Good Enough

Good Enough

by Paula Yoo
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Good Enough by Paula Yoo

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 earning less than 2300 on her SATs is simply not good enough.

But Patti's discovering that there's more to life than the Ivy League. To start with, there's Cute Trumpet Guy. He's funny, he's talented, and he looks exactly like the lead singer of Patti's favorite band. Then, of course, there's her love of the violin. Not to mention cool rock concerts. And anyway, what if Patti doesn't want to go to HarvardYalePrinceton after all?

Paula Yoo scores big in her hilarious debut novel about an overachiever who longs to fit in and strives to stand out. The pressure is on!

*Boys will distract you from your studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060790905
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 158,989
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

From Paula Yoo:

Okay, I admit it. Like Patti Yoon, I play the violin. Yes, I was concertmaster of my Connecticut All-State High School Orchestra. And I snuck out occasionally to see a couple of cool bands (sorry, Mom & Dad). But this novel is a work of fiction. Although I too was forced to undergo a really bad home perm, it burned my left ear, not my right. And there was a cute guy in my homeroom who played rock guitar and asked me to work on a few songs with him, but his name was not Ben Wheeler.

When I'm not writing novels that allegedly have nothing to do with my personal life, I also write TV scripts. I was born in Virginia and grew up in Connecticut. I've also lived in Seoul, South Korea; New York; Seattle; and Detroit. I now live in Los Angeles with my husband, who plays guitar—and yes, we jam occasionally, just like Patti and Ben.

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Good Enough 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should definitely read this book! Inlaid with a tremendous amount of violin (Patti is working on the famous Mendelssohn concerto) it also depicts her changing from a very rigid, uptight girl to a fun-loving and relaxed one. She learns to have fun and not take everything too seriously, as her parents had previously pressured and forced her into believing. Paula Yoon showed the struggle that many children face while trying to please their parents. Patti is also an exceptional violinist, and ends up deciding what is more important- violin or an Ivy League school. Her parents pressure her (she is Korean) in everything: grades, music, SAT, while setting strict rules about what she is allowed to do with friends (and her later crush.) In the end, she ends up sneaking out of her Korean church group lock-in to go to a concert with her crush, in which her parents later find out while coming to give her the great news that she had been accepted into all of the Ivy League schools. Also, she secretly applies to Juilliard, (her friend drives her; her parents are unaware of this process) and she does make it! The book ends where she is still undecided (it ends after her All-State concert) but she definitely realizing how much the violin actually means to her. -LB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a good book about growing up and realizing the important things in life with a funny outlook on it all =)
JacquelynD More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book. I'm not much of a fan of reading books, but I could not put this one down. I find it very relatable for teens. We all have been in Patti's shoes in one way or another.  Patti has to juggle her music, SATs, getting good grades in her AP classes, the pressure from her parents, and boys. Patti's parents have one big rule, no boys. Boys become a distraction and she cannot have any distractions if she is going to get into an Ivy League school. Patti has to remember what means the most to her, how much she loved her violin. This book is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I reait twice. I love how it tells the story of a girl (Patti Yoon) stepping out of her comfort zone and trying something new. Do people actually read these reviews? And go by them?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't relate to this book, but one of my friends can. This is a book about pressure, too much pressure from yoir parents. I think you'll enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked the story.
gedCA More than 1 year ago
“…during breakfast I will memorize ten SAT vacab words while eating my cereal. When I’m writing an English paper on, say, Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ I’ll listen to my Sarah Chang Mendelsshohn CD at the same time because it helps me memorize the notes.”—page 54 I recently enjoy seeing Paula Yoo on an author’s discussion panel about Asian American fiction. After her stand-out, hilarious presentation, speaking about her book and her life, I was anxious to read her, young adult, novel, ‘Good Enough.’ I wasn’t disappointed. ‘Good Enough’ offers a delightfully warm, humorous, poignant glimpse at first American-born generations and their tendencies to overachievement—a reflection of their immigrant parent’s high ambitions and expectations. Recommended for teens who might like a break from stories about vampires. And for anyone else who enjoys reading about different / clashing / changing cultures. Read also, the non-fiction title: ‘School of Dreams,’ by Edward Humes. “My parents raised me to believe that Second Place is simply a polite way of saying “First Place for Losers.” NOOKbook edition, 209 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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T_Yler More than 1 year ago
I found this book sitting in my library at school on friday, read it sunday, and absolutelt loved it! this book is well writte, is realistic, and i can relate to it in so many ways. As a high school violinist attempting to get a 2300 on the SAT's and get into an Ivy league school, this teen novel hits close to home. I would definetely reccomend this to everyone and anyone.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
GOOD ENOUGH by Paula Yoo is the story of Patti Yoon, a Korean-American girl struggling to meet her strict parents' demands, and trying to find herself during her senior year of high school. A straight-A student, and master violinist, anyone would think that Patti has a bright future ahead of her. However, it is simply not good enough for her parents. She must get a 2300 or above on her SATs, participate in every church activity, and get into Harvard/Yale/Princeton.

