Hello once again! Today I’m bringing to you the review of one of the cutest books I’ve read in a while. I was sent an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from the publishers Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review on my tour stop with TBRandBeyondTours! Below you’ll find the book synopsis, my short review the tour schedule where you can read posts by the other wonderful bloggers on this tour and a giveaway right at the bottom where you have the chance to win your very own copy of Made In Korea!
Title: Made In Korea
Author: Sarah Suk
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary
Buy link: amazon
Synopsis: Frankly in Love meets Shark Tank in this feel-good romantic comedy about two entrepreneurial Korean American teens who butt heads—and maybe fall in love—while running competing Korean beauty businesses at their high school.
There’s nothing Valerie Kwon loves more than making a good sale. Together with her cousin Charlie, they run V&C K-BEAUTY, their school’s most successful student-run enterprise. With each sale, Valerie gets closer to taking her beloved and adventurous Halmeoni to her dream city, Paris.
Enter the new kid in class, Wes Jung, who is determined to pursue music after graduation despite his parents’ major disapproval. When his classmates clamor to buy the K-pop branded beauty products his mom gave him to “make new friends,” he sees an opportunity—one that may be the key to help him pay for the music school tuition he knows his parents won’t cover…
What he doesn’t realize, though, is that he is now V&C K-BEAUTY’s biggest competitor.
Stakes are high as Valerie and Wes try to outsell each other, make the most money, and take the throne for the best business in school—all while trying to resist the undeniable spark that’s crackling between them. From hiring spies to all-or-nothing bets, the competition is much more than either of them bargained for.
But one thing is clear: only one Korean business can come out on top.
WARNING: I use the words ‘Cute’ and ‘Adorable’ at least 50 times in this review!
This book was utterly adorable! The characters were charming and relatable, the romance was cute, and it was so nice to read about Korean characters in a YA novel. I found the entrepreneur storyline really refreshing and a nice change to the usual high school YA novels. The tangled family relationships were incredibly believable and uniquely authentic.
The ending was beautiful and the story as a whole was just SO CUTE! I even got my little 12 year old brother to read it and he finished it in one day. He never reads and I think this is the book that’s gotten him into reading (thank you Sarah!).
For some odd reason I’m always the one to love the older side character who doesn’t get many lines and guess what? I done did it again. I’m in love with cousin Charlie and no one can change my mind. Of course, he only got a few pages to himself but he was so adorable. He was nervous about a girl and overthought everything which I thought was very cute.
The MC’s Valerie and Wes are the love-hate couple. Well, that’s more true for Valerie than Wes because se went through so much denial before finally giving in. I really liked the change of the stereotypical gender roles in Made in Korea! For once, the boy was the shy, awkward new kid, and the girl was straightforward, intimidating and strong-minded. It was both fun and weird to see this because characters aren’t portrayed this way often.
The character development throughout the novel was done really well and the author did a great job when it came to making the emotions of the characters come to life. Made in Korea also talked about the difficulties of communication and confusion amongst friends and family, showing that humans aren’t as great at communication as we think we are. Amazingly realistic, and so beautiful to read about in modern day YA fiction!
Overall, this book was both very cute and relatable. From the characters to the storyline, everything was absolutely incredible. I didn’t want to put this down and I guarantee you wont either! If you love the idea contemporary enemies to lovers, or love it when complete opposites attract, then this is definitely the book for you! Highly recommend to all fans of YA and Contemporary romance!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Suk (pronounced like soup with a K) lives in Vancouver, Canada where she writes stories and admires mountains. When she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the water, taking film photos, or eating a bowl of bingsu. You can visit her on Twitter and Instagram @sarahaelisuk.
Sarah is represented by Linda Epstein at Emerald City Literary Agency.
Giveaway (US/Canada Only):
One lucky winner will receive a finished copy of Made in Korea. The giveaway will end on May 24th.