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    A good read

    This was a book that I was looking forward to since I first heard about it and I was not disapointed
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    Fun and entertaining read!

    This book really surprised me! I have to say that it's certainly true that no two people read the same book. Based on the reviews that I have seen about this book, I was skeptical if I would gain anything from it other than a headache. As luck turns out, I am on the outside of the fence when it comes to the consensus on this book. I rather enjoyed it a lot. I think that what I liked most about this book was the two main characters' individual journeys. Grace and Jason, who are also the love interests in this book, are both running from something. They are each dealing with some serious issues and the end up being the only person in each other's corner to help them through the tough spots. And for Grace, it is even harder when she is falling in love with a man that she feels reminds her of every man that has ever betrayed her, abandoned her, and hurt her. They are forced to deal with some sensitive issues like depression, suicide, guilt, alcohol abuse, substance abuse, neglect, and some severe family issues. They are also forced with making decisions for their own lives instead of letting others dictate their lives and futures for them. And then they have to deal with the consequences of their choices, both for themselves and for those they care about. In the end, they both realize that they both have problems, but they aren't anything that can't be fixed. I did like the display of Korean cultural within the book. I don't really know how accurate they are, especially when it comes to KPOP since that's not my thing, but I felt things were adequately portrayed. My husband is Korean American and both his mother and grandmother are from South Korea so I have picked up some things here and there. I liked Grace's journey with the Korean culture as well as her personal journey. She struggled a bit at the beginning with some culture shock but adapted well enough. Though I will be honest that I found it hard to believe that she lived all that time in Korea without ever learning the language. She takes a Korean language class at school and makes passing grades, but she still can't carry on a conversation with locals? Overall, I felt the world building was excellently crafted. I truly felt like I was living in Grace's shoes traversing a foreign country. I found Grace's personality a bit unlikeable at the beginning of the book. She comes off as a bit of a snob and sometimes even came across as disrespectful. By the end of the book I could see that she had changed from the beginning, and her personality traits from the beginning of the book make more sense the more you get to know her, what her family life was life before moving to Korea, and the things that transpired in her life prior to moving to Korea. It is easy to see someone that has gone through so much pain and had an upbringing such as hers act the way that she did at the start. I loved the representation of friendship in this book. Especially the female friendship that Grace had with her roommate, Sophie. It was also present in Grace's emails and texts with her sister back home in Nashville. I thought that the romance was adorable. Very believable and a delight to watch the characters fall in love with each other over their shared love of music, their similar "famous" status, and ultimately their shared pain and helping each other through the other's pain by being there for them and being a friend when no one else was there for them. Overall, I felt that this was a fun and entertaining read that also touched on some sensitive issues along the way. While I felt that they were tackled very plainly, they also gracefully. The overall theme was to be able to move on with your life after dealing with serious issues and also being able to be in control of your own life and your own future. I feel like this book is definitely worth reading and I have so much praise for it!

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