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Once Upon a K-Prom

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,560 ratings  ·  756 reviews
What would you do if the world's biggest K-pop star asked you to prom? Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sandhya Menon, this hilarious and heartfelt novel brings the glamour and drama of the K-pop world straight to high school.

Elena Soo has always felt overshadowed. Whether by her more successful older sisters, her more popular twin brother, or her more outgoing best frie
ebook, 338 pages
Published May 17th 2022 by Disney
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Jan 16, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is so stinkin’ cute! i am so weak for stories about childhood sweethearts. so a boy coming back to town to take his childhood crush to prom because of a promise they made seven years ago? instant swooning for me!

i also loved how much this reminded me of axie ohs ‘xoxo.’ it honestly felt like a spin-off novel and i was just reading about a different member of the k-pop group. i had to keep reminding myself that its a completely different band and a different story/world altogether! lol.

i lo
Kat Cho
Oct 27, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
UPDATE: 9/24/2021
Cover is up! Love this beautifully illustrated cover and all the small details it incorporates from the book! Cover Art: Xiao Tong Kong. Cover Design: Marci Senders. Hand lettering: Liz Casal Goodhue.

UPDATE: 9/2021
CW: discussions of parent death

For more info on the book & some fun extras (incl spotify playlist): http://katchowrites.com/books/once-up...

So excited for everyone to read K-Prom! It’s no secret how much I love k-pop & I love t
Shawna Finnigan
May 04, 2022 rated it liked it
My expectations were too high for this book!! I’m upset. This book was mostly enjoyable, but it wasn’t this amazing book that I thought it would be. The description and the cover made it seem like pure wholesome perfection, but the execution fell flat.

This book read like a typical Disney Channel movie. It was cheesy and light with some good messages but it has a high importance placed on school dances by ALL the characters except the main character and the bullies are all childish. I guess you c
Oct 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: young-adult
oh, this is going to be everything !!

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steph ★⋆. ࿐࿔
May 17, 2022 rated it it was ok
I blame myself for having exceedingly high expectations, still, this read like fan fiction and felt clunky in many places. Not to mention the main character and her 'Woe is me/I'm not like other girls' mentality that seemed to be her defining personality trait, which annoyed me to no end. All in all, this could've been so much better. Sigh. ...more
Booktastically Amazing
~👑Special thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!👑~

I should've accepted that marriage proposal.

Rating: ✨✨✨✨3.6

See, when one gets a 'Say Yes To The Ring' moment when one is in kindergarten, that immature, tiny, miniscule brain thinks 'oh, that's weird, let's run away'. While years later, that same immature, slightly larger, miniscule brain thinks, "I could've been a married lady by now, with a slightly-disturbed-because-the-kid-chased-me-all-around-the-fountain-while-vi
May 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I may not be a K-pop fangirl, but I am a huge fan of this book! Two childhood friends are reunited for a prom date. Sounds simple, but there is much more to this one. Elena is a high school senior in an Chicago-area high school. Robbie is a K-pop star. Cue the netizens and Constellations. Kat Cho gives a story with depth that explores the price of fame and also the opportunities it brings. I loved Elena's volunteer time at the local community center and her ideas for spending less on prom so the ...more
May 25, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading for AAPI month

Unfortunately, I don't think this author is for me. I've tried Wicked Fox two or three times, and if a hot fox can't keep me occupied, a friends to lovers with zero chemistry sure won't.

Kpop book recs bc why not:

5 stars

4 stars
I'll Be the One has LGBTQIA+ rep if you want to read for Pride Month

3 stars
K-pop Confidential is written by a LGBTQIA+ author if you want to read for Pride Month. The sequel K-Pop Revolution just came out, but I don't generally pick up sequels for
Chloe F
Jan 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-i-got
Okay, first of all I want to say thank you to Netgalley and Disney Publishing Worldwide for allowing me to read and review an early copy of this book!!!

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2022 and when I got the email that my request for this ARC was accepted, I started reading immediately. I actually finished this in one day, so that says a lot on how much I enjoyed it. I actually teared up a couple of times during this story, the characters were written so well especially Elena’s. She
michelle (magical reads)
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rep: Korean-American protagonist, Korean love interest and side characters, Mexican-American side character; (Korean-American author)
cw: mentions of death of a parent (father) from a car accident

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

As soon as I heard about this book, I knew it was one that I had to read. The idea of your old best friend becoming a K-pop idol and then re
May 27, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc2022
The only thing this book has got going for it is the beautiful cover.
Lying for a bad reason, excusing the lying with saying the guy is emotionally immature (and that being a good thing?), plot that could be saved by people actually talking to each other and getting their consent, underdeveloped family dynamics and a personal pet peeve- constantly telling a woman she need to loosen up when she really isn’t that uptight.
It also managed to be boring on top of everything.
I’m starting to think maybe
janeee :D
oh lord… i cant keep reading kpop stories… im too delulu… janekook will prevail one day 😞😞 ill make sure of it 😵‍💫💔
Ruei (Ruei's Reading Corner)
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As the youngest child in the Soo family along with her twin brother, Elena just wants to get out of everyone's shadows. Her successful sisters and even her more popular twin brother all seem to have accomplishments Elena can only dream of.

When prom season comes around, she hopes to make her mark by focusing her energy on the community center where she volunteers instead of all the prom chaos going around her. But then Robbie Choi,
Apr 16, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once Upon A K-Prom is incredibly reminiscent of XOXO by Axie Oh. But while XOXO takes place in Seoul, this story is set in the USA. This follows Elena, a girl who isn’t keen on going to prom for several reasons. One is that she’d much rather the funds go to the local community center and the other reason? Well, that reason is the star of the biggest Kpop boy band in Korea…and the boy who’d promised to take her to prom when they were little. So what happens when he comes knocking on her door, pre ...more
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
May 07, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
yeah this with the best-friends-keeping-their-promises-and-also-falling-in-love
May 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
All I want from books like this is to have fun and I HAD FUN.

