Hurt You

Written by:
Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Narrated by:
Jolene Kim
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Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2023
9 hours 41 minutes
With echoes of Marieke Nijkamp and Jason Reynolds, acclaimed author Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s stunning YA homage to Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men tells the tragic story of a Korean American teen who fights to protect herself and her neurodivergent older brother from a hostile community.

Moving beyond the quasi-fraternal bond of the unforgettable George and Lenny from Of Mice and Men, Hurt You explores the actual sibling bond of Georgia and Leonardo da Vinci Daewoo Kim, who has an unnamed neurological disability that resembles autism. The themes of race, disability, and class spin themselves out in a suburban high school where the Kim family has moved in order to access better services for Leonardo.

Suddenly unmoored from the familiar, including the support of her Aunt Clara, Georgia struggles to find her place in an Asian-majority school where whites still dominate culturally, and she finds herself feeling not Korean “enough.” Her one pole star is her commitment to her brother, a loyalty that finds itself at odds with her immigrant parents’ dreams for her, and an ableist, racist society that may bring violence to Leonardo despite her efforts to keep him safe.

Hurt You is a deep exploration of family, society, and the bond between siblings and reflects the reality that people with intellectual disabilities are far more likely to be the victim of a violent crime, not the perpetrator.
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Ingrid D.

it is a young adult book I believe, but that only became obvious to me about half way through when the story became more and more about teenage things with a somehow unreal view of adulthood.What I found particularly interesting in the story is how everyday racial and discriminate occurrences and their effect on the people involved are interwoven in the story in a way that is more show than tell. I was disappointed in how it ended. I was more interested in the aftermath, the story only gives a glimpse into the horrors that the misrepresentation and the actual trauma must exist for the victims.The narrator was narrating well. To me it wasn't a remarkable narration but the narration didn't irritate me either and that is the most important part.

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Laurie M.

The story was well written and engrossing, but the ending fell short. It was sudden, unexpected,

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