What you are willing to risk to make your dreams come true?
For Rachel Kim, a 17 years old of Korean-American teenager, the answer is Almost Everything! 6 years ago, she was recruited by DB Entertainment, one of the largest companies in the field. The rules of being a trainee are simple: 24/7 hours practice, no dating, diet, no phone, etc. But in addition to that, Rachel has to face the envy of fellow trainees and scandal.
Is she strong enough to get through it all and become a successful K-pop idol?
I am a fan of K-pop and K-drama which is the reason why I picked up this book. Jessica Jung who wrote this book is the ex. member of Girls’ Generation, one of the most famous Korean girl groups.
Rachel Kim, as the main character was obviously a bit of inspiration from Jessica Jung’s life experiences with a fictional twist. But do remember as Jessica mention that this is not an autobiography book.
Well, it took me 5 months to finish reading this book. Honestly speaking it’s completely beyond what I expected. There is no strong storyline has been developed regarding the lives of Rachel as a trainee and her surroundings. Most of the part, turns into a story of Rachel’s relationship with Jason Lee ( the superstar of DB entertainment), how they are sending cute messages, having secret dates, go to Tokyo, etc.
The conflict between Rachel and Mina (the other trainee) is just a story of an ordinary fight. The one and only Rachel’s friend in DB, Akari, suddenly disappears from the narrative. And just like that, the book is closed with Rachel, Mina, and other girls finally joining into one group and being debuted (no story tells how this group came to be, it’s just based on the announcement by DB that a new group will be formed and the names of its members are called)
Actually, when I read the summary, I thought the book will tell much about what a trainee has to get through to become an idol such as undergo intense training, competing with each other for the spotlight, their sacrifices, hard preparations, and despair until they are ready to be debuted. Kind of a touching story so we can appreciate that being trainees are not as simple as what we see on the outside. We can assume that to become an idol needs talent, hard work, consistency, passion, and so on. But unfortunately, it doesn’t tell about that. Is it possible this book will sell well if not Jessica Jung wrote it? Hhmm….
2 from 5 stars
Writer: Jessica Jung
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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