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Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word. Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating. When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.


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Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word. Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating. When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.

30 review for XOXO

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ayman

    ahhhh i totally forgot how much i love the forbidden love trope. and this book delivered exactly that. i really enjoyed reading about south korean customs, cultures, and ideals. this was such a feel good novel. literally jenny out here living my dream

  2. 4 out of 5

    human

    *cries in netgalley rejection*

  3. 5 out of 5

    San

    Review to come

  4. 5 out of 5

    Althea ☾

    ATTENTION FELLOW EAST ASIAN STRINGS MUSICIANS AND KPOPPIES it’s about a cellist and a k-pop member falling in love 🥺🥺 I need this piece of serotonin in my life. The violinist in me demands it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    4.5 stars This was SO CUTE and I loved this romance! First, it's a forbidden romance and there was so much riding on both of them if it got out that they were seeing each other. Jaewoo isn't allowed to date as a member of a very famous K-Pop group, especially after another member already dated someone and got into huge trouble. I really enjoyed how Jenny and Jaewoo were trying not to give in to their feelings for each other until they found it impossible and decided to risk everything for each ot 4.5 stars This was SO CUTE and I loved this romance! First, it's a forbidden romance and there was so much riding on both of them if it got out that they were seeing each other. Jaewoo isn't allowed to date as a member of a very famous K-Pop group, especially after another member already dated someone and got into huge trouble. I really enjoyed how Jenny and Jaewoo were trying not to give in to their feelings for each other until they found it impossible and decided to risk everything for each other. I loved how they spent more time together as they went to the same school in Seoul and how they got to meet each other's families and really open up to each other. I will say, Jenny was frustrating when she would blow off her friends and school for Jaewoo, especially since she was supposed to be an elite cello player. She wasn't practicing a whole lot and it was hard to believe she played on that level without showing her practicing for hours a day. I did love her relationship with the friends she made at school, especially with the other member in Jaewoo's group. Her relationship with her roommate was also really cute and I loved how all of those relationships developed throughout the book. The whole atmosphere of this book was just so fun and I would definitely recommend it as a cute forbidden YA romance!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    OMG! Are you kidding me? Things can't get better than the plot of this book: - Music as a trope , CHECK! - A meet-cute, CHECK! - A boy who's a member of a k-pop band, CHECK! - The I-didn't-know-he-was-famous trope, CHECK! - Forbidden love trope, CHECK! Okay, where can I buy this??!! *heads to Amazon* OMG! Are you kidding me? Things can't get better than the plot of this book: - Music as a trope , CHECK! - A meet-cute, CHECK! - A boy who's a member of a k-pop band, CHECK! - The I-didn't-know-he-was-famous trope, CHECK! - Forbidden love trope, CHECK! Okay, where can I buy this??!! *heads to Amazon*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beatrice Masaluñga

    XOXO is like watching those cute, lighthearted Korean dramas I stay tuned every night. I want more YA contemporaries similar to this book. 😭❤️ It's one of the books that you will surely fly through and just enjoy the story. Jenny and Jaewoo are adorable! The romance between these two talented musicians began in Los Angeles at Jenny's Uncle's Karaoke bar. Their first encounter is fun and carefree and Jenny is completely unaware that Jaewoo is part of a famous K-Pop group. Away from pressure a XOXO is like watching those cute, lighthearted Korean dramas I stay tuned every night. I want more YA contemporaries similar to this book. 😭❤️ It's one of the books that you will surely fly through and just enjoy the story. Jenny and Jaewoo are adorable! The romance between these two talented musicians began in Los Angeles at Jenny's Uncle's Karaoke bar. Their first encounter is fun and carefree and Jenny is completely unaware that Jaewoo is part of a famous K-Pop group. Away from pressure and fame, Jaewoo indeed enjoyed that night but he needs to return to Korea. When Jenny heard her grandmother is terminally ill, she and her mom flew to South Korea and for the meantime, she's an international transfer student in an elite arts academy. Stars aligned, she and Jaewoo crossed paths and learned that he's a superstar. However, he's forbidden to date. The first Korean drama that came into my mind when I was reading this was Heartstrings. It's one of my favorites starring Park Shin-Hye and Jung Yong-hwa (CN Blue) and I just can't help feeling the similarity. Our protagonists have different music genre. Jenny is into classical music while Jaewoo is into modern pop. The supporting characters in this novel are also great and each of them stood out without taking away the spotlight from Jenny and Jaewoo. Nathaniel and Sori are my favorites, I'd love to see these two in the future and have a second chance romance. Since Jenny grew up in U.S., I love her learning about the Korean culture and embrace her roots. She also made very good friends and it's obvious she enjoyed her stay. Jaewoo is obedient and hardworking guy. His years of training surely paid off and the dedication he puts in is all for his family. I admire him for living a life a little and stand his ground. I wish the musical events these characters participated are more elaborated and atmospheric. Overall, this is a feel-good YA contemporary and I recommend it. Props to Greta Jung for narrating the story. She nailed each character's personality.

