Review: Somewhere Only We Know

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.

So, mixed feelings here, to say the least. I have been hearing a lot about Maurene Goo’s books in recent oaths; not only has the marketing been great, but it bounces off of the popularity of K-Pop and brings some much-needed diversity to the YA lit world. Who wouldn’t like that?

K-Pop (and K-Dramas) is a lavish, beautiful (on the outside) industry that lends itself perfectly to YA storytelling. With the competitive, captivating world that propels the great machine, there is guaranteed drama and angst. While all of Goo’s book boasts