There's a lot to like about this high school romantic teen drama. In Made in Korea, the main characters are Asian American, likable, and each has a distinct voice. The casual integration of Korean culture, family life, and traditions is lightly applied here, but mainly this story is a romance that happens to be about two Asian American teens. And because both leads are written in first-person, it's easy for readers to get behind each of them, feel their internal struggles, and hope they end up together. It's also refreshing to continue to see Asian American male romantic leads, as Asian Americans know all too well. Further, Wes is shy, awkward, and not as confident as his appearance might suggest.
The main problem with Made in Korea, unfortunately, is that it's entirely predictable, and from the very start. Everything is executed well and charmingly, the pacing is solid, characters are drawn fully, and the stakes are clear from the beginning. But there aren't any surprises and nothing comes that isn't expected.