Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser, Chapter One One Head up, legs crossed. It's time for the world to see: this is what it takes to SHINE. “What’s this I hear about a late-night practice?” His eyes move across the group, landing on me. I can even see this being adapted into a cute little movie, because thankfully not everything has to be Deep and Serious & catered to people who wank over Heidegger in their free time. Well, that couldn’t be truer for my world, where everyone is always watching and your secrets can actually kill you. Not so much. I mean, well, the group—all the girls. only has one book released so far) to see if the series is worth keeping up with. Instead, we make our way over to the banquet table. Sterling, Release Blast: Look With Your Heart (Heart Collection #3) by L.B. My grin vanishes. The yearbook (so named because most of the trainees here never get the chance to have an actual high school yearbook) is what we call the walls surrounding the fountain in the central wing lobby, decorated with framed photos of every single K-pop star who’s debuted out of DB’s training program. He’s obsessed with those records.” “Who cares if he’s a thief? It’s crazy that I have to write this in 2020 but there is still a major difference in how men and women are treated in many environments but I think it’s even more of a concern in the entertainment industry. Please select a reason for reporting this review: We have recently updated our Privacy Policy. One more violation and I’m sending you straight back to newbie classes.” Eunji’s face turns pale, and she bows her head low. “?‘Who does this bitch think she is?’?” She crows with laughter. Head up, legs crossed Tummy tucked, shoulders back. “Come on, Mina’s not that bad.” “Remember what happened at my bowing ceremony?” Akari smiles, eyes crinkling. “Rachel?” My eyes immediately shift to the huge camera sitting behind the interviewer. “Thanks. And my mind goes completely blank. And I felt like the middle lagged just a touch. : No, Bright, to be published October 2021 What was your favorite part of living in the trainee house?” My mind spins around for an answer as I discreetly wipe the sweat off my hands and onto the leather seat beneath me. As I got closer and closer to debut age, I begged my mom to let me train full-time, but all I ever got back was a resounding refusal. My interest is piqued more from this comment than that synopsis. But when I got up this morning, I went and sat by the window and enjoyed the rainy day and a good book. Before I can respond, Mr. Noh strides over. How can I explain that I’m three years away from being past my prime? It’s been years since DB Entertainment has debuted a girl group, and as a senior trainee, this is Rachel’s last shot. But I know it is a culture I’d like to continue to learn more about. It’s quite the character evolution and I really enjoyed that aspect to the story because it helped to ground the sometimes melodramatics of the K-pop world. This is a perfect Teen Novel with all the bells and whistles (Blinks...) “I don’t remember the interviewer asking you any personal questions, Mina. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Crap How long has he been waiting for me to answer? Yeah, right. (Once, a few years ago, I asked her why she changed her mind after Halmoni died, but all I got was a blank stare followed by a quick smack on the back of my head). When she felt the sting of racism as a young girl in the U.S., she turned for solace to K-pop. “Excuse you,” she snaps back, her face inches from Lizzie’s, her eyes narrowed in anger. But I do hope you’re enjoying the food.” That’s it. # of Books: 2 (Full Reading Order Here) We’re not your servants, Rachel.” She rolls her eyes. “It’ll take more than some rich daddy’s girl with a god complex to make me bow to Mina,” I say. Spin-off Saturdays: Pretend We're Over by Ella Miles, DNF Series Review: The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh, Series Review: Girl Meets Duke by Tessa Dare, Series Review: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, Spin-Off Saturdays: Dirty Sweet Duet by Laurelin Paige, SERIESous Discussions: Book Formats by Month [3], Series Review: Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer, Follow SERIESous Book Reviews on WordPress.com. And the worst part is? “Rachel, you’ve received high praise for your talent as the lead vocalist. Their picture-perfect smiles and glossy hair remind us mere trainee mortals of what we aspire to be every day as we scurry from class to class. Get ready as Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Korea’s most famous girl group, Girls Generation, takes us inside the luxe, hyper-color world of K-pop, where the stakes are high, but for one girl, the cost of success—and love—might be even higher. A few months ago, when a female trainee, Suzy Choi, was suddenly let go in the middle of a training cycle, rumors had run rampant that she had a drug problem and she owed thousands of dollars to her dealers, who sold her to one of those North Korean–themed restaurants in Cambodia. And I’m sure I butchered the pronunciation of many if not all of the names in the book. Get comfortable in front of the camera, Rachel. That’s the worst the vicious DB rumor mill can come up with? It was just a wonderful, edge of the seat, can’t stop turning pages story. He flashes his greasy smile at me. The DB execs didn’t really go for Umma’s arrangement at first, but for some reason, Mr. Noh decided to bend the rules for me. While the book suggests, and at times directly addresses, feminist themes, the ending falls significantly short of these ideals.

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