I love the Korean culture. Ever since I started watching Korean dramas, I’ve found myself sucked into their world: the music, the celebrities, the food, oh my goodness, the food. This is probably the biggest reason why I’m so excited for Hello, I Love You, by Katie M. Stout! Add in the fact that it’s said to have the feel of Anna and the French Kiss (which I loved) and Pride and Prejudice (which I loved) and I’m completely sold on the book.
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? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.
The cover of this book has this cutesy feel to it with the animations which is really part of the Korean culture – the cutenesss, or aegyo as they call it. Hello, I Love You, feels like it’s going to be a light and fun romance that will have been grinning the whole way through. I’m hoping that the romance or attraction between Grace and Jason takes center-stage in this book, because that’s really what I’m most looking forward to in this book. I have no apprehensions about this book, I just can’t wait to see how their love blooms!
Katie M. Stout is a self-proclaimed Korean drama enthusiast (like me) so I have complete faith that Hello, I Love You, will be a great YA contemporary debut for her!