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In Stitches

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  860 ratings  ·  171 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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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
Smithbmd Smith
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.
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
Tim Chamberlain
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
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
Julian Maldonado
"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
Alyce (At Home With Books)
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
Mary (BookHounds)
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
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
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
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.
Jenee Rager
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.
Sandy Jones
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.
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!
Sharyl Sicoli

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......
Kaitlin M.
In Stitches is a memoir about Anthony Youn and his journey to become a doctor. When he was young, Anthony was told by his father he was going to be a doctor, and didn't really have any other choice. Anthony was a the nerdy kid at school, the one with the big glasses, the braces, and in his case a jaw that grew to a monstrous size. At the end of his senior year of high school, Anthony was forced to get his jaw operated on while other kids his age were taking trips around the world, and going to t ...more
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!!
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.
Anetra Parks
I enjoyed this book. It's been my "light reading" while studying for the bar exam. It is easy to read and provides some insights on medical school. I had no idea really what doctors went through to become doctors. There are one or two parts of this book that were really difficult to read, in that the situation he was describing was just so horrific. I'd recommend this book for anyone interested in the medical profession and also what it's like to grow up in a non-traditional family setting (his ...more
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.
I *never* abandon books, but I couldn't take this one for another second -- Anthony Youn is every dude on the internet who's like, "why won't girls sleep with me when I want them to ugh they are all so mean and shallow." But it goes on FOREVER. (And, side nitpick: if you spoke Korean at home, then why is all your dad's dialogue represented in bad English?)

And then I read the fine print in his bio and saw that he's on that TV show The Doctors, which should have stopped me from picking it up in th
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
Ever wonder why your doctor became... well, a doctor? This is a memoir of Tony Youn, MD and how and why he became a doctor of plastic surgery. He starts the memoir at 2 days old where his father, a "baby doctor" declares that he will become a doctor as well. Even though his mother admonishes him to at least wait until the second week of life to declare his son's profession, she knows that his father will not be denied. So, Tony grows up with the knowledge that he will be a doctor no matter what ...more
Dr. Anthony Youn takes us from midwestern Korean-American nerd to famous plastic surgeon with wit and intelligence. Beginning at the beginning, Youn describes his life as one of only 5 minorities in his hometown, all of whom belong to his family. His ob-gyn father informs both Youn and his brother that they will become doctors, in fact he even lets them know at birth.

With an enormous burden of parental satisfaction at stake, Youn excels academically, yet his ever expanding jawline and inability
Paul Pessolano
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
Brooke Bove
This memoir of a young Korean man's journey through medical school is clever, witty and fun. In it, Dr. Youn tells the story of how he knew his whole life that he was going to be a doctor - because his dad told him so. But Dr. Youn describes how he made the experience his own, how he really wanted it for himself too. And he describes exactly how and why he chose to specialize in plastic surgery. It begins with his first day of med school, with some childhood flashbacks, and ends when he finishes ...more
A funny book about how Dr. Youn became the doctor he is today. I don't know who he is because I don't watch much daytime TV, FoxNews or read the magazines he's in - okay, I read RADAR. I was drawn to the book for it's cover and after reading a few pages, I was hooked. The author and their co-writer add a lot of humor and the way the book is divided makes it very accessible (Pre-Med [which cover his childhood up to his college years], and then each year of med school gets its own section).

This b
Jul 05, 2011 Wallace rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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I am a plastic surgeon, Rachael Ray Show regular, and author of IN STITCHES, a humorous memoir about growing up Asian American and becoming a doctor. I also write for and various other websites.
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