My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Emery Jung is living his dream. Known by his stage name M, he is loved by millions of fans around the world as a member of the rising K-pop group NEON, but all fame comes with a cost, especially when one slip up can have viral consequences.
Alana Kim is trying to forget. After a tragic loss sends her spiraling, she escapes to her family in Korea, abandoning her love of music along the way. However, her plans are derailed when she literally runs into M, the famous K-pop idol.
When their paths collide, Emery and Alana must work together to prevent a scandal from ruining NEON’s success, sparking a journey of friendship, love, and healing. Unfortunately, fame and love aren’t easily compatible, especially in the world of K-pop.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Oh, my gosh! I have a headache today, and that is because I finished reading this book at 2:30 in the morning, and before that I was sobbing silently because of this amazing book! This book made me happy, and then it made me cry my eyes out. I hadn’t expected it to be so good and so affecting, and I’m so glad that I got a chance to read it.
This is the second K-pop novel I’ve read– the first one was Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo, which got a rating of three stars from me– and I loved it so, so much. I’m not into K-pop at all. The only K-pop music I’ve listened to is by BTS and Blackpink, and I do like the songs. I mean, they’re catchy and fun, but I don’t love K-pop as some people do, and I still loved this book SO MUCH.
I was so wrong about this book. I had thought that it was gonna be another “cute” book with stupid characters and a sappy romance. Even though it was cute and had a romance, this book was so much better than I could ever imagine. I adored the romance part, but there were so many things that made this story better. I loved that the book also focused on the characters’ lives and not just on romance.
I shipped Emery and Alana- they were so adorable together, and I stan Emery so hard! He’s such a great idol, an amazing friend to Alana and the other members of NEON, which is the band he’s the lead singer in. I loved Alana – my heart hurt for her, and her chapters made me cry so much. I really wanted her to not be in pain anymore. She was so sweet and young and adorable.
I also loved how the rest of NEON was there for Emery, and I love Stu (a NEON member) so much. I really want to date him LMAO. He’ so funny and caring and innocent.
My favorite parts from the book were the tweets/comments by NEON’s fans– the fandom is called GLO. I just loved that they felt so real.
I also got to learn so many things about Korean culture and could learn so many Korean words.
This book also deals with some topics that are difficult to deal with and these include suicide, grief, accident and self-harm. If any of these things can hurt you, do not read it. No book is more important than you.
All in all, I loved this book so much and I would recommend it to everyone who loves and doesn’t love K-pop. If you’re a fan of amazing love stories, just pick it up!
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