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Somewhere Only We Know
Somewhere Only We Know | Maurene Goo
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 shes just performed her hit song Heartbeat in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. Shes about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? Shes 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. Shes very cute. Hes 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 loveand finding yourself along the way.
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essayareayaitch
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Enjoying something that Lucky misses about California

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gingerandjazz
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Maurene Goo‘s modern K-pop riff on Roman Holiday charmingly captures the heart and spirit of its source. Which sometimes means trying to find modern versions of certain tropes that are more palatable than the original. Goo manages this update fairly well, but it‘s unavoidably sketchy. Still, all in all, it‘s a fun, sweet, candy-colored love letter to romantic comedies, Hong Kong, and following your dreams. 💖 ⁣

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essayareayaitch
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YA Romance. Modern retelling of Roman Holiday, featuring a K-Pop star that reminds me of Britney Spears's song Lucky. Coincidentally, the name of the heroine.

Also, this was the first book from this author that I was excited to read from beginning to end. I bailed on her second book (the food truck one), and it took forever for me to get through her first (fake boyfriend trope, based on K-Drama)

#YA #Romantsy

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essayareayaitch
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Cravings. Didn't have time to go to Chinatown on the way home, so 85° will need to be a substitute. Might go to In-N-Out later this evening

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knotmagick

"Her patronus would be a spreadsheet."

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suzisteffen
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A fun #YA K-pop star/ordinary guy romance that is self-aware about rom-coms, references Wong Kar Wai, makes Hong Kong sound deeply romantic, and has serious self-knowledge moments amid the awkward sad and bad betrayal times (which the reader knows to be coming). 4⭐️ #romantsy

suzisteffen Also this made me want to get to know Wong Kar Wai movies! I feel so ignorant! 2mo
batsy I'm going to have to read this! I've loved the few Wong Kar Wai movies I've seen and In the Mood for Love is just beautiful 🥰 2mo
suzisteffen @batsy That movie has definitely shot to the top of my list! 2mo
essayareayaitch It made me want to watch them again. Maybe I'll have a greater appreciation for them as an adult. Rather than in my 20s, and everyone raved about them, and I thought they were meh 4w
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“You are so lucky!” I rhapsodized as Jack purchased the tickets.”This is the OG. Everything I know about Hong Kong? This movie” — I jabbed the poster for emphasis — “God, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung are, like, these untouchable, beautiful beings.”
“They look exactly the same today as they did in this movie,” Jack mused.
“Asian don‘t raisin,” I said.
He threw back his head and laughed for so long that I got embarrassed.

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suzisteffen
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1. Tagged, and whewwwww a few more (Milkman, Crossing the Lines, etc.)
2. The True Queen, by Zen Cho
3. I‘m in Heidelberg, Germany, with my partner and a good friend, so all weekend and into the weekend then the next week with going to Paris is fun!
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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jackilynn
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Light, fluffy (with a sprinkling of depth), & exactly what I needed right now.

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suzisteffen
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New #YA K-pop romance on my Kobo (uh, new to me, anyway). Set in Hong Kong. So far,it reminds me of Roman Holiday, which I am pretty sure is deliberate. Not the same age difference though.

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jackilynn
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Sometimes I just need a contemporary break. It feels good to step away from my "normal" reads (fantasy, mystery, sci-fi) and pick up something lighter. Of course no I am going to have that song stuck in my head though.

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pasiphae_reads
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#30JuneBooks

Day 12: #spinepoetry

“The Long Walk,
Skyward,
Somewhere Only We Know.”

I don‘t have a ton of books with me at the moment so I had to make do 🤷🏻‍♀️😬

@howjessreads #books #maurenegoo #skyward #sff #stephenking

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silentrequiem
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I loved this! It's a YA Roman Holiday retelling with a K-pop star and a paparazzi that had some surprising depth about happiness and following your dreams. I'll definitely be checking out her other books.

suzisteffen OOOH! Want!
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silentrequiem
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Keeping my hurt foot elevated and reading this Roman Holiday-inspired YA.

