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Good Enough

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,735 ratings  ·  298 reviews
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
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Harper Teen (first published February 1st 2008)
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A. S.
Apr 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
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 rated it really liked it
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 added it
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
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This book sparked my inner musician in so many ways. The book starts off with a viola joke--something that made me laugh hysterically, because, as a violinist, I am one of the many cruel people in this world who love to beat up viola players, a revenge for the fact that viola players don't have to work as hard to climb the ladder into a higher orchestra.

Patti Yoon is a Korean-American violin prodigy who is pressured by her parents to get into HARVARDYALEPRINCETON. However, when she meets a cute
Diana Santoso
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Like I said over & over, I don't read many YAs but I had to read this one because it has Korean background. Liked it so much! The story is told beautifully, the problems are real and not shallow. Quality read!
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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I can't remember if I read this at the end of middle school or the beginning of high school. Even though I read this centuries ago, I see a lot of the details so clearly.

I remember,
- the demotion to second chair

- the ( with hindsight ) rather frivolous love interest

- the pressure from her Korean parents, to get into Harvard, Yale, or Princeton and play an instrument and do everything possible to get a good education so that she doesn't have to suffer the way her parents did

- the sense of belong
Megan Breon
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. The ending was amazing and i wish it didn't end right there and i wish she continued it. I also liked that she ended it on a cliff hanger. But other than that i liked it.
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mary Hoch
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"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
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Regan Nonnayobuzinezz
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
Review Of Good Enough
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
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sophie Herondale
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Marissa Albold
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because, it is about a good girl that plays Violin, and she is very confident in getting into a good college and, starting a life on new soil. But when it comes to auditioning for a symphonic orchestra she gets detracted by a boy, and this boy is a trumpet player. Then she meets this boy and they start to hang out and eventually start a band together.

I would recommend this book to people who like a good music book, that has people trying to concur their dreams, and peopl
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it really seems like it could be real. I got a sense of what the asian american culture is like. I'm just glad that I don't get that much pressure from my parents. It's not exactly what I expected but that just made it all the more real to me.
Christina Farley
May 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! I loved Yoo's humor and how she was able to give a snapshot of Korean-American culture. I laughed so hard at her spam jokes- yes, people do sell lovely packages of spam to give to love ones at holidays in Korea!
Warm, funny and real, this book has everything a good teen novel should - including a violin, the Ivy League and many, many cans of Spam :D
Tim Phan-Nguyen
Feb 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Just another book about a self-hating Asian girl who complains about her "flat nose", likes a guy with "green eyes", and claims to be "100% American". Reading this book was torture.
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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