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Good Enough

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How to make your Korean parents happy:

1. Get a perfect score on the SATs.
2. Get into HarvardYalePrinceton.
3. Don't talk to boys.*

Patti's parents expect nothing less than the best from their Korean-American daughter. Everything she does affects her chances of getting into an Ivy League school. So winning assistant concertmaster in her All-State violin competition and earnin

Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published (first published February 1st 2008)
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A. S.
Apr 23, 2014 A. S. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As an Asian-American, I'm always on the lookout for books either written by Asian-Americans, or featuring Asian-Americans as protagonists--or better still, fulfilling both categories. I picked up Good Enough by Paula Yoo because it fulfilled both categories, and was in the YA genre. For some reason publishers think Asian teens don't exist, but somehow emerge as fully-formed adults. Amy Tan, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jhumpa Lahiri--these are all critically acclaimed Asian authors who are known for wr ...more
Brooke Shirts
Dec 03, 2008 Brooke Shirts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute, funny book with a touch of poignancy -- this is the book to give to Lisa Yee fans who are going to high school.

Patti Yoon is under a lot of pressure: her Korean-American parents want her to excel in everything, and that means getting into All-State Orchestra, socring a 2300 on the SATs, and getting into what they refer to as "HARVARDYALEPRINCETON." But when her first gander at handsome Ben -- aka Cute Trumpet Guy -- causes her to blow her All-State audition (egads, she's relegated to the
Feb 25, 2011 Amy added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: seniors in high school
My friend Sara said that after watching the last episode of the final season of Hannah Montana, she just wanted to sit there and cry.
That is how I felt after reading this book.
Bitter-sweet. Half happy half sad. And it has nothing to do with the actual ending, or if I liked the characters or not, and everything to do with the fact that I'm a senior and I'm about to graduate and I completely understood every single word about the stupid SATs (or in my case, ACTs) and getting into all the right c
Feb 27, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't begin to list why I love this book.

The racial inequities, the complete lack of cliches throughout the whole novel, the absolute reality of high school, and the brilliance of how as a musician, it really shines through.

I love this book. I'd shove it in everyone's face if I could - everyone who'd GET it, you know?

Oh my gosh. Book starts off with music.

I AM a violist - and I DO get the viola jokes. Made me laugh. And I GET the Top 10 Reasons For Bad Auditions - WHY? Because it's happened
Feb 28, 2012 Geetika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book started out really great. The fact that this book is about the "typical Asian parents" wanting their daughter to be perfect was really intriguing. Towards the middle, I started to think that I knew what was going to happen, but suddenly the book started taking many interesting twists and turns. I couldn't put the book down once I had reached the middle because it had gotten so tempting to turn the page to see what happens next. I also liked that it was really quick to read even though ...more
Taehoo Kim
Oct 06, 2015 Taehoo Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 12, 2014 Yaralora1608 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book “Good Enough” talks about the life of a teenager named Patti Yoon. She is a Korean-American girl. She lives with her parents and was raised with the Korean culture. She and her parents have a strong idea about being perfect in everything, which is what good enough means. The book shows us too about American culture and how difficult it was for Patti to be part of it. I liked this book because we can learn many things about the Korean and American cultures. Furthermore I identified with ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Sunita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The book "Good Enough" is about teenaged student named Patti. She is Korean-American, and she trying to get into college. Her parents had great expectations of her that she will get high score on SATS and will get admission into Harvard or Princeton University. This book is about expectation from her parents that she is good enough to do it. While I was reading, I learned a lot of things about what you really like and what you parents expect from you. Therefore you need to
Sophie Herondale
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This spoke to me SO much, both as a musician and as someone remembering what it was like applying to colleges, as well as someone who is dating a Korean and has many asian friends in general. This was perfect. I wouldn't change a thing. In many ways it reminds me of Daria Snadowsky's Anatomy of a Boyfriend in that I wish I could have read this my senior year because it would have been PERFECT for me (although I didn't know many asians then - we had like two Chinese families in my school and that ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need the ability to half star things:) I would go 3.5 stars

I thought that this was a great book. Especially for those high school kids that feel the pressure not only of the need to succeed but to be able to please the parents as well.
(Excerpt from book)
How to make your Korean parents happy:
1. Get a perfect score on the SATs.
2. Get into HarvardYalePrinceton.
3. Don't talk to boys.*

This is the fictional story of Patti Yoon a first generation Korean American girl. Patti's parents expect nothing l
Regan Nonnayobuzinezz
I did not care for this book very much, as you can tell from my rating. The only reason I bothered to do a review on it at all was because I neede to give warning... and a bit of credit. Yes, there were parts I liked.

