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NWAW’s must reads: Page-turners about an overachiever, a Washington apple, and a North Korean spy

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly. I somehow missed them on my last search. Happy reading!

NWAW’s must reads: Page-turners about an overachiever, a Washington apple, and a North Korean spy

“Good Enough”
By Paula Yoo
HarperTeen, 2008

Meet Patti Yoon.

She’s a Korean American, a high school senior, a three-time concertmaster violinist for the Connecticut All-State Orchestra, a non-2300 Club Member (she scored only 2010 on her SATs), a prospective Ivy Leaguer, and an all-around overachiever.

In her final year of high school, Patti is understandably stressed. Taking a slew of Advanced Placement classes and studying hard to ace the SATs the second time around, her life revolves around getting into HYP, or “ HARVARDYALEPRINCETON,” as her parents say.

But after a disastrous All-State Orchestra audition that lands her the assistant concertmaster position, Patti begins to question the point of everything she does. This becomes especially true when she meets Ben Wheeler, also known as the “Cute Trumpet Guy,” a fellow All-State Orchestra member and transfer student at her school. Ben shows Patti that there’s more to life than getting into the right college. He also shows her that there is more to music than just classical music.

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