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In Stitches

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,033 Ratings  ·  183 Reviews
Scrubs meets David Sedaris in this hilarious fish-out-of-water memoir about a young Korean-American nerd turned renowned plastic surgeon.

Dr. Tony Youn grew up one of two Asian-American kids in a small town where diversity was uncommon. Too tall and too thin, he wore thick Coke-bottle glasses, braces, Hannibal Lecter headgear, and had a protruding jaw that one day began to
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Gallery Books
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Smithbmd Smith
Mar 25, 2011 Smithbmd Smith rated it it was amazing
Fantastic!!! One of the only books that I've ever read that captures both the humor and heart of medicine. This is also much more than a book about med school. It's a hilarious journey from nerdy outsider to celebrity plastic surgeon with interesting cultural perspectives (the author is Korean American and grew up in rural Michigan with a "Tiger Father".) If you want a "typical" med school book, well this is not it! Ranks up there with classics like House of God. Highly recommended.
Jul 28, 2011 Vy rated it it was ok
In this memoir, Dr. Youn takes us from his childhood, growing up as the son of an OB/GYN and a member of the only Asian family in a small Michigan town, to his decision to become a plastic surgeon. The narrative ends on Match Day, when we learn where he'll go do his residency.

There are parts of this story that are memorable. His portrayal of his childhood--as a nerdy, ethnically self-conscious boy trying to fit in while juggling his parents' expectations--is both funny and touching. He shares an
Tim Chamberlain
May 23, 2012 Tim Chamberlain rated it really liked it
A funny and touching memoir that puts doctors in a new light.

In a story that opens up the world of the med school student, Anthony Youn also delivers the story of his personal journey in ways that are both heartfelt and hilarious.

In Stitches is the story of Youn (also known as Tony) and how he became a successful plastic surgeon. He is driven by his strict, over-achieving Korean father to become a doctor, and not just any doctor--Tony should become a surgeon. His father’s belittling of other med
May 05, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, asia, advice, medical
I love funny and heart-warming memoirs, and this one is one of, if not the best. I'm glad I didn't know Dr. Tony Youn is so well-known, otherwise I would have missed out on this little gem of a book, due to the fact that I usually avoid books written by Hollywood celebrities and the like.

Youn, a Korean American raised by very old-fashioned and stern Asian parents, recounted his childhood experiences up to and included his 4 years of medical school. His father, an OB/gynecologist, decided that To
Jan 29, 2016 CarolineFromConcord rated it really liked it
This is the memoir of a young plastic surgeon that people may know from the Rachael Ray Show. A friend said she loved the book, so although a medical memoir written with a ghost writer is not the sort of thing I would have picked up on my own, I decided to try it. Very interesting.

The doctor in question has a self-deprecating sense of humor, faces some big challenges, and demonstrates a level of kindness that you hope for in any doctor.

Anthony Youn grew up grew up in a tiny Michigan town, where
Jun 21, 2015 Sophia rated it liked it
Shelves: health-med
i'm torn about this book. it's very easy and fun to read, but at least half of this book is dedicated to the author's teenage years of horniness, desperation to get laid, and his frankly sexist attitude and constant objectification of women. i understand that it's a memoir and not a medical book, but i enjoyed it the most when he wrote about his medical experiences. another issue i had with the book is that it just feels like it was written for a young white male audience. besides the obsession ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Kara rated it it was ok
The vast majority of this book is awful. It's less about Youn becoming a doctor and more about him desperately chasing women.

I thought that because we're both Asian, because I currently live in Michigan, and because I work in healthcare, this book would be right up my alley. It was not. Youn, for most of the book, is just an unlikeable guy. I know this is kind of his coming of age story: he makes mistakes, he learns from them, he grows up. But he's kind of an immature brat. Another reviewer des
Apr 27, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
In this introspective and witty memoir, Anthony Youn, a young Korean doctor, shares the passage of his life from early childhood and adolescence to his frantic foray through medical school, culminating in his residency in plastic surgery. Though Anthony is a smart youngster and a dedicated student, he’s not very popular with his classmates during his formative years. Adding to this problem is the unending pressure from his father, a Korean immigrant who has become a successful obstetrician. Afte ...more
Alyce (At Home With Books)
May 10, 2012 Alyce (At Home With Books) rated it really liked it
In Stitches is a great book to read if you have ever wondered what life is like in medical school. Anthony Youn takes the reader on a quick tour of his childhood years and then delves into the study-filled days and nights of life as a medical student.