I didn't like:
~The not-main characters
~The mood
~The book in general (no offense)

I liked:
~The main character (sometimes, simply because i can relate)

That's it.

I wanted to like this book. I really, really did. I even read it twice, I wantedto like it so much. But the ends just di
Mary Hoch
Patti’s life as a high-school senior is comprised of playing the violin, studying for the SAT’s, meeting a cute new guy at school, and trying to live up to the expectations of her Korean parents, who want, more than anything, for her to go to an Ivy League college. She has a passion for music, but knows her parents feel that life as a musician in unstable. In this story, Patti deals with trying to fit in, while still holding on to her Korean culture. She also faces the difficulties of trying to ...more
"HarvardYalePrinceton". That is the goal of Patti Yoon, the protagonist of Paula Yoo's novel "Good Enough". Or at least it's the goal of her parents, and therefore her goal as the "Perfect Korean Daughter". But as she begins her senior year in high school, Patti falls for cute trumpet player Ben, and begins to re-evaluate her life. In the end Patti does not get the boy, but she learns an important lesson about being herself and making herself happy. I couldn't put this book down. Not only does i ...more
Summary: Patti Yoon is the daughter of two Korean parents who strive for her to be the best she can be. In a world of concerts, SAT prep classes, Korean Church, and all AP classes, Patti is expected to get into “HARVARDYALEPRINCETON”. Patti is struggling during her senior year of high school. She is in love, wants to possibly go to Julliard, and just wants to be happy. She has to lie, sneak out, and make mistakes in order to discover what it takes to make her truly happy. She has to find a way t ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Tegan rated it it was amazing
I can't remember where I found out about Good Enough but it's been on my 'to read' list for ages. I started it today to take a break from all the heavy reading I've been doing.

I devoured this book.

I loved this book.

It's just great young-adult-slash-teen fiction. Yoo really captured the mindset and the worries of a young, insecure geek brilliantly. There were a lot of situations in the book I could relate personally to. The love interest and the romance, though important to the plot, aren't overp
Nov 27, 2008 nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In many ways, this is a typical book about parental pressure for overachievement and academic excellence. Patti Yoon plays the violin, takes 7 AP courses, and lives her life to please her Korean immigrant parents and earn admission into HarvardYalePrinceton (one word, always yelped in this order).

However, Yoo's style of writing ensures that it never comes off as hackneyed (who knew those SAT words would come in handy?). I enjoyed the lists, tips, disclaimers and recipes, but I was most impresse
Oct 13, 2011 Crista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patti is a young Korean American teen who is struggling with the need to please her parents and the desire to do what she loves. This is a great coming of age story that is filled with humor, romance, school pressures and parental challenges which allows every high school senior the ability to relate to her. Although relatively easy to read, this published by Harper Teen book is definitely geared to the high school audience. I think the pressure and angst that she suffers would be lost on a midd ...more
Sep 07, 2015 PLENG RIS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 18, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful and authentic (though the writing maybe slipped some near the end, as if the author was unsure how to bring the story to a close). This story will feel familiar to anyone who competed in high school music contests or knows the process of competitive college applications. It also read like a modern-day version of my beloved 50s/60s YA books, so many of which deal with girls who have problems with loving parents and aren't really sure what to do after high school.

This book will make you
Erin Kim
May 11, 2016 Erin Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
**I read this book for a class
I had the opportunity to read a novel by Paula Yoo called “Good Enough” that highlights the normal struggles of a high school student that is paired with the pressures that come from a Korean Family. It is told in the first person, almost as we are looking into a diary written by 17-year-old Patti Yoon. She addresses many different topics that many Asian Americans face such as the emphasis her parents put on education, and their aversion to boys. She also fits the s
Dee Price
Oct 11, 2015 Dee Price rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patti Yoon is a Korean American teen who is under a lot of pressure from her parents and herself to be the perfect Korean daughter. She has to score at least a 2300 on her SAT's, maintain all A's in her 7 AP classes, be the valedictorian, maintain her position as concertmaster for the all-state orchestra, and be accepted into HARVARDYALEPRINCETON.

