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Books for K-Pop Fans

Over the last few years, Korean pop music (aka K-pop) and dramas (aka K-dramas) have become increasingly popular in the US. Here are some novels about K-pop idols and the people who love them!

ASAP
ASAP
by Axie Oh

When her ex-boyfriend, a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world and forbidden from dating, is rocked by scandal, K-pop idol Sori offers him a hideaway with her until she must decide if her future is worth sacrificing for a second chance at love. 
Fireworks
Fireworks
by Alice Lin

When her childhood friend, K-pop star Kite Xu, returns home from South Korea, 17-year-old Lulu Li finds herself falling for him, but fame and friendship soon complicate matters of the heart. 
Gorgeous gruesome faces
Gorgeous gruesome faces
by Linda Cheng

Attending a new K-pop workshop hoping to reconnect with her ex-BFF and groupmate, 18-year-old former popstar Sunny Lee instead finds herself haunted by ghostly visions while someone inflicts bodily harm on her competitors, forcing her to confront the demons of her past to survive. Simultaneous eBook.
Idol gossip
Idol gossip
by Alexandra Leigh Young

Offered a spot at the Star Academy, one of the biggest K-pop companies, 17-year-old singer Alice Choy must navigate culture clashes, egos and extreme training practices to come out on top, despite the efforts of an influential blogger trying to tear her down. 
I'll be the one
I'll be the one
by Lyla Lee

A nuanced celebration of body positivity by the author of the Mindy Kim series follows the experiences of a plus-sized teen girl who shatters expectations on a televised competition to become the next big K-pop star. 
K-pop confidential
K-pop confidential
by Stephan Lee

Hiding a secret passion for singing beneath a veneer of an obedient straight-A student, Candace enters a K-pop audition on a dare before plunging headfirst into the grueling world of training and rehearsals, before a fellow trainee and a hot boy-band star challenge a strict no-dating rule. 
Make a move, Sunny Park!
Make a move, Sunny Park!
by Jessica Kim

When her best friend Bailey coerces her into auditioning for the school dance team, seventh grader Sunny Park takes her first steps out from behind Bailey's shadow when she makes the team and must figure out who she wants to be when she's in the spotlight. 
Seoulmates
Seoulmates
by Susan Lee

When her former best friend, K-drama star Jacob Kim, returns to San Diego, Hannah Cho is torn between the new feelings developing between them and her ex-boyfriend who wants her back. 
Shine
Shine
by Jessica Jung

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Kim confronts the dark underbelly of the K-pop world as she strives to become a K-pop star.
Somewhere only we know
Somewhere only we know
by Maurene Goo

A rising K-pop star on the eve of her breakout television performance and a tabloid reporter on assignment meet by chance at a fancy hotel during a search for a good hamburger in ways that transform both of their careers. By the author of Since You Asked. 
Y/n : a novel
Y/n : a novel
by Esther Yi

When her K-pop idol Moon suddenly retires, vanishing from the public eye, the narrator, a Korean American woman living in Berlin, acts on her obsession, arriving in Seoul where she searches for the object of her love until she finds him at long last as art and real life converge. 
Zero o:clock
Zero o:clock
by Christopher John Farley

In early March 2020 in New Rochelle, New York, teenager Geth Montego is fumbling with the present and uncertain about her future. She only has three friends: her best friend Tovah, who's been acting weird ever since they started applying to college; Diego, who she wants to ask to prom; and the K-pop band BTS, because the group always seems to be there for her when she needs them (at least in her head). She could use some help now. Geth's small city becomes one of the first COVID-19 containment zones inthe US. As her community is upended by the virus and stirred up by the growing Black Lives Matter protests, Geth faces a choice and a question: Is she willing to risk everything to fight for her beliefs? And if so, what exactly does she believe in? C.J. Farley captures a moment in spring 2020 no teenager will ever forget. It sucks watching the world fall apart. But sometimes you have to start from zero.
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