I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Seoulmates by Susan Lee
Published by Inkyard Press on September 20, 2022
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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“The perfect childhood friends-to-lovers story—full stop.” —Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling authors of The Unhoneymooners and The Soulmate Equation
Her ex-boyfriend wants her back. Her former best friend is in town. When did Hannah’s life become a K-drama?
Hannah Cho had the next year all planned out—the perfect summer with her boyfriend, Nate, and then a fun senior year with their friends.
But then Nate does what everyone else in Hannah’s life seems to do—he leaves her, claiming they have nothing in common. He and all her friends are newly obsessed with K-pop and K-dramas, and Hannah is not. After years of trying to embrace the American part and shunning the Korean side of her Korean American identity to fit in, Hannah finds that’s exactly what now has her on the outs.
But someone who does know K-dramas—so well that he’s actually starring in one—is Jacob Kim, Hannah’s former best friend, whom she hasn’t seen in years. He’s desperate for a break from the fame, so a family trip back to San Diego might be just what he needs…that is, if he and Hannah can figure out what went wrong when they last parted and navigate the new feelings developing between them.
“A deliciously swoony romance.” —Helen Hoang, New York Times bestselling author of The Heart Principle
“A smart, funny book not to be missed!” —Emiko Jean, New York Times bestselling author of Tokyo Ever After
“Pitch-perfect.” —Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Today Tonight Tomorrow
I picked this up and was hooked right away! As much as I enjoy these stories and have started enjoying K-Pop music, I really should give some of the K-dramas a try! This story was sweet, but had some deeper issues for both characters. I could feel the emotions and attraction between the two from the start. Even with their irritation/anger at each other over past problems.
It was obvious that Nate, the guy that broke up with Hannah at the beginning was not really the right guy. And while he may have changed some like Hannah said, I also don’t feel like he deserved quite the benefit of the doubt she gave him. He did do some really mean things as a kid to Jacob, no matter why he did it. And honestly the fact that he was instantly going after another Korean girl? Yeah, I didn’t ever want her to get back with him.
While I’ve read about the really hard life that the starts have to deal with in K-Pop or I guess any type of entertainment like this, it was definitely a different type of story once we found out how Jacob’s family was dealing with it. I wasn’t happy with him letting some of the things happen that he did. But it made sense with how he’d felt he had to take care of his family.
I feel there were one or two things that were kind of left hanging. Like, did we ever really find out what secret Jacob’s uncle was saying he could spill and wanted to be paid off for? So maybe some more of that back story would be good. But I did love the family, reading about all the Korean foods that I still want to try, and the romance throughout the story. Loved this book!