Book Review: Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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.

My Thoughts

I am clueless as to what to write.

I read this book a week ago, and it was an okay read. I am a sucker for cute romances, and even though this book was cute and romantic, it missed the mark and couldn’t stand out. I wanted to fall head over heels for it, and even though I didn’t really buy this whole insta-love thing, I had decided to let it slide and let this book be an exception.

This book is set in Hong Kong, where our two main characters meet and fall in love–they are inseparable in only less than twenty-four hours.

This book had started off good. It was kinda funny and fluffy and cute and I fell in love with Lucky.

And who doesn’t want to know what goes inside the mind of a K-pop superstar who is kinda…exhausted? I also wanted to know how things were gonna pan out with Jack, who is a celebrity photographer.

But, this book soon started getting on my nerves, so much so that I had almost decided to DNF it. The only thing that kept me from DNF-ing it was the cute beginning and the need to know how things had actually played out. Toldja already, I’m a sucker for cute romances!

BUT…more than forty percent of this book was… boring with a capital B. I also found certain things difficult to believe, and I was incredulous when:
1. Lucky trusts a stranger so easily, and
2. Jack brings Lucky (who’s passed out) to his apartment and
3. she still trusts him!

There are a million few other occasions where this book made my blood boil, but I took my BP pills and kept going!

I liked Lucky more than anything in the book, and I think Jack was okayish (if I let his idiotic behavior slide). I didn’t ship them or anything (who ships people who fabricate cock and bull stories with a snap of their fingers to tell each other?), which I so wanted to. It didn’t really tell me much about Hong Kong or K-pop (I’m not a fan and I’ve only ever listened to BTS and I like their music).

I guess I liked the ending. It was kinda cute, but again, I’m really unenthusiastic.
I think I would’ve liked it better as a Netflix movie, so… no, it was not good value for money.

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