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In Stitches Paperback – February 14, 2012
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Publisher's Weekly: "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."
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..."
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."
USA Today: "Laugh-out--loud"
Book Reporter: "Rarely has the chaotic, exhausting, Kafkaesque world of the med student been so faithfully, and hilariously, portrayed."
"Surprisingly warm and unquestionably witty. I adored In Stitches." --New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster
"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"
"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"
"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 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"
"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."
"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"
"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
"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
"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"
About the Author
He is also the author of The Age Fix: Insider Tips, Tricks, and Secrets to Look and Feel Younger Without Surgery.
For more on Dr. Youn, please visit his website at dryoun.com
Top Customer Reviews
Dr. Youn covers a lot of ground in this book, but in the end you really have a good sense of what a funny, genuine, caring person he is, and the ups and downs he experienced on the road to becoming a renowned plastic surgeon. I really had a hard time putting it down and am definitely planning on giving it a second read through.
If you are looking for a great summer read, do not hesitate to pick up this book. You will not be disappointed!
Youn starts out by describing how it feels to grow up as only one of two Asian-Americans in a small Midwestern town. Not only did he have to deal with being "different" from everyone else, he also had "Coke-bottle glasses, Hannibal Lecter headgear, a bowl cut, and a protruding jaw that grew even faster than his comic-book collection."
The first part of the book is a coming of age story with Youn agonizing about fitting in, being cool, and most importantly, finally getting a girlfriend. While he is worrying over these typical teen goals, his father, a hard-working Korean immigrant ObGyn, has other plans for Tony. "Doctor is the only thing. Every other job is not good for you. You have to make Daddy proud." In fact from the time he is born, Daddy, wants Anthony to not only be a doctor, but..."A Surgeon. Vascular. Big money"...no wait, not vascular, "Transplant surgery. That's the big money...One surgery. Ten thousand dollah. For one hour. Early retirement. Mercedes-Benz. Condo in Florida..." And, of course, he should marry a nice Korean girl.
In the sixth grade, Tony's jaw starts growing (for reasons that are not clear). He envisions himself a "cartoon kid with a massive jutting Jay Leno jaw" - not so good for your self-esteem. He deals with it by becoming, in his words, Tony Youn, nerd!Read more ›
I was about 6 chapters in to another book, a thriller by the fabulous Lisa Gardner when I received In Stitches. I decided to just glance over through Chapter one, to preview what I had waiting for me when I finished my current one. Well, let me tell you, I couldn't put it down. I ended up delaying the other one and reading this one first (which, trust me, with my sometimes scattered attention span, is not something I generally do).
Dr. Youn is a funny, direct writer who really takes you to his "into" his life growing up in a strict Korean family. I could envision each and every paragraph playing out in my mind. Halfway through reading it, I felt as if I knew his parents, his best friends at Medical School, and all the people he encountered - personally. His style is so witty and charming and he's such a sweetie you can't help but love him and root for him. I can't for the life of me understand why he couldn't land a date.
After I finished the book, I went to Dr. Youn's website and saw some of his work. He has turned into a very skilled surgeon who is highly respected among his peers. I know if I needed a cosmetic procedure, I would definitely book a consultation.
That being said, is there a Sequel in the works? I'd love to go beyond Medical School, to hear more about he and Amy and how they started their lives together, how he built his medical practice, etc, etc.
In the meantime, check out "In Stitches". It's a quick, light hearted read that should leave you feeling better for having read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
funny ,heartwarming, interesting account of Dr.Youns life and journey through medical school.Published 1 month ago by Debra Radigan
I am a picky reader, normally the books I find that I like are funny memoirs, such as the ones written by Jenny Lawson or Mindy Kaling. The witty humor reminds me a bit of theirs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dana Cottone
Loved the book. I watch The Doctors and Dr. Youn has been on there several times when I was watching. Interesting to know how he became a doctor.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful reading. Book is very humble and tells it like it is! My husband could relate to this book as he is a physician. During reading he was laughing so hard. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sessie Bon
This autobiographical take on the "Youner's" path to becoming a plastic surgeon is both funny and endearing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E. K.
I really enjoyed getting a glimpse of what it is really like to go through med school. What a great story told with honesty and a nice amount of wit.Published 4 months ago by Tracey McAvoy Ross