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Book Review: We Absolutely Loved Seoulmates by Susan Lee

Book Review: We Absolutely Loved Seoulmates by Susan Lee

Here at THP, we love a good friend to lovers rom-com read, and Susan Lee delivers that and more with her debut YA novel!

Summary: Hannah Cho had the next year all planned out – the perfect summer with her boyfriend Nate, and then a fun Senior year with their friends.
But then Nate does what everyone else in Hannah’s life seems to do – he leaves her, claiming they have nothing in common. He and all her friends are newly obsessed with K-pop and K-dramas, and Hannah is not. After years of trying to embrace the American part and shunning the Korean side of her Korean American identity to fit in, Hannah finds it’s exactly what now has her on the outs.
But someone who does know K-dramas – so well that he’s actually starring in one – is Jacob Kim, Hannah’s former best friend who she hasn’t seen in years. He’s desperate for a break from the fame, so a family trip back to San Diego might be just what he needs…that is, if he and Hannah can figure out just what went wrong when they last parted and navigate the new feelings developing between them.

Content Warnings: This book share common themes that revolve around the K-POP industry and discuss topics such as eating disorders, fatphobia, body shaming, sexism, misogyny, mental health challenges, cussing, and verbal abuse. The Honey POP encourages mindful reading and always checking the author’s website for any additional content warnings.

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This book has super fun, chill, summer vibes, and it also has deeper moments that we think everyone can relate to.

AAPI Representation

We loved having an AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) main character and we loved getting to see some of the nuances of living in a Korean household. Susan tackled the identity struggle that lots of Asian-American teens and young adults face of trying to fit in with their American friends and losing sight of their heritage so well. She has such a relatable voice and we loved it so much. She wasn’t afraid to dig into the struggles that a lot of authors gloss over and we stan that about Seoulmates.

Summer Bucket List

A lot of the plot revolves around our two main characters, Hannah and Jacob, completing Jacob’s summer bucket list. Jacob is a K-Drama star and doesn’t get to live a “normal teenage life,” so he and Hannah go around San Diego doing fun things, like finding the best California burrito and going to Legoland. It was super fun to read about and we loved the friendship between Hannah and Jacob.

Quotable Quotes

Susan Lee has a gorgeous writing style and there are some quotes from Seoulmates that we just loved so much, that we wanted to share them.

“I am my mother’s daughter, and she is stronger than I ever imagined. And so am I.”

“…If the choice ahead is mine, if I get to make it for myself, then the road in front of me feels lined with possibilities. Be brave and take that first step.”

“Life is on its own timeline, but it always makes a place for the heart, and the soul, to find love.”

See Also

See what we mean? poetic. We loved Seoulmates so much. It’s a book that gives you a good time but also makes you think. It talks about things that need to be said.

Seoulmates by Susan Lee is in stores on September 20, 2022. You can pre-order it here.

Are you planning to read Seoulmates by Susan Lee? Will you add it to your TBR list? Let us know how you feel about this upcoming book in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP!

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