A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers will learn about Korean pop, Korean words, and Hong Kong.
Communication and courage are important themes. It takes a lot of hard work to make your passion your job, but if you believe in yourself, you can accomplish your dreams. Be honest about what makes you happy. Taking care of your mental health is a priority. Be a good person to your friends, family, and yourself.
Positive Role Models
Lucky is confident, funny, caring, down-to-earth, passionate. She knew how much hard work and how many sacrifices it would take for her to become a K-pop star without letting it deter her from accomplishing her dream. Jack is sweet, smart, talented. He helps Lucky realize that she needs to find balance in life. The parents are supportive, want their kids to follow their passions.
Violence & Scariness
A few instances where Lucky is swarmed by fans and she feels like she's suffocating.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters flirt and kiss.
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Strong language and insults include variations of "freaking," "crap," "hell," "ass," "s--t," "creep," "bastard," "jerk," "bitch," "dweeb," and "loser."
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Products & Purchases
Lucky is a famous K-pop star and is aware of how her image is controlled by her label. She's on a strict diet and mentions that other girls in training formed unhealthy eating habits and eating disorders. There's also talk of eyelid surgeries to appeal more to Western beauty standards. Pop culture mentions include The Later Tonight Show, Little Women, In-N-Out Burger, Netflix, Cardi B, Mariah Carey, Soundgarden, One Direction, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Jack thinks that Lucky is drunk but she's actually on sleeping pills and anxiety medication. Characters go to bars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Maurene Goo's Somewhere Only We Know is a charming Roman Holiday-type of love story about Lucky, a famous Korean American K-pop star, and Jack, a Korean American tabloid photographer, who fall in love after spending a day together in Hong Kong. Readers will learn about K-pop, Korean words, and Hong Kong as well as the importance of communication and courage. The book also mentions some of the dark sides of K-pop stardom, such as unhealthy eating habits and eyelid surgery to appeal to Western beauty standards. Jack thinks that Lucky is drunk when she's actually on sleeping pills and anxiety medication. Pop culture mentions include The Later Tonight Show, Little Women, In-N-Out Burger, Netflix, Cardi B, Mariah Carey, Soundgarden, One Direction, and more. Strong language and insults include variations of "freaking," "crap," "hell," "ass," and "s--t."
Is It Any Good?
Teens will fall in love with the swoon-worthy romance and vivid Hong Kong setting in Maurene Goo's charming, Korean-pop-filled retelling of a classic film. Like Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday, Lucky and Jack have undeniable chemistry, and Goo flawlessly mixes their flirtatious banter with deep conversations about their lives. Lucky is confident, funny, and passionate about singing, but unhappy with her career. Jack is smart, sweet, and caring, but unsure if he should risk disappointing his parents to pursue his passion for photography. But as they get to know each other and unravel the lies they've been telling, readers will see how Somewhere Only We Know highlights the importance of being honest about what makes you happy and finding the courage to make your dreams a reality.
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