“In Stitches” by Dr. Anthony Youn is an award-winning, best-selling memoir about medical school. Rated a ‘must-read’ for anyone interested in medicine. In Stitches has been chosen as a Michigan Notable Book! Publisher’s Weekly: In his first book Youn looks back from the cushy perspective of the plastic . 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 .

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As an Asian American from a hardworking upper-middle class family with a father who works as a successful doctor, Youn is not exactly a kid from the other side of the tracks.

Anyway, so soon after reading This Won’t Hurt a Bit: Reviews for In Stitches. In Stitches is the story of Youn also known as Tony and how he became a stitchees plastic surgeon. I find him not only to be extremely capable and a great surgeon, but also a kind and generous man.

Reviews for In Stitches – Anthony Youn, MD, FACS

Forget grades, forget expectations. Youn, a Korean American raised by very old-fashioned and stern Asian parents, recounted his toun experiences up to and included his 4 years of medical school.

Youn has the talent of presenting us one joke after another within the same page or even paragraph. His loving but driven father had grown up in abject poverty, one of nine children in anthoony farming family that had no bathroom. I could relate a lot to Tony.

In Stitches by Dr. Anthony Youn – humorous med school memoir

This culminates in the breaking and resetting of his jaw after high school graduation, a wildly painful but necessary experience. He left a doctor.


The vignettes in this book fall in these categories: But that doesn’t mean that the author isn’t somewhat off-putting. Every little joke, or experience in this book offers valuable insights for other students who’s thinking about a medical career Although I’ve described this book as illustrating the journey to anthon a doctor, it’s much more than that. Though I liked Youn, I found at times that he could be faintly misogynistic and sneering about women. The book wouldn’t be so fun to read if Youn lacked either the humor, or his deep understanding of life.

My favourite part of the story was when Tony’s father comes into his room at night. I admit, this book made me laugh out loud several times.

In Stitches: A Memoir

You will be left with a lump in your throat reading about youb surly elderly patient just wanting to be heard and a badly injured child who ultimately helped Youn find his calling.

Over all, Youn’s book is a chatty, breezy and lightweight read with a modicum of entertainment value.

The expectations, because his father was a GYN, were set high for the Youn’s siblings and he writes about how it was not just growing up in a Korean family but also about growing up in America as an Asian.

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. 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. And while Youn clarifies that he has become a doctorspecifically a plastic surgeonbecause he wants to ” fix people “, it is no surprise that he has become the ” plastic surgeon to the stars “, nipping and tucking his way into American living rooms via numerous television appearances.


Hilariously raw book about life growing up through becoming a well respected surgeon. Tony Youn grew up one of two Asian-American kids in a anthont town where diversity was uncommon. 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.

Anyone who reads the book will look forward, as I stitdhes, to a sequel from this very appealing new voice.

Reviews for In Stitches

When Youn finally got a girlfriend and put his angst to rest, there were, at last, some interesting developments in the book. This may have been because he was bitter about not getting any action, but the implications of his discussions about dating unattractive women in an effort to have sex just rubbed me the wrong way and made me feel a bit indisposed towards him.

But, that’s fin I admit, this book made me laugh out loud several times. No trivia or quizzes yet. I thought that because we’re both Asian, because I currently live in Michigan, and because I work in healthcare, this sfitches would be right up my alley.