YOO, Paula. Good Enough. 336p. CIP. HarperTeen. Feb. 2008. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-079085-1; PLB $17.89. ISBN 978-0-06-079086-8. LC 2007002985.
Gr 7YOO, Paula. Good Enough. 336p. CIP. HarperTeen. Feb. 2008. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-079085-1; PLB $17.89. ISBN 978-0-06-079086-8. LC 2007002985.
Gr 7 Up--If Patti Yoon's life were like the multiple-choice SAT questions she studies for, it might look like this: During Patti's senior year she decides to a) Make her Korean parents happy and go to HYP (Harvard, Yale, or Princeton), b) Go behind her parents' backs and apply to Juilliard, c) Quit studying and become infatuated with a trumpet player who listens to The Clash, d) Eat Korean food made with Spam (recipes included) and be the PKD (perfect Korean daughter), or e) All of the above. Patti would pick E, but life isn't a multiple-choice test, so she has to decide among these choices while trying not to stand out as an overachiever (standing out is a no-no for a PKD). Yoo will have teens wondering if Patti can ever measure up, and how she will survive the pressure and heartbreak of her senior year. Short chapters, the teen's funny occasional SAT tips, and her top-10 lists make this a good options for reluctant readers.--Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
Source Citation Seglin, Shannon. "Yoo, Paula. Good Enough." School Library Journal Feb. 2008: 130. General Reference Center GOLD. Web. 5 Aug. 2011. ...more
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