  8. 5 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    the first half was fantastic, then the plot got a bit murky. the plot SEEMS like it would be cringy, but it’s SO not. this is the perfect YA beach read

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)

    Buckle up kiddos because this book was SO. MUCH. FUN. From boarding school adventures to secret romances with celebrities, XOXO is a book that is pure trashy (yet heartwarming) goodness. If you need a pick-me-up, are a K-Pop fan, or simply looking to marathon a K-Drama but don’t have time, this is the book for you! XOXO follows Jenny and Jaewoo who meet unexpectedly in Los Angeles at Jenny’s uncle noraebang, or karaoke bar. They have a magical night of dancing, singing, and exploring the city bef Buckle up kiddos because this book was SO. MUCH. FUN. From boarding school adventures to secret romances with celebrities, XOXO is a book that is pure trashy (yet heartwarming) goodness. If you need a pick-me-up, are a K-Pop fan, or simply looking to marathon a K-Drama but don’t have time, this is the book for you! XOXO follows Jenny and Jaewoo who meet unexpectedly in Los Angeles at Jenny’s uncle noraebang, or karaoke bar. They have a magical night of dancing, singing, and exploring the city before Jaewoo suddenly leaves. Three months later, Jenny and her mother move to South Korea to care for her ailing grandmother, and while she’s there, she’s enrolled in Seoul’s most prestigious arts academy. When she arrives at the school, she unexpectedly runs into Jaewoo who turns out to be the most popular idol in Korea’s most popular boy band, XOXO. You can think of the plotline as True Beauty meets Dream High plus any cheesy and fun pop-star Wattpad story. All the side characters in this book were also a joy to meet. We have Sori, Jenny’s roommate who’s cold at first but slowly opens up throughout the book. There’s Nathaniel, Jaewoo’s Korean American bandmate and Angela and Gi Taek, Jenny’s first friends at Seoul Arts Academy (Angela’s also Taiwanese American...my heart!!). Angela and Gi Taek honestly remind me of Soo Ah and Tae Hoon from True Beauty. The reason why I have to dock a star is because the pacing is SOOO rushed to the point where it hinders the reading experience. The book essentially tries to cram an entire season of a K-Drama into a mere 300 pages, but while a Korean drama would have the flexibility and at least 16 episodes to give the viewer time to breathe and absorb what's going on, that's not the case here. Since there’s so much content and ~iconic scenes~ for the plot to cover, a lot of the writing feels more “tell” than “show.” We gloss over important events, and scenes begin to blend together. Truthfully, it was often an information overload because one important event would happen right after another without any time for rest. However, XOXO was still an incredibly fun read with wonderful girl power friendships and heartwarming family moments between daughter, mother, and grandmother. We also have an honest discussion of mental health and idol life in the Korean entertainment industry as well as carving out one’s identity in the country your family is from. All in all, XOXO was the book I needed to get me out of a reading slump. A lot of the events aren’t realistic, but sometimes, you just want a story that will make you smile. This book is perfect for any K-Pop/K-Drama fan or if you just need something to brighten your day. Now...how do I contact the author to write a second book to wrap up the storylines of the side characters. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Blog (Read By Tiffany) | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Bloglovin

