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Seoulmates

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This book read like a K-Drama and whenever a book reads that way, I always read them quickly. I enjoyed how lighthearted it was and walked away from it feeling really good but also feeling a range of emotions throughout the experience. Annoyance with certain people [redacted] peopling, feeling the confusion & hurt of a best friend leaving and the joy & relief of reconnecting with said best friend. We were given levels without being drug through the mud in order to experience them! Fans of K-Dramas would enjoy this read.
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Surprisingly I've never watched a K-drama, but I know they have become increasingly popular, and thanks to books like this one I know I'll be watching some of the shows recommended soon. I LOVED how Susan took what she loves and incorporated it into such a sweet and fun childhood friends-to-lovers story that I found absolutely charming.  I loved the behind-the-scenes of the industry and expectations, and even as someone who wasn't familiar with the overdramatic series I could understand and relate to the feelings Jacob would have dealt with. Injured, he ends up back "home" in San Diego after leaving behind his former best friend, Hannah and forced to spend time with one another while he's recuperating.

A light-hearted summer romance with a lot of feels, you'll fall in love with the characters in a tender way that will have you cheering on their summer romance through a bucket list of places to visit in San Diego, meddling mother's who are besties and want them to end up together and some miscommunication between the friends as they navigate their past and present. 

This book just gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings and I cannot wait to read what Lee writes next! Thank you Inkyard Press + NetGalley for providing an early copy to read and review in exchange for my honest review, this was one I could not wait for & had preordered before ever reading a word, highly recommend!
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Cute second chance romance and I enjoyed the chapters flipping back-and-forth between Hannah and Nate's perspectives. A couple of character choices made me cringe (the ex boyfriend), but otherwise a quick read I think my teen patrons will enjoy.
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this was so sweet and fun! i'm so happy i got to discover susan lee as an author, and am already excited to read her future novels! thank you for the arcs!
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This was so sweet! Loved the friends to lovers trope of Hannah and Nate.  

Hannah isnt into K-Dramas and Nate just happens to be starring in one after growing up together as neighbors. He is back for the summer and they reconnect. 

I really enjoyed the realistic characters and the teen drama. 

Very well done!!!!
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‘Seoulmates’ by Susan Lee was an utterly adorable, insightful, super sweet read with a perfectly done enemies-to-lovers romance. It was just an absolutely heartfelt delight from beginning to end, and I really loved it. Highly recommend!
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If I hadn't already read Once Upon A K-Prom by Kat Cho, maybe this would have received a higher rating from me. However, since I've already read OUAKP, this book felt like a cheap knock-off. 

The beginning was promising, but then there was an issue in writing style I absolutely could not get over: the two main characters' point-of-view chapters sound the exact same. Why even write dual POV if the characters read like the same person? It made the book unenjoyable to read.

The MCs were also pretty idiotic. I get that they're teenagers, but the famous actor doesn't think his fans will find pictures of him posted on his childhood friend's Instagram? Ridiculous. Also, I think the author forgot what she had already written at times. For example, the MCs are running all over the place to find one another to profess their love to each other. The male MC texts the female MC to meet him and acts like he isn't going to leave. In the next chapter, the female MC hasn't received the text, goes to find him, and he's planning on leaving. No mention of the text ever again. I'm hoping these things were cleaned up in the final version. It seemed like the editing had not been fully completed with this e-arc.

There were a few good ideas in here, but they weren't enough to make the book good in my opinion.

I received an e-arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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This was a fun YA second chance romance between two former best friends, Hannah and Nate. Hannah hasn't forgiven Nate for leaving her to become a big K-pop movie star and doesn't get all the hype with the K-pop/K-drama world her friends are all obsessed with. On a break, Nate is trying to rekindle a relationship with Hannah while also being forced into a fake dating situation with his co-star that he can't get out of without throwing away his career. This book reminded me a lot of Once upon a K-prom by Kat Cho. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early digital copy in exchange for my honest review.
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I loved this book! it was so cute and i really enjoyed the characters. The story was fast paced and kept my interest for the entire time. I enjoyed the dual POV so we were able to get both perspectives on the story! I enjoyed the childhood friends aspect of this as well as the famous MC. I am a sucker for both of those!! this book is great for anyone who loves kdramas!
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I was so excited when i saw a description of this book many months ago! I was not disappointed in the slightest. What a great read!
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Seoulmates is an entertaining YA Romance novel that follows Hannah and Jacob, two best friends since childhood whose friendship has split apart over the years. This Summer Jacob comes back to visit with his family and the two are forced to cohabitate under the same roof. Can they repair their friendship or will Summer turn out to be even something more for them?

