Book: Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
Expected Publication Is May 7, 2019 by Farrar, Straus, And Giroux|Expected Number Of Pages: 320 pages
Where I Got It: I received an e-ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
I really liked Somewhere Only We Know! I swear, Goo writes the cutest books, and this one was no exception.
I will say, it took me a while to get into it. Jack and Lucky both narrate, and I think that’s why I had a hard time with the book at first. It was hard to get into each character, but as the book went on, I got more settled into things, and I ended up really enjoyed the story.
It happens over a pretty short period of time, and it’s quite the adventure for both Jack and Lucky. There really isn’t a lot of romance- it’s more hinted at than anything else, and while father-daughter relationships are pretty important in her other books, it’s not something we see in this book. It has the same feel as her other books but it doesn’t have some of the same elements I’ve seen from her. Still, it was really fun and really cute, and I really liked seeing them explore Hong Kong together.
The Sun Is Also A Star is a pretty good read-alike for this one, in the sense that it’s the one-day romance where they’ll never see each other again…or find each other years later as adults. Even though we get an epilogue, and see what happens after the events of the book, part of me wonders how things worked for both Lucky and Jack. Romantically, of course, but also in their personal lives.
As for Jack and Lucky, I really liked Lucky but I was not a fan of Jack. I think having his perspective really hurt, because we see and know things Lucky does not. It made it really hard to like him and even though we see him change, it was really hard to get behind it knowing what we, as readers, know.
4 stars. I really liked it, and it’s a cute book. I wasn’t a fan of Jack, but I really liked Lucky. I also wish I had more to say about this book, but I don’t. It’s definitely worth reading, especially if you like K-Pop.