An inside look at the K-pop phenomenon, in a wry, punchy young-adult debut that probes cultural differences, sisterhood, and the minefield of fame.
Every Friday after school, dressed in their new South Korean prep-school uniforms — sweater vests, knee-highs, pleated skirts, and blazers — seventeen-year old Alice Choy and her little sister, Olivia, head to Myeongdong, brave a dank, basement-level stairwell full of graffiti, and slip into a noreabang. Back in San Francisco, when she still had friends and earthly possessions, Alice took regular singing lessons. But since their diplomat mom moved them to Seoul, she pours herself into karaoke, vamping it up in their booth to Lady Gaga while loyal Olivia applauds and howls with laughter. Alice lives for Fridays, but when an older woman stops her on their way out one day, handing Alice a business card with a bow, singing turns serious. Could the chance encounter really be her ticket to elite status at Top10 Entertainment’s Star Academy? With a little sisterly support, backed by one of the world’s top talent agencies, can Alice lead her group on stage before a stadium of 50,000 chanting fans — and just maybe strike K-pop gold? Not if a certain influential blogger and the anti-fans get their way.
Delicious gossip squares off with genuine heart in a debut about standing out and fitting in, dreaming big and staying true — for avid K-pop fans and those just discovering the worldwide cultural phenomenon.
This was a lot of fun to read, I have never read a book pertaining to live music/performance or about K-Pop for that matter but it was a lot of fun and overall very enjoyable. It’s a book you would pick up when you are looking for something light and contemporary – great book to start the year with. It’s a fast paced, easy to follow read however I feel with the way it ended, there is scope for a sequel or something more from this world.
I adored the relationship between Alice and her sister Olivia and I also admired how Alice navigates herself in a whole new world she is thrown in to pursue her dream to be a K-Pop star. She’s just herself, she tries her best to learn especially in areas she feels hopeless in like dance. But I like how she doesn’t put on a show for anyone and she keeps it real. The blogs we get to read throughout the book were interesting too – interesting format.
Again, a lot of fun to read, really enjoyable and highly recommended to readers who are looking for something unique, fun and light. With special thanks to Walker Books Publishers Australia for sending me a review copy of this book.