Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout Book Review+ Giveaway!

A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol. 

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

When I first came across this novel, I was extremely excited. I am a huge fan of Korean culture, KPOP, and especially Korean Dramas. I LOVE Korean Dramas. So, when I seen that this book was going to include a KPOP star--you couldn't stop me from requesting this title. I was expecting fluff, grins from ear to ear (from me), sweet sugary love, and Korean fabulousness. Unfortunately all of my hope was for naught. I got little to no Korean fabulousness. I got a tiny bit of fluff, a little sweet from Jason and Grace (towards the very end) but it wasn't enough--not even barely enough.

Grace. Grace was aggravating. Her ignorance of Korean culture was expected but her immediate reactions were pretty frustrating, and frankly downright judgmental. She pretty much complained about everything she had to encounter in Korea, and I couldn't understand why any of what she went through, the culture shock--the introduction of "new" foods, why did it all surprise her? It's like hello you went to another country, and encountered another culture, what did you expect? She really came off as rich and spoiled and let me tell you it wasn't appealing. She could've been more open, should've been more open. On the bright side she did soften a bit but I already had a bad taste in my mouth about her.

Jason and his crew. I liked Jason. He was off-putting at first but I kind of liked his aloof attitude. I liked that there wasn't instant love between him and Grace. That was a nice change.  The rest of the KPOP crew were really cute. I enjoyed their role in the book but I kind of felt like there should've been more from them.

Sophie, the roommate. Sophie was bubbly, and fun. She really was sweet and I liked her character. She could've been a little more developed but it is what it is. 

I could go on and on but I definitely felt like my expectations of this novel were not met. The romance, the part that I was most looking forward to--was so disappointing. I understood Grace's pain and why she held back from love but her outright distrust was kind of infuriating. I felt like more could have happened but she could never bring herself to let go. of course not until the very end. 

There are a couple of pages at the end where I actually smirked but, I had to wait too long to get to that point. I am pretty upset I didn't wind up liking this one as much as I expected. Such high hopes were had. I can't say I hated this novel because I didn't--I  was just disappointed, highly.

Not to mention I didn't get to experience enough of the Korean culture, what a shame.

Hello, I love you--you could've been so much more. So. Much. More.

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Good Luck. The contest lasts one week from today because, Hello, I love you! :)


  1. I think the premise of this book is very unique. A girl falling in love with a k-pop artist sounds potentially interesting. It is unfortunate you did not fully enjoy the book.
    Blue Books and Butterflies

  2. Aww I'm sorry you were disappointed :( I've been really looking forward to reading this too as it seems like a unique idea. Plus the cover is really nice! I hope you have better luck with your next book. :)

    Nicola Reads YA

  3. I am so excited for this one but have been reading very mixed things. Sorry you didn't enjoy it more! Great review!

  4. This book seems to be such a hit or miss for everyone. Sorry you didn't enjoy this book. Sometimes the hype just ruins the book for most of us.

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

  5. I felt the same way about this one. I blindly selected it on NetGalley and really had to push myself to finish it.

    Orie @ Let's Take a Shelfie

  6. Well I loved this book! It was such a pretty fun read for me. Sorry that it wasn't your cup of tea tho! The good thing herr is that I won't have to fight you for Jason (yay!). :D

  7. I have this ARC and I really need to read it. I've definitely read some mixed reviews, but hopefully that means my expectations are low enough that I'll like it. Sorry it was disappointing! ~Pam

  8. Sadly, the KPOP bug hasn't bitten me yet. My daughter is so into them right now! Ack. And I don't think I would be happy with Grace's attitude either.

  9. I have read so many reviews where the reader was disappointed. It is too bad that it didn't meet your expectations either. I wanted to read it when I first saw it because of the setting and promise of diversity. Great balanced review.

  10. This book wasn't even on my radar until I saw the reviews rolling out a while ago, and based on those reviews and yours it sounds pretty good. I'm sorry your expectations of the book weren't met and that there wasn't enough culture infused in the book - I'm especially sorry there wasn't enough fluff, because I adore fluff.

  11. So sad to hear this didn't live up to your expectations because as a fellow KDrama lover I am wicked excited to read this book... I guess we will see!