  10. 5 out of 5

    ⭐Navier Empress⭐

    This feels like a k-drama or Korean webtoon rom-con turned book of my dreams!!! 💜💜💜 (I Listened to this in the form of an audio book 10/10 recommended.) Another collage because I'm obsessed... You may enjoy if you like: K-pop stars 🎤✨ Forbidden romance 💗💔 Cello/instrument/music appreciation 🎻🎼🎵 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA (feels) 😩😭😤 Forgetting about your depression for 7 hours and 54 minutes. ( how long the audio book was.)💅 Wholesome Friendship dynamics💞 plot: After her cello concert, Jenny is told she doesn't This feels like a k-drama or Korean webtoon rom-con turned book of my dreams!!! 💜💜💜 (I Listened to this in the form of an audio book 10/10 recommended.) Another collage because I'm obsessed... You may enjoy if you like: K-pop stars 🎤✨ Forbidden romance 💗💔 Cello/instrument/music appreciation 🎻🎼🎵 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA (feels) 😩😭😤 Forgetting about your depression for 7 hours and 54 minutes. ( how long the audio book was.)💅 Wholesome Friendship dynamics💞 plot: After her cello concert, Jenny is told she doesn't have the “spark” to go from perfectly trained, to extraordinary. Taking her uncle's advice on the matter, to “live a little.” She challenges a boy at the karaoke bar she works at, to a karaoke battle. They meet again on the bus home and it leaves a lasting impression on Jenny. When she has the opportunity to go to korea to visit her halmeoni (grandma) and go to a performing arts school, she wants to meet up again, but despite giving her his number, and seeing her texts, he doesn't respond. When she arrives she realizes the boy, Jaywoo, is part of the k-pop group XOXO one of the three band members of whom are going to her school. Of course that's not her only problem, she's pretty sure her roommate hates her, her halmeoni needs to have surgery, and her mother has some built up frustration from the past.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ikram

    THIS IS SOOO CUTE AAAAH. If you are a fan of K-drama (and K-pop idols!) who is currently looking for a fluffy romanc ethat will make your heart swoon, may I present you with XOXO? This is a perfect summer and I'm so happy that one of my anticipated releases didn't disappoint. XOXO follows Jenny who works in her uncle's karaoke booth where she meets Jaewoo, one of XOXO members. Maybe the universe really says that they meant to be, because three months later when Jenny moves to SOuth Korea and enro THIS IS SOOO CUTE AAAAH. If you are a fan of K-drama (and K-pop idols!) who is currently looking for a fluffy romanc ethat will make your heart swoon, may I present you with XOXO? This is a perfect summer and I'm so happy that one of my anticipated releases didn't disappoint. XOXO follows Jenny who works in her uncle's karaoke booth where she meets Jaewoo, one of XOXO members. Maybe the universe really says that they meant to be, because three months later when Jenny moves to SOuth Korea and enrolls in elite arts academy where Jaewoo is also a student there. Their relationship grows despite the pressure from the press and Jaewoo's tight schedule. XOXO is a funny and light read! I personally love Axie Oh's writing. It was packed with humour and a lot of K-pop references. I can relate with the most with Jenny! Like her, I'm just started into liking K-pop grups, so it's so funny to see Jenny learning about basic K-pop stuffs. The dynamic between Jenny and Jaewoo ARE JUST CUTE! They're right when they say that XOXO is basically K-pop drama in books. Jenny's and Jaewoo's friends are nothing but supportive and that's probably another reason why I love this book. Highly recommended if you're looking for fluffy romance books to read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Llakshmi

    Let me tell you. I’m so happy this is YA; because if it was NA/A this would’ve gone in a completely different path. I loved this, I read it in one sitting and made me feel so happy and bubbly and content. jaewoo and Jenny meet coincidentally and spend the way together only for Jaewoo to disappear for the next couple of months without any word. That is, until Jenny gets admitted into a prestigious performance arts school and finds out that jaewoo goes there too. And he’s in a very famous k-pop g Let me tell you. I’m so happy this is YA; because if it was NA/A this would’ve gone in a completely different path. I loved this, I read it in one sitting and made me feel so happy and bubbly and content. jaewoo and Jenny meet coincidentally and spend the way together only for Jaewoo to disappear for the next couple of months without any word. That is, until Jenny gets admitted into a prestigious performance arts school and finds out that jaewoo goes there too. And he’s in a very famous k-pop group. “Because the truth is, I don’t need him. I have a whole life that’s separate from his. But I still want to be with him. I want to be there for him when he’s unhappy just as much as I want to be there for him when he’s happy. Though I hope he’s never unhappy because it physically hurts when he’s unhappy, you know?” I loved that the author gave equal importance to all aspects of Jenny‘s life. Forming new friendships, her relationship with Jaewoo, her friendship with jaewoo’s band, her relation with her mom and grandmother The forbidden aspect really played an important role here and I loved that. I feel like I’m most of my recent romances, the forbidden aspect is only for the sake of the trope or because they hate each other so they’re forbidden to be together? Like that makes sense🙄. But here. It was so good. Then sneaking around and finding time to be together was adorable. I also adored the budding friendship between Jenny and Sori. It was a very supportive and understanding friendship which was not easy and definitely flawed. Overall. I say try this. It’ll definitely make you happy. “What time is it? Don’t you have your own beautiful performance to get to?” He stops laughing. “Oh shit, you’re right. I forgot about that.” “You forgot about it!” He grins, which is completely unfair, because with his makeup and that outfit, it’s like a cupid’s arrow to my heart. “My girlfriend that I was in love with who broke up with me on a hospital rooftop three months ago in Seoul shows up right before my concert in New York City. Yeah, I forgot about it.”

