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The first rule of watching K-dramas: Never fall in love with the second lead. As an avid watcher of K-dramas, Hana knows all the tropes to avoid when she finally lands a starring role in a buzzy new drama. And she can totally handle her fake co-star boyfriend who might be falling in love with her. After all, she promised the producers a contract romance, and that’s all the The first rule of watching K-dramas: Never fall in love with the second lead. As an avid watcher of K-dramas, Hana knows all the tropes to avoid when she finally lands a starring role in a buzzy new drama. And she can totally handle her fake co-star boyfriend who might be falling in love with her. After all, she promised the producers a contract romance, and that’s all they’re going to get from her. But when showrunners bring on a new girl to challenge Hana’s role as main love interest—and worse, it’s someone Hana knows all too well—can  Hana fight for her position on the show while falling for her on-screen rival in real life? -K-drama lovers will fall for all the fan-favorite tropes that make for a hit show. -Romance is everywhere in this swoony, joy-filled novel, with fake dating, a secret relationship, and a classic love triangle! -Visit South Korea as Hana takes readers through popular spots and hidden gems.


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The first rule of watching K-dramas: Never fall in love with the second lead. As an avid watcher of K-dramas, Hana knows all the tropes to avoid when she finally lands a starring role in a buzzy new drama. And she can totally handle her fake co-star boyfriend who might be falling in love with her. After all, she promised the producers a contract romance, and that’s all the The first rule of watching K-dramas: Never fall in love with the second lead. As an avid watcher of K-dramas, Hana knows all the tropes to avoid when she finally lands a starring role in a buzzy new drama. And she can totally handle her fake co-star boyfriend who might be falling in love with her. After all, she promised the producers a contract romance, and that’s all they’re going to get from her. But when showrunners bring on a new girl to challenge Hana’s role as main love interest—and worse, it’s someone Hana knows all too well—can  Hana fight for her position on the show while falling for her on-screen rival in real life? -K-drama lovers will fall for all the fan-favorite tropes that make for a hit show. -Romance is everywhere in this swoony, joy-filled novel, with fake dating, a secret relationship, and a classic love triangle! -Visit South Korea as Hana takes readers through popular spots and hidden gems.

30 review for Flip the Script

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lyla Lee

    I'm very proud of my next YA novel, Flip the Script (coming out 5/31/22)! I had fun writing this book, & I hope you’ll have fun reading it. First & foremost, FtS is my love-letter to K-dramas. 🎥 It was the hardest book I’ve ever written (I even had to quarantine for two weeks in Korea to do research for it last year!) but it’s also a total dream come true. Whether I lived in South Korea or various parts of the US, I grew up watching K-dramas & Korean movies. The shows/movies I grew up watching as I'm very proud of my next YA novel, Flip the Script (coming out 5/31/22)! I had fun writing this book, & I hope you’ll have fun reading it. First & foremost, FtS is my love-letter to K-dramas. 🎥 It was the hardest book I’ve ever written (I even had to quarantine for two weeks in Korea to do research for it last year!) but it’s also a total dream come true. Whether I lived in South Korea or various parts of the US, I grew up watching K-dramas & Korean movies. The shows/movies I grew up watching as a kid taught me about story-telling as much as the books I read. And I’m so happy I can fuse both my passions in this one book! The ingredients of this book are: my decades of watching Korean media, my years of film school+working in Hollywood, & the countless hours of research (in-person and virtual) I did about Seoul, the K-drama industry, etc. 🇰🇷 Flip the Script is also the sapphic novel I’ve always wanted to write. 👩🏻‍❤️‍💋‍👩🏻 Hana is bi! And there are many other queer teens in this book. I loved the Korean media I grew up watching, but I was admittedly hurt over & over again by the fact that most queer people in Korean films/TV shows end up dying tragic deaths. In this book, I decided to flip that script (haha, get it?). A not-so-spoiler alert because it should be obvious: Hana & Minjee DO NOT die at the end of this book. None of my queer babies do! And it’s a rom-com so there’s a happy ending! Because queer teens deserve happy endings & cute rom-coms!!! 🙌💕 If any of this sounds like your cup of tea, please pre-order and/or add this book on Goodreads. Pre-orders & online buzz are so important for writers like me, all the more so during these difficult times. Cover to come soon! (Quick note since people have asked. There are currently no plans for a sequel to I'll Be the One. Unfortunately a lot of that is dependent on sales and out of my control. I love Skye and Henry so much and would love to return to their stories again. In the meantime, I hope you'll love Hana and Minjee's story, too!)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janna

    I had so much fun reading about Hana and the experiences she makes as a Korean American teen actress on her first K-Drama production. There's fake dating (to improve the initially bad ratings of the show), a secret (sapphic) relationship and a bit of a love triangle. Admittedly, I'm usually not the biggest fan of love triangles, but this one honestly surprised me in such a good way - it was sweet, well done and communication was (mostly) key! Just as "I'll Be The One", the author's YA debut, "Flip I had so much fun reading about Hana and the experiences she makes as a Korean American teen actress on her first K-Drama production. There's fake dating (to improve the initially bad ratings of the show), a secret (sapphic) relationship and a bit of a love triangle. Admittedly, I'm usually not the biggest fan of love triangles, but this one honestly surprised me in such a good way - it was sweet, well done and communication was (mostly) key! Just as "I'll Be The One", the author's YA debut, "Flip the Script" does deal with some heavier topics like queerphobia for example, but that doesn't mean that there aren't endless scenes that are full of joy and happiness, celebrating romance and friendships. For those of you who've read "I'll Be The One" (if you haven't, you totally should!) there are even some little cute references in the text you'll notice (which I absolutely adored)! Other things I adored include: the queer representation - there was tons of it, the whole friends turned into rivals to lovers situation and the delightful writing style I quite frankly just can't get enough of! Thank you Epic Reads and Lyla Lee for the review copy! first thoughts: screaming, crying, laughing - this was so much fun!! full review soon but please put this wonderful sapphic contemporary on your TBR asap!! i post about queer books here: instagram / tiktok /twitter

  3. 4 out of 5

    julia

    I’m a simple woman; I see the words “sapphic rom-com kdrama,” I add the book to my tbr.

  4. 5 out of 5

    prutha

    bisexual rep in k-dramas we love to see it besties edit: LOOK AT HOW CUTE THE COVER IS

  5. 5 out of 5

    breana / milkyboos ♡

    two girls in love + their emotional support himbo <3 my favorite genre

  6. 4 out of 5

    ash | आश ♥ [superache enthusiast]

    my sapphic-kdrama-lover-self is screaming rn - this book was entirely vibes and i love it ! br w @Leilani <3

  7. 4 out of 5

    ☔️ lin chuchu ☔️ 林楚楚

    rep: all korean cast, bisexual protagonist, lesbian li, pansexual mc Thank you so much to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review :) 2.5 stars rounded down Flip the Script was a fun, easy to read book that had me finishing it in one sitting, which is a feat that I haven't accomplished for months. I especially enjoyed the main friend group that we get to see develop over the pages! It was super fun and made me very happy to see three queer teenagers fooling around and teasing each oth rep: all korean cast, bisexual protagonist, lesbian li, pansexual mc Thank you so much to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review :) 2.5 stars rounded down Flip the Script was a fun, easy to read book that had me finishing it in one sitting, which is a feat that I haven't accomplished for months. I especially enjoyed the main friend group that we get to see develop over the pages! It was super fun and made me very happy to see three queer teenagers fooling around and teasing each other. I really liked the boy who fell in love with Hana, Bryan, as a character, and he has to be my favorite, though it took me a while to warm up to him. However, the book really wasn't what I was expecting, and not in a good way, I'm afraid. The characters fall flat to me and I couldn't form a strong connection to any of them. I've read the author's debut novel, and I felt a stronger connection to those characters because they simply felt more original. What I mean is that I think the author could use a little more practice in developing unique voices for each character, because while Hana has had a very different life than Skye, it feels like the same narrator speaking, and I couldn't get a feel for Hana's personality at all. I also don't think Minjee (the love interest) and Hana's relationship was very well explored before they started developing feelings for each other, since all the screentime was used to develop Hana and Bryan's friendship instead, which in turn makes Minjee feel like an incredibly underdeveloped character. Flip the Script was also marketed as a rivals to lovers romance, but we got none of the animosity one would expect, and rather quite the opposite. Minjee and Hana were friends and continued to be happy and close friends all throughout the book. the rivalry was not expanded on at all. Plus, Bryan's feelings for Hana developed extremely quickly, with no build up or chemistry at all which I get is part of his character but the blurb on the book made it seem like it would be different. It did not deliver on the implied promise of unrequited angst that comes with the trope of Bryan being in love with Hana like it was marketed, not even for a second since Bryan seems to just brush his feelings away easily, which didn't cause much conflict at all. In fact, a lot of the characters seem very passive. lastly, one last complaint: Minjee is a lesbian, but the only time the term lesbian is ever used in the book is to describe Hana in what feels like a negative way. I just wish authors would use the term lesbian to describe their lesbian characters. It's really not that hard. For a book all about not being ashamed to be queer and uplifting queer voices, the author does a pretty good job of tiptoeing around a prominent identity in the community-- my own identity -- like it's a dirty word. I hope in the final book that this will be changed. all in all, I'm sad to report that I didn't enjoy the book as much as I wanted to, especially since I was excited for a kdrama based sapphic romance. however, i would recommend it if you would like a fun, breezy ya sapphic romance, but this really wasn't for me at all.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    This book was so sweet! I’m still wiping my tears after that epilogue. While I do wish we got to see more of Minjee’s character, the three main characters are loveable and have a great dynamic. The story stays exciting throughout—both before and after a major turning point—and I love how everything is resolved in the end. It was also fun to see behind the scenes of K-dramas, just as we did with K-pop contests in the author’s previous novel I’ll Be the One. (Not to mention, I now have a great lis This book was so sweet! I’m still wiping my tears after that epilogue. While I do wish we got to see more of Minjee’s character, the three main characters are loveable and have a great dynamic. The story stays exciting throughout—both before and after a major turning point—and I love how everything is resolved in the end. It was also fun to see behind the scenes of K-dramas, just as we did with K-pop contests in the author’s previous novel I’ll Be the One. (Not to mention, I now have a great list of date ideas / places to visit in Korea!) All in all, Flip the Script was the perfect combination of fluffy romance and rep to get me out of a reading slump!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    Loved this so much from start to finish!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nev

    3.5 - I’m so happy that we got another queer YA book set in the Korean entertainment industry from Lyla Lee! I really enjoyed I'll Be the One, so I was super excited to see what she’d bring to a YA book about K-dramas. Flip the Script follows Hana, a Korean-American teen who has finally been cast in the lead role in a K-drama. When the ratings aren’t that great the studio decides that she and her K-pop co-star Bryan should fake date to bring in press. But when her former BFF Minjee is brought in 3.5 - I’m so happy that we got another queer YA book set in the Korean entertainment industry from Lyla Lee! I really enjoyed I'll Be the One, so I was super excited to see what she’d bring to a YA book about K-dramas. Flip the Script follows Hana, a Korean-American teen who has finally been cast in the lead role in a K-drama. When the ratings aren’t that great the studio decides that she and her K-pop co-star Bryan should fake date to bring in press. But when her former BFF Minjee is brought into the show as well, sparks start flying between the two girls instead of between Hana and Bryan. While I didn’t love this quite as much as I’ll Be The One, it was still a fun read. I felt like the K-drama portion of the story wasn’t as fleshed out as it could’ve been. For how important it was to the plot of the book I was expecting to understand more about the show and the behind the scenes goings on. Also, I wanted more character development from Bryan and Minjee. I enjoyed them as characters and the roles that they played in the story, but because we don’t get their POVs sometimes things felt super abrupt or not fully explored. I was also hoping for a bit more insight into the different family relationships. But overall I did like the book. It was cool to read a queer YA story set in South Korea. While there are difficult things that happen and some people who don’t fully accept the queer characters, this is a mostly hopeful book. There were also mentions of characters from I’ll Be the One which were fun to see. Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    kashvi⁷

    this book was so 😭💞 i'm so soft for hana & minjee 🫶🫂 this book was so 😭💞 i'm so soft for hana & minjee 🫶🫂

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leilaniღ

    FOR A YA NOVEL DAAANG DID I LIKE IT SM! HEHEHE FOR THOSE K DRAMA LOVERS OUT THERE THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU BABE<33 UGH HAD ME GIGGLING AND SMILING ALL THE WAY THROUGHHHH MINJEE <333 HANA <3333 BRYAN <333 HONESTLY HAS THE BEST TROPES SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP, FAKE DATING, FORBIDDEN ROMANCE (kinda), AND RIVALSSS SORTA😏. HEHEHE BUDDY READ WITH ASH <333 MI AMOR, I FINISHED A BIT TOO EARLY BECAUSE IT WAS SO GOOD!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amani

    If you LOVE k-dramas, you will LOVE this!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    I AM REALLY EXCITED about this one. I loved I'll Be the One and this sounds magical. I AM REALLY EXCITED about this one. I loved I'll Be the One and this sounds magical.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Moon

    lyla lee writing a sapphic YA contemporary romance????? i'm so excited 😭 lyla lee writing a sapphic YA contemporary romance????? i'm so excited 😭

  16. 4 out of 5

    inês

    did someone just say k-drama with lgbt representation??!?!?!? i still haven't moved on from soljiwan so u can BET i WILL be tuning in! did someone just say k-drama with lgbt representation??!?!?!? i still haven't moved on from soljiwan so u can BET i WILL be tuning in!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    Queer romance about K-Drama stars written by the author of my favorite children's book series? YES PLEASE! Queer romance about K-Drama stars written by the author of my favorite children's book series? YES PLEASE!

  18. 5 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    I didn't love this one as much as I adored I'll Be the One, mainly because I wanted more of Minjee (and more of her personality to show on the page). I wanted MORE. But it was still really great, and had a really awesome discussion of homophobia in Korea. I also really loved a lot of the adult figures (the good ones) in the show: Sophia, and Hana's mom and dad. And, to a smaller extent, Director Cha and Mr. Choi. Full RTC. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review I didn't love this one as much as I adored I'll Be the One, mainly because I wanted more of Minjee (and more of her personality to show on the page). I wanted MORE. But it was still really great, and had a really awesome discussion of homophobia in Korea. I also really loved a lot of the adult figures (the good ones) in the show: Sophia, and Hana's mom and dad. And, to a smaller extent, Director Cha and Mr. Choi. Full RTC. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  19. 4 out of 5

    Manon

    the pacing was not my favourite and the story a bit too cliché for my taste but it was a fun read overall. @ lyla lee maybe slow down a bit on the bts and goblin references. i am also a bit annoyed that hana's and bryan's sexualities are clearly labelled several times throughout the novel, but the word lesbian is never used to describe minjee. it's "i only like girls" this and "i am not attracted to boys" that, but there's a specific word for that and im tired of it not being used? the only time the pacing was not my favourite and the story a bit too cliché for my taste but it was a fun read overall. @ lyla lee maybe slow down a bit on the bts and goblin references. i am also a bit annoyed that hana's and bryan's sexualities are clearly labelled several times throughout the novel, but the word lesbian is never used to describe minjee. it's "i only like girls" this and "i am not attracted to boys" that, but there's a specific word for that and im tired of it not being used? the only time the word lesbian is mentioned in this book was when hana's dad talked about her in a (kinda) negative way: lesbian is not a bad word and it's past time lgbt stories stopped acting like it is.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    This sounds so cute I feel like I could combust. Bi rep, K-dramas, possibly rivals to lovers!? Hell yes I am in!! Lyla also shared this INCREDIBLY CUTE sapphic art and I am IN LOVE! This sounds so cute I feel like I could combust. Bi rep, K-dramas, possibly rivals to lovers!? Hell yes I am in!! Lyla also shared this INCREDIBLY CUTE sapphic art and I am IN LOVE!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ruei (Ruei's Reading Corner)

    Sounds so cuteeee

  22. 5 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: online harassment, homophobia 3.8 Hana wants nothing more than her first K-drama to do well, so when less than great ratings poor in after the first two episodes she agrees to fake date her annoying co-star. It's not ideal in the first place, but when it turns out the producers hired a love rival for her character as a back up plan things gets more complicated. It turns out they hired Minjee, Hana's former friend/rival from school she's only just gotten back I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: online harassment, homophobia 3.8 Hana wants nothing more than her first K-drama to do well, so when less than great ratings poor in after the first two episodes she agrees to fake date her annoying co-star. It's not ideal in the first place, but when it turns out the producers hired a love rival for her character as a back up plan things gets more complicated. It turns out they hired Minjee, Hana's former friend/rival from school she's only just gotten back into contact with after some tension. And now there's a whole different type of tension, because it turns out she might want more than just friendship with Minjee, but Minjee thinks she's taken- and probably straight- and the studio would never let anyone think any different. This a cute, fluffy story of artistic queer kids going up against The Man that pairs well with Lee's debut, I'll Be the One- which it also has multiple, fantastic easter eggs for-, or with If This Gets Out. It's definitely a feel good book with hopeful energy and sweet characters. With an exception for the miscommunication bumps of the middle of this book, these characters all work really well together. The chemistry is divine, for the platonic pairs and for the romance. The snarky growing friendship between Hana and Bryan is a lot of fun to watch, and the already developed friendship between her and Minjee reconnecting is lovely as well, even before the romance sets in. And when the romance does strike, you get a full array of some great tropes- secret dating, rivals to lovers, friends to lovers, etc- and Lee plays them all so well. And those tropes, as well as some others, get a friendship angle too that helps keep the book moving and keeps the characters connected. For me, I wish that the Bryan complication was handled better. It was hard to shake off the bad taste his behavior left in my mouth, and while I did eventually get there digging into that reaction felt unnecessary and hindered my reading enjoyment. This is also a surface level, saccharine story with one real driving force of a plot, so it felt a bit thin, but if you're just looking for feel good fluff then you'll certainly get what you asked for. Lyla Lee is great at what she does- and I can't wait to see her next book (I have some ideas about what that could be too!). As always, the queen of queer, Korean vibes. Pre-review comments below More fluffy romance with a bi main character by Lyla Lee???? YAY 🎉

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shenwei

    Protect Hana, Minjee, and Bryan at all costs!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    I saw K-drama and then I stopped reading because that was all I needed to read #added

  25. 4 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    3.75 stars rep: bisexual Korean-American protagonist, lesbian Korean love interest, pansexual Korean side character, Korean side characters; (bisexual Korean-American author) cw: homophobia this was a very cute, quick read! tackles the traditional nature of K-dramas amidst Korean society and how Hana, Minjee, and Bryan...flip the script...lmao sorry anyways I recommend this if you're a fan of K-dramas and/or looking for a sapphic read! again, this was a quick read, and I'm thankful for that honestly 3.75 stars rep: bisexual Korean-American protagonist, lesbian Korean love interest, pansexual Korean side character, Korean side characters; (bisexual Korean-American author) cw: homophobia this was a very cute, quick read! tackles the traditional nature of K-dramas amidst Korean society and how Hana, Minjee, and Bryan...flip the script...lmao sorry anyways I recommend this if you're a fan of K-dramas and/or looking for a sapphic read! again, this was a quick read, and I'm thankful for that honestly because I feel like so many ya contemporaries end up being 380+ pages now for no reason. I flew through this and finished it in about 2 hours. my only complaint abt this tho is the pacing. the beginning felt like normal but then after Minjee shows up (about a third of the way through), it started moving so quickly and didn't really give you time to breathe. in the first third, we get Hana and Bryan's fake date, which is fine, but I wish we spent more time on other parts of the story. I still liked the book other than this though! just thought it would have benefited by introducing Minjee in more depth.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eloise

    It was nice to learn about Korean culture, especially k-drama culture. I also appreciate how this story partly deals with being queer in (South)Korea, how the people aren't as accepting as in other parts of the world like the USA. Other than that though, i didn't really click with the characters or the storyline. I could have easily told you everything that would happen from reading the blurb. There's nothing particularly surprising, the writing is fast paced and easy but tbh it also feels a little It was nice to learn about Korean culture, especially k-drama culture. I also appreciate how this story partly deals with being queer in (South)Korea, how the people aren't as accepting as in other parts of the world like the USA. Other than that though, i didn't really click with the characters or the storyline. I could have easily told you everything that would happen from reading the blurb. There's nothing particularly surprising, the writing is fast paced and easy but tbh it also feels a little TOO easy. The audiobook narrator is okay. It all seems just okay without standing out.

  27. 5 out of 5

    hana

    laurhana book club <3 laur's rec this is like the popcorn equivalent of a book - light and easy and addicting. it was very cliché and i’ve never read more unrealistic dialogue, but despite all that it was kind of incredible to read queer representation set in korea, especially in the entertainment/kdrama industry. it also took me straight back to my favourite place which made me so happy 🥹 (also can’t get over how the mc has the same name as me) (also bryan <33 my fave) laurhana book club <3 laur's rec this is like the popcorn equivalent of a book - light and easy and addicting. it was very cliché and i’ve never read more unrealistic dialogue, but despite all that it was kind of incredible to read queer representation set in korea, especially in the entertainment/kdrama industry. it also took me straight back to my favourite place which made me so happy 🥹 (also can’t get over how the mc has the same name as me) (also bryan <33 my fave)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ash McClintic

    Literally weeping, this was so so so so so good. I want to read it over and over and over. I don’t have the emotional range for a good review, but: Homophobia in Korea, in the entertainment industry, the culture of idols in Korea, behind the scenes in kdrama production, bisexual main character, pansexual representation, heartwarming and tender and beautiful and gosh I was grinning to myself and just weeping for everything that happened. Just…. Seriously incredible. I want everyone to read this.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    This was so sweet! I flew through it, and it made me smile so much. Hana, Minjee, and Bryan are all such great characters, and I loved watching the dynamics between and among them change over the course of the story. And even though the book generally very light, it has some serious discussions about homophobia in Korean culture that I can tell are going to mean a lot to so many readers. CW: homophobia, outing of queer characters

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eva B.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thanks to Kismet Books for the arc! If you’re a book lover in Wisconsin, pop over to Verona and check them out! Is there anything more disappointing than one of your most anticipated reads being, well…disappointing? I absolutely loved I’ll Be the One and have not hesitated to incessantly recommend it to all of my K-Pop loving friends, but I found Flip the Script very underwhelming. To start with the positives: - Hana, Bryan, and Minjee (once we finally saw her) were enjoyable characters to follow - Thanks to Kismet Books for the arc! If you’re a book lover in Wisconsin, pop over to Verona and check them out! Is there anything more disappointing than one of your most anticipated reads being, well…disappointing? I absolutely loved I’ll Be the One and have not hesitated to incessantly recommend it to all of my K-Pop loving friends, but I found Flip the Script very underwhelming. To start with the positives: - Hana, Bryan, and Minjee (once we finally saw her) were enjoyable characters to follow - The romance, once it actually happened, was cute! - I think this is the first book I’ve read that takes place in Korea and the setting was super vivid. Everything from the food to the locations to the cultural and social norms felt very real. Now the negatives: - I don’t go into YA contemporary romances expecting amazing writing but this felt very distinctly like it was telling instead of showing, especially in regards to Hana’s feelings as an American-born K-Drama star and how she felt too Korean for America but now feels too American for Korea. It was mentioned a lot in very blunt, tell-y terms when it could have made for some very good internal conflict instead of being dropped in a few times. The writing was overall just…aggressively mediocre to the point where as I read I kept thinking “I don’t remember I’ll Be the One reading like this??” - The romance. took. forever. and not in a slow-burn way. The first 200 pages of the book are production drama and fake dating with Bryan and then Hana and Minjee finally start to build up to a romance. Maybe it’s just the way this was advertised, but I was expecting it to be much more romance-heavy throughout and was not thrilled for like half the book to be fake dating with Bryan, fun as he was. - The plot also doesn’t really kick in until Minjee becomes a central player…200 pages in. And it’s the same plot I’ve read a million times in any fandom-related book: the media property ends up being Bad, Actually and the actors have to get the studio to change the ending. It was admittedly done better here than in other fandom books I’ve read (looking at you, Ship It. Don’t think I’ve forgotten you quite yet you piece of shit) but it’s still a trope that I find overdone and irritating. While it still seems a bit unrealistic for Hana and Minjee to get the studio to not only keep their characters from getting fridged (which my phone refuses to acknowledge as a real word) but get a sapphic end couple, I’ll suspend my disbelief for a wholesome sapphic moment. And the bit at the beach? So cute! I also like that it actually acknowledged that yeah, there’s gonna be fallout for the ending and it could impact their careers as opposed to some other fandom books where the actors pull off some crazy stunt and get their ship in the final episode or whatever and everyone is magically fine with it. It felt grounded and realistic; I just wish the rivalry had begun sooner so we could get a bit more of a slow burn. So yeah. Underwhelmed. Good concept, lacking execution. I’ll still be anticipating Lyla Lee’s next books, but this just didn’t do it for me :(

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