Good Enough

Good Enough

Book - 2008
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A Korean American teenager tries to please her parents by getting into an Ivy League college, but a new guy in school and her love of the violin tempt her in new directions.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060790851
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 19 cm.


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Aug 09, 2015

A very charming book, by an author with a very charming writing style and great sense of humor! [Side note: The one thing I've always found so annoying about all immigrant stories along these lines, is the insistence on the shallow and superficial; to strive to get into the major crime factories [Harvard-Princeton-Yale], et cetera. One would hope more immigrants would want their offspring to create the next great medical drug, or invent the next great life-saving apparatus, or some such?]

Jun 03, 2013

This is a really good, relatable read. But, only teens can understand a lot of the topics mentioned.!!

Dec 02, 2012

If you're from the same background, this hits pretty close to home. If you're not, you can still relate to the struggles of a teenager trying to figure out exactly who she is and what she's trying to be. Check out my review of the book:

Potterhead Jul 15, 2012

I absolutely adored this book. I can easily relate to Patti since I play the violin and feel the same pressure to get into Ivy league colleges by my parents as well. Since it had a lot of information about college, I became more prepared and aware as to what colleges expect of me now. This is one of those books that I wish never ended.

_hollister_ Jul 09, 2012

this book has a lot of collegey type information as well

Dec 31, 2011

This book was excellent. Patti- a Korean American teenager with straight A’s and a love for the violin. Her parents are strict when it comes to education and has dreams that she will get into Harvard or another good college. Over the years she had played the violin, her love for her music grows, and hopes to get into a music college, but her parents think different. Patti wants to make her own decisions for once with help from a guy she likes; she tries to find the courage to speak out. I really liked this realistic fiction and would recommend this to anyone 13 and older.

May 23, 2011

This was an interesting book to read. Like Patti, I've felt the same pressure as she has from her parents. The issue transcends race, and is easy to relate to. Some parts were a bit slow, or seemed slightly unnecessary, but otherwise a great read.

Dec 24, 2010

Patti's Korean parents want what's best for her. In their minds, this means getting into one of the best universities in the US or HARVARDYALEPRINCETON as they tend to call them. To this end, they have pushed her to get outstanding marks, join a church youth group, learn to play the cello and get first chair of the state youth orchestra in order to beef up her application.

Patti wants to do well to, but her definition has started to change. Her grades are important, but so is the new cute guy who has joined her homeroom. Music is also important to her, maybe even more important than HARVARDYALEPRINCETION. Patti begins to rebel against her parents, searching for an identity that is her own.

This is an amazing book by Paula Yoo about growing up Korean-American in North America. Patti is a believable heroine who rebels in the only way she knows how, through her love of music. It is also realistic in its representation of the relationships between both Patti and her peers, as well as her parents. Worth picking up.


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Feb 03, 2016

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Jun 03, 2013

Alexac thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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DesireeOnDeck thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Blue_Rabbit_199 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 16

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May 23, 2013

Patti Yoon is a Korean American teenager who struggles to keep up with her parents' expectations. She tries her best to be her parents' dream daughter, but when a new trumpet guy transfers in her school and her love of the violin, the questions will change from "Is she going to get accepted in an Ivy League school and please her parents?" to "What is she going to do next?".

DesireeOnDeck Jul 15, 2012

A Korean American teenager tries to please her parents by getting into an Ivy League college, but a new guy in school and her love of the violin tempt her in new directions then following her dreams.


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DesireeOnDeck Jul 15, 2012

This book is ok to read it really didnt get me really in the book.


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