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Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word.
Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.
When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.
Praise for XOXO
“A dreamy dose of K-pop idols and secret romances.” —Maurene Goo, author of Somewhere Only We Know
“With fun K-drama vibes, XOXO delivers a lot of heart and warmth in its protagonist who stays true to herself to the very end.” —Lyla Lee, author of I’ll Be the One
“When it was over, I immediately wanted to read it for the first time again.” —Kasie West, author of The Fill-In Boyfriend
“Simply put, this book made me happy. I guess you could say . . . I’m just a big fan.” —Emery Lord, author of The Map from Here to There
“A handwritten letter to falling in love and opening yourself up to the world. A delicious treat!” —Aminah Mae Safi, author of Tell Me How You Really Feel
“A feel-good, page-turning, swoony read!” —Gloria Chao, author of American Panda and Rent a Boyfriend
“A sparkling story of self-discovery—I was utterly charmed.” —Sarah Kuhn, author of I Love You So Mochi
“An utterly delightful love song dedicated to the intersection between dreams and romance.” —Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running with Lions
“Immensely fun, funny, and romantic.” —Emma Mills, author of Lucky Caller and First & Then
“K-pop helps a cellist develop musically and emotionally in this novel filled with humor and theatrics. Themes of responsibility, regret, and reconciliation weave through the intergenerational dynamics in Jenny’s family, adding dimension and depth.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Oh’s narrative reaches an enjoyable clip that is both accessible to readers unfamiliar with K-pop and pleasing for fans of K-dramas as well as anyone who enjoys a breezy contemporary romance.” —Publishers Weekly
“People do strange things to protect their hearts. But when you’re afraid, your heart is closed, and it’s never the right time, but when your heart is open, and you’re willing to be brave enough to take a chance, the time is always right.”
I’m not going to lie, I know absolutely nothing about K-Pop, being an Idol, or much about Korean culture nor the country. Going to Korea is definitely on my travel bucket list. It just looks like a beautiful and peaceful area to visit.
With this book, I was hoping to educate myself on things I didn’t know about and to embrace myself in a story of chasing your dreams while falling in love. I’ve experienced all of that and so much more. This book was the cutest thing ever and it showed me a whole new world that I’ve never personally experienced before.
Jenny and Jaewoo were the best two characters that I have ever come across. They were both selfless, heavily family-oriented, and just full of so much fun and energy. And together they were the couple we all dream about being a part of one day. I don’t want to sound like a creep but Jaewoo was totally adorable and definitely swoon-worthy.
XOXO was the K-Drama we all needed in our lives and we demand more of this. It was full of heart, lots of love, and gushiness overload. If you’re looking for something to make you feel all giddy and warm inside, then look no further because this will hit everyone one of those and put you in a better mood. *Sigh* I need more books like this in my life!!
– 3 Winners will receive a Copy of XOXO by Axie Oh.
ENDS: AUGUST 2, 2021
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Axie Oh is a first generation Korean American, born in NYC and raised in New Jersey. She studied Korean history and creative writing as an undergrad at the University of California – San Diego and holds an MFA from Lesley University in Writing for Young People. Her passions include K-pop, anime, stationery supplies, and milk tea. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her puppy, Toro.