicts and growth that occur between friends.
- Book Intro
In 68 Days with Arrogant Jean Louis, an ordinary girl named Oh Yungi gradually gains confidence and improves her position after meeting Jean Louis.
There's a saying that if you want to know what kind of person someone is, look at his/her friends. Who you are friends with is that important; it can affect your whole life. This is true for Oh Yungi. Oh Yungi was an ordinary, quiet girl before meeting Jean Louis. He took a back seat, only did things he was told and thought to herself that he only needed to go half-way in everything. But when Jean Louis transferred to Oh Yungi's class, his peaceful world started to break apart.
It all started on the first day back at school. His childhood friend, Taeju, ran across the crossroad without seeing that the lights had changed and was startled by a running car and fell down. The indifferent response of the curly-haired boy riding in the car made Yungi yell at him, demanding that he apologize to Taeju. He didn't know where that kind of courage came from since he hadn't shouted at anybody in her whole life. After that, his teacher introduced "Jean Louis," a new classmate who had transferred from France. He was the boy in the car that very morning!
Having started off on the wrong foot, the two kept on clashing: in recommending Yungi for the class president, in the cooking class, and so on. For the first time in Yungi's life, he shouted out loud and got in a fist fight, all thanks to Jean Louis. Jean started to get on his nerves because he was changing him. Then, Yungi learned that Jean was also having a hard time because of his overprotective mother. He started to feel a strange sense of kinship with him and to accept that he was quite an okay boy, much better than he had thought. He plucked up the courage and gave him his hand, although it was a little clumsy.
The author, Hwang Sunmi, by using concise but powerful sentences and detailed psychological portrayals, describes how great effects friends have on each other, even though it may seem trivial, and how much a person grows after solving a problem and moving on to a better relationship.
- About the Author
(English) Hwang Sun-mi was born in Hongseong in South Chungcheong Province and studied creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts as well as the Graduate School of Chung-Ang University. She is known for writing children's stories marked by a profound critical awareness and meticulous psychological descriptions which are characterized by a concise yet evocative writing style. She was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2012 and named "Author of the Day" at the London International Book Fair in 2014. She also received the Korean Culture and Arts Award in 2017 and a Service Merit Medal from the Korean government in 2023. Some of her most notable books include The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, The Foolish Letter, A Silver Net Into the Sea, A Magical Gift, Eunseo, Don't Be Afraid!, Blue Eyes Inside a Truck, Necklace Key, The Shining Shadow, and The Bad Boy Stickers. She plans to keep writing works that help show the beauty of walking one’s own path in life.
Shin Jisu (F) majored in Western Painting at university and did her master's degree in illustration. While working as a freelancer, she usually draws illustrations for picture books and comics. She has published the comic books 3 Grams and Street Painter, and illustrated for the children's books Hey Mister, Are You a Real Lawyer?; and Mong Mong, the Dog that Reads Books.
Korean School Librarian Association, 2018, Recommended book
Bookseed, 2018, Recommend book for Elementary School Students
National Library for Children & Young Adults, 2017, Recommended book
Reading Cheongju, 2017, Nominee for Reading Cheongju Promotion
Suseong Culture Foundation, 2017, Suseong Humanities Festival
Busan Foster Care Support Center, Book for Childcare