Review: I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee | a delightful, positive K-pop rom-com

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

June 16, 2020 from Katherine Tegen Books
Young adult romantic comedy
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Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.

She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t 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 fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.

But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.


4 stars

I’ll Be the One was simply an incredible delight to read. I’ve recently gotten into K-pop, so this book came at the right time for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. It’s been a while since read such a fun romcom, and this book definitely hit everything I love from a fun YA romcom.

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