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In Stitches

In Stitches

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by Anthony Youn

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Scrubs meets David Sedaris in this hilarious fish-out-of- water memoir about a young Korean-American nerd turned renowned plastic surgeon.

Tony Youn grew up one of two Asian-American kids in a small town where diversity was uncommon. Too tall and too thin, he wore thick Coke-bottle glasses, braces, Hannibal Lecter headgear, and had a


Scrubs meets David Sedaris in this hilarious fish-out-of- water memoir about a young Korean-American nerd turned renowned plastic surgeon.

Tony Youn grew up one of two Asian-American kids in a small town where diversity was uncommon. Too tall and too thin, he wore thick Coke-bottle glasses, braces, Hannibal Lecter headgear, and had a protruding jaw that one day began to grow, expanding to an unthinkable, monstrous size. After high school graduation, while other seniors partied at the beach or explored Europe, Youn lay strapped in an oral surgeon’s chair where he underwent a life-changing jaw reconstruction. Ironically, it was this brutal makeover that led him to his life’s calling, and he continued on to endure the four horrific, hilarious, sex-starved, and tension-filled years that eventually earned him an M.D. Offering a window into a side of medicine that most people never see, Youn shares his bumpy journey from a shy, skinny, awkward nerd into a renowned and successful plastic surgeon.

Now, Youn is the media’s go-to plastic surgeon. He appears regularly on The Rachael Ray Show, and his blog, Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery, is widely read and very popular. But it was a long road to success, and In Stitches recounts Dr. Youn’s misfit adolescence and his four tumultuous years in medical school with striking wit, heart, and humility.

For anyone who has ever experienced the awkward teenage years or is ready for some escapist fun, In Stitches is one man’s heartfelt, candid, and laugh-out-loud funny, journey of finding his true calling in life—and learning to be comfortable in his own skin.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In his first book Youn looks back from the cushy perspective of the plastic surgeon at his transformation, letting readers in on a secret: it wasn't easy. Young Youn was an outcast, an "Asian American...in near wall-to-wall whiteness"; his adolescence was an accumulation of sour moments eventually leading to medicine. But the journey, as Youn describes it, is hilarious. A dedicated student, he spends much of his time with his roommates in the "nerd room." He practices sutures on pig's feet and chicken breasts. His roommates tutor him in matters of love and lust. Only two hours into his very first rotation, Youn loses his first patient; "Patients die. Get used to it. This is a hospital," the attending barks at him. As Youn moves through specialty rotations, agonizing over what to select, his father urges him to make the right choice: pediatrics, for instance, means a life of "tiny people, tiny dollah!" Ironically, it's a night during Youn's Peds rotation that changed the course of his life. Youn's description of his journey from high-school outcast to rock star plastic surgeon is full of fascinating stories and laced with self-deprecating humor in the midst of dark desperation, providing a refreshing insight into medicine. (May)
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“Dr. Youn is a frequent guest on my show, and I can say without a doubt that he’s a cut above the rest.”—Rachael Ray

"Surprisingly warm and unquestionably witty, In Stitches is a riveting look at the sacrifice it takes to become a premiere plastic surgeon. In a world where physicians can be almost god-like, Dr. Tony’s not afraid to show us his heart, his humor, and his humanity. I adored In Stitches and even though I’m not ready to book Dr. Tony for a face-lift, I’d sure like to call him for lunch." —New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster

"Part 'Grey's Anatomy,' part 'Nip-Tuck,' In Stitches takes you under the knife to expose the layers of one doctor's journey to become not only a plastic surgeon but also his own man. A humorous, heartfelt, honest memoir about med school and MCATs, fathers and sons, and finding your place in the world, In Stitches will tickle your funny bone, touch your heart and make you think differently about your doctor." —critically-acclaimed author Wade Rouse

"In Stitches is a brilliant and bouncy read. Humorous and energetic, the author takes us along with him in medical school on his way to becoming a surgeon. He makes you feel as if you are along on the ride. Rich with dialogue, I found my self routing for him in all sorts of circumstances from his first surgery to hitting on co-eds." —Dr. Drew Ordon, host of The Doctors

“Tony Youn traces his success to a stern Korean father and his own fanatical work ethic — but the real secret is his fabulous sense of humor. If you're contemplating medical school, you'll need three things: resilience, caffeine, and In Stitches — a raucously funny and genuinely affecting account of what becoming a doctor is really like.” —Audrey Young, M.D., author of What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student's Journey.

