Idol Gossip

About the book:

An inside look at the K-pop phenomenon, in a wry, punchy young-adult debut that probes cultural differences, sisterhood, and the minefield of fame.

Every Friday after school, dressed in their new South Korean prep-school uniforms — sweater vests, knee-highs, pleated skirts, and blazers — seventeen-year old Alice Choy and her little sister, Olivia, head to Myeongdong, brave a dank, basement-level stairwell full of graffiti, and slip into a noreabang.

Back in San Francisco, when she still had friends and earthly possessions, Alice took regular singing lessons. But since their diplomat mom moved them to Seoul, she pours herself into karaoke, vamping it up in their booth to Lady Gaga while loyal Olivia applauds and howls with laughter. Alice lives for Fridays, but when an older woman stops her on their way out one day, handing Alice a business card with a bow, singing turns serious.

Could the chance encounter really be her ticket to elite status at Top10 Entertainment’s Star Academy? With a little sisterly support, backed by one of the world’s top talent agencies, can Alice lead her group on stage before a stadium of 50,000 chanting fans — and just maybe strike K-pop gold? Not if a certain influential blogger and the anti-fans get their way.

Delicious gossip squares off with genuine heart in a debut about standing out and fitting in, dreaming big and staying true — for avid K-pop fans and those just discovering the worldwide cultural phenomenon.


I really enjoyed this book. It was witty and original. There were some elements of the book that I felt could have been done better.

Things I enjoyed:
– The whole story line and flow of the story. It was original and full of surprises.
–  The relationship between Alice and her sister in the beginning.
– I loved the blog posts between the chapters. It kinda gave you a backstory to some of the characters. It also acted like a narrator giving away all the dirt on the characters.

Things I didn’t enjoyed:
– Alice in the beginning. She was really self-centered and easy to hate.    However, Young did a perfect job in developing her character and you could see the development as you read the book.
– I didn’t really enjoy the last chapter. Alice was all over the place and I only understood the ending
when I read the blog post.

The plot development was great. I loved the flow and narration going between Alice and the blog posts. It was full of plot twists. However, the ending was rushed and I felt it could have used some work.

Character development was spot on. I could see the development of characters as I read the book.

Overall this book was incredible. It kept you hooked and wanting to read more. There were some issues with it, but they were minor compared to the enjoyable parts of the book.

ARC provided by Walker Books US (Candlewick press) and Alexandra Leigh Young through Edelweiss.

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