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4.59  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Penguin/Kokila has acquired at auction the debut middle grade novel Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim. The book stars a shy 11-year-old Korean-American girl who dreams of being a comedian, but can't even stand up to her academic-minded pragmatic parents, until a case of mistaken identity offers her the chance to attend a comedy camp taught by her idol. Publication is ...more
Published 2020 by Penguin/Kokila
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Abby Johnson
Yumi Chung dreams of being a comedian, but that is not at all what her Korean immigrant parents have in mind for her. When she stumbled across a comedy camp meeting in her neighborhood and a girl with an Asian last name has not shown up for the first day, Yumi finds herself pretending to be "Kay" and taking her spot in the camp. Not only does she have to protect her secret identity, but she has to make sure her parents do not find out. AND she has to find the courage to take the stage and ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book.

This debut book by author Jessica Kim attracted my attention because it focuses on a Korean-American girl who wants to be a comedian, but whose parents don't approve of her non-academic pursuits. It seems like a topic that many middle graders would be able to relate to (having dreams different than what their parents want for them, having a successful older sibling), and yet I was curious to see how Yumi's immigrant parents would
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! It’s been awhile since I’ve laughed out loud so many times during one book. It is super funny and very relatable. It will make you laugh, cry and you will find yourself super hungry for some Korean BBQ. Yumi’s internal dialogue is hilarious and although it is geared towards a much younger age group () I found myself really connecting with her. A book for all ages! I look forward to reading more from Jessica Kim. ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Yumi lives in Los Angeles with her mother and father, who run a struggling Korean barbecue restaurant. Her older sister, Yuri, is very academically gifted, and attending medical school across town. Yumi is enrolled in a summer hagwon (cram school) run by Ms. Pak so she can hopefully do well on a test and get a scholarship to the school she attends, Winston Prep. On her way to the library for her required three hours of studying one day, Yumi happens upon a theater
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is no joke, although it is chock full of laugh out loud one-liners and punchlines (don’t worry, no spoilers here). Releasing on March 17, 2020, STAND UP, YUMI CHUNG! by Jessica Kim, is an engaging and wonderfully touching story of determination and staying true to yourself even if it goes against the grain of what’s expected of you. Eleven-year-old Yumi’s dream is to become a stand-up comedian, but it’s not exactly—not even close to—what her Korean immigrant parents envision her to ...more
Kristin Crouch
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing a review copy with Collabookation.
I'll make this quick: I hugged this book when I finished it. I need to come up with a name for that feeling that you have to hold a book for a just a minute, close to your heart, before you put it down.
Anywho, Yumi Chung is the daughter of immigrant parents who have worked, struggled, and sacrificed for Yumi and her sister Yuri. They go to the best schools, they go to the best enrichment programs. There are
Maleeha Siddiqui
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book. I flew through it. There's something about middle grade books that tugs at my heartstrings. The messages about hope, standing up for yourself, and facing your fears will resonate with everyone, especially young readers.

Suffice it to say that I loved Stand Up, Yumi Chung. I'm very difficult to please when it comes to comedy (I'm what one would call a "tough crowd"), but there were some great one-liners in here and I was rooting for Yumi the
Stephanie Affinito
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful read about a middle school girl finding her way and finding her voice, ultimately realizing that she can change the trajectory of her life by simply changing the way she looks at it. Lessons in life, family, friendships and sense of self were wrapped into every page and I found myself rooting for Yumi to find her voice and use it to connect with those around her, a lesson we can all use from time to time.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yumi dreams of becoming a comedian, but she also wants to please her parents who are more concerned with school and academics. When she discovers a comedy camp being taught by her favorite comedian, Yumi pretends to be someone else and secretly attends. As Yumi struggles to get herself out of the predicament she has landed in, she learns the importance of being herself and using her voice to be heard. This is a book with heart and humor.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book is outstanding! I laughed, cried, and cheered.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars. Cute story about following your dreams even when it may not be the easiest road. Insight into having Korean immigrants as parents in a sweet and comical way.
Dec 15, 2019 added it
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So delightful, funny, and heartwarming!
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Both funny and heart-wrenching at times. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.

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I received this book as an ARC and will review it closer to its release date - but it is worth the wait!
4.5 stars
I very much enjoyed this middle-grade novel about aspiring stand-up comic Yumi. (Prounouced: You - me, not yummy)
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I was luck enough to read an early version of Stand Up, Yumi Chung! And it was such a wonderful, funny read. Yumi's an adorably likable 11-year-old Korean American whose biggest dream is to become a stand-up comedian, but before she can do that, she'll have to stand up for herself and SHINE!

This is a book I would've treasured growing up, and I can't wait until it's out so I can share it with young and old readers alike!
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