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352 pages, Kindle Edition
First published May 18, 2021
“There isn't always a price tag or a black-and-white answer for why people do what they do.”
What I really liked about the characters is that you love all of them, even the side characters. There wasn't one side character I wasn't invested in and wanted to see happy and thriving. Case in point, we need Charlie and Taemin companion novels. I loved how the characters weren't your typical types. Wes is the type of boy you'd take home to your grandmother and she'd just gush over how handsome he is. Valerie is smart, career-driven, and super passionate and I loved that about her. Both Wes and Valerie had things they needed to work on to be the best versions of themselves and I liked to see them develop over the course of the book. If anything, just read it for Halmeoni. I loved how supportive she is of Val and overall how funny and cool she is.
This was rivals to lovers do I need to say more? Wes and Val are run competing K-beauty student businesses and things get interesting when they have a lot on the line. I also loved the Korean representation. I'm not Korean myself but I love reading and learning about different cultures.
"I wanted to ask if she had heard about my sales and what she thought about it, if I was doing a good job, if the lipstick she was wearing was the same one she had used to write on my shirt."