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Review: Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

I love the character development in Somewhere Only We Know. Talk about two teens who are at this moment in their life where they need someone to talk to them honestly about their decisions and to spark a change.

Summary

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.

Review

(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Somewhere Only We Know is a story about personal growth. About the dilemmas we have, the different strings pulling us in opposite directions between what we should do, versus what we want to do. The paths we are dragged along and the ones that inspire our heart. Passion for what we love, what moves our heart and quickens our breath – before we give it up, package it, before it becomes a second mask.

Jack and Lucky are faced with different problems, with different masks and flaws, chips in our armor. Even though their lives are as different as night and day, they share a similar aching. A similar moment when we stray so far from the path, from our dreams, from what we hoped to accomplish. And in a way, their perspectives, ability to ask hard question, and their story provides a unique opportunity for each other.

On their magical day together full of mouth watering food, it’s that moment when you want to grow, to evolve,to change into something else and try on some new hats. Our desire for evolution, for being more than we have been, more than what we want to be. Their similar yearning for things they can see in the horizon, in their past, within their fingertips. What motivates Lucky and Jack? Family and expectations, the desire for freedom? Somewhere Only We Know is a story about their journeys to figuring out what to do and how to live on our own terms. It’s a book full of adorable romance scenes, stolen kisses, dreams and fantasies.

Find Somewhere Only We Know on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.

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