During those years of college, his obsessions seemed to be split equally between his studies and his desire to find a girl who would stick around long enough for a second date (or even make it to the end of the first one). His self-deprecating humor
Scott Foshee
Pleasantly Readable, but Disappointing

“In Stitches” by Anthony Youn, M.D. is a lightweight, readable and occasionally funny memoir about growing up Asian in a small Michigan town, going to medical school, and becoming a plastic surgeon. He is awkward in high school to say the least, and has to undergo brutal plastic surgery on his jaw as a child to correct its abnormal growth. His parents are Korean and his doctor father pushes and pushes (and pushes) Youn to become a surgeon. Youn’s self-deprec
Mary (BookHounds)
May 16, 2011 Mary (BookHounds) rated it it was amazing
I have read several books about students and their path to becoming a doctor, but the one Anthony Youn wrote about his path is by far the best of the bunch. I read this is one night and didn't want the stories to end! I am now demanding a sequel about his stories, both heartwarming and humorous in his next journey of being a plastic surgeon. I had no idea he was on so many television programs, but now that I know his name and looked at a few You Tube videos, I am going to start checking out this ...more
Leon Keylin
Sep 23, 2011 Leon Keylin rated it really liked it
This one is about a (now) famous plastic surgeon. [...]

The book is about Anthony Youn, a Korean American who was brought up by a very conservative (read: typical Korean) household. The expectations, because his father was a GYN, were set high for the Youn's siblings and he writes about how it was not just growing up in a Korean family but also about growing up in America as an Asian.

While I share many of his trials, the appeal to me was more about his tribulations on dating. Or lack thereof. T
Julian Maldonado
Jan 22, 2015 Julian Maldonado rated it it was amazing
"In Stitches", a book about plastic surgery and identity definitely changed my perspective on self-image. Originally, I though plastic surgery was for wealthy people who wanted to be more attractive. After reading the book, I now know that plastic surgery helps people with serious confidence and self esteem problems, as well as people with physical deformities that hurt them. This reason, among others, is why I really loved this book. In summary, the main character is a first generation immigran ...more
Apr 21, 2011 Brendie rated it it was amazing
A great book! Dr. Youn is so honest about his journey through college and med school; you really feel the struggles and cheer for the milestones reached that lead you to the final day when he becomes a doctor. It is also a funny and easy read. Even though I'm not a doctor; I'm glad to know that graduate students, no matter what field, at some point live through all nighters on Mountain Dew and Snickers.
Sharyl Sicoli
Jun 14, 2012 Sharyl Sicoli rated it really liked it

Didn't really enjoy the book until chapter six..... And then I started to remember all the stories of my husband and his journey through medical school.....the author truly captures what a wild ride it is.....and the patients and doctors you never forget.... No matter how tired you are......
Sandy Jones
Mar 27, 2011 Sandy Jones rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! I laughed and cried. This is not at all the book I expected to be written by a plastic surgeon. It is humble, funny, and touching. I was up at 3 am laughing so hard my husband woke up and asked me what was going on. A must read from a first time author! Tony Youn is like David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, and Scrubs all in one. You will not regret reading this one.
Jenee Rager
Feb 05, 2012 Jenee Rager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It's hard to be entertaining and informative but Anthony Youn does. I had no prior knowledge of his career, or even him until I picked up this book, but I found myself loving it. I have a child who wants to go to medical school when she grows up so this book kind of gave me an idea of what she would have to prepare for, both good and bad. All in all a good story I'm glad I read.
This was so funny! I didn't expect it to be, but I really enjoyed it. Read it for my reading group: From Left to Write. It's the memoir of Tony Youn-about his years growing up as the only Asian in his small Michigan town, to his years in Med School. I learned some things about Med School, too. Tony's voice is fresh and hilarious. A good read!
Stacey Crossman
Jul 06, 2016 Stacey Crossman rated it it was amazing
Hilariously raw book about life growing up through becoming a well respected surgeon. His stories take you back to the pressures of being a kid and growing up not knowing what you were "suppose" to but what you had to do. One of my favorite books I've ever read.
Jul 29, 2011 Irwin marked it as to-read
I just won this book free as a goodreads giveaway! I am waiting to read it. Thanks.
Judith K. Anderson

