About the Book:
When Grace Wilde decides to attend boarding school in Korea, she’s pretty much just running away. Grace is eager to escape the reality of her daily life, from her record producer father and judgmental mother to her famous older brother who has topped the country music charts five years in a row. And when Grace decides to escape, she choses the farthest place from home she can think of, hoping for a fresh start. Although Grace wants nothing to do with music, she is intrigued to find out that her new roommate’s twin brother Jason is a Korean pop star, and soon finds herself thrust back into the world of fame. What begins with animosity quickly turns to romance as the sparks fly between Grace and Jason. But will Grace’s feelings for Jason threaten her promise to leave the music world behind for good?
Miss Riki’s Review:
This book started off a little slow for me, and it took me about half of the book to get on board with the main character, Grace, but it eventually picked up, leaving me smiling at the end. It’s true what the reviews say, Grace can probably be classified as unsympathetic and a little on the lost side when it comes to being culturally aware, but in the best books, a character grows, and in HELLO, I LOVE YOU, Grace definitely grows as a person, making her likeable in my eyes.
Another aspect that kept me from giving this book a higher rating was the extremely slow buildup of the relationship between Grace and Jason. I liked the idea that their attraction and feelings for one another grew from a place of dislike, (some of my favorite romances are enemies-to-lovers stories!) but unfortunately, the hot-and-cold nature of their relationship lasted just a little bit too long for me in this story. I was ready for them to just get over themselves already and fall in love much sooner than it actually happened. That being said- once they do finally get over all of their issues, the romance is sweet and swoon worthy, with an absolutely adorable grand gesture at the end.
For me, this book became super interesting in the last third, when we get more information on the reasons why Grace ran away from home, and I felt so much more for her as her troubles came to light. It made the whole book worthwhile for me and solidified both the emotional arc and the romance for me.
With an irresistible foreign boarding school setting, deep emotional conflict, and a swoon-worthy romance, this book is an intriguing trip across the ocean. Readers will love the Korean setting and the fun backdrop of KPOP music. This book made me want to go back to high school and study abroad in the worst way!
After a slow start, this book redeemed itself, and I’d recommend sticking it out through a slow beginning for the swoon-worthy payoff at the end.