Book: Hello, I Love You
Author: Katie M. Stout
Published: June 9, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Summary: 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?
My Review: I think the main reason I liked this book more than a lot of people seemed to was because I don’t know a whole lot about Kpop or Korean culture. I know enough about the music to recognize a few of the groups they refer to, but not enough to get offended if anything gets left out or put in the wrong way. But wow, a lot of people on Goodreads had tons to say about everything that offended them.
After reading tons of bad, if not terrible reviews, I finally decided to just take the plunge and read the book. And I’m actually pretty happy with the way it turned out.
This book had some pretty cute moments. It’s the typical ‘I hate you, but I kinda like you’ plot with these two and I swear it lasts forever. Maybe it just felt that way because I read this in one sitting. But honestly, it ended at just the right time because I almost gave up on this book after about Grace and Jason’s 324984th fight.
But hey, I made it through the book. *victory dance* Apparently there were many that weren’t able to force their way through.
So if you’re looking for a proper, accurate representation of this country and culture, this is not the one for you. If you are looking for a book that actually contains Kpop, this is not for you.
But if you want a quick, bi polar love story, say hello to your next read.
Rating: 3 pumpkin cats