Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

Contemporary, 328 pages, published May 7th, 2019

Synopsis: After the last performance of her tour, K-Pop sensation Lucky sneaks out of her strictly managed schedule for a night out in Hong Kong. Jack, who works part time for a celebrity tabloid magazine, meets Lucky and convinces her to spend the next day with him so, unknown to her, he can get a good story for his employer. However, throughout their day as Hong Kong, they get to know each other and realize that they have a lot in common.

NON-SPOILER REVIEW:

I have read two of Maurene Goo’s other books, I Believe in a Thing Called Love and The Way You Make Me Feel, and I enjoyed them, but after hearing the synopsis for Somewhere Only We Know, I was a little bit skeptical. It sounded very insta-lovey, and to an extent it was, but I think overall, it was executed very well! I loved the different messages this book has woven through it.

One thing I love about this book is that about 85% of it takes place in one day. This can be a little hard to do, especially if you are trying to have character and relationship arcs because it is unrealistic for things to change a lot in one day. On the other side, it can also be really interesting because you really get to see every moment of the day. I definitely think that it is an interesting way of telling a story that I don’t see very often.

This book was kind of marketed as a romance, and it definitely was somewhat romantic, but I definitely don’t feel like it was the focus of the book. I felt like it was more about finding yourself and keeping true to what makes you happy. Both characters are struggling with where they want their futures to go, so they can relate and help each other figure things out. Their heart to heart discussions are really what I loved about this book.

As for the characters Lucky and Jack, I didn’t have any strong feelings either way for them. They definitely weren’t bad, but they also weren’t exceptional. They felt a little generic, which is probably my biggest complaint about this book. It didn’t bother me too much though! I definitely got emotional about the things they were feeling and the conclusions they came to.

I really enjoyed the end! I think it was really realistic, especially considering the short time frame of the rest of the book. Some other things I really enjoyed were the food descriptions (this is not a book to read on an empty stomach), as well as all the Hong Kong descriptions! I would really love to visit there someday. I think this was a cute and quick contemporary read! I definitely will continue to read Maurene Goo’s books because they all have elements to them that stay with me.

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