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Mayra Calvani

New violinist author: Paula Yoo

February 7, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Hi all,

I love to discover new violin-related novels and especially those written by violinists who are also authors.

Here's a new one for you: Paula Yoo. Check out her book and website.

She has agreed to an interview so I'll have her as a guest soon!

About her book:

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.

--Mayra Calvani, Violin and Books

From Robert Niles
Posted on February 9, 2010 at 12:29 AM

I heard Paula speak on a panel last year at an award ceremony of one of Los Angeles County's student essay contests. (Natalie won first place among all LA County middle schoolers. Sorry, proud-parent bragging moment there.) I thought that Paula was the most engaging speaker on that panel so I'm looking forward to hearing more what she has to say.


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