I always love a good summer romance which drew me initially to this book. Add in some mentions of K-Pop and K-Dramas and I was absolutely hooked into the plot. This novel follows a friends-to-lovers trope while also channeling themes of family, self-discovery, and a coming-of-age narrative. Both Jacob and Hannah are forced to reckon with their own pasts and relationships with each other. They try to heal the rift between them while also picking up their friendship where they left off.

Because of this, their relationship development felt so natural and it was sweet to see them develop into something more than friends. Readers will enjoy going along for the ride as the book takes us through multiple adventures in the city of San Diego. The book is lighthearted and cute while also focusing on the topic of culture and identity. I enjoyed seeing Hannah grow into her own as she’s been labeled for her “Koreaness” (as she states) and learns to not let others put her in a box while also gaining a greater appreciation for her culture.

This novel was charming and cute overall! Once I started to read it I couldn’t put it down. I loved all the small references to K-Dramas included and how the story also ties into some of those K-Drama themes to the plot itself.
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This was a sticky sweet YA romance about two former best friends, turned enemies, turned friends and more.  Interweaving aspects of Asian culture, K-dramas, and familial dynamics this story was ultimately about balancing the numerous expectations of family, career, and love in a young adults life. 

Sincere thanks to InkYard Press and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Adorable and fun this is such a perfect burst of sunshine as the weather is getting colder. Sometimes you just need that shot of serotonin and this book absolutely delivered especially with the friends to lovers trope - my heart!!
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Hannah’s boyfriend broke up with her unexpectedly and she hatched a plan to win him back. What she also wasn’t expecting was her ex-best friend and his family to be staying at her house for the summer.

Her ex-best friend happens to be super popular K-Drama star, Kim Jin-Suk (or Jacob, the name she’s always called him since they were kids).

Her ex-best friend who left three years ago without coming back right away as he promised. 

Not only does she have to deal with a summer of loneliness but a stranger in her house. 

Jacob never stopped caring about Hannah but after a tragedy in his family, he had to be the one to provide. Thankfully, he has a summer to redeem himself to Hannah after everything. 

Hannah and Jacob have chemistry right off the bat. Even with Hannah being mad at him. I liked the natural progression of their relationship and how they got to know one another again. 

Seoulmates was such a cute childhood friends to lovers read. I couldn’t help but smile throughout the book.
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"Seoulmates" was a cute friends to enemies to love romance. Hannah and Jacob had adorable moments that made the book fun to read. Lee integrated the world of K-drama into the book giving the book added drama a tension. The story is fast-paced, and teen readers will enjoy it.
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Such a wonderful read, so full of heart and thought-provoking, yet so easy to read. I loved following each of our leads on their journeys, and I naturally loved the way their journeys intertwined into this wholesome love story. There is so much to this novel - about abandonment issues, about carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and trying to stay afloat, about trying to fit in or live up to other's ideas of you, about being once shunned for your culture and now watching everyone borderling fetishise it. This was start to finish a treat of a read and I look forward to anything else Lee publishes in the future.
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Thanks netgalley for letting me read it was a super fun read and I would definitely read again you gotta love a good friends to lover and enemies to lover type trope
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This was a cute, light hearted story that felt a bit like a K drama in parts, with dramatic pauses, minor misunderstandings, and soulful gazing. A super fast read, great for when you need something light on vacation. Both characters are very likable and you end up rooting for them, especially with Jacob's issues with his managers. My only issue with it was that the intimacy scene seemed really out of place, given the pretty vanilla (but sweet) tone of the rest of the book.
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I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This book is sweet. I love K-dramas. I have been watching them for years. This book was a bit of a change of pace. Hannah had everything planned out only for it to come tumbling down around her as her boyfriend dumps her. She embraced her American traits and ignored her Korean ones. Korean culture is all the rage and that has her on the outs with those around her. Jacob who was in a K-drama is having struggles of his own. He needs a break and going home to San Diego is what he thinks he needs. Also trying to figure out what happened between him and his best friend Hannah. I loved this and waiting to see what the author has in store next in her writing.
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Seoulmates is a delightful YA romance for anyone who is obsessed with K-dramas. It's a classic friends-to-enemies (and also maybe a second-chance romance) story, about two childhood friends who reunite after some time apart. The catch? One of them is a K-drama star and in a manufactured relationship by their studio. This book was very fun to read.
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