Reviews for In Stitches
In Stitches has been chosen as a 2012 Michigan Notable Book!
Publisher’s 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.
USA Today: “Laugh out loud”
Detroit Free Press: “Readable, funny, disarming, and heartfelt”
Huffington Post: “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…”
NPR: “A humorous but at times disturbing story of becoming a board-certified plastic surgeon.”
Lansing State Journal: “In Stitches is a fast-paced, mesmerizing autobiography that’s laced with dark humor and memorable scenes, including his discovery that a woman he’s dating works as a carnival fire-eater.”
Kirkus Reviews: ”Youn writes amusingly about his expectations… His hospital training experiences are described in humorous detail… [and] the story of his Korean family and his struggle to find his path have great appeal.”
Hyphen Magazine: “Narrated in a breezy, self-deprecating style reminiscent of Scrubs… There are some truly moving scenes.”
Kalamazoo Gazette: “The book recounts Youn’s sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing adventures through his various rotations in general surgery, obstetrics, psychiatry, and pediatrics.
Bookreporter: “Rarely has the chaotic, exhausting, Kafkaesque world of the med student been so faithfully, and hilariously, portrayed.”
Praise for IN STITCHES:
— Rachael Ray
— Jen Lancaster, NY Times Bestselling Author of Bitter Is The New Black.
— Wade Rouse, author of It’s All Relative and At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream.
— Dr. Drew Ordon, host of television’s The Doctors.
— Dr. Robert Rey, star of television’s Dr. 90210.
— Dr. Audrey Young, author of What Patients Taught Me and House of Hope and Fear.
-– Dr. Arthur W. Perry, author of The Real Life of a Surgeon.
— Dr. Robert Marion, author of Intern Blues.
Book, Line, and Sinker: An educational and amusing account of one man’s journey to adulthood and his career as a plastic surgeon… Youn comes across the page as affable, self-deprecating, and genuine… A fun read.
Grand Rapids On The Town Magazine: Youn’s ability to observe reality and comment on it honestly and with emotion—whether that emotion is humor or tenderness—makes for a great bedside manner and a fantastic memoir. No second opinion needed.
Boston Book Bums: If we were to select four moments of Youn’s life as portrayed in In Stitches, they would be wildly different, from hysterical to sweet. A first date with a girl has the oddest kind of spark and recounting a purposely broken jaw will have you giggling. You will be left with a lump in your throat reading about a surly elderly patient just wanting to be heard and a badly injured child who ultimately helped Youn find his calling.
This book is not what you expect from a modern plastic surgeon. This is a book about a man, a nerd, a compassionate friend and most importantly, a doctor.
Pre Med Hell: As I read through my advance copy, I could feel my emotions changing with those of Dr. Youn, happiness, sorrow, and rejection. Dr. Youn and his co-author Alan Eisenstock do a phenomenal job creating an amazing blend of laughter, pain, and compassion… My favorite part of this book was the amazing blend of serious content and humor, at times I was quite literally “In Stitches” from laughter, reading about how reading Cosmo improves your chances with the ladies, to hearing about the various traditional idiosyncrasies of his parents.
I would highly recommend this book to our readers; it is one of the finest new books I have read.
Goldsea.com (Asian-American website): To emerge a hero in one’s own memoir an author must bleed his narrative of all traces of insecurity, self-indulgence and sentimentality and let events speak vividly for themselves. Anthony Youn does that brilliantly (with help from seasoned veteran Alan Eisenstock). In Stitches delivers every bit of the intimate memoir of an Asian American coming of age in the midwest — and more, thanks to Youn’s gift for seeing the comical side of every painful moment.
The book’s big unexpected bonus is Youn’s unflinching depiction of how a seemingly haphazard medical education system turns out men and women somehow equipped with the skill, commitment and compassion to take on the challenges of saving lives. Anyone who reads the book will look forward, as I do, to a sequel from this very appealing new voice.