From the minute I found out about Hello, I Love You, I knew I had to read it. I don’t know much about KPOP, but it sounds very interesting, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! Today, I’m happy to be sharing my review with you as part of the blog tour. Thank you so much to the publisher for organizing this!
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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.
*Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for review for the blog tour*
My rating: 4.5 stars
I don’t know much about KPOP, but I was still very excited to read Hello, I Love You, especially because I’ve been trying to read more contemporary novels. Plus, it was compared to books by Stephanie Perkins. What could go wrong? I was disappointed. I absolutely adored Katie’s debut novel. It was cute, swoon-worthy and an all-around fun read.
One of the remarkable things about Hello, I Love You is how happy it made me feel. I was grinning ear to ear by the time I finished it, and that’s a wonderful feeling. There were a few parts were I actually squealed out loud because this book is just gosh, so adorable.
I love boarding novels, so I was naturally very excited to read one set in South Korea! After her famous brother (a singer) suffers a breakdown, Grace wants to get as far away from Nashville as possible. A boarding school appears to be the perfect chance for her get a fresh start. I love the way that the author brought this country to life, both through her descriptions of the culture and people, and the incorporation of KPOP music.
I was a bit frustrated with Grace and her immediate hatred of Jason at the start, but I got over that quickly enough as the plot progressed. I was really happy with how Grace grew as a character. Her brother had a breakdown, and her father (a famous music producer) is absorbed in his work, among other problems. She flees to South Korea hoping to work through her family problems, and start over. She’s hurt, yes, but she’s also sweet and kind and honest.
EEK! I was really excited for the romance. At the boarding school, Grace is roomed with a girl named Sophie, whose obnoxious brother Jason is part of one of the current hottest bands in Korea. Their hate-to-love relationship was one of the cutest romances I have read about recently, and I loved reading about it. I was grinning the whole time, and I couldn’t wait to see how it would turn out!
Despite the focus on the romance, Hello I Love You is more than a romance novel. Grace and Jason both have their own problems, and they grow a lot throughout the course of this book. They have to go through a lot of healing, and Hello I Love You documents this. It doesn’t wander into the realm of clichés, of the standard Girl Meets Boy and All Problems Are Magically Solve trap. Hello, I Love You has a lot of depth, and I appreciated that.
Poignant and romantic, Hello I Love You is a fantastic debut about love, friendship, and growing up. It’s a book that just makes you grin, which is amazing. Hello, book. I love you.
The publisher is kindly providing one finished copy of Hello, I Love You to luck winner! This giveaway is US only.
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