‘Somewhere Only We Know’: Take an Unexpected Chance on Love


STORY | On the outside, Lucky’s life is as perfect as her name suggests. She’s enjoying fame as one of the world’s largest K-Pop stars, and using her love of music to do so. But as she grows in stardom and compares the performances of her present to that of her past, what Lucky realizes is she’s no longer joyful in her art.

Sneaking out for a night off from the pressures of expectation, and being told what she can and cannot do, Lucky meets up with the charming, Jack. As “Fern,” together they embark on an adventure around Hong Kong, giving Lucky a view of the world she’s never seen before. What she isn’t aware of is, Jack too has as secret…

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REVIEW | For too long now I’ve wanted to read this novel. It has owned real estate on my bookshelf through more than one unhauls and a new set of book shelves. Finally I decided to remedy this bookworm oversight, and give Somewhere Only We Know a chance, and goodness, am I glad I did.

Though this is obviously a contemporary, this bubbly YA romance has a kind of Roman Holiday flair, but all of it is wrapped in a buoyant and colorful package (I mean, take a look at that cover…!) that brings a great deal of reader joy. This is the kind of read that makes you flip pages faster because it’s just that fun of an experience. Not only do we get to meet sweet characters, but we get to armchair adventure around a new place, and it makes things all the more colorful.

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By the end of each chapter, I really enjoyed this more and more (and I wanted to read “just one more…”). I’m not one who knows a thing about K-pop (not my thing), or much about the music industry in general (apart from the odd article or Taylor Swift documentary), but I do know I love good music and solid characters. I enjoyed Jack and “Fern’s” aka Lucky’s time together and their would-be romance that unfold, even within their secrets.

Somewhere Only we Know is a swoony read that inspires its characters to take a chance – on life, a risk or two, and of course, love. Makes this a must-read for any YA novel aficionado.

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‘Somewhere Only We Know’: Take an Unexpected Chance on Love. A review of the YA novel by Maurene Goo. Text © Rissi JC

Author: Maurene Goo
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 2019
Source: Bought
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Secular YA
Find the Book Elsewhere: Goodreads
Rating: ★★★★

Content: Some minor profanity and innuendo; nothing terrible. There’s underage drinking and as a result, a girl spends that night at the house of a stranger. Everything is pretty tame.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


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