Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hello, I Love You~Katie M Sout | Review

Title: Hello, I Love You
Author: Katie M Stout
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Length: 304 Pages
Release: June 2015
My Rating: 3/5 Stars

I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This novel had an intriguing premise. I like the boarding school aspect and moving far away from home. I've never really listened to KPOP, but it's music so I assumed it might have some interesting contributions to the story.

The synopsis was somewhat misleading, I thought. Grace was running from the music her life had revolved around with her dad and brother, but I never felt that this was really the reason for any of her issues with her feelings for Jason.

Grace was somewhat annoying, particularly in the beginning. She was kind of a stuck up brat and even though the novel was in first person, you never really felt like you knew what was going on in her head. I understand keeping things hidden for dramatic effect and everything, but I think things were revealed too late in the story. The comparisons between American culture and Korean culture were somewhat frustrating and I felt that Grace was kind of harsh, particularly considering she was the on who chose to go there. (This was nothing compared to her mother, who I really wish had just not been there.)

The love story was cute. Jason was frustrating and very hot and cold toward Grace throughout the story. Then I felt she did the same thing to him at points. They were cute together, but I don't think their story needed to be as long as it was. I like that it was dealing with some tough material (Grace and Jason both had family issues they were dealing with), but I think it could have delved more into this and focused on that aspect of the love story.

The characters, while frustrating, were enjoyable and I really enjoyed the read. It wasn't perfect, but it was fun and sweet.

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