This is a really fun read, utilizing all the best fanfic tropes for a story that is pretty well told. I did have some issues with some of the rapid fire character resolutions toward the end, but they were only minor gripes. This book read fast and delightful and cheesy and I enjoyed it.

I think it pairs really well with Axie Oh's XOXO (though I liked that one a bit more).
Jan 20, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Was this what seven years did to someone? Just took all their sweetest features and sharpened them just enough to make them dangerous. Because that dimple was a serious weapon."

For fans of Axie Oh's XOXO and Kristen Burnham's Heart & Seoul comes Once Upon a K-prom, a refreshing meet cute with a twist.

Let's be honest, if you are looking for a young adult story with that k-drama twist, I am your girl to give you the truth as I absolutely devour everything in this sub genre of YA. I absolutely lo
Jan 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
Netgalley approved me for this gem and I am over the moon!


Reasons to read: childhood friends reuniting except one is a famous K-pop idol and OMG

I only recently became obsessed with K-pop thanks to a Blackpink reaction video and now I'm devouring anything having to do with K-pop! Let's be honest, I'm on the older spectrum, but I do enjoy a good YA contemporary as it does make this 80-year-old woman feel young again. Jk, I'm not 80, but someday's I feel like I am. I digress...

Before Ro
Mar 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
Once Upon A K-Prom is incredibly reminiscent of XOXO by Axie Oh. But while XOXO takes place in Seoul, this story is set in the USA. This follows Elena, a girl who isn’t keen on going to prom for several reasons. One is that she’d much rather the funds go to the local community center, and the other reason? Well, that reason is the star of the biggest Kpop boy band in Korea…and the boy who’d promised to take her to prom when they were little. So what happens when he comes knocking on her door, pr ...more
Feb 13, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
→ 3.5 stars

once upon a k-prom was very cute, but it was simply not for me. i don’t have any particular feelings for this book, it wasn’t mind-blowing and it wasn’t bad. it’s pretty fun to read, so i would definitely recommend it, but it’s just one of those “it’s not you, it’s me” cases.

i really liked the end half of the book, it was so fun to read and it kept me engaged to the very end, however, the beginning was a bit tedious. the references were also really fun to see and i quite like the fr
Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits are one of my all-time favourite duologies, AND I love K-Pop. So this should have been a new favourite, right?

Now don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad book. But I was hoping for so much more. I frankly found myself quite bored while reading this, especially because I felt like I never really got to know the characters, which made it feel like it was dragging at times. I also wanted a lot more charm from this. I guess I just didn't like the characters very much.
May 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was too cute I love it so much the characters were so wholesome 🤌🏻the character development 🤌🏻 and the cover 😍😍😍😍this is a great rom com and the puns 🤌🏻 I love this book, all I need is to own it!!!
Kris Mauna
As a K-pop fan, I have a love/hate relationship with books that are centered around the music genre. There are times when the stories can come off as stereotypical, but I am happy to say that wasn’t the case with Once Upon a K-Prom. I completely adored this book!

It’s prom season at Elena’s school and everyone is excited about the special night. They’re ready for dressing up, fancy dinners, and massive limos. The entire student population is talking non-stop about prom, besides Elena and her frie
Megan Rose
Apr 30, 2022 rated it liked it

Before reading Once Upon a K-Prom, I knew very little about K-Pop. However, as soon as I saw the cover for this book and read the description, I thought it sounded so cute that I wanted to give it a try, despite my lack of knowledge on the topic. I will say, I’d probably recommend doing at least a little light research on K-Pop if you’re entirely unfamiliar with it like I was, just because it’s way more complicated than I thought it was! I did learn a lot while reading this, but it might’ve
Oct 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
Never been a big of the whole prom thing but since this sounds like disastrous fun, I'm innnn ...more
Malli (Chapter Malliumpkin)

Arc was given by Disney Publishing Worldwide & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This review is being published after the release date (May 17th, 2022)

Content/Trigger Warnings: MC with low self-esteem, scene and talk of separation anxiety, depictions of anxiety, talk of abandonment, bullying, brief mentions of chronic migraines, harassment, death of a parent (in the past), talk of acrophobia (fear of heights)

“And for a breathless second, all I could do was stare at him as my
The short gist of it is that this doesn't really vibe with me like the best of k-dramas have (none of that refreshing sweetness, tragically), and I was quite annoyed with how the MC's parents are portrayed for the ENTIRE book (ahem, typical of YA today, unfortunately), some of the pacing/plot was a struggle to get through, so the only positive is that it was great to look into more K-Pop/Korean culture (as always is the case with me)
so... overall disappointing compared to what I've imagined... ;
May 07, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I’ve said it elsewhere, but pre/teen Alexa would absolutely have been all about this story. It has the hallmarks of the tales I grew up reading and writing — a main character (two actually) who is trying to figure themselves and their relationship out, a pop music aspect (though mine would have been more Western and less K-pop back then) and a budding romance between two former childhood friends. It was charming and the last couple of chapters gave me all those excellent ~fan fiction ...more
♡ calliope ♡
Mar 16, 2022 rated it it was ok
oh god this was not good

Ta || bookishbluehead
I have to admit that I never was into K-Pop and everything that has to do with it, but I know there is a huge cult around K-Pop-Bands and their members. I also know that there are many books out there that are themed around (fictional) K-Pop-Stars and I don’t know why, but that concept is fascinating to me. This is why I picked up “Once upon a K-Prom” as my first book with this theme and I can only say that it was the right choice. This book was cute and fluffy and had everything I thought it sh ...more
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