contemporary, Reviews, Spoiler free, Young Adult

XOXO {Spoiler free}

This book review is spoiler free!

Author: Axie Oh

Series: Standalone

Audience: YA

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 


Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word.

Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.

When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.



Writing Style

This book is easy to read. There’s no difficult world building because this is a contemporary. It’s set in our world. There are some Korean terms but most of them are explained in the book.



Jenny is a Korean American and the main character of the book. She’s a cellist and works at her uncle Jay’s karaoke bar. She moves to South Korea when her mother announces that she wants to go to care for Jenny’s grandmother.


Our mystery guy who is part of a k-pop group and goes to the same school as Jenny.


If you’ve read the synopsis you’ll know that this book contains a lot of love. There’s also drama to keep things interesting.

What I liked the most

I love that I’m reading from a different perspective. Jenny isn’t someone who wants to become an idol. She just wants to focus on a cello career. Usually the main characters in my k-pop books are trainees. This isn’t the case with Jenny.


This book was so enjoyable for me! It’s easy to read and contains lots of drama and fluff. Most of it is in a high school setting, so of course you have those typical high school bullies.

There’s also drama when it comes to love. What’s up with Jaewoo? Why is he ignoring her since he returned to South Korea? I FLEW through this book! It’s refreshing to read about the other side of k-pop. The books that I’ve read are usually about people that are trainees but this isn’t the case for Jenny. If Axie Oh ever decides to write a sequel I’ll definitely read it!


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