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K-Pop Confidential

K-Pop Confidential

Author(s): Stephan Lee

Location(s): Seoul

Genre(s): Young Adult

Era(s): Contemporary

Big dreams, rivalries and romance collide in this must-read YA novel for K-pop fans everywhere!

‘I’m still giddy over this electrifying, big-hearted, all-kill smash of a debut. I couldn’t put it down.’ BECKY ALBERTALLI, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

‘The delectable K-pop confessional we’ve all been waiting for … frothy bubble tea of a book.’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘[A] riveting tale of friendship, love, and passion’ TEEN VOGUE

Candace is your average Korean-American teen – who can’t believe her luck when she’s picked from thousands of auditionees to travel to Seoul and train to become a K-pop star.

There’s only one problem: she’s really not cut out for it. The language is hard, the girls are mean, and the number-one rule is NO DATING – which proves impossible after she meets superstar idol One.J and fellow trainee YoungBae.

In the battle to debut, Candace must decide whether a spot in the most hyped K-pop girl group of all time is really worth risking everything …

A YA romantic coming-of-age novel about big dreams, rivalries and friendship, set against the vibrant landscape of Seoul, South Korea. A must for any K-pop fan: a behind-the-scenes look at the Korean pop industry, whilst exploring themes of expectations, female empowerment and determination. * Stephan Lee is a Korean-American writer, YA enthusiast and ardent K-pop fan!

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