"In Stitches is well written, very readable and appropriately witty. I had the pleasure and opportunity of meeting and working with Dr Youn. I find him not only to be extremely capable and a great surgeon, but also a kind and generous man. In this book, I actually see a lot of myself in him. At times I was in tears and at others was laughing out loud. I highly recommend it!"— Dr. Robert Rey of Dr. 90210

“In 1980, I read The House of God, the sardonic story of residency training at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital. Now, some 30 years later, readers are brought into the dorm room, the anatomy lab, the classroom, and the operating room with Dr. Youn as he describes his medical school training. The reader sweats the stresses and enjoys the laughs med students experience. I was touched by the honesty and frankness of the experiences he describes—most people understand the life of a doctor, but few understand the sacrifices that young men and women make while in medical school. Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a fun ride. This memoir will certainly keep you In Stitches." —Arthur W. Perry, MD, FACS, author of The Real Life of a Surgeon

"Tony Youn's book is wonderful! Written from the heart, in a style that makes you want to read more, it is a touching, sensitive account of his journey. It should be read by everyone who's ever wanted to be a doctor, as well as anyone who's ever wanted to know what his doctor was thinking. A great read!" — Robert Marion, M.D., author of Intern Blues

"Laugh out loud"— USA Today

"Youn's description of his journey from high-school outcast to rock star plastic surgeon is full of fascinating stories and laced with self-deprecating humor in the midst of dark desperation, providing a refreshing insight into medicine." —Publisher's Weekly

"In Stitches is a sometimes funny, sometimes painful, sometimes heartwarming recount of Dr. Youn's experiences on the road to becoming a doctor . . . a Scrubs meets David Sedaris story-line."—Huffington Post

"Rarely has the chaotic, exhausting, Kafkaesque world of the med student been so faithfully, and hilariously, portrayed." —Bookreporter

"In Stitches is a fast-paced, mesmerizing autobiography that's laced with dark humor and memorable scenes." —Lansing State Journal

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Meet the Author

Anthony Youn, M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon who focuses on cosmetic surgery. He has been featured on The Rachael Ray Show, Dr. 90210, CNN, The Montel Williams Show, America’s Newsroom on the Fox News Channel, The O’Reilly Factor, the E! Special Celebrity Plastic Surgery, and others. His comments have been featured in US Weekly, In Touch, Life and Style Weekly, RADAR magazine, MSNBC, OK! magazine, The National Enquirer, Star, The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. He’s very active on his website: InStitchesBook.com.

