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, Katie M. Stout's "Hello, I Love You "explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.
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Maybe it was all those years ago when I was really interested in that side of the world. Asian culture, but mostly Asian food.
Maybe it was that time I read North of Beautiful but Justina Chen, and thought I may be getting the same wonderful experience with this one.
Maybe it was the music aspect of it even though I know nothing about KPOP.
And I did get ALL of that.
I was immersed in the Korean culture, even when Grace was cutting it down brick by annoying brick.
I got the cute relationship with a serious twist, except when Grace was being a whiny brat.
I felt the music and related to almost all of it, even when Grace thought she knew better than anyone because her daddy is music-producer-douchebag-extraordinaire.
But most of all, the reason why I didn’t give up on this book half way through, is the major character development. Grace actually does grow and sees how she was acting and that is was completely ludicrous of her. And this book desperately needed that to happen!
This was a quick read. I got swept up in the story and wanted to figure out what was up with Grace and Jason!
Hello, I Love You (props for all the Doors references) on the surface, is a story about a spoiled, rich girl who moves across the country because she wasn’t agreeing with her parents. But, on the inside, once you get past the rough start, it’s a story of family and loss and new beginnings.
Grace decides she needs to get away from all the drama and pain going through her family and so she goes to a boarding school in South Korea. Yes, South Korea, home of the wonderful K-Pop. I've never seen a book deal with K-Pop so when I saw that, I was even more eager to read it.
The idea of this book and parts of it are 5 star worthy but Grace... the more I read about her, she'd really kind of a bitch at first but she does slowly get better. I still disliked her at times though. Jason has some issues but he still was a likable person. I did feel like all the other characters weren't as well flushed out. They really felt like background characters to me.
So this book isn't awful by any means but it could have been fantastic! If you like cute and clean romance stories, this is for you. Also you get a glimpse of Korea and I have always wanted to visit Korea so this was great for me.