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Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

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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 received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 5 Stars

I’ve never really been a huge fan of YA Contemporary – generally if I read romance, I want some more mature characters. Hey, I’m almost 30. I think its pretty reasonable to not want to get jealous of teenagers who find the loves of their life in high school. That being said, I discovered Maurene Goo two years ago and never looked back. Every single time she puts out a new release, I drop whatever I’m currently reading to devour her newest novel.

What is it about her characters that sucks me in, you ask? They aren’t typical. Nothing about her characters screams YA Contemporary. Sure, they’re trying to find themselves, and sure, they make some immature decisions. However, the character growth she manages to achieve with her MCs is what really blows my mind. In all of her books, her characters grow, and change in organic ways.

Not only is she incredible at character development, she also writes the most fun and quirky characters. Lucky, for example, had the potential to be a total YA cliche. She’s a pop star who is growing tired of the life she leads. However, Goo made her fun, and quirky, and so honest and vulnerable that I was able to immediately connect with her.

Even Jack, who was honestly a little bit of a dumbass throughout the entire book (a sweet dumbass, but I did want to slap him) managed to grow as a person. Even though this book took place over a 24 hour span for the most part, the growth of their romantic relationship felt natural and sweet. Getting to know the characters, and watching them fall in love? Yeah, it made my entire Valentines Day.

The best part about this book though was the way that they finally came together in the end. It felt real and so right for them as people. It wasn’t an ending written solely to appease readers, it was an ending that felt so perfect and organic for the characters. I loved everything about it.

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