This book made me laugh out loud and cry so hard! It was wonderful. Way to go , Tony. Perfect.
Jun 21, 2011 Erino rated it it was ok
I enjoyed learning about medical school life but did not find this book to be well written. The attempts at humor and sarcasm were often too forced-sounding.
Jul 17, 2011 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir, humor
Absolutely hysterical! Many, many laugh out loud moments. And yet, some very emotionally charged experiences that are anything but funny. You just can't help pulling for Dr. Youn!!
Apr 25, 2011 Eve rated it liked it
I'm sure Anthony Youn could tell many riveting, funny stories about being a plastic surgeon, but what gems he has about the road to becoming one!

Obviously, a success beyond even what his father dreamt for him - with a thriving practice and multiple appearances on television and now a book - how Youn got to where he is today is loaded with anecdotes. In Stitches moved fast through Youn's childhood, college, and med school days, with two continuous themes: his path to surgery (set for him by his
May 10, 2011 Ti rated it liked it
Shelves: books-sent-to-me
The Short of It:

Funny, entertaining and even touching at times, In Stitches is proof that you can still have a sense of humor while completing medical school.

The Rest of It:

Memoirs are not my thing, but I had aspirations when I was young and yes, those aspirations had to do with me becoming a doctor. Anyone who knows me in real life knows how obsessed I am with the medical field. I mean, when you have some strange, undiagnosed illness that everyone calls “Lupus” you tend to do a little reasearch
Oct 10, 2011 Josephine rated it really liked it
October 11, 2011
In Stitches
Filed under: Asian, Books — Josephine Li @ 9:29 pm Edit This

Right in the front flap of Tony Youn’s “In Stitches” reads: “Scrubs meets David Sedaris in this laugh-out-loud funny memoir for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.”

This wasn’t Scrubs meets David Sedaris.

This was about a Korean-American who couldn’t get laid all throughout high school and undergrad.

Okay, okay…it’s not really about that, but there’s a lot about how Youn couldn’t get a date — nevermind get
Jan 05, 2012 Adil rated it really liked it
I actually bought In Stitches as a gift for my brother, who is studying pre-med, but I couldn't resist reading through it first - shhhhh! Anthony Youn's memoir is so much more than just a story about medical school: it's his recollection of growing up as the son of Korean immigrants in a typical American town and learning to accept himself along the way.

Youn's career in medicine begins with his tough-loving father, who steers him along with a strict hand and promises of "fifteen minutes, one tho
May 25, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok
Scrubs meets David Sedaris? That's a bit of a stretch. Sure, Dr. Youn doesn't shy away from making fun of himself, but how much of it is self-aware writing, a young doctor distancing himself from the awkward kid he used to be, and how much is just embarrassing tales of the socially inept. Are we cringing with him, or at him?

The book spends way, way too much time talking about Tony's quest to pull a girl. Apparently pick-up lines are ineffective but basically the only method he considered -- asid
Jun 26, 2011 Wallace rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wallace by: given to me by publicist
Type: {Beach Read: fluffy, mindless, or easy to read.}
Rating: {I’m Lovin’ It: Very entertaining!}

Why You’re Reading It:

- You’re in the mood to laugh.
- You’re a geek (or at least a secret one).
- You’re interested in what the journey to becoming a doctor is like.
- You’ve seen Dr. Youn on TV and you’re already a fan.

What I Thought:

Funny, funny, funny. I really got a kick out of this book and looked forward to reading it each time I picked it up. It was a quick, easy, humorous read. I enjoy Dr. You
Paul Pessolano
Apr 07, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
This book should definately be on the reading list of anyone looking to becomes a Doctor, anyone who is studying to be a Doctor, and those who are Doctors. It is the story of Tony Youn growing up in a traditional Korean family and his life changing tranistion from a nerd to a well-respected Plasti Surgeon.

Youn's father was a doctor and tried to influence his son's choice of professions. In his words, when Tony jokingly tells his father he wants to be a family physician says, "How you gonna pay y
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I am a plastic surgeon and anti-aging expert. I'm the author of "The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How To Really Look Ten Years Younger" and "In Stitches: A Memoir." I also write for, Huffington, and
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