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A sparkling K-drama inspired debut teen novel by Grace Shim, THE NOH FAMILY introduces irrepressibly charming teen Chloe Kang, who is reunited with her deceased father's estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them... When her friends gift her a 23-and-Me test as a gag, high school senior Chloe Kang doesn't think much of trying it out. She A sparkling K-drama inspired debut teen novel by Grace Shim, THE NOH FAMILY introduces irrepressibly charming teen Chloe Kang, who is reunited with her deceased father's estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them... When her friends gift her a 23-and-Me test as a gag, high school senior Chloe Kang doesn't think much of trying it out. She doesn't believe anything will come of it--she's an only child, her mother is an orphan, and her father died in Seoul before she was even born, and before her mother moved to Oklahoma. It's been just Chloe and her mom her whole life. But the DNA test reveals something Chloe never expected--she's got a whole extended family from her father's side half a world away in Korea. Her father's family are owners of a famous high-end department store, and are among the richest families in Seoul. When they learn she exists, they are excited to meet her. Her mother has huge reservations, she hasn't had a great relationship with her husband's family, which is why she's kept them secret, but she can't stop Chloe from travelling to Seoul to spend two weeks getting to know the Noh family. Chloe is whisked into the lap of luxury, but something feels wrong. Chloe wants to shake it off--she's busy enjoying the delights of Seoul with new friend Miso Dan, the daughter of one of her mother's grade school friends. And as an aspiring fashion designer, she's loving the couture clothes her department store owning family gives her access to. But soon Chloe will discover the reason why her mother never told her about her dad's family, and why the Nohs wanted her in Seoul in the first place. Could joining the Noh family be worse than having no family at all?


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A sparkling K-drama inspired debut teen novel by Grace Shim, THE NOH FAMILY introduces irrepressibly charming teen Chloe Kang, who is reunited with her deceased father's estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them... When her friends gift her a 23-and-Me test as a gag, high school senior Chloe Kang doesn't think much of trying it out. She A sparkling K-drama inspired debut teen novel by Grace Shim, THE NOH FAMILY introduces irrepressibly charming teen Chloe Kang, who is reunited with her deceased father's estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them... When her friends gift her a 23-and-Me test as a gag, high school senior Chloe Kang doesn't think much of trying it out. She doesn't believe anything will come of it--she's an only child, her mother is an orphan, and her father died in Seoul before she was even born, and before her mother moved to Oklahoma. It's been just Chloe and her mom her whole life. But the DNA test reveals something Chloe never expected--she's got a whole extended family from her father's side half a world away in Korea. Her father's family are owners of a famous high-end department store, and are among the richest families in Seoul. When they learn she exists, they are excited to meet her. Her mother has huge reservations, she hasn't had a great relationship with her husband's family, which is why she's kept them secret, but she can't stop Chloe from travelling to Seoul to spend two weeks getting to know the Noh family. Chloe is whisked into the lap of luxury, but something feels wrong. Chloe wants to shake it off--she's busy enjoying the delights of Seoul with new friend Miso Dan, the daughter of one of her mother's grade school friends. And as an aspiring fashion designer, she's loving the couture clothes her department store owning family gives her access to. But soon Chloe will discover the reason why her mother never told her about her dad's family, and why the Nohs wanted her in Seoul in the first place. Could joining the Noh family be worse than having no family at all?

