Necessary Roughness by Marie Myung-Ok Lee (Marie G. Lee)

Necessary Roughness

Chan Kim has never felt like an outsider in his life. That is, not until his family moves from L.A. to a tiny town in Minnesota--Land of 10,000 Lakes--and probably 10,000 hicks,too. The Kims are the only Asian family in town, and when Chan and his twin sister, Young, attend high school, it's a blond-haired, blue-eyed whiteout.Chan throws himself into the only game in town--football--and the necessary roughness required to make a player. On the fi...

Details Necessary Roughness

TitleNecessary Roughness
Release DateJan 1st, 1900
GenreYoung Adult, Sports, Fiction, Football, Academic, Read For School

Reviews Necessary Roughness

  • Andrew Sommers
    I liked this book a lot. Well, I loved this book because of the fact that it's about football and my favorite books are usually about, well you guessed it, football. I highly recommend you read it because it covers a broad range of topics such as: Korean; Death; Action; Adventure and Perseverance. Another reason I like this book is the fact that something really bad happened in the Book regarding Chan, the main character. The part I really liked ...
  • Lewis W
    I think that Necessary Roughness is a really good book because it has lots of action in it that makes it interesting the whole book. I rated this 5 stars because the book keeps on get more interesting every chapter and that it leaves me at a cliff hanger after every chapter. The author Marie G.Lee did a good job of put good dialog in the book. Chan is a person who never stops trying and is someone who kind to other. This book was easy to read but...
  • Akilah
    Football, football, football, football. There is a lot of football in this book. Just...a lot. So there's that.I will say, though, that Lee gets the shock of moving from a multi-ethnic big city to a small lily-white town in the Midwest pretty right. I agree with other reviewers that the ending was rushed, but I did like the family stuff and most especially all of the stuff with O-Ma and Mrs. K. Those ladies are the best.
  • Deep_Abyss
    I found Necessary Roughness upon skimming for a book on the school library shelves as a book to read for in the meanwhile while I wait for other books that I really wanted to read came in . And I do not regret it at all. At first glance,the dialogue might seem a little bit gloomy and boring. But if you look closer, you will find the story of a young Asian teenager trying to find their way through and write their own story . Books like these a...
  • Jonathan Rivera
    In Necessary Roughness by Marie G. Lee, Chan, an Asian-American teenager moves from Los Angeles to a small town in Minnesota with his family. Chan is very displeased with this decision. I LA he was a star soccer player for his team. He had a girlfriend (not technically because of parents disapproval) and he was happy where he lived. But when he moved, he happened to be the only Asian at the school, much less the whole town. Chan has to suffer thr...
  • Jake Fulton
    In the book Necessary Roughness by Mary G. Lee, Chan Jung Kim overcomes the difficulties of moving across the country. When he lived in Los Angeles Chan always fit in, but now he was in Iron River, a small town in Minnesota. Everything was different. Instead of soccer, everybody played football, and on top of it all, having a bad relationship with his dad just made everything worse. Both Chan and his twin sister, Young, are having a hard time get...
  • Xgrimsxxlies
    Necessary Roughness by Marie G. Lee is an inspiring book about the life of a young teenage boy named Chan. Chan's family has to move from Los Angeles to an unfamiliar town called Iron River. He and his younger twin sister, Young struggle to get along and fit in with vicious students in their new high school. Chan decideds to make a choice that lets him earn respect from a couple of students, but lose the respect from his disapproving father. Some...
  • Anna
    I am currently reading Necessary Roughness by Marie G. Lee and it this piece is very powerful. You could spend only 10 or 20 minutes on it and you could fall in love with it. It shows how a Korean-American boy named, Chan Kim, who moves a lot and puts no effort in meeting new friends in every other school. However, in RiverWood High School, Chan Kim is accepted and finally finds something he really enjoys: football. Although many of this team mat...
  • Phoebe
    The topic of this book intrigued me -a Korean teen transplanted from California to the Mid-West- because I'm curious about those Asian families that own shops in largely white areas of the country. I always wonder, how do they make it work with all the forces of racism, classism, and cold weather to get in their way? How CAN they make it work? And yet, they seem to.Chan is funny, resilient, and a very typical American teen. I enjoyed spending tim...
  • Rosa Ruiz
    Passion ,intense in a hurry we know what we want.Mastery not ending waiting to find out none words spoken angry issues to be resolved. Many people hurt and cant take the pain yelling at the problem no feelings can be left out. Moving to other countries cant resolve the situation that are happening. Leaving loved ones behind the cry and laughter have to put it in the past not remembering what had happen. So much memories that been made the friends...
  • Xiao Qiang
    A good story about how a Korean family has to adapt to living in a white neighborhood in Minnesota. The protagonist, Chang, has to deal with giving up soccer and trying to assimilate into football, a sport his critical father has said is stupid. In his way is a bunch of high school jocks who feel his presence on the football team is unworthy. Through this turomil, Chang meets ALL-PRO, who eventually falls in love with Chang's twin sister, Young. ...
  • Willie Wilson
    1.I have read so far that the main chareter chan plays soccer.Then him and his family moves to minnesota.So then he wants to play soccer but there is no soccer team.So a football team is in need of a kicker.So he ask his mom(o`ma)can he try out for the team but him ,his mom, and sister are all on 3 differnt levels.His mom says no.His sister say he will die out there because he is small.But instead he tries out so his mom doesnt care no more.So he...
  • Tiffany
    This novel by Marie G. Lee about a boy named Chan Kim who struggles with adjusting to the all-white suburban neighborhood his family just moved to. He has a younger sister who excels academically, and parents who focus' on their education and physical well-being but neglects their emotional well-being.Chan has a really difficult time fitting into their new town, especially since his family is the only Asian one in the entire town, his school does...
  • Luis Diaz
