Book Review: Somewhere Only We Know by Maureen Goo

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Published in 2019 by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing.

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Romance.

Page Count: 328

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Sparks fly between a K pop starlet and a tabloid reporter in this 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.

My Review:

This was such a fun, cute, fast paced and addictive read! I had been so curious about this one for a while now, so I was super excited when I finally picked it up!

I’m so glad I did, too! I instantly adored the main character, Lucky and I felt like it was just so much fun reading this snapshot of her life – honestly, she read like a real person – so much vibrancy and playfulness, curiosity and passion for her music, yet you could tell there was an underlying fragility to her fame – with the story revealing Lucky had to always be on strict diets, never being able to control her own career as a K-Pop star, knowing that it’s likely she can’t change the media or those that are helping with her career- it can’t be on her terms, always someone else’s. I just really felt for her!

The story was told from Lucky’s POV, as well as Jack’s too – I really wished I could have liked him as much as I did Lucky, but alas, it was not to be. I just felt like from the start his interactions with Lucky were all just for his own profit, he had a pre-meditated idea of how famous people were and how selfish they are and everything, he assumed he would be doing Lucky’s career a favour by exploiting these photos of her!

I felt like he would’ve just ruined her though?! And he willingly lead her into believing that he didn’t know who she was, even though he did, giving her the false pretense that he had fallen for her demeanour as Fern, a shy girl in church choir. I mean, I understand Lucky wanting to not admit who she is upfront, she feels like she carries a burden, tired of always having to maintain a level of perfection with her career, knowing and feeling that she could be easily replaced, but just wanting to not be known for one night and wanting to eat what she wants and go where she wants, without her plethora of security to escort her!

On that note though, I will add one of the many things that I also adored about Lucky is how openly enthusiastic she is about food and how she knows she has a huge appetite, its just so refreshing and glorious to read about! When Lucky and Jack are on their adventure of a day, they indulge in so many tasty sounding Hong Konf dishes, from dumplings to mysterious cakes with sweet milk and everything in between, I was getting so hungry when reading this book!

The setting! I can’t even remember the last time that I read something set in Hong Kong, but I feel like I could easily envision the hustle and bustle of this hectic city! From the constant hum of the crowds of people, to the hubub of when Lucky and Jack go to a tourist hotspot, viewing the highest peak in Hong Kong, I feel like I could visualise it all!

Although I thought Jack’s actions were slightly jerky at times, I can’t deny that I absolutely adored his chemistry with Lucky! Their playful banter was completely adorable and their chemistry was lovely! I love how their feelings developed throughout, Jack was trying to stay on top of his agenda, and Lucky was trying to remain as the one who held the cards, suggesting what they should eat or experience next and it was just too cute!!

This is honestly just such a fun, quick read, it had me feeling many a feel and I think you all will too if you decide to read it!

Happy Reading,


About the Author:

(from Goodreads)
Maurene Goo grew is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE and THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and cat, Maeby.


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