Godmotherx5 Ouch, looks painful. Feel better! 3mo
cherinium Yowza! Holy bruise, Batman! 3mo
readordierachel Sorry about the foot! Hope it heals quickly 3mo
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Brie
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K Pop sensation Lucky is poised to make her big American debut, but she‘s beginning to chafe at her restrictive lifestyle. Then she meets Jack, a tabloid photojournalist, and across the course of just one day they fall in love with Hong Kong, and maybe each other? This was a sweet YA romance about finding and pursuing your passions in life.

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Lovesbooks87
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I really enjoyed this book. Lucky is a K-Pop star who just finished her Asia tour. She is getting ready to come to America for hopefully her big break. But right now she really wants a hamburger but she knows no one will let her have one. So she decides to sneak out of the hotel. She meets Jack who is taking pictures of famous people for extra money. They have no idea that the next 24 hours will change bother of their lives!

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Lovesbooks87
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Woke up this morning super dizzy and the only time I don't feel like the world is spinning is when I am laying down. So I guess I will be spending this rainy day reading and watching Friends!

MidnightBookGirl Sorry you feel bad, but your plan is solid. 3mo
AmyG Feel better! 3mo
phatsallylee I hope you feel better soon! 3mo
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cobwebmoth Hope you feel better soon! 3mo
JoScho Oh that sounds miserable. Is it possible you are dehydrated? 3mo
Lovesbooks87 @JoScho I don't know. I am really good about drinking water. Sometimes I think I may drink too much. I have drank about a bottle and a half this morning and I am feeling much better. So maybe so! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Jas16 I hope you feel better soon. 3mo
BookHoarder32 Hope you feel better! Sometimes I wake up dizzy and it's allergies. 3mo
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mdemanatee
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This is a K-Pop themed reading evening because my friends are having a BTS weekend complete with seeing the Chicago tour both nights and getting a hotel suite in a city we live in.

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mdemanatee
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I realize I am cutting off some of the cute cover but I just now read beyond KPop star and journalist and this was an important revelation.

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ness
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Sick and huddled in front of a fire, so time to jump my TBR and start something fun.

DivineDiana Feel better. ❤️ 6mo
ness @DivineDiana Thank you! 💚 6mo
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KimmyM
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I couldn't wait any longer to read this! It was so delightful and funny, and perfect timing for me since I've started listening to kpop recently (BTS 💜)!
I got a Roman Holiday vibe from this story and I loved it.
Also, this book made me HUNGRY! All of the food descriptions were so tantalizing.
4/5🌟 to this lovely #ya romcom
#arc

Liatrek Oh this sounds cute! Adding to TBR ❤️ 6mo
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Lisas.Library
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Fierce Reads sent me a package today! It‘s a wide range of YA book from high fantasy to contemporary romance, thrillers and more! My 13 year old daughter already picked Mind Games by Shana Silver, release date August 2019.I think I‘m going for Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo, release date May 2019.
@bookbrag
#FierceReads

Lovesbooks87 Aren't you lucky! Enjoy! (edited) 7mo
DivineDiana That‘s a great package! 7mo
TNbookworm Wow! That is great! 7mo
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BookHoarder32 Wow! You're so lucky. I'm excited for How the Light Gets In. 7mo
Lisas.Library Yes, I‘m very very lucky! I get so excited when I get ARCs. 7mo
Reviewsbylola That‘s an awesome stack! 7mo
gradcat These are great! 👍 6mo
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abbylibrarian
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Read in January! Favorites: Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo and You Are Enough by Jen Petro-Roy.
I haven‘t been on Litsy too much lately! Hello! #readin2019 #readingstats

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lisslalissar
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Love, love, love! Maurene Goo writes fun YA romance with emotional depth so well. Perfect for Jennifer E. Smith or Jenny Han fans. And yes, it is screaming to be a Netflix movie ;)