    English IILuis DiazJohn Rossi9/12/0760-105E1 Lee, Marie. Necessary Roughness.LA,Harpercollins, 1996Dear Lee, thank you for writing me asking me about this book. I thought that this book is great. I think that the only thing wrong with this book was that the first fivety pages really didn't have a point. It was a really a flash back and it didn't discribe why it was doing it. Other then that this is a really really great book. It really did go int...
  • Chuk Ho Wu
    Chan, the main character of this story is a Korean kid and is currently living in L.A. He was then moved into Minnesota and thanks to his uncle; Chan’s family lost a bunch of money just arriving there without a home to stay in. This book title Necessary Roughness caught my attention and overall, it was a great book. There were things that I still didn’t like about the book like how the action during the football games weren’t that intense a...
  • Gage Mcnally
    This is about an Asian family who moves from California to Minnesota.Chan Kim is an alien at his high school to the other students.He and his family stand out in the community and Kim has to find a way to fit in.Kim could not relate to the other kids and they looked at him as an outsider.This story reminds me a lot of someone who in the worst circumstances finds something that brings them through a tough time.Kim shows that he is not going to "cu...
  • 2isler_luke
    This was a nice, steady read for me, and I learned plenty of new vocabulary too. I feel sympathetic for Chan, the oldest child of the Kim family, who has to move from Los Angeles, the capital of cultural diversity, to Minnesota, where they are the only family that isn't white. Marie Lee did a great job portraying a teenage Korean boy who has not only to face the regular problems of teenage years, but also the problems of trying to fit in. The bul...
  • Susette
    this was one of those books that i remembered reading when i was in middle school, i bought it in high school, but i haven't read it since that first time. in reading it through again, some of the things were simplistic and some situations i felt were never fully delved into...however for the audience it was intended for (middle to high schoolers), it was actually a quite heavy book. it deals with moving to a new town, racial prejudices, holding ...
  • Lloyd
    I really enjoyed this book because I love to play football and I can connect to the character. This story is about a kid named Chan Kim. He lived in Los Angeles and he was very popular. he then moved to a tiny town in Minnesota and he joined the football team. Most of the people on the team does not like him. His best friend is Mikko. Chan gets jumped in the locker room one day by his teammates. the people that jumped him got kicked off the team ...
  • Christie
    This was a nice, fast read about a Korean family that moved from LA to Minnesota. The main character is a high school junior Chan who has a twin sister Young. Chan is the trouble child that does not live up to his father's expectations. His sister is a straight A student who plays the flue. The book contains the struggles of starting in a new high school, decisions to join the football team, or the band (in young's case), finding new friends and ...
  • Subash Rai
    This book about Chan life what was happen in his life and how it's affect etc.Chan family was move from Korea to LA and LA to Minnesota. He have 5 member in his home,his mom, dad,Tow twin sister. Chan he don't really spoke English and he's don't have friend. Chan start playing game in school and he made friend but he can't play football because he never play before. they practice more and they win the game but they still have to play final. Chan ...
  • Sunny
    i read this book in middle schoolish and i'll never forget the elation i felt as i realized that there was at least one YA novel that was gonna speak to me. korean family uprooted from urban setting (in the novel it's LA and in my life it was phoenix) and dropped down into a superwhite rural town (MN in the book and WA in my life). the larger plot details don't even really matter because that was all i needed. i mean, i know it ends kinda tragica...
  • Gabrielle
    This is a novel about an Asian American teenager named Chan trying to fit in in a typical American high school while dealing with his traditional family. Chan's father wants him to do nothing but study and work at the family store, but Chan has other ideas. Chan wants to play football, because he sees that as a way to fit in at school. He also wants to date girls, even though his father strictly forbids it. This book is appropriate for middle sch...
  • Shirley
    Summary: Chan, a sixteen-year-old Korean America, moves to a small town where he must deal with racism on his football team and a tension filled relationship with his father.Personal Response: I am not a football fan and forced myself to begin reading this book. However, this book grabbed me from the start. It deals with many issues: racism, family relationships, friends, religion and sportsmanship. There are a few unexpected surprises, the bigge...
  • Mr. Sell
    Chan and Young are two Korean-American teenagers who until recently spent their lives in California, but they are suddenly asked to move to an all white rural community in Minnesota. The struggles they face in school and at home drastically increase the stress of teenage life. I recommend this book for anyone who has moved--especially a move to a place completely different from your original home.
  • Allison
    I love this one! I teach it to my seniors and they gobble it up. The only time I've been happy to hear a student curse was when he was in the hall raving about this book. It is the story of a Koren teen moving from diverse Los Angeles to "white and blond" Iron River, Minnesota. Chan takes up football despite his strict father's preaching that the brain is the only important muscle, and some "necessary roughness" ensues.
  • Amber
    A random book I picked off the shelf and I'm glad I did. I don't normally read realistic fiction but this book was fantastic. I absolutely love it! It reeled me in and I couldn't put it down. I ended up going to bed after midnight last night reading it. A book I most definatly suggest to be read.
  • Nancy
    Chan and his family moved to a new town. Chan joins the football team but his realtionship with his father is not great. His father wants him to work in the store. This book is mainly about CHan and his sister, Young fitting in a new school and his family fitting in the new place. Chan makes it on the team but experiences many difficulties and he has to find ways to get out of them.
  • Juan
    This book was about a Korean boy named Chan, who is moves and is alienated by some boys. He then becomes friends with some of the kids from his new school. I would recommend this book. This book was alright, beside from the fact that it didn't really relate to me. I can see this in someway at my school happen at times.