  13. 4 out of 5

    Simran

    Okay I loved this book!! I luckily work for a publisher so I got my hands on the manuscript and as soon as they announced the cover i had to read it!! Living the dream of a y/n fan in this book, I mean can I please find my KPOP star to fall in love with!! PLEASE SOMEONE MAKE THIS INTO A KDRAMA 🥰🥰🥰

  14. 4 out of 5

    katie ❀

    ahhh we're getting another kpop book! i just finished one but it turns out that i'm now hopelessly addicted to them. and that cover though!! ahhh we're getting another kpop book! i just finished one but it turns out that i'm now hopelessly addicted to them. and that cover though!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    4.5! definitely needed an extra chapter at the end or an epilogue!! it ended tooooooo quick 😭

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charmel

    OKAAYY AAAAAHHHH!! THIS WAS LIKE A KDRAMA TURNED INTO A BOOK AKXNSJJAJBS 😭❤️ I AM HEAD OVER HEELS RN AND I'VE OFFICIALLY JOINED THE XOXO FANDOM! (my bias is nathaniel hihi) i know the whole concept thingy or tropes here aren't original and u can see them everywhere, but i mean, who cares??!! im such a sucker for anything kpop related in books and yes, this is literally me fangirling😌 plus that BEAUTIFUL GORGEOUS STUNNING COVER, ohmygod!! i swear this book didn't disappoint 사랑해 재우! 사랑해요 나타니엘! 사랑해 x OKAAYY AAAAAHHHH!! THIS WAS LIKE A KDRAMA TURNED INTO A BOOK AKXNSJJAJBS 😭❤️ I AM HEAD OVER HEELS RN AND I'VE OFFICIALLY JOINED THE XOXO FANDOM! (my bias is nathaniel hihi) i know the whole concept thingy or tropes here aren't original and u can see them everywhere, but i mean, who cares??!! im such a sucker for anything kpop related in books and yes, this is literally me fangirling😌 plus that BEAUTIFUL GORGEOUS STUNNING COVER, ohmygod!! i swear this book didn't disappoint 사랑해 재우! 사랑해요 나타니엘! 사랑해 xoxo! <3

  17. 4 out of 5

    BookNightOwl

    It was just okay for me. Felt like it was all over the place. Also felt like there was way to much going on but it wasn't good enough. Was highly disappointed. A low three have it a c- It was just okay for me. Felt like it was all over the place. Also felt like there was way to much going on but it wasn't good enough. Was highly disappointed. A low three have it a c-

  18. 5 out of 5

    gauri

    “i meant to tell you earlier,” he says with one last devastating smile, even though i just broke his heart and mine, “you were beautiful tonight." ahh this was such an adorable and fun read!! especially if you love the romance and dreamy scenes in kdramas, this book would definitely be enjoyable to read. i loved the friendships that developed, both in jenny's school and with the k-pop group, xoxo, who formed amazing supporting characters. i wouldn't mind to read a spin off about sori and nat “i meant to tell you earlier,” he says with one last devastating smile, even though i just broke his heart and mine, “you were beautiful tonight." ahh this was such an adorable and fun read!! especially if you love the romance and dreamy scenes in kdramas, this book would definitely be enjoyable to read. i loved the friendships that developed, both in jenny's school and with the k-pop group, xoxo, who formed amazing supporting characters. i wouldn't mind to read a spin off about sori and nathaniel!!! the secret romance between jenny and jaewoo is so *clenches fist* sweet, i adore them and adored to read about them being infatuated with each other! the setting, seoul and the korean culture is so refreshing. axie paints a stunning picture of it like the city has come alive. i love that it touched upon topics like family bonds, idol culture and mental health. and jenny is definitely a relatable protagonist, striving for her future and excelling at her talent, cello. i really liked the ending! it felt realistic with them following their dreams but also it was happy. xoxo is a feel good rom-com, a story that simply makes you smile giddily!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sylvie

