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.

This was a cute, quick read that I enjoyed for the most part, even if I’m not really a fan of the “falling in love in one day” trope. Or, I guess, insta-love. It just doesn’t appeal to me because I know personally, I’d like to know a person for a while before even thinking about catching feelings for them. But, I digress.

It was interesting to read a story based on a K-pop star, as I’m not really into that music, so learning about their side of the industry was the interesting point for me, even if there wasn’t much about it. Lucky was a fun character when she was hopped up on her sleeping and anxiety meds, and craving a burger. It was definitely an interesting way for her to meet Jack and have his first impression of her be in that state. I like her inner struggle about being famous and living her dream, but also wondering if it was really the dream she imagined for herself, which is what caused her anxiety, and for the most part, I felt bad that she felt trapped by her record label and the restrictions of being a K-pop star.

I enjoyed Jack as a character for the most part. Of course I didn’t like his scheming to get pictures for the tabloid he moonlighted for, but it added to his character. On one hand, I understood his thinking of “celebrities to this to themselves” when they get caught in cheating scandals, but at the same time, it’s their personal lives and an invasion of their privacy. Like, if they’re in a scandal let them get caught by their spouse privately. It doesn’t need to be broadcasted over the internet. This is something that Jack learns himself as he spends the day with Lucky, and realizing that he doesn’t want to expose her to the tabloid, or anyone else for that matter.

I liked the banter between Jack and Lucky, their character development, and their adventuring around Hong-Kong, but that was about it. I didn’t feel really connected to the characters otherwise, but I don’t regret reading the book either. I really enjoyed the ending and how everything worked out for Jack and Lucky.

Overall, this is a cute story to read for anyone who likes romance, K-pop star main characters, and Hong-Kong. 

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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2 thoughts on “Review: Somewhere Only We Know

  1. 24hr.YABookBlog says:

    enjoyed reading your thoughts TK! I think out of all the authors books, this one was my least favorite. While I remember having fun with this one, looking back I think a tad bit more development to the mc’s would have been great. Thought this one was pretty cute too!

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