Hello, I Love You
Katie M. Stout's HELLO, I LOVE YOU is a heartwarming romantic novel that shows love has no boundaries. Though the main theme of the book is South Korean culture and music, it can still be enjoyed even if one has never heard of K-Pop. Going into this book, I didn't know much about K-Pop, and I think if I were more acquainted with it, I would've understood and loved this book even more.
The story is told through the eyes of Grace, the daughter of a famed country producer and sister of an extremely famous country singer. When she's given the opportunity to finish her last year of high school in Korea, she takes it with open arms. There, she meets her roommate, Sophie, who, like Grace, has a famous brother. However, Sophie's twin brother is the lead singer in popular K-Pop band.
I recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a fun summer read that'll introduce them to a new culture!
When Grace and Sophie's twin, Jason, meet, they do not get along. Their conversations always end up in fights and it looks like they won’t even tolerate each other's presence. However, when they find common ground in music, they instantly connect with each other. From this point on, Jason not only teaches Grace to accept his culture, but how to love, as well.
I really loved Sophie's character because I felt like I could identify with her. Like me, she was watching Grace and Jason's love bloom from the side. Grace, on the other hand, took some getting used to. At the beginning, I was appalled by how rude and disrespectful Grace was acting towards Jason's culture. She really disappointed me. However, as the story unraveled, I found her character to be heartwarming and I ended up really liking her!
HELLO, I LOVE YOU left me strangely fulfilled and eager for more. I recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a fun summer read that'll introduce them to a new culture!
Reviewed by Rachel D., Teen Board Member on June 15, 2015