    There should be more YA's as fun and as cute like this! There should be more YA's as fun and as cute like this!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Lanz

    Did I read this because of the cover? Absolutely I did. I had no idea I was getting into a secret-relationship romance between a cellist major and a k-pop idol. PLUS it takes place in Seoul Korea. Prime escapism, I know. Full review to come! :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    “If cellists have fan clubs, Jenny, I want to join yours.” I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS. This novel felt like I was reading a kdrama! And because I can’t help but binge watch kdramas, I devoured this in two sittings. It would’ve been one, but I had to wake up early the next morning and decided that pulling an all-nighter wasn’t the smartest decision. This book is full of friendship, drama, and romance. There are hilarious moments and heartbreaking scenes. I wish I could reread it right now because i “If cellists have fan clubs, Jenny, I want to join yours.” I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS. This novel felt like I was reading a kdrama! And because I can’t help but binge watch kdramas, I devoured this in two sittings. It would’ve been one, but I had to wake up early the next morning and decided that pulling an all-nighter wasn’t the smartest decision. This book is full of friendship, drama, and romance. There are hilarious moments and heartbreaking scenes. I wish I could reread it right now because it lifted me out of my sad mood and filled my heart with bubbles. I loved all the characters and their connections. Everyone was so fleshed out and I felt like I was hanging out alongside them! The friendship between Jenny and Sori was beautifully written and I loved how they opened up to one another. Sori is a character who I hope gets her own novel—she deserves her happy ending. Family is also a huge part of this novel, and I adored Jenny’s relationship with her halmeoni. Their bond was really sweet and I loved their time together. As a huge kpop fan, I found myself squealing constantly. I loved all the kpop aspects and smiled because it felt like I was part of a world I have always admired from a screen. Jaewoo and Jenny’s romance was really sweet and I couldn’t help but feel like a cheerleader cheering them on from the sidelines. Jenny felt like such a realistic heroine, she makes mistakes and grows throughout this novel. It takes some time for her to discover what it is she wants and she isn’t always sure if she is making the right choice, and I loved her all the more for it. I cannot wait to see what Axie Oh releases next (and I need to delve into her backlist!). * i read an ARC via Harper Teen/Epic Reads *

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rida Quraishi

    This was sooooo good!!! 😍😍😍 I have been DYING for a good YA contemporary and Axie Oh just came in and said, "I got you, babe!" It's very surprising to know that this is a debut novel because the writing style, the consideration into the story and character development - it's all super amazing. It was very nuanced and I fell for the story and its characters. HARD! 💕 “People do strange things to protect their hearts. But when you’re afraid, your heart is closed, and it’s never the right time, bu This was sooooo good!!! 😍😍😍 I have been DYING for a good YA contemporary and Axie Oh just came in and said, "I got you, babe!" It's very surprising to know that this is a debut novel because the writing style, the consideration into the story and character development - it's all super amazing. It was very nuanced and I fell for the story and its characters. HARD! 💕 “People do strange things to protect their hearts. But when you’re afraid, your heart is closed, and it’s never the right time, but when your heart is open, and you’re willing to be brave enough to take a chance, the time is always right.” The story is about Jenny, who is a cellist and wants to make it into Manhattan School of Music. But at one of her performances, the judges give a feedback that although she's great at what he she does on paper, she lacks "spark". As she's dealing with that, she meets Jaewoo in a Karaoke room at her workplace. They instantly hit it off and they go about town having a great time together, but then he leaves. They text for a while but eventually ghosts her. But then, due to some family emergency, Jenny's mom has to go to Seoul, South Korea, and Jenny decides to accompany her in search of her "spark". That's when she gets hit by the newsflash that Jaewoo is actually the lead vocalist in a boy band named XOXO here, with a huge fan following. To add on to that, they're apparently in the same school! Would she get her answers as to why he ghosted her? Would those answers be enough? Would she be able make friends here - something she struggled with back home? Would she be able to make it into MSM? and eventually, would she find her "spark"? "People who live for tomorrow should fear the people who live for today... "Because the people who live for tomorrow don't take risks. They're afraid of the consequences. While the people who live for today have nothing to lose, so they fight tooth and nail. Jaewoo and Jenny are sooo adorable together and as individuals! I love their characters and how they are with their respective family and friends. And their interactions with each other, although are a little mysterious and stilted after they meet in Seoul, they become much better with time. I was blushing sooo much along the way. Every time Jenny said "Oh my God!" in her head, I was saying the same! 😂 These two were sooo cute and adorable together! It made me into a puddle of mush! Also both the characters were very hard working and were passionate about what they do, which was beautiful to read about. Also, the side characters? Sign me up in that group please! I wish we get a sequel where we get to follow the story of Sori and Nathaniel. I'd love to know what happened to them post the events of this book. If all these plus points were not enough, add to it the overload of Korean food mentions and descriptions present in this book! I had so much of kimbap, tteokbokki, and jajangmyeon while reading this book because of all the cravings this book induced!!! 😍🍜💕 And, the picture that Axie Oh created in my head of Seoul is soo beautiful!! I'd love to be able to visit Seoul once and eat the original Korean food 💕

