A K-Drama Condensed Into A Book // Book Review: Somewhere Only We Know by Maureen Goo

““Gobaek.” She paused. “Isn’t it interesting that Koreans have a specific word for that? Because we understand that even saying you like someone is meaningful. In America, the moment is sealed by like, sex or some dramatic love confession. But in Korea, ‘I like you.’ That’s a big deal.””

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Book Details

Title: Somewhere Only We Know

Author: Maurene Goo

Date Published: May 7, 2019

Number of Pages: 320 pages

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

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📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? YA Romance.
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Lying between 2 MCs. Anxiety. Eating restrictions.
⚠ Book Tags :  Kpop. Popstar. Told In One Day. Insta-Love-y. Adventure. Hong Kong. Chasing Dreams. Fooooood. Fame.
⚠ This Book In Emojis: 🇭🇰🇰🇷🇺🇸🎤💰💑🍢🍔📸

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Book Blurb from Goodreads

10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

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About the Author

Maurene Goo

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My Review

The book is about:
This is the story about a girl named Lucky. (No, this is not a Britney Spears song.) Lucky is a Kpop idol that is in Hong Kong for the weekend before she is off for her American debut. In her hotel, she feels a craving for a cheeseburger (a big no no in her Kpop star diet) and she bumps into a Korean-American like her, Jack. This book tells their story within this stolen weekend, with some plot twists galore.

What drew me in:
I read this because I was craving for more Asian reads. I picked this book up in April because I want to get closer to my Year Of The Asian 2020 Reading Challenge goal. The reason that this book pulled me in because the prompt tells me that this will read like a movie playing in my mind and I was hoping that it would feel like a Kdrama.

Characters & connections:
This book was heavily driven with the emotions and actions of its characters – it does not offer much plot aside from that.

Lucky shows the typical overworked and heavily managed popstar (and Kpop is becoming more famous for asking too much from their artists.) Try Googling the dark side of Kpop and this is kind of what Lucky was going through. She wants to be something more and offer her own style, which made me, the reader, sympathize with her and root for her.

Jack, on the other hand, is the kinda-bad boy but likeable guy. At first, I was hesitant to be forgiving towards his character because I was very uncomfortable with most of his earlier decisions. But, I learned to like him as th3 story progressed.

Together, this two had lots of chemistry. If you are not a fan of insta-love, this book has it, so maybe beware of that. But, for me, it was fun and sweet and just like a feel good Netflix movie, so all is forgiven.

Everything I liked:
Aside from the characters, the one thing that I liked the most is seeing Hong Kong through their eyes. As Jack toured Lucky around Hong Kong’s most beautiful sights, I felt like I was there as well. It was fun to get submerged in Asian culture and I loved all of that.

My thoughts on how it wrapped up:
Another thing that I loved about this book is the way the author chose to wrap the story. I don’t want to spoil anything for readers, but let me just say that the resolution up to ending part of this book is really making me feel that this story will translate well on the silver screen. I’m not sure about what other readers think, but I adore the entire ending.

Overall thoughts:
In totality, I have to say that aside from all the lying, I enjoyed reading Somewhere Only We Know. It is a very light read, though it touched on a few themes. It felt like watching a romcom and leaving the theater with a fluttery and giddy heart.

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My Book Rating Breakdown

🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Thrill Factor: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Audiobook Production: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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☁ FINAL VERDICT: 4.15/5 ☁

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♡ , Yna the Mood Reader

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