This book was a culmination of things that make my heart happy. It’s got a romance between two characters that can’t help but feel a pull to one another (even if they only have one day to enjoy it), a beautiful message about finding yourself in this chaotic world where a million different voices are telling you what to be, and K-Pop! These characters get lost in the lies they feed one another about who they are but one truth they can’t ignore is how they begin to care for one another and how their chance encounter could be the very thing that helps them find themselves when they are feeling their most lost. From the beautiful and lively streets of Hong Kong to the blended cultures of the characters, the world Goo has created is amazing to see in the genre. This book is a feel-good read filled with heartfelt moments that kept me turning the pages. The characters feel real in their struggles, blushing embarrassments, and genuine smiles. I highly encourage you pick this one up and jump into their story.
A Cosmopolitan Best Young Adult Book of 2019
A BuzzFeed Pick for "YA Books You Absolutely Must Read This Spring"
Sparks fly between a K-pop starlet and a tabloid reporter in Somewhere Only We Know, a heartwarming rom-com from Maurene Goo.
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.
With her trademark humor and voice, Maurene Goo delivers a sparkling story of taking a chance on love—and finding yourself along the way.
“A quick-paced, entertaining plot, witty banter, and expert characterization make this a light and satisfying read, and a wealth of local details effortlessly immerse the reader in the worlds of Hong Kong and K-pop stardom. Charming and swoonworthy.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Lucky and Jack are both charming, funny narrators with serious chemistry. . .They share comfortable banter, smoldering looks, a few intense kisses—and in between, earnest existential conversations about pursuing their dreams and living meaningful lives. Readers, no matter their celebrity status, should relate.” —The Horn Book
"[Goo's] most charming to date. . .A delightful romp." —The New York Times
The Way You Make Me Feel:
"With massive amounts of humor, heart, and soul, this love letter to L.A. and its diversity is a celebration of friends, family, and food trucks." —Booklist, starred review
"Sweet, sexy, hilarious, and featuring a spectacular father-daughter relationship, this book will fly off the shelves." —School Library Journal, starred review
I Believe in a Thing Called Love:
“Desi's implementation of measures such as ‘Be Caught in an Obviously Lopsided Love Triangle’ yields hilarious, at times unintended results, lending this teen rom-com a surprisingly thoughtful conclusion . . . [Goo's] funny, engaging narrative also delivers powerful messages of inclusion and acceptance.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“The art-centric romance that develops between Desi and Luca is rewarding to follow, as are their parental relationships, particularly that between Desi and her widowed Appa. Goo simultaneously honors and deconstructs romantic tropes, both in general and specific to K dramas, and does so using a wonderfully diverse cast.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review