30 review for The Noh Family

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    This was a pretty interesting read. I’m not going to lie, I was really drawn in by the cover. 3.5 stars rounded up. The story itself follows a teen by the name of Chloe who’s just recently graduated from high school and is headed for community college. After taking a 23 and Me DNA test, she connects with someone who claims to be her cousin. As a result, she’s reunited with the estranged family of her father. She learns so much more than anticipated once she makes it to South Korea. What attracte This was a pretty interesting read. I’m not going to lie, I was really drawn in by the cover. 3.5 stars rounded up. The story itself follows a teen by the name of Chloe who’s just recently graduated from high school and is headed for community college. After taking a 23 and Me DNA test, she connects with someone who claims to be her cousin. As a result, she’s reunited with the estranged family of her father. She learns so much more than anticipated once she makes it to South Korea. What attracted me most to this story was definitely the inspiration that it takes from K-dramas. I’ve actually never seen a K-drama so it was nice learning so much about them and how the writer used similar tropes and plot lines found in them to develop this story. Although, I’ve seen the “long lost family” trope before, I liked how this one was developed in some ways. Chloe is definitely struggling with her identity and the role that her mother plays in her life so part of this journey is really about her discovering more about herself and appreciating what she has instead of chasing what she doesn’t have. It’s a big lesson to learn at such a young age, but definitely one that she needed so she could move forward in life. Unfortunately, there were moments where the story did drag a little bit. Chloe is really into fashion and fashion design and a huge part of the plot is related to her possible attendance at FIT. I wish that we would have spent a little more time on this and how it tied into her family. Instead, we were introduced to character after character who weren’t necessarily well developed and were mostly unlikeable. This through the pacing off just a little for me as a reader. As a result there were moments when I was really invested in the story and others where I wasn’t. Overall, this was a solid book. I would love to see reviews from people who really enjoy K-dramas and see how the story holds up for them in comparison. This definitely did make we want to try out a K-drama in the future.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Sutanto

    THE NOH FAMILY is a vibrant and charming trip to S Korea. It’s filled with intrigue, suspense, and tons of fun. I couldn’t put this book down and basically inhaled it in 2 days, and what I read wasn’t even the polished version! I can’t wait to buy it once it’s out and read it all over again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Well, if you want a look into the chaebol world this might be the book for you, let me tell you. At the start of the book Chloe takes a plane to South Korea so that she can finally meet her dad's side of the family and understand what happened all those years ago when her dad moved to the States. Being in Seoul is definitely a totally new experience for Chloe and I honestly enjoyed seeing her discov An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Well, if you want a look into the chaebol world this might be the book for you, let me tell you. At the start of the book Chloe takes a plane to South Korea so that she can finally meet her dad's side of the family and understand what happened all those years ago when her dad moved to the States. Being in Seoul is definitely a totally new experience for Chloe and I honestly enjoyed seeing her discover some of the amazing things the city has to offer thanks to the help and the company of her friend Miso. The whole deal with her family was quite absurd in some aspects and I must admit it was also very predictable. To me it was pretty clear what the endgame of the family was and that's why I found Chloe to be a bit naive since she didn't realize it for quite some time. It was obvious that there was something the family wasn't telling her and she just didn't get the clues. The same goes for her cousin Jin Young and all that happened with that situation. Moreover, I would have loved to see her learn something more about the father she has never met, the family could at least have given her that, but unfortunately it did not happen. I guess the ending leaves the door open for a sequel, I'm not sure. If so, I honestly don't know if I will continue on reading this story since my interest in learning more about these characters is pretty slim.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    It's slow at times but the ending is worth it. Totally like watching a kdrama!!! It's slow at times but the ending is worth it. Totally like watching a kdrama!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    I LOVED The Noh Family! I loved the KDrama vibes in this book and where every chapter is like an episode of a drama. It just keeps getting better and better, and you just cannot stop! The addiction is real. This book had it all. Chloe is an 18 year old senior raised by her single mom, a workaholic nurse from Tulsa Oklahoma, where she is the only Korean in the school, and fitting in and belonging was all she ever wished for. As a prank, her friends bought her a 23andme DNA test. This lead her to d I LOVED The Noh Family! I loved the KDrama vibes in this book and where every chapter is like an episode of a drama. It just keeps getting better and better, and you just cannot stop! The addiction is real. This book had it all. Chloe is an 18 year old senior raised by her single mom, a workaholic nurse from Tulsa Oklahoma, where she is the only Korean in the school, and fitting in and belonging was all she ever wished for. As a prank, her friends bought her a 23andme DNA test. This lead her to discovering her long lost family in Korea. She is invited to get to know her new found Noh family. What she discovers is that her family are chaebols - an ultra wealthy family of department store owners. The Noh Family is Kdrama at its best! It’s not only centered on Chloe, the future clothing designer, who longs for a family and acceptance. But there is also an element of thriller and suspense. This was an emotionally charged read, that had me longing to visit Korea once again. Shim really highlighted the vibrant food culture from the street stalls in Myong Dong, the Chimaek and KFC - the crispiest double fried Korean Fried Chicken with ice cold beer, and the life of the Uber wealthy. I loved how readable the book was and how easy it was to get immersed into the beauty of the characters and great side characters. But more importantly, Shim really captured the strength of the bond between the mother - daughter relationship, finding your passions, and ultimately following your dreams and being true to yourself. I highly recommend this awesome book if you want to learn more about South Korea, the Korean food and culture, and of course fashion!