However, this plan is put a little bit off track when Patti meets Ben Wheeler, a trumpet player in her state orchestra. Ben exposes her to new music, a new crush, and new dreams. Patti begins to wonder what life would be like without the perfect plan, without Harvard/Yale/Princeton, and with her love of music to guide her down the right path.

Will her passion for playing the violin trump all the demands her parents make of her? Will she turn out fine without attending the perfect college?

GOOD ENOUGH is a hysterical, wonderful book with a lovable main character and realistic situations. With chapter headings inspired by Spam and the SATs, teenagers will find it easy to relate to Patti as she sets off on a righteous path of self-discovery. One thing's for certain: GOOD ENOUGH is more than good enough. It's a fantastic, unique book that will keep you laughing long after your first read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book just when it came out not knowing anything about it. When I got it, I started reading it right away. I finished it in one day. It's packed with jokes and humor, but also finds enough room to be serious. It's a very clever portrayal of an important message. Definitely the best young adult book I've read all year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good Enough was excellent! Patti learned to accept herself and her amazing music plus how to cope with her pressuring Korean parents. The violin on the cover caught me right away in the library... and I thought I'd pick it up because I haven't seen any young adult reads having to do with violin. The recipes, lists, and other weird stuff put into this book is what gives it so much charm. I felt like I knew Patti and exactly what she's going through even though my life is completely different. Go get this book, right NOW.
Guest More than 1 year ago
best book ever its good if you are korean than you'll understand what im talking about. i greatly encorage you to read it. round of applause to the great writer paula yoo!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patti Yoon is a Korean-American who does her absolute best in school, and is passionate about her 'hook' for college: violin. Patti's parents are very pressuring and annoying, trying to make Patti get perfect results on her SATs, get great grades in her AP classes, and basically acts like typical Korean Parents. But one day, Patti meets Cute Trumpet Guy, who takes her breath away and who takes up a lot of Patti's concentration and time. Even with everything going on around her, Patti still struggles about what to do for her future and what college to attend. To achieve happiness from all perspectives, Patti disobeys her parents, lies and does things she usually never does to fulfill her true desires and happiness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't be mislead into thinking this book is only for high school students. Everyone needs to feel 'good enough' and this book is a great way to give the reader an emotional boost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patti Yoon has been trying 110% all her life- in school, at the youth group, with the violin, and also generally avoiding boys (they will distract her from her studies, her parents say). Playing the violin though brings Patti into this new world, where pressure doesn't exist and it's just brilliant music. And after winning the title of assistant concertmaster instead of the actual concertmaster (which she has been for the past 3 years) as well as meeting Cute Trumpet Guy, it all sets off a chain of events that lead Patti into learning that she needs to think about what she wants rather than what other people want from her. In Paula's debut book for the YA audience, she writes extremely effectively about an overworked, pressured girl finding her way in the world. One of the things that really pulled me into the book was the whole music aspect- it was so prominent in this book, and I don't think I've seen any book that puts this much emphasis on it. It was great to read about Paula's passion, and it definitely came through as a big passion. Also adding to the story were occasional footnotes (which is one of my fave things to see in novels), Top 10 lists, and Korean recipes featuring Spam. The characters are all well-drawn and fun to read about, especially Patti, and make this book a real page-turner. This is one book you don't want to miss from an author I'm sure you'll be hearing more from in the future!
Jag Gangemi More than 1 year ago