Review: Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout


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A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

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, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

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1 star

I didn’t want to pass judgment on a book I haven’t read yet, so despite all the negative reviews, I still read this book.

I wish I hadn’t.

I like to think of myself as a very patient and optimistic reader. I like to focus on what I enjoyed in a book, so I very rarely give a book anything lower than three stars; but this book was just too much.

I love kpop, and I know my kpop. I love bts, exo (I’m going to see them live on January 24 in Manila OMG!!!!) , snsd, shinee, aoa, apink, vixx, seventeen, infinite, fx, ailee, red velvet, winner, gosh I could go on and on! So for Grace to continuously insult and degrade kpop and korean culture makes me furious! This book makes me angry. It really does. I don’t think I’ve ever hated a female character as much as I hated Grace. She was so obnoxious and racist!

“She doesn’t play any instrument,” Yoon Jae provides. “She just knows everything about music.”

“That’s not true,” I say. But I can’t help smiling at his blind confidence in me. “I only know a few things.”

“Would you be interested in helping me with a new song?” Jason asks.


WHAT?! I can’t put all the blame on Grace though. Jason was stupid enough to fall in love with her. I don’t understand how.

Oh here’s another one of Grace’s golden moments!

“I’m guessing that if you guys are famous like Sophie said, it’s mostly based on pretty faces instead of actual quality of music.”


Last one, I promise.

“I’ve never liked listening to music in a different language or watching movies with subtitles. Why would anyone listen to something they can’t understand?”



I’m done, I need to sleep this anger off.


8 thoughts on “Review: Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

  1. Your Kpop reaction gifs were on point XD Especially considering the setting 😛
    I guess I’ll have to give up on this book (it’s the third one-star review from bloggers I know 😥 )


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