Patti seems to have everything under control until an encouter with "cute trumpet guy" at the all-state orchestra audition throws her off of her game.
Aug 13, 2015 Isabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book, really. I mean, it does sound pretty clichéd, the braniac Asian-American girl, but if you look past that I think it's a book for most highschool seniors. I'm not Korean or even Asian in any way, but that doesn't mean I can't relate to the pressure Patti feels.

With that, I think this book would help lots of highschoolers realize that they don't have to slave away to make other people happy, even if those other people are their parents. It's a really good message, to do
Harker US Library
Apr 07, 2015 Harker US Library rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High school students can relate to Patti Yoon, a high school senior juggling six AP classes, SAT boot camp, and college applications. At her Korean church youth group, overachieving is the norm and everyone has their own unique "hook" into the Ivy Leagues: Lisa Kang is a nationally ranked fencer; Isaac Rhee is the captain of the academic decathlon team at his high school; Sally Kim is a Siemens Competition winner. Patti's "hook" into college is her violin. As a B-tier violin prodigy, she is the ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Pablo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Good Enough by Paulo Yoo, is about a young Korean girl called Patti, who studies very hard to get into the Ive league colleges in the U.S. She is very talented playing the violin. It is something that she enjoys every time she has to play. She would like to study it as a career, but music is too risky for her parents. Her parents are very strict with her. They are always pushing her to be the number one in everything she does.
I learned that parents always want the best for their childr
Chouaib Esskalli
Good Enough’s Paula Yoo’s debut novel, it talks about Patti, a Korean-American girl struggling to balance appeasing her Korean parents’ wishes and fitting in. Patti’s story apart is she has to balance American sensibilities with the expectations of her traditional Korean parents. It’s senior year and Patti is about to find out what is really good enough for her. She got a lot of pressure from her parents to go into college. Patti is a good violinist and ordered her to study rather than play musi ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Jindan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading "Good Enough"in my third semester, and I thought this book was good enough for me to understand some significant things. The book was about the main characters Patti and her parents holding different standards about success and happiness. Patti's parents had high expectation of their daughter and pushed her to do the best in order to make her have a successful and safe life in the future. In contrast, Patti thought it was wrong and it just brought her stress, and made her unha ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Nourhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Good Enough” is a book about a Korean-American girl, Patti Yoo. She is 18 years old, she is a violinist and assistant concertmaster in All- state Orchestra. She is a good student, she always studies hard, and her parents push her to do more to get a perfect score on the SAT test. Her parents want her to apply for Harvard, Yale and Princeton university, but she wants to study music and applied for Juilliard school. She always wants her parents to be happy, but her parents sometimes restricted he ...more
If you want a sweet and simple book to read, than Good Enough is the choice for you. It's about a girl name Patti Yoon, a violinist, who has been in the All-State Orchestra all four years of high school, while still trying to meet her Korean parents standards and make it into an Ivy League college. This book is one of those books that you can relate to, that you could possible when you are going to be or have already been a senior, this is going to or already happened. I can especially relate to ...more
I love this book (which is probably why I've read it four times) I liked how, though Patti had a lot of pressure from her parents, and tried to blame them for all of it, a lot of the pressure to succeed came from herself. It's easy enough to say that this isn't realistic- and sure, maybe a IRL book would have more of the MC's best friend. But it actually happens- just read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother to prove it. I also relate a lot to Patty. Sure, my parents don't put pressure on me to do w ...more
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Paula Yoo is an acclaimed children’s book author and novelist, TV drama screenwriter, and musician. Paula’s TV writing credits include NBC’s The West Wing, FOX’s Tru Calling, The N (Paramount/MTV cable network)’s Beyond the Break, The CW’s Hidden Palms, and LIFETIME’s Side Order of Life.

She graduated with a B.A. cum laude in English from Yale University, an M.S. in
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