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Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere Only We Know

Written by Maurene Goo

Narrated by David Shih and Emily Woo Zeller


Somewhere Only We Know

Written by Maurene Goo

Narrated by David Shih and Emily Woo Zeller

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3.5/5 (77 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
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Released:
Dec 31, 2019
ISBN:
9781630156343
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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.

Publisher:
Released:
Dec 31, 2019
ISBN:
9781630156343
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Maurene Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper, one thousand cousins, and piles of books. She studied communication at UC San Diego and then later received a Masters in publishing, writing, and literature at Emerson College. Before publishing her first book, Since You Asked, she worked in both textbook and art book publishing. She has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.


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  • (4/5)
    So cute! Perfect fluffy romance that had good main characters and a moving plot line! And the main leads had so much chemistry!
  • (3/5)
    Enjoyable, but a little too cliche. The start was also a little hard to go with.
  • (4/5)
    Lucky is a K-pop star on the brink of hitting the U.S. radar. Jack is taking a gap year, interning with his father but practicing his photography on the side as a paparazzi.. The two quickly intersect as Lucky sneaks out of the hotel in search of a burger. This was a fun read. Is k-rom-com a thing? This book brimmed with great descriptions of Hong Kong, along with Lucky and Jack's foibles, fears and love of food.
  • (4/5)
    Having now read two books by Maurene Goo, I think I can say three things about her: she has an entertaining sense of humor; she has a great insight into teenage concerns and dialogue; and she is totally into food.This book is a young adult retelling of “Roman Holiday” only with a better ending. [“Roman Holiday” is a 1953 American romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. In that movie, Audrey Hepburn is a royal princess who escapes from her handlers in order to see Rome on her own, and Gregory Peck is the reporter chasing her for a scoop. His plans are upended however when he inconveniently falls in love with her.]In this book, “Lucky” is the moniker of a big idol in K-pop, the popular South Korean music genre. K-pop is known [in real life as well as in the book] not only for its distinctive performance style, but for the close management of its artists. For one thing, these manufactured teenage idols live together in a regulated environment and spend many hours a day training, especially in dance, an integral part of K-pop. The performers have strict diets, and must adhere to rigid codes stipulating acceptable speech, appearance and behavior so as to maintain a “perfect” unblemished image with zero scandals. Consequences of a violation are severe.Lucky is 17, and although she was born and bred in L.A., she now lives in Seoul with a team of handlers. As the story opens, she is performing in Hong Kong, staying at a fancy hotel surrounded by managers and bodyguards who make sure she doesn’t leave and doesn’t eat anything except salads. In a few days, she is scheduled to make her debut on American television, a huge opportunity. But she feels like the thrill of performing is gone; everything is so tightly regulated, and she doesn’t feel joy anymore. Most of all, Lucky would kill for an “In-N-Out Burger” or even just any hamburger. In spite of having taken her mandated sleeping medication, she manages to sneak out of the hotel and into the city of Hong Kong in search of food.In alternate chapters, we hear from Jack Lim, 17, also originally from L.A., but currently in Hong Kong. He is taking a “gap year” before college, and working as an intern at his father’s bank. He hates the job and wants to be a photojournalist. He is moonlighting on the side as a paparazzi, taking surreptitious photos of high-profile people for exposés in a sleazy tabloid. He will do anything to be able to take pictures for a profession; photography is his passion.Out in the street, Jack bumps into Lucky, who is groggy and lost. At first he doesn’t know who she is, but he is not the type of guy who wouldn't try to help someone in her situation. When she passes out, he takes her back to his apartment so she can sleep off what he assumes has been too much to drink. While she is conked out, he checks his twitter feed and inadvertently discovers who she is. This could be his chance for a career-making scoop.If you’ve seen “Roman Holiday,” you know what happens next. The two spend the next day together, seeing the sites and having a wonderful time, with Jack taking pictures on the sly.But of course they fall for each other, and worse yet, Lucky finds out about the photos, and that Jack has been using her. Pictures of her having a "normal" life - especially with a boy! - could destroy her career. She is hurt and angry, and Jack is devastated. After an upsetting confrontation, they both go their own ways. Nevertheless, while they only spent one day together, each inspired the other to change and to alter the course of dreams that had seemed unattainable.Evaluation: This is a wonderful travel guide to Hong Kong and its food, as well as an entertaining rom-com. It’s a fun read with a satisfying ending but also carries a message about finding out what is important in your life.N.B. Don’t read it on a diet.
  • (3/5)
    Evergreen Bk Award nominee. A dual narration between two young adults as they navigate the working world of K-Pop music industry, "Lucky", and Jack, the world of tabloid journalism as a way to make ends meet and NOT go to the college his parents were hoping for. Escaping her handlers from the fancy highrise hotel, Lucky, disguised as best she can, goes out into the Hong Kong night and attempts to stay awake in spite of the dose of sleeping pills she always takes - and Jack, worried about this dozing (drunk?) girl alone on a Hong Kong bus...decides to follow her. What transpires is a series of Hong Kong nightlife, near misses with suave "players" at a nightclub, and the police, a chaste stay over at Jack's apt and a meet up with Charlie, Jack's taxi-driving friend and unabashed fan (not as much as his sister) of Lucky. Less than a couple days -and then it shifts to "a year later" plot developments; this has got movie written all over it. A "meet cute" romance between two Californian Korean young adults; too much "telling" and internal dialogue going on throughout entire book but definitely a sweet love story.
  • (3/5)
    I'm a big fan of Maureen Goo, so I was really looking forward to reading this. While I enjoyed it well enough, I'm sorry to say that it didn't grab me like her previous titles.

    Somewhere Only We Know takes place primarily over the course of one day in Hong Kong. Our protagonists are Lucky, a wildly successful K-Pop star on the verge of her American debut, and Jack, a photographer moonlighting as a paparazzo while working up the courage to reject his parents' plan for his life. Both are hiding something: Lucky has shed her famous persona, relishing the chance to be a normal girl for a day, while Jack has figured out who she is and is hoping to document their day together and make his big break as a photographer. For both, this day in Hong Kong is a chance to reevaluate their plans and make some tough choices.

    I had two big problems with this book, and the first was Jack. I just found it too skeevy that he was secretly photographing her the whole time and that he was using her to make his big break. The second problem was the pacing: I just don't buy that kind of insta-love, especially with all the lies between them. Between those two concerns, I spent most of the book waiting for reality to come crashing down on them, which didn't make for a fun reading experience. This book actually took me weeks to complete, since I actually kind of didn't want to know what was going to happen next. I ended up devouring the final chapters in just one sitting, but I'm still conflicted on how it wrapped up. Some scenes had me cheering and practically pumping my fists from my couch, but certain major plot points were too quickly and tidily resolved.

    All in all, I'm pretty conflicted about this title. I was personally a little disappointed, but that won't stop me from recommending it to the teens in my library. I enjoyed it well enough for a fluffy romance, and I suspect I would have liked it a lot more as a teenager.

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley to read in exchange for an honest review.