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jimin'sRamenNoodles (ThatKpopGirl)

    ⭐❤️ANOTHER K-POP BOOK YESSSSSSSSS. ❤️⭐ Still reading, but it's pretty good so far!! I love how authentically Korean it is. The descriptions of South Korea are perfect and there is PLENTY of romantic tension between the mains thus far!! Can't wait to finish. Overall I'd say, this is my SECOND favorite K-pop book, Bias being my first. This is better than Comeback though, the plot being more smooth and realistic! I think XOXO also focuses more on the Korean culture than Somewhere Only We Know. The ⭐❤️ANOTHER K-POP BOOK YESSSSSSSSS. ❤️⭐ Still reading, but it's pretty good so far!! I love how authentically Korean it is. The descriptions of South Korea are perfect and there is PLENTY of romantic tension between the mains thus far!! Can't wait to finish. Overall I'd say, this is my SECOND favorite K-pop book, Bias being my first. This is better than Comeback though, the plot being more smooth and realistic! I think XOXO also focuses more on the Korean culture than Somewhere Only We Know. The reason why I'm reluctant: Bias definitely outways XOXO in amazing food descriptions though, and I thought the main's personality, Wooyeong, was much deeper and mature than Jaewoo in here. ⭐⭐I would TOTALLY recommend to ANYONE who loves K-pop!!! And I am SUPER SUPER GLAD MORE K-POP BOOKS ARE COMING OUT THANK YOU AXIE OH.⭐⭐ ***FULL REVIEW TO COME***

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This book is a lighthearted romance between a cellist & a kpop star that is absolutely adorable, I loved every second of it. It definitely is a rom com in a book & I would recommend it everyone

  25. 4 out of 5

    Miya

    First of all that cover is stunning!! Second, Kpop fans get ready to fall in love. We need more stories like this. Lighthearted, fun, romance...YES! More more more! Can there be a sequel? A movie? Anything? I’m not ready to be done with this! Loved it loved it loved it!! Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

    4 STARS This was so lovely, I was itrigued from the begining and Ienjoyed the storyline.Jenny and Jaewoo who meet unexpectedly in Los Angeles, I have to admit it was fun.I loved Jenny , she is storng. This is perfect for kpop and kdramas fans like me!It was sweet and heartwarming.The romance gaves me butterflies , it's sweet. "People do strange things to protect their hearts. But when you’re afraid, your heart is closed, and it’s never the right time, but when your heart is open, and you’re willin 4 STARS This was so lovely, I was itrigued from the begining and Ienjoyed the storyline.Jenny and Jaewoo who meet unexpectedly in Los Angeles, I have to admit it was fun.I loved Jenny , she is storng. This is perfect for kpop and kdramas fans like me!It was sweet and heartwarming.The romance gaves me butterflies , it's sweet. "People do strange things to protect their hearts. But when you’re afraid, your heart is closed, and it’s never the right time, but when your heart is open, and you’re willing to be brave enough to take a chance, the time is always right." Overall , it was a great read.Cannot wait to read more books from this author.     

