The world of K-Pop has never met a star like this. Debut author Lyla Lee delivers a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivityperfect for fans of Jenny Han and Julie Murphy.Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldnt dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldnt call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, shes about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.Shell challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and shell do it better than anyone else.When Skye nails her audition, shes immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesnt count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon ...
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This one was such a precious book! It talked a lot about fatphobia, a poor relationship with your mother, the Kpop industry, and being bi-sexual in a community that may not support you. It made me tear up at how raw and realistic the situations characters get into. It's great.
Real rating: 4.5 stars
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Star Rating: —>4.5 Stars !
Okay literally... I don’t even know how to rate this because this book, while it has some great reps, and some pretty heavy topics (bullying, fat shaming, emotional abuse).... it somehow all manages to feel like you’re eating... idk fluffy marshmallows.
The premise is: Skye Shin wants to be the world’s first female plus-sized K-Pop Star. She tries out for a K-Pop talent competition originating from Seoul, Korea, that this year sets up shop in LA— You’re My Shining Star...more
Hands down the best book about Kpop I’ve read so far. It was so worth the wait 💛
“I’m fat. People think it means I should hate myself, and when I don’t, it makes them uncomfortable. But this is just another part of who I am, and I’m happy with who I am.”
I’ve read a couple of books about Kpop in the last years but they were written by white writers, and guess what? They weren’t great.
This book is what I wanted from the beginning. An ownvoices Korean rep makes a huge freaking difference. Take n...more
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This is a tough review to write because I love what the book was trying to do. I just wasn't keen on the execution. I'LL BE THE ONE is about a heroine named Skye who wants to be a K-Pop star. The only problem is, she's plus-size and she knows that it's an industry that pretty ruthlessly regulates the appearances of its stars and is very unforgiving to girls (and boys) with bigger bodies. Despite that, she enters a singing compet...more
THIS WAS SO FREAKING CUTE AND I COULD NOT STOP READING THIS BOOK. If you are looking for body positivity, you NEEEEEEED to pick up this book. Sky is fat and she's spent her whole life hearing her mom talk down to her and beg her to lose weight. But now, Sky is happy with her body and loves who she is. So when she tries out for a singing and dancing Kpop show, she is ready to show everyone what she has. She definitely meets adversity along the way because of her size, but she never lets that stop...more
I loved this sweet, warm, empowering read. Skye is an amazing character and I loved her from the first page, when she was 5 and telling her mom she’d prove her wrong. I loved that this one tackled so many complex issues, like fat phobia and cultural ideals head on. I was so engrossed in this story, I finished it in one sitting.
I highly recommend this one when you’re in the mood for a book with a lot of heart and a character who doesn’t back down.
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CW: fatphobia, talk of queerphobia and non-accepting families, parental emotional abuse.
THIS! WAS! SO! CUTE! AND! FUN!
Okay, I must admit that, at first, I had a bit of a hard time getting into the writing. The author chose to lay down all the conflicts in the first couple chapters and that just...does not work for me. I like when it's gradual and implicit instead of being told 'this this and this is what the MC is going to face in th...more