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.

    • Paperback publication date: May 8, 2012
    • Paperback Trade ISBN: 9780060790905
    • Hardcover publication date: February 5, 2008
    • Hardcover Trade ISBN: 978-0-06-079085-1
    • Reading level: Ages 12 up (young adult novel)
    • Publisher: HarperCollins

Yoo will have teens wondering if Patti can ever measure up,

and how she will survive the pressure and heartbreak of her senior year. Short chapters, the teen’s funny occasional SAT tips, and her top-10 lists make this a good options for reluctant readers.”



2009 Honor Book of the Youth Literature of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (APAAL) for its excellence in the literary quality and the promotion of Asia/Pacific Americans and their heritages

2009 Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice 2009 Most Humorous YA Novel List by the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age

2009-10 Young Adult Book Award nominee by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL)

2010-11 Missouri Gateway Readers Award nominee

2011-12 Nebraska Golden Sower Award nominee