By Lyla Lee
Source Received from the publisher
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
on June 16, 2020
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.
She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.
When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.
But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.
I loved this book! As soon as I heard about it, I couldn’t wait to read it. I love BTS, so a story about a kpop reality competition really grabbed my attention.
I loved the body positivity, Skye’s confidence about her singing and dancing skills, her developing relationship with Henry, and the competition aspect of the story. Getting a look at the world of kpop was so fun and intriguing, and I appreciate that the author didn’t hide the dark side of the industry either.
Skye’s relationship with her parents, particularly with her mother, was complicated and I was really invested in seeing how that was explored.
This was such a fantastic read!