RELEASE DATE: June 9th 2015
AUTHOR: Katie M. Stout
GENRE:Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
SUMMARY:A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.
Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.
She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can’t stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can’t deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.
Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she’ll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.
MY REVIEW:Oh boy! I’ve got mixed feelings for this book I’ve already expected this to be not much exciting after hearing so many negative reviews about this, but even then I wanted to read it, cause it’s a contemporary romance with a mix of k-pop and myself being a hardcore k-pop fan I couldn’t help myself not reading it.All I can say that it was Ok but it wasn’t great which I’ve already expected but still I hoped.The plot was very unique and interesting but I think it could be executed better and the story was ruined due to the flawed character named Grace.
The character Grace Wilde I don’t how to describe her, she seemed rude and at start I hated her attitude she acted like a spoiled brat.Grace is the daughter of the famous record producer in America and also the sister of famous celebrity singer Nathan .She escaped from Nashville to Korea to escape from her family,the fame and leave her painful life so she can have a peaceful life for a while where no reporter could find her or recognize her. She applied for a international boarding school in Korea even though she has no knowledge about the place.She doesn’t have any interest in korean people or their culture she just needed to escape from Nashville wherever it maybe.
At the new school she befriends her roommate named Sophie who’s brother is a famous K-pop Idol named Jason.At start Grace and Jason hated each other so we can say it’s kinda hate and love relationship.Grace is a character you will come to hate, I know she doesn’t have any interest in korea but she didn’t have to compare it with American culture and criticize it which displays the flaws of her character.She wanted to avoid anything related to music but here she helps Jason with his music and not only that she remarks their music that it’s all about pretty faces but nothing to do with the quality of music which is kinda rude.There was also an issue of her mood swings which was truly annoying and irritating at a high level.
When I first saw the blurb I expected three things from it
But the Only thing that I got from this book is the cute romance but the other two were insufficient and they aren’t well detailed or explained in depth which is a little bit disappointing.
The plot was pretty much slow paced and I think it was dragged a bit that almost made me to skip the pages to the end and be done with it.The best thing was it got interesting supporting characters that I really liked to know especially Yoon Jae and Jane. At the end I felt pity for Grace when I’ve come to know the reason for her trust issues and her mood swings and at last she comes to like korea and K-pop music but still it didn’t changed my opinion about the book.I was being generous when I gave it a 3 stars rating otherwise it would be 2 stars from me.Even though I didn’t liked it that much, but still I recommend it to the readers who want cute romance having no idea about the korean culture but I highly suggest K-pop lovers to avoid this book.
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