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In Stitches 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book about medical school and becoming a doctor that I have ever read, and one of the best memoirs (and I've read a ton of them.) As the jacket says, it's a mash up of Sedaris and Scrubs. There are both funny (laugh out loud) and touching moments. A great page turner, and the kind of quick, easy read I enjoy. There are also interesting cultural aspects to the book (Dr. Youn is a Korean-American who grew up in rural MI and had a "Tiger Father.") Let's you experience med school -- all of the joy and pain -- without paying tuition or studying all those hours. A great book on many levels.
code7r More than 1 year ago
Anthony Youn grew up as a first generation Korean-American in a small town. Living in a household that was steeped in Korean heritage, but living in an American town, Mr. Youn definitely had an interesting childhood. This book touches on his childhood and the journey he took to become a doctor. It is funny and Mr. Youn will be the first person to make fun of himself. He looks back on his journey fondly and it comes through. One of the things I didn't like is how the first half of the book Mr. Youn focused on the fact he couldn't get a girlfriend. We get hit over the head with that fact. Really hit over the head. It detracted from the other parts of his story. I wish Mr. Youn would have had included his siblings more when he speaks about his childhood. His older brother, Mike, gets mentioned a few times but we never get a feel about how he and his younger brother, Anthony, got along and how they braved the small town they lived in together. If Mr. Youn treats his writing like he did getting his medical degree, then I am sure that we will be seeing more of his stories in print. That would be great, but please leave out the part about not having a girlfriend. *I received this book as a winner in the Goodreads book giveaway, that in no way affects the content of my review.*
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
I have read several books about students and their path to becoming a doctor, but the one Anthony Youn wrote about his path is by far the best of the bunch. I read this is one night and didn't want the stories to end! I am now demanding a sequel about his stories, both heartwarming and humorous in his next journey of being a plastic surgeon. I had no idea he was on so many television programs, but now that I know his name and looked at a few You Tube videos, I am going to start checking out this personable physician. My favorite story in the book is about why he wanted to become a doctor and how his answer never strayed from the fact that he wanted to help people and get laid. Yes, he actually said that and I laughed out loud. He thought that being a doctor would make him more attractable to women! Youn's thoughts cover a broad range of thoughts, like what it is like to be a real minority, have parents that make you do more than you think you are capable of and the importance of having a sense of humor. His sense of humor is evident throughout the book and he likes to poke fun at himself. I was really impressed that his path to becoming a plastic surgeon was built upon his own triumph of having surgery to correct his jaw which did not stop growing and caused a massive underbite. The fact that he understands deformity leads him to connect with his patients on a personal level and makes him that much better a doctor. There is truly a "Scrubs" type element when he writes about his internship and school years and it is amazing that anyone in this country ever becomes a doctor at all with all of the long hours they endure.
kp24 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Was hard to put down. Great sense of humor to it.Hope there is a sequel!!
YounFan More than 1 year ago
A self described nerd that can't get a date not only through high school, but even as he begins med school! He is successful in all classes but can't figure out what he wants to do "when he grows up" until one night when his passion is revealed to him. You'll love reading this book and you'll love Dr. Youn. He's the doctor we all wish we had. Don't miss this fun, easy read. You'll want to pass it along to all of your friends!
CarrieDCD More than 1 year ago
This book is both lighthearted, yet poignant. The book takes you through Dr. Youn's maturity process where one of his focuses early in his life is the same as many young men - being cool and gettin' the girls. Why does he want to become a doctor - outside of his father's insistence? To get the women - right?! As he continues his journey, however, he is jolted into the realities of why God has called him to become a plastic surgeon. Readers learn that Dr. Youn's compassion, commitment to practice, hard work, faith, passion, humor, and perserverance were, and continue to be, key ingredients in his success.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story will inspire all the dreamers and underdogs in life. It's like the movie "Rudy" except funnier with a stronger romantic arc. Recommended for everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hospital employee who rubs shoulders with physicians all day, I appreciate the men and women that deliver care to our patients. The hard work and sacrifice it takes to become a doc is inspirational, and I enjoyed the inside story contained in the book. There's a sentimental reverence for the places and people that mady Anthony even with occassional good natured jabs. The author's gratitude comes through and makes the story endearing. Finally the father and son tension is a universal that all men will recognize, and this underlying element carries the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book by Dr. Anthony Youn, a celebrity plastic surgeon. I never expected a book like this. It is so funny! I read it on a plane and the people next to me thought I was insane, as I kept cracking up! It has some touching scenes too, especially between Dr. Youn and his strict, hard-line Korean father. It's the best doctor book I've ever read. I hope he writes a follow-up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a memoir about becoming a doctor written by Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon often seen on the Rachael Ray Show. It's a fast, great read. I read it in two days, and laughed out loud many times. Who knew a doctor, much less a plastic surgeon, has such a sense of humor? Highly recommended for anyone wondering what it's like to become a doctor, go through medical school, or grow up looking and feeling different.
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I have a high interest in going into medical school and becoming a doctor myself... So, I bought a hard cover of this book assuming from the summary, reviews, and what Youn, himself, said about his book during an interview, I expected it to be an actual MEMOIR on Youn going through medical school, the problems he has encountered, how his career has been so far, etc. However, half way through the book I realized this was NOT a complete memoir at all.. My impression on this book was that this was written by a typical, horny male that cannot get laid during more than half of the book. I did finish reading the book, though. Even though I was not pleased with how I waisted my money. I would give this book zero stars, but I cannot lie. I thoroughly enjoyed the parts of the book that actually talked about the suspense in getting into the medical school he wanted, his medical school's orientation, a certain exam he had to pass, his first internship in the hospital, the difficulty in finding a residential internship he wanted to work in, etc. That is the only reason why this book deserves one star. However, I recommend that if you are looking for a REAL memoir on being in the medical field, do not waste your money.
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TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
Memoirs are not my thing, but I had aspirations when I was young and yes, those aspirations had to do with me becoming a doctor. Anyone who knows me in real life knows how obsessed I am with the medical field. I mean, when you have some strange, undiagnosed illness that everyone calls "Lupus" you tend to do a little reasearch on your own. That said, I was fascinated with this book. Anthony, I'll call him Tony, starts the book off with his very strict, Asian upbringing. I had close friends with parents like his and yes.they both became doctors (in case you were wondering). It's obvious that Tony's family is a very loving, caring family but his parents are very clear on what they want for their son and what they want is for him to be a doctor. Not only a doctor, but a surgeon because as his dad tells him, "surgeons make more dallah. " Tony's adolescence is wrought with angst. He's not a bad-looking guy, but he's a little geeky and awkward around the girls. Much of the book is him lusting over pretty girls. This was my least favorite part of the book. Unfortunately, the lusting period carries over to college where there is more awkwardness and near-misses with girls. BUT, Tony's ability to make fun of himself is admirable. Not everyone can do that and his willingness to do it, is what kept me reading. Once he got to his rotations at the hospital I was hooked. Nurses with attitude, patients with hang-ups, and beeper humor. Lots of beeper humor. It's been so long since I've even seen a beeper, that I completely forgot that they contained actual messages. His rotations and the process he went through to get his residency were my favorites parts of the book. It seemed as if he "came into his own" and really figured out who he was. He became the "Tony" that he always wanted to be, and I was glad for him. As a writer, Tony is pretty funny. I had no trouble zipping through the pages and I really feel as if I got to know him. His writing is engaging and he has an open, honest way of speaking. I really enjoyed it.