When YA Romance and K-Pop Combine, the Result Is Actually Kind of Cute
If you’re a YA fan more than K-Pop purist, you’re going to love Katie M. Stout’s Hello, I Love You. If you’ve enjoyed the occasional romance or EXO music video, you’re definitely going to root for Grace and Jason’s East Vs. West romance. She’s the black sheep of her musical family and he’s Korea’s newest pop superstar, but at the heart of the story are very mature themes of familial duty and responsibilities, which sets this YA romance apart from the many faceless offerings of the genre.
Did Stout handle Korean culture appropriately? No. But did she craft a really good YA romance that’s full of fun and lively side characters? Yes, definitely. It’s a cute story with an exotic setting that’s told in broad, emotive strokes along with finer details of spicy foods and city life in Seoul.
If you’ve ever fallen in love with one of the leads from one of many of the fabulous Korean dramas out there, you’ll definitely feel for Grace Wilde’s heartfelt trials.