Author: Stephan Lee
Expected Publication Date: September 15, 2020
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So when Candace secretly enters a global audition held by SLK’s music label, the last thing she expects is to actually get a coveted spot in their trainee program. And convincing her strict parents to let her to go is all but impossible … although it’s nothing compared to what comes next.
Under the strict supervision of her instructors at the label’s headquarters in Seoul, Candace must perfect her performance skills to within an inch of her life, learn to speak Korean fluently, and navigate the complex hierarchies of her fellow trainees, all while following the strict rules of the industry. Rule number one? NO DATING, which becomes impossible to follow when she meets a dreamy boy trainee. And in the all-out battle to debut, Candace is in danger of planting herself in the middle of a scandal lighting up the K-pop fandom around the world.
If she doesn’t have what it takes to become a perfect, hair-flipping K-pop idol, what will that mean for her family, who have sacrificed everything to give her the chance? And is a spot in the most hyped K-pop girl group of all time really worth risking her friendships, her future, and everything she believes in?
The biggest take away from this book is getting a look into what being a trainee would be like. Some of it was straight up brutal and while I hope that the K-Pop companies aren’t this problematic and bullying, know that it’s happening. I for one have caught myself comparing my body or skin to an idol. Imagine having the people who manage your carrier tell you to get better skin, put you on a deadly diet, or just downright push you too far? I applaud this book for showing that side.
Our main character Candace was a force to be dealt with. I loved her spirit and how she never quit. We go through her journey with her and it was a fun and wild ride.
We have so many K-Pop references here, so I feel even if you aren’t a K-Pop fan you won’t be lost. This talked about so many songs and actions that made me happy as a fan. Ya girl really felt seen! Let me know if you want any song or group recommendations!
Why I couldn’t give this one five stars was because of the romance and the ending. The romance was a bit undeveloped to me. I never felt the chemistry between them. As far as the ending, I would have liked an epilogue at least. Even if it was just a paragraph. I’m uncertain if this is supposed to be part of a series or not. It ended like it could be. If not, then it ended a bit abrupt to me.
All in all, I enjoyed my time reading this book. It’s super fast paced and entertaining. New K-Pop fan or old, give it a try!