Title: Hart & Seoul
Author: Kristen Burnham
This book was sent to me as an ARC from NetGalley. This does not change my review and my thoughts are 100% my own.
Girl meets boy.
Boy falls for girl.
Girl discovers boy is a runaway K-pop idol in hiding.
Merilee Hart has been doing her best to keep things together since her mother left, her art a welcome escape from her depressing new reality. But things seem to go even more awry the moment her next door neighbor’s enigmatic and mysterious nephew arrives from South Korea. Lee is moody, cocky, and utterly infuriating. But when Merri’s closest friends betray her and her father crushes her dream of going to art school, Merri finds herself drawn to Lee, who seems to live within even greater shadows than her own. And just when she thought things couldn’t get crazier, Merri’s world is upended when she discovers Lee’s big and bizarre secret: he is none other than a runaway member of the K-pop mega-group Thunder.
First off – I know zero about K-pop, but that didn’t stop me from loving every bit of this book.
I highly enjoyed this book. I read this baby within a day and it left me craving more.
The story itself was cute and something you wanted to experience yourself – meeting a rockstar and falling in love. A mutual love, not just you being weird and obsessive. The language flowed easily and the pacing was solid.
The characters were easily likeable (those who deserved to be liked) and I just wanted to jump into the book and give Merri a big hug for all the crap that happened to her throughout the story. Merri is a character that, in one way or the other, you can relate to as a girl. Hopefully not in the way that your boyfriend cheats on you with your best friend, but you know, other stuff.
Lee is your classic moody, broody and mysterious boy-next-door, whom Merri does not see eye-to-eye with in the beginning until she gets to know him and his massive secret.
All in all, a highly entertaining and quickly-read book that I can see myself rereading when I need something quick and sweet.
Do I recommend this book?
Yes. I absolutely do!
To fans of rom coms, K-pop and cute YA contemporaries.