10 May 2011

Book Review & Giveaway: In Stitches - A Memoir by Dr. Tony Youn

Last week I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of In Stitches - a Memoir by Dr. Tony Youn, the celebrity surgeon behind Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery Blog - a blog that tells us if celebs have had plastic surgery and gives us the real facts on these procedures. His memoir charts his childhood and his journey through medical school in a really funny, personal way which almost made me uncomfortable at times - like I was peeking into his teenage diary.


As someone who was always interested in medicine, I found this book really interesting. It documents Dr Anthony Youn's progression from young geeky kid with thick glasses and braces (I totally understood that one!) to confused young adult who didn't know what he wanted to do and into medical school. This book was really readable and I actually read it in 2 days! From the beginning I was quite taken in by the story and rather than think "urgh, clever boy" when he recalls his ability to memorise facts from a textbook, I was instead rooting for him to do well in exams and imagining myself in the scenarios he recalls.

Some of my highlights were his experience of psychiatry from working in a prison (I loved this section, I don't think I'd have been phased by how the patient reacted... I clearly love being a psychologist!) and the woman giving birth with 6 toes on each foot (and Tony questioning how many toes the children would have!). Plus I love the evil anatomy teacher, and his recalling of student accommodation. However this book is also very touching, including Tony telling us about his strict Korean family, disasterous dates with numerous women until his meeting a gorgeous girl called Helen (I noticed how the book was dedicated to Helen so could guess how that relationship worked out), and the moment he realised he wanted to become a plastic surgeon. I don't know if it's just me, but I think American plastic surgeon and I think boob jobs, Nip/Tuck and sleaze, but Tony's story really touched me and after knowing he wants to help those who have been disfigured and healing children it made me think again.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I've never read a memoir before but found this really interesting, personal and touching. I think the authors write very well and Dr Youn comes across as very approachable, down to Earth and funny.

If you're interested in finding out more about this book, head to the Facebook page where you can also read excerpts or head to Amazon to buy it. I'm also lucky enough to have an extra copy to give away!

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  1. Oh and I also follow you on Twitter (jesswd_xo)

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  2. Sounds like a really good book, enter me please! :)

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