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Somewhere Only We Know

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  4,774 ratings  ·  1,155 reviews
10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she's just performed her hit song "Heartbeat" in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She's about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She's in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Emily May
“Gobaek.” She paused. “Isn’t it interesting that Koreans have a specific word for that? Because we understand that even saying you like someone is meaningful. In America, the moment is sealed by like, sex or some dramatic love confession. But in Korea, ‘I like you.’ That’s a big deal.”

3½ stars. I have some mixed feelings about this one. I might yet bump up my rating because I did enjoy it quite a bit. Somewhere Only We Know is a sweet, fun one-day romance with short zippy chapters and a few
I regret to inform you that I am losing my marbles.

I imagine you will have one of two reactions to this tragic piece of news. One, you may politely inform me that this is not the first time I have made such a statement, and you would be correct in saying so.

But this time I’m serious.

Or two, you may inquire as to what complex deception I have fallen under in order to believe that I have any marbles left to lose. And this would be very valid. But if there were any remaining marbles before I read t
monica kim
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
I just love Maurene Goo books so much! They’re like what i love about my favorite korean dramas, but in book form. This one was no exception. I adored the characters and the whole exploration of going after your dreams vs just going after achievement (honestly, needed that rn in my own life). I also loved the Hong Kong setting, the korean american characters talking about what it’s like to be korean american, and all the kpop! Also, Roman Holliday is one of my all time favorite films, so reading ...more
A k-pop star named Lucky tricks her security guard and sneaks out of her hotel room in search for a hamburger 🍔. Oh... but she takes a mix of meds before bed to help her sleep and has already taken said meds before going on this adventure. 🤪 Enter Jack, who finds Lucky on a bus, sleeping in hotel slippers. Thinking she’s drunk he decides to help this poor girl get home safe. ❤️ I won’t give the drama away... This was a fairly quick, entertaining read. Definitely predictable. It’s one of those mi ...more
I want an ARC of this more than I want to be Kim Taehyung's headband.

Nochu came through!
So I'm thinking there is (j)hope for me yet for becoming Tae Tae's headband one day.
Quick, somebody tell Yoongi to wish for it to be true so it really happens!
*windshield wiper laughs*

5/3/19: The review, bruh!

First and foremost, thank you so much to the publisher and to Edelweiss+ for providing me with a muc
April (Aprilius Maximus)
“Gobaek.” She paused. “Isn’t it interesting that Koreans have a specific word for that? Because we understand that even saying you like someone is meaningful.

4.5 stars

This book hit me WAY harder than I was expecting it to, holy moly. This book was so much deeper and more profound than it seemed on the surface and was deeply personal to me. The love interest was also SO lovely??? Also, 10 stars to the amazing anxiety rep!

TW: restricted eating, anxiety
3.5 stars

I guess I should stop rolling my eyes at these one-day romances. I now have liked both The Sun Is Also a Star and Somewhere Only We Know. Both times I had started the books with skepticism and then slowly surrendered to the almost-insta-love. Not sure if what happens in these romances is love, but the attraction can happen in one day, and I am clearly capable of falling for this scenario.

It took me awhile to get into this story. Lucky, a K-pop star, is getting ready for bed and takes so
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
oh my this was SUCH a pleasure to read!!
chloe ♡
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

update (12 may 2019): i'm finally done reading this, and oh my god i loved it so much. review to come!
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Things I Liked
• This book feels sooo much like a kdrama and I was LIVING for it! I need Netflix to make an adaptation ASAP.
• The characters! Maurene Goo has always had strong female leads, but I’ve always felt her love interests were severely lacking. This was dual perspective and I think this made both characters so much more dynamic and interesting.
• It was just so goddamn cute! I don’t read YA contemporary too often and I almost never rate it more than 4 stars but this book was an exception!
jaime ⭐️
2021 reads: book 9/75

maurene goo's concepts for her fluffy ya novels are basically everything i could want from a fast and cute, feel-good read, but the execution is just never there which is so disappointing. okay so let's get started:

the two main characters are insufferable. jack is quite literally maybe one of the worst male romcom leads i have ever met. at the beginning of the story he is being mean to his dad, who has gotten him an internship at a bank and just wants the best for his son

Fun Fact: I adore everything Maurene Goo writes. Do I acknowledge that this is not the best book I've read by her? Yes. Have the majority of my friends quite justly given it 3 stars? Also yes.
Am I still going to give it 5 stars because I enjoyed every moment of it, imperfections and all?


Maurene Goo reminds me why I love YA. These silly, hormonal teenagers fall in love over the course of the day and instead of putting on my grumpy face I'm like...

'Cause they are just so flippin' cu
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
This was SO CUTE. Loved Lucky's character and her chemistry with Jack and their overall dynamic of pushing each other to be better. Wished the plot had been a little less convenient but loved the setting and vibe of this book and the very authentic portrayal of the kpop industry and being Korean American and trying to figure out your dreams. ...more
♛ may
for a book that started off a little eccentric, it really grew into something so sweet.

- lucky is a really fun, playful, quirky character (her character was really overdone in the beginning, but she grew on me super quickly) but it's done really well that she doesn't seem like a cliche or a manic pixie dream girl
- jack's storyline and background were so interesting to explore. i loved the dialogue on celebrities and their lives and how it was handled in this book. you really get to see
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
Maurene Goo is just such a treat. Her stories never fail to suck me right in and fill me with warmth and giddiness. This particular story of her centered around the world of K-pop which I recently dipped my toe into, and I absolutely adored her rendition of that particular career.

