Misook's Year is a book about the growth of Jang Misook, who was born in the '80s and was always teased at school because of her name.
- Book Intro
The main character of Misook's Year, Misook, represents the hearts and daily life of us, who have gone through the tough days as an adolescent. Misook spends her adolescence exposed to various forms of violence in everyday life. Her father does not want a daughter, yet favors a son, and often gets in a fight with his wife. One day, he throws the book Non-possession to Misook and she gets a scar on cheeks. Her sister, who has been defiant recently, is too strange and Misook is always teased with the nickname "premature baby" (Misook-a sounds like this in Korea) by her friends.
Misook, however, shrugs it all off. She doesn't want to be like everyone else. She doesn't want to hurt anyone. Misook, the delicate observer, watches her sister habitually pinch her thighs whenever she is anxious or afraid, understands her mother's anguish, and embraces the dog, Jeolmi, that her father abandoned. The reader soon realizes that this immature teen, often teased as a "premature baby," is actually more mature and stronger than anyone.
The teenage years are a special time to dream of the wider world. The book Misook's Year presents the growth of Misook and her classmate Jaei, unfolding the process of them becoming adults through stinging growing pains. The wild and straightforward transfer student, Jaei, approaches Misook, who has recently become a middle school student. Misook approaches to Jaei carefully. Jaei is the only person who becomes friends with Misook when she feels left out of the world. Misook and Jaei take a step outside of this world for the first time by watching a movie in a theater, riding the subway, and dyeing their hair. Was it friendship or maybe love? These two emotions, which are difficult to define, sometimes brings warmth and sometimes danger. Misook, suffered from unexpected wounds, boldly breaks up with Jaei.
- About the Author
Jung Won (M) is a illustrator but also writes sometimes. Comic books illustrated by Jeong include Norwegian Mackerel, Three Point and Few Kilograms, and the comic series Unfaithful Audience on the webtoon platform Comico. He has also illustrated a youth novel, Corn Hit-And-Run. Misook's Year is his first full-length comic book.