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This BOOK. ❌⭕️❌⭕️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Hi. Do you love Kdrama/Kpop? Have you been missing travel something fierce and have always wanted to fall in love with (and in) Seoul, South Korea? Then this is your book. Fun, hilarious, full of heart, and swooooony. This book is an ode to all KPOP/DRAMA lovers. Wrist grab? ✔️ Running from bad guys? ✔️ late night swings? ✔️ Subway? ✔️ Hot idol? ✔️ cute cafes? ✔️ bromance good enough for kdrama? ✔️ friendship that is just as amazing as romance? ✔️ After you read this book This BOOK. ❌⭕️❌⭕️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Hi. Do you love Kdrama/Kpop? Have you been missing travel something fierce and have always wanted to fall in love with (and in) Seoul, South Korea? Then this is your book. Fun, hilarious, full of heart, and swooooony. This book is an ode to all KPOP/DRAMA lovers. Wrist grab? ✔️ Running from bad guys? ✔️ late night swings? ✔️ Subway? ✔️ Hot idol? ✔️ cute cafes? ✔️ bromance good enough for kdrama? ✔️ friendship that is just as amazing as romance? ✔️ After you read this book and you become as obsessed as me, just know that *I*am the president of the Kiss and Hug fan club. (Self appointed) I am OT4 but my wrecker is Nathaniel. FIVE STARS!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chaerin

    This is might be one of my favorite books I will read this year! I absolutely loved it and stayed up all night to finish reading it. It's delightful and lighthearted story, perfect for fans of kpop and people who are interested in kdrama and Korea. I hope we will get another book connected to this book, maybe even series? I would love to read meet those characters once again and get more story about Nathaniel and Sori. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me copy of book in excha This is might be one of my favorite books I will read this year! I absolutely loved it and stayed up all night to finish reading it. It's delightful and lighthearted story, perfect for fans of kpop and people who are interested in kdrama and Korea. I hope we will get another book connected to this book, maybe even series? I would love to read meet those characters once again and get more story about Nathaniel and Sori. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me copy of book in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cass

    ★½ Because tonight, the world is ours. The hits keep coming, friends. I'm absolutely exhausted. This is me screaming out for help, and also begging YA editors to have a firmer hand with their authors. For anyone who doesn't know, I'm a huge k-pop fan (girl groups, specifically). And yet, not a single book about k-pop that I've picked up has satisfied me. They have all been so undeniably and unbearably cheesy. Sadly, this one is the worst of the bunch. Prior to this, I've picked up I'll Be the One by ★½ Because tonight, the world is ours. The hits keep coming, friends. I'm absolutely exhausted. This is me screaming out for help, and also begging YA editors to have a firmer hand with their authors. For anyone who doesn't know, I'm a huge k-pop fan (girl groups, specifically). And yet, not a single book about k-pop that I've picked up has satisfied me. They have all been so undeniably and unbearably cheesy. Sadly, this one is the worst of the bunch. Prior to this, I've picked up I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee, and Shine by Jessica Jung('s ghostwriter). What garnered those a slightly better rating was, well, the fact that they were far more readable. My central gripe with this book branches out to every other issue I have with it. Namely, it is so, so poorly written. I've never read anything on Wattpad, but I'm certain that the writing quality here is on par with what you'd get there. It commits the biggest "tell and no show" sins I've encountered in quite some time. There is barely any description (aside from the occasional location description, and some effort into what the male idols are wearing) and tons of repetitive syntax, making it near impossible to sink into the world. Even worse, the characters are so poorly drawn. I know nothing about the main character, Jenny, really. I know she's apparently a good enough cellist to be attending college for it, despite the fact that she doesn't seem to practice nearly enough. I know that she has a mother and a grandmother. I know that she likes an even less interesting character named Jaewoo. And that's about it. The side characters are no better; they are, in fact, interchangeable in my mind. They are given no backgrounds and speak in the same manner and tone, completely cut and paste onto one another. I'm meant to invest in their relationships and conflicts when I have no investment in them as people. It's completely bizarre. The plot construction is equally egregious. Conflicts are either solved in an instant — ergo, Jenny becoming best friends with her incredibly hostile roommate Sori after one conversation — or just forgotten about entirely. A bully somehow stops being a bully because Jenny befriends the person she was bullying? A rookie idol's relationship — which would be a huge scandal in real life — is completely accepted by his company and his fans with absolutely no repercussions? The last act of the novel is absolutely stuffed with Issues™️ to make up for the fact that the first three quarters are completely meandering and plotless, leaving untied threads or hastily created conclusions. Why didn't an editor take a red pen to all of this, I beg. This barely escapes the lowest rating I dole out because two of Jaewoo's groupmates were pretty adorable. Despite their lacking in the personality department, they got a smile or two out of me. I wish we had gotten more of their group dynamics and their experiences as idols rather than...whatever this was.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    A super fun read!

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