Not only was this a cutesy romance that kept me up until 1 am, but it also had an incredible depth to it as well. Goo showed us both the good (the endless support and inspiration people receive from the music) and bad
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars, and I’d specifically recommend this one to read if you enjoy fluffy (and maybe a little over the top) Korean dramas. There’s a particular aspect that bothered me at the start of this story, but otherwise, very cute, very sweet contemporary story.
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
We were like the stars seen from Earth - a memory of something that was already finished.

Somewhere Only We Know is the second book I have read by Maurene Goo in recent months and sadly I didn't enjoy it quite as much as The Way You Make Me Feel.

The premise of the story is that a K-Pop star named Lucky escapes her public image for a day and spends this time with a young, struggling photographer named Jack who himself is trying to escape the life his parents have set out for him.

So tensions a
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
I really loved Maurene Goo's previous novel, The Way You Make Me Feel, so I had been highly anticipating Somewhere Only We Know. This is the first book Maurene has written that's told in dual perspectives, instead of being told solely by the heroine, and I have to say that I missed the old format (but I do understand why there's a guy on the cover now!). While I did like Jack and getting to know his story / being able to see Lucky though his eyes, I think it took away from the story. Another cha ...more
May 08, 2021 rated it liked it
"We had been telling lies all day. So when we finally told the truth, it was like dropping a bomb."

There's something special about Maurene Goo's stories. They don't blow me away and I don't think I'll ever give one more than 3.5 stars, yet somehow I feel like I'll never forget them.
I loved both MCs in this one and even though I hate insta love trope, the way they fell for each other within a day seemed believable.
Kinda wish there was a sequel tho, because the story did end pretty abruptly.

You know this incredibly warm, gooey feeling in your tummy while reading romances that you know are cliched, but yet you can't deny yourself that you're enjoying them? This book did that and more - more because, when I say cliched, it isn't bad. This book had a surprising depth. You know what's going to happen and yet it manages to take you off-guard.


It's Hong Kong in the present world. We have Lucky, the K-Pop sensation, a teenager, who's suffocated with her lifestyle even though sh
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
3.5 stars

With K-pop becoming immensely popular over the past few years, I thought this book would be a good introduction to it for me. In all honesty, I don't know anything about K-pop aside from it being a music genre (it's a music genre right?). Anyway, this book was going to be my gateway into the K-pop world.

It was a fun and unique read. The story and the characters actually reminded me of the novel, "The Sun is Also a Star" by Nicola Yoon. Both of the stories are different from each other b
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I had really enjoyed Maurene’s previous book and after reading this synopsis, I was eager to get into it.

I liked Lucky and Jack well enough. They’re both good people struggling with what they want to do and in a random occurrence, find a spark. The banter between them was cute and there were definitely some sweet moments. There are a few other characters, but they were all shadows as the real story is Lucky and Jack.

Plot wise, it was okay. It’s fast moving, the setting changes often, and the f
things I liked:
• the themes explored — following your dream and finding out who you really are and what you want to do
• the dual perspective
• the setting + the food — I really liked that we got to ‘visit’ Hong Kong and read about so many kind of Asian food
• the parents of both main characters — very supportive and kind
• Lucky was a very likable character and I wanted what’s best for her
• the anxiety rep was good
• I'm still a huge fan of Maurene Goo's writing — I think it's so easy and nice to re
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 09, 2020 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
So I gave this a shot, excited to have a wish-fulfillment fantasy with a k-pop star as an original twist. And the Hong Kong setting really shone in the parts I read. I worried with Jack being a paparazzi and making money with celeb photos because that's a conflict of interest that could have very hurtful consequences. And I was going along with it at first because we see shreds of human decency with Jack in a celeb interaction (not Lucky, someone else) where he's telling himself "I'm not the one ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
That was one cute, wonderful book! I don’t know where this Maurene Goo reading rush came from, but I don’t regret a second of it.

Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Mar 07, 2019 rated it did not like it

I received an ARC from Raincoast books in exchange for a honest review. 

Honestly, I love what Maurene Goo represents because she's an Asian American author who writes YA contemporaries representing the Asian community but this book was a huge let down. I think I've been under the impression that I loved the previous book she's written because why wouldn't I like a YA novel featuring a character I could relate to in terms of culture? But turns out, I forgot that I actually
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
2.5 - I didn’t really have high hopes for this book, the premise seemed super cheesy and I didn’t enjoy the other book I had tried from Maureen Goo, I Believe in a Thing Called Love. But I wanted to give this a try to see how kpop was going to be represented in a YA book……… and it was pretty stereotypical. It had all the cliches you’d expect to be in a poorly researched Western article ~exposing~ the “dark side of kpop” without much nuance for the fact that the experience of one group or artist ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Lucky is the greatest KPop singer in Asia—and she's about to break into America too. But she's not feeling it, anymore. The spark is gone, and after failing to fall asleep and exhausted by a 15 city tour, she escapes her hotel room and her bodyguard to get a hamburger. She meets Jack, a boy who doesn't know who she is, and just might have a secret of his own...


I did not expect to love this is as much as I did.

I am not a Kpop star, and honestly the various Kpop stans and armies have me hitting th
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WE DON'T DESERVE SUCH PERFECT, CUTE, SWOONY BOOKS but dear lord I am so happy they exist and I can read them. If you don't love Jack and Lucky as much as I do after reading this book I'm not sure we can be friends anymore. (JK but also not.) ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diverse-books

This book follows two main characters: Lucky, a Korean pop star, and Jack, who is interested in photography and has a side job working as a paparazzi. The story is set in Hong Kong right after Lucky has ended her tour in Asia and she’s staying at a hotel but is having trouble falling asleep. She sneaks out of her hotel because she is craving a burger and that is when she runs into Jack, who thinks she’s familiar but does not initially know who she is. Lucky wants a break from her life as a Kp
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Maurene Goo grew is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE and THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and cat, Maeby.

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