  6. 4 out of 5

    ash

    thank you to edelweiss and the publisher for approving me an eARC in exchange for an honest review, and honest i will be. RTC.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Thank you to Penguin Teen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I struggled with this one. But it's not bad by any means. Rep: Korean-American cishet female MC, Columbian-American cishet female side character, white cishet male side character, Korean lesbian cis female side character, various Korean side characters. CWs: Fatphobia, medical testing without prior knowledge, medical content, classism, emotional manipulation, abandonment. Moderate: Blood, body shaming, Thank you to Penguin Teen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I struggled with this one. But it's not bad by any means. Rep: Korean-American cishet female MC, Columbian-American cishet female side character, white cishet male side character, Korean lesbian cis female side character, various Korean side characters. CWs: Fatphobia, medical testing without prior knowledge, medical content, classism, emotional manipulation, abandonment. Moderate: Blood, body shaming, car accident (no injuries), chronic illness (liver disease), past death of parent, grief. Minor: sexual content implied (side character).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Booktastically Amazing

    Did I love it? No. Did this restart my obsession for reading books about celebrities and bittersweet romance that will impact my heart in some way or another while reminding that it will never happen to me in this realm and causing me to dream about it two nights in a row? Yes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    At first glance, I was really excited to get my hands on The Noh Family. Then I actually dove into it and my opinion quickly changed. Don't get me wrong, it was likable but not necessarily memorable. The characters themselves were interesting but, and it's a huge BUT, I honestly wanted to slap each and every one of them. I definitely wanted to punch the one guy at the club though. The overall mystery and family dynamic was so weird. Not in a good way either. They just seemed like selfish assholes At first glance, I was really excited to get my hands on The Noh Family. Then I actually dove into it and my opinion quickly changed. Don't get me wrong, it was likable but not necessarily memorable. The characters themselves were interesting but, and it's a huge BUT, I honestly wanted to slap each and every one of them. I definitely wanted to punch the one guy at the club though. The overall mystery and family dynamic was so weird. Not in a good way either. They just seemed like selfish assholes, and I didn't want to waste my time on them. It was clear in the beginning, that they didn't really care about Chloe. Yet, she just wanted to get that family tingle she has been lacking lately. In a lot of ways, she was annoyingly naive about every little thing. She was never suspicious of what was going on around her and that really frustrated me. Other than that, the romance really did nothing for me. I liked Mr. Kim but I was just so done with this trip. The friendships were the best part for me. In the end, it was an okay book but really predictable and sort of frustrating to read. I guess it had potential to be better but I'm glad that it's over.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Inah (Fueled By Chapters)

    I was excited to read this book since I’m a huge K-drama fan. The trope of long-lost family is very much cliché and overused but it didn’t really stop me from reading the book. It’s not my favorite trope either. The book started out fine, I like the intrigue and like Chloe, I was excited to meet the Noh family. And I guess that was the only thing in common between me and Chloe. Sadly, I couldn’t connect with her. I’ve learned to cut YA characters some slack when it comes to naivety, but Chloe was I was excited to read this book since I’m a huge K-drama fan. The trope of long-lost family is very much cliché and overused but it didn’t really stop me from reading the book. It’s not my favorite trope either. The book started out fine, I like the intrigue and like Chloe, I was excited to meet the Noh family. And I guess that was the only thing in common between me and Chloe. Sadly, I couldn’t connect with her. I’ve learned to cut YA characters some slack when it comes to naivety, but Chloe was too naive that her character’s decisions seemed absurd at times. I don’t know if it’s just because I’m older and wiser, or it’s me being a K-drama fan, but if I was in her shoes, I’d have a little skepticism in me. And speaking of the characters, I wish they were more developed. All of them just felt too flat, even Chloe. No one really stood out, except maybe for Mr. Kim, but even he had an underdeveloped personality. The writing style wasn’t for me, as the tone felt too omniscient. There was too much telling and exposition that the characters felt too distant. It also got wrapped-up quickly at the end, that it somehow feels rushed. There wasn’t anything big, although I liked how Chloe realizes that a family doesn’t always have to be a conventional type of thing. I also wished Chloe really had the chance to learn more about his Dad, but the spotlight keeps shining on the others, like Samchon, who she doesn’t even meet! Also, the budding romance between Chloe and Mr. Kim was a little off-putting. I wish the author stated his age first because I kinda imagined Mr. Kim as a middle-aged guy. I mean, I don’t mind the age gap that much (Hello, Twenty-Five, Twenty-One!) but it’s hard when the characters aren’t described enough to leave so much in the reader’s imagination. The book really had a potential, but sadly it didn’t live up to my expectations. I like the incorporation of Korean culture and how Chloe tried to adapt, but for the most part, this book was predictable and formulaic. Dedicating one star for mentioning two of my favorite K-dramas: Prison Playbook and Hospital Playlist. LOL ** For more book reviews, check out my blog, Fueled By Chapters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    this was an experience oml RTC Thank you to Penguin Teen for sending me an ARC!

  12. 5 out of 5

    TL

    Wasn't a fan of the ending but I enjoyed reading this, it got me out of my own head (even though I didn't care for most of the characters) Wasn't a fan of the ending but I enjoyed reading this, it got me out of my own head (even though I didn't care for most of the characters)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    I haven't seen a K-drama, unless Squid Game counts (probably not), but they seem really interesting and I think I'll check one out. This book felt like a K-drama in novel form, starring Chloe as the main character who finds out she has family in Seoul and travels there to meet her relatives. Unfortunately, her family are all pretty terrible and might be manipulating her for their own reasons. Chloe is a pretty typical eighteen year-old girl. She doesn't see eye to eye with her mom, is afraid of I haven't seen a K-drama, unless Squid Game counts (probably not), but they seem really interesting and I think I'll check one out. This book felt like a K-drama in novel form, starring Chloe as the main character who finds out she has family in Seoul and travels there to meet her relatives. Unfortunately, her family are all pretty terrible and might be manipulating her for their own reasons. Chloe is a pretty typical eighteen year-old girl. She doesn't see eye to eye with her mom, is afraid of losing her friends when they go to college, and wants to go on an adventure. There were times when I was frustrated that she couldn't see that her "family" was using her, but I also understand that she wanted to see the best in everyone and longed for a connection to her late father. I still think she was a bit too naïve and easily led by others and wanted to see her stand up for herself sooner in the story. Miso is the start of this book and I love her! I would totally read a spin-off featuring her finding an awesome partner and keeping in touch with Chloe. Please consider this! :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Devoured this basically in one sitting - please tell me there’s a sequel coming!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brinley

    I've never watched a K-drama. So really, i have no idea why I picked this one up. I thought it had a pretty cover, but I don't even think I read the synopsis. Long story short, I went into this one with no expectations and no idea what I was getting into. I ended up enjoying it though! I think that's partly because I was in the right mood for something like this. If I read it a month from now, I mightve hated it. But right now, I needed pure fluff/drama. I needed a thoughtless read, and this was I've never watched a K-drama. So really, i have no idea why I picked this one up. I thought it had a pretty cover, but I don't even think I read the synopsis. Long story short, I went into this one with no expectations and no idea what I was getting into. I ended up enjoying it though! I think that's partly because I was in the right mood for something like this. If I read it a month from now, I mightve hated it. But right now, I needed pure fluff/drama. I needed a thoughtless read, and this was perfect for that. It was wildly entertaining, even though it had its flaws. And really, it used those flaws to its advantage. It was predictable, sure, but it used that predictability to build anticipation and capitalize on the drama. Our main character wasn't exactly likeable, but she was an interesting character, and her growth was awesome. Even the "bad" things about this one were good, which isn't something I say very often. Another thing - the setting of this one was tons of fun. The clothes, the sights, the people, it was all so vivid. Picturing it all was so fun, especially because it was as foreign to our main character as it was to me. Although the relationships frustrated me until the end, I loved the way the resolved. Chloe was a character I grew to love, and I supported her decisions at the end with my whole heart. I loved watching her mend her relationship with her mom, it was super touching, and probably my favorite part about this book. Although I went into this book expecting a romance, and didn't get one at all, I still really enjoyed it! Can't say I'm a huge fan of the cliffhanger, and probably won't pick up the next book (if there is one) but this was still a fun read Thanks to TBR Beyong Tours for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  16. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    this sounds fabulous and I'm loving how kdrama vibes are seeping into books now please give me all of them this sounds fabulous and I'm loving how kdrama vibes are seeping into books now please give me all of them

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angela Y (yangelareads)

    I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Copy provided by Penguin Teen and Kokila. The Noh Family is an a sparkling K-drama inspired debut novel, It introduces irrepressibly charming teen Chloe Kang, who is reunited with her deceased father's estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them. She visits her new found family in South Korea, but she is surprised to see they're rich! She tackles a lot of problems throughout the novel, deal I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Copy provided by Penguin Teen and Kokila. The Noh Family is an a sparkling K-drama inspired debut novel, It introduces irrepressibly charming teen Chloe Kang, who is reunited with her deceased father's estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them. She visits her new found family in South Korea, but she is surprised to see they're rich! She tackles a lot of problems throughout the novel, dealing with family, loss of close relatives and friendship. There’s tons of family drama and was exactly what I needed. Chloe’s struggles and the way she was trying to balance her own wants and needs as well as respecting her mothers choices was a really interesting dynamic and made Chloe a really captivating character. I enjoyed seeing her evolve throughout the book. I absolutely loved the setting of Seoul and learning about the culture. Jin Young and Soo Young are also good additionals because their characters presented a good contrast between what it's like growing up with a privileged background versus living a normal life. I also liked how it stayed true to its K-drama vibes and there were a lot of mentioned K-dramas. The pacing of the book was so well done. I was not even once bored. I kept wanting to know more about the Noh family and learning about the truth of her father. This was a journey Chloe didn't expect to take, and one she’ll learn more about herself than she ever thought she would. A self discovery I would love to read again. If your a K-drama or love to learn about Korean drama, I recommend reading this book. Such a great book to start of my Asian Heritage Month/May read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    Desperate for a different life, despite her economic reality growing up with a single mum, Chloe Chang longs for escape, belonging, and validation. She thinks she’s found all three after her dead father’s Korean family connect with her after the results of a DNA test. Convinced to travel across the world to meet them, she goes for answers about her family, against her mother’s wishes. She's eager to find out why her parents moved to the US, and to discover more about her father as a person, and Desperate for a different life, despite her economic reality growing up with a single mum, Chloe Chang longs for escape, belonging, and validation. She thinks she’s found all three after her dead father’s Korean family connect with her after the results of a DNA test. Convinced to travel across the world to meet them, she goes for answers about her family, against her mother’s wishes. She's eager to find out why her parents moved to the US, and to discover more about her father as a person, and his family, as her mother has told Chloe nothing about her parents' past. To her utter surprise, she finds out her family are super wealthy and super influential (known as chaebol in Korea). Quickly drawn in by gifts and the presence of a cute chauffeur, Chloe thinks the world of her new grandmother at her initial meeting with the woman, and then little things begin happening that cast doubt on Chloe's perceptions of her Korean family. In fact, despite her mother's attempts to get Chloe to be more guarded in her dealing with them, Chloe opens herself to them unreservedly. I read this book quickly. It was enjoyable, and despite my feeling intensely suspicious of her super rich relatives and frustrated by Chloe's unwillingness to question their motives for reaching out. I liked how the author used the tropes of K-dramas to tell Chloe's story. And though I thought she was too trusting and naïve, I did understand her need to connect with the big family she had always wanted. Her inflated expectations were bound to be disappointed, sadly, especially as she was dealing with people with radically different lives from her own. I also liked how hard Chloe had to work to discover what and who was really important to her, such as her loving mother, and the friends she’d known for years. Though she had hard lessons to learn, she comes out on the other side more focused and appreciative of what she has always had in her life. Thank you to Netgalley and to Penguin Young Readers Group for this ARC in exchange for my review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    Such an adorable debut. Chloe loves K-drama in all its glory. As a Korean-American and have NEVER watched any, I definitely get some looks. haha. But it's just not my thing (yet) and this book doesn't change my mind about that. But I do understand the obsession. And I definitely understand the dramatic pause. #iykyk She also loves her Mother who works really hard as a single mother to provide for Chloe. However, she never discusses Chloe's dad with her so when Chloe's friends get her a 23andMe t Such an adorable debut. Chloe loves K-drama in all its glory. As a Korean-American and have NEVER watched any, I definitely get some looks. haha. But it's just not my thing (yet) and this book doesn't change my mind about that. But I do understand the obsession. And I definitely understand the dramatic pause. #iykyk She also loves her Mother who works really hard as a single mother to provide for Chloe. However, she never discusses Chloe's dad with her so when Chloe's friends get her a 23andMe test for her 18th birthday, she ends up being able to contact a long lost cousin who lives in Seoul and to her surprise, her new found family wants to pay to have her visit. Too good to be true? Sigh, isn't it always? Chloe seems a bit naïve and that's totally ok! It was frustrating that she didn't see the big picture at times when it seemed glaringly obvious to me. Then again, she's starry eyed from learning more about her culture, taking Seoul in (which were my favorite parts and now I'm hungry... again!), getting to know her new family - how could she not be distracted? Also, the ending leaves it a bit open for a sequel... OoOoO, will there be one forthcoming? For me, it was all about the family. About Chloe finding herself and not what she felt she was obligated to do. Of her relationship with her mother, that while stressful at times because NOONE wants to disappoint their mother, was also beautiful and felt so very relatable. In full disclosure, this is VERY YA. Maybe a little more so than I typically like tbh but it also still worked for me. Some padding for this debut novel but I'm definitely keeping an eye on Shim and read her next release. And can I please, please, please get a modern hanbok from Chloe?!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Riddhi B.

    I don't why but recently I am really in the mood for reading books with Korean rep, and this was a simple, delightful read, perfect to satisfy my mood! Plot: We follow Chloe who got in touch with a cousin of hers, who, she had no idea existed. She visits her new found family in South Korea, but she is surprised to see they're rich! She tackles a lot of problems throughout the novel, dealing with family, loss of close relatives and friendship. I enjoyed this plot, honestly! As countlessly mentioned I don't why but recently I am really in the mood for reading books with Korean rep, and this was a simple, delightful read, perfect to satisfy my mood! Plot: We follow Chloe who got in touch with a cousin of hers, who, she had no idea existed. She visits her new found family in South Korea, but she is surprised to see they're rich! She tackles a lot of problems throughout the novel, dealing with family, loss of close relatives and friendship. I enjoyed this plot, honestly! As countlessly mentioned in the novel, it's a very typical plot, but I enjoyed the way it was presented. I loved the trip to Korea from the comfort of my bed, it was so well written, and inculcated in the plot so easily! My only problem with the plot was that it was too long. Like I felt that the book could've been wrapped up in 300 pages, but maybe that's just me. Characters: The characters were above average but not like perfect. They could've been written slightly well, but overall, if I had two options to complain or to not complain- I'd pick not complain. There just wasn't any one character which made me go, oh man, I love this character! Writing Style: literally zero complaints here. Would recommend for sure, since it has tons of K-drama references (not that I got any)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cherlynn (cherreading)

    I wasn't expecting this to be such a fun page-turner! It was 4am by the time I stopped at 60% but I've gotta admit that I did toy with the idea of finishing it in one shot 🤣 This YA novel feels like a love letter to K-dramas and I'm here for all the pop culture references, from the dramatