I had a little trouble following this graphic novel, especially at the beginning, since it jumped around a lot. But I persevered, and was happy that I did. It's a really good tale of a kid growing up different (and struggling with the desire to fit in, even though he's never really going to be able to). This book won the Printz award and was also nominated for a 2006 National Book Award for excellence in young people's literature.
To read more about it, check Amazon (which lists publisher reviews as well as reviews from people who've read it): http://www.amazon.com/American-Born-Chinese-Gene-Luen/dp/1596431520