I'll Be the One

I'll Be the One

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Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn't dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn't call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she's about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her. She'll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she'll do it better than anyone else. When Skye nails her audition, she's immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn't count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame, and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho. But Skye has her sights on becoming the world's first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition, without losing herself
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]
Copyright Date: 2020
ISBN: 9780062936929
0062936921
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 22 cm

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SAPL_Teens Oct 07, 2020

OMG! I can’t believe how good this book is. I haven’t read a lot of books like this, but let me tell you I was not expecting this. You immediately fall in love with the main character and her friends. Lyla Lee did a amazing job of creating a master piece. If you are looking for something new and different I recommend this book. 5/5 stars - Gaby, 13, SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

RandomLibrarian Jul 01, 2020

A cute story featuring two bi, Korean leads. Skye is very cute and very accepting of herself - if anything, it's other people's refusal to accept her as she is that gets under her skin. Her relationship with her mother isn't easy, and I liked that there was no big moment of understanding between them. Skye comes to understand why her mother is the way she is, and she just accepts that their relationship is the way it is and that's not going to change. Part of it is cultural differences - her mom was raised in Korea, while her dad was raised in America; this leads to greater understanding between Skye and her dad on a cultural level.

A fun read, especially if you're a K-Pop fan.

Also available in ebook format on Overdrive/Libby.

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