I am not a K-Pop person. I tried, a few years ago, but I just couldn't get into it. It was, essentially the same with a* Also posted on It's Time, Ana
I am not a K-Pop person. I tried, a few years ago, but I just couldn't get into it. It was, essentially the same with all things Korean for me. I watch K-dramas when I get into it, sometimes watch the movies, but I'm not into it as my other friends were. (I suppose that if/when I get to South Korea, this will all change, like how I sort of got into a lot of Japanese stuff after I visited Japan. But that's for another thing.) So even if I did join Tara's 소리질러 (Make Some Noise!) Week for Scandalized, I still wasn't sure if I would be able to immerse in it. Granted, there was a band, and I love bands in fiction, but the entire K-Pop thing intimidated me in a way.
But really, I shouldn't have worried because reading Scandalized was a breeze. I loved Tara's other books, so I sort of knew what to expect with her writing, and her newest one didn't disappoint in that area. I loved how real everything felt on the first few pages, and even if I wasn't into the culture, I could clearly imagine Fi and East Genesis Project, and the Amethyst office and Gabriel like they were fully formed characters who decided to settle in my head. There was a certain kind of sincerity in the pages of this book that would capture even a non-K-Pop fan like me.
I loved, loved, loved Fi. Her spirit, her loyalty, and how she handled everything in the novel. And I equally loved Gabriel, too, because he seemed more accessible than the other guy, and because of the peg (Hi, Daniel Henney *swoon*). It was a pleasure reading their scenes together in Manila, and Tara captured the usual touristy stuff that people do when they visit. It took me a while before I got to familiarize myself with the names of the two band members other than Yihwan, but after I got that, I fell in love with Song Minchan. *pinches cheeks* :P I think I must also note that the East Genesis Project website is gold - not just literally! Talk about providing a fuller experience for the readers. :)
Overall, I had a great time reading Scandalized, despite my non-relation to the K-Pop fandom. There were many nuggets of wisdom in the book that could apply in real life, and the book left me with a lot of good vibes when I was done reading. And since this is a series, I think we can look forward to reading more of Fi, Gabe, and the band - yay! I think this can count as my dose of K-Pop? :)
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I loved the idea of this from the very start. I have a soft spot for nerds, and I mean that in a good way. :) Kaya may seem a little hard to understanI loved the idea of this from the very start. I have a soft spot for nerds, and I mean that in a good way. :) Kaya may seem a little hard to understand at first, with her no-nonsense way of narrating the story, but everything about her sounded authentic. I loved the little moments of vulnerability, particularly when her family and her relationship status is involved and it just made me grow fonder of her as the story unfolded.
And of course, I love Nero. What's not to love about him? :) His chemistry with Kaya (heh) felt very real and I liked how it was at just the right pace. Of course, that right pace is subjective, but trust me on this. :P Kaya's doubts were understandable, especially for someone who hasn't been in a relationship (view spoiler)[(I would know, of course, haha) (hide spoiler)], which made the grand gestures sweeter and happier - something the characters really deserved.
It must be noted that the supporting characters were also hilarious. I loved, loved the Teddies, and Francis and Phylle, and Kaya's entire family. Other than nerds, I have a soft spot for well-written families in books. :)
This is definitely a book you'd want to read if you're in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field. I almost forgot that I was a product of this track (Computer Science majors ahoy) until I realized that I understood most of Kaya's nerdy talk. Maybe not all the science talk, but the method and the obsessiveness to detail? Yeah, CS majors have that, too.
Can't wait for the other books in this series. Talking nerdy has never been so romantic. ...more