From #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes a standalone new adult romance set in the competitive world of K-pop.
It’s not all K-dramas and happily ever afters.
Intern with Korea’s number one record label? Yes, please.
Find out there’s a huge scandal I need to help “manage”… not so much.
Add in the fact that I don’t recognize the “superstars” of the label and think they’re interns…
And my dream job quickly becomes more of a nightmare.
But I’m in Seoul, the one place that is beginning to feel more and more like home...
Except it isn’t home, and the drama surrounding the biggest K-pop group in the world, SWT, is consuming my every moment.
Spoiler alert. They hate me.
Everything I do is wrong: wrong clothes, wrong honorifics, wrong manners.
Till the leader of SWT takes pity on me.
But pity is dangerous when it comes from someone as beautiful as him.
Every SWT member is gorgeous, perfect, and cultivated to be an idol… lethal to a girl’s heart.
But fame plus a perfect face and voice don’t equal an easy life. As their comeback nears, the stakes rise higher.
All I want to do is survive.
But the price for survival might mean losing my heart.
And like a character in a K-drama, I’m not sure if there will be an actual happily ever after…
Or simply a lesson learned.
Really loved reading this story. There was insight to what k-pop idols go through: their struggles, their work regimen, and the pressures of being in the public. It was interesting to learn how they train and become popular. Wow! Shocking to say the least…drama!
Grace, who gets a chance of a lifetime, got off on the wrong foot at her first day of work. There was a culture barrier she had to learn and overcome. Of course she became friends and ended up crushing on one of them. Their love-hate relationship was enough to give me whiplash…ha! However it was a good romance.
This is different from what RVD writes, as I enjoyed all the books I purchased. This one was close to my heart, as I am half Korean. If you need a little something different and want to know more of the younger generations’ dating lives…give this book a change. It is refreshing.
Also this story tackles serious issues: suicide and eating disorder. This book deals with a lot of emotions and how you react to those emotions can affect other people and their outlook in life. It was eye opening. A must read!
An absolute top read for 2021 and may I dare even say for 2022.
Rachel Van Dyken breaks the stigma of one that most people if not everyone can relate to through My Summer in Seoul. A perfect blend of comedy, romance, melodrama, social pressure, love triangle, and sibling-like rivalry between the members of the band of the heroine while touching on sensitive subjects like suicide and death.
One that a reader will absolutely reach for again and again when one feels imperfect, pass on to a friend or daughter to provide inspiration when a person may feel like they don't quite fit in any "perfect" box as I feel any person, Asian, Asian American or not can absolutely relate to.