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Good Enough by Paula Yoo
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Dec 03, 2008

really liked it
Read in November, 2008

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 position of assistant concertmaster) and otherwise perfect record of overacheivement, it causes a chain of events that leads Patti to question the direction her life is taking. Is it more important to be good enough for you parents, or good enough for yourself?

I had quite a few chuckles over this book. There's many a list regarding "How to Keep Your Korean Parents Happy," a cast of goofy characters, a treatise on double-fold eyelids, and even a few Korean recipes that use Spam. It's just the kind of book that I imagine Lane Kim from The Gilmore Girls would write.
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