Grace Wilde is running-from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who's topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother's breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.Read more...
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Grace Wilde is running-from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who's topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother's breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.
She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie's twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.
Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, Katie M. Stout's "Hello, I Love You "explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-20
- Reviewer: Staff
What are the odds that Grace, the music-savvy daughter of a famous Nashville record producer and the sister of a chart-topping country musician, will fall in love with Jason, a Korean pop-music heartthrob, while attending boarding school on an island near Seoul? First-time author Stout deepens a potentially clichéd premise with carefully revealed backstory. Grace opts to spend her senior year far from home to escape family tensions and avoid the spotlight. Though it’s overly coincidental that Jason—the twin brother of Grace’s new roommate, Sophie—is also a music superstar, that parallel strengthens the bond between the girls, who share an innate understanding of the effects fame can have on superstars’ families. Though Grace is smitten with Jason, his occasionally renegade behavior dredges up her haunting memories of her brother, who readers gradually learn more about. The story has more than a tinge of melodrama, and Grace’s stubborn cultural naiveté, while not necessarily unbelievable, grates from the start. Still, Stout’s romance credibly examines facing one’s inner turmoil and orchestrating new beginnings. Ages 13–up. Agent: Emily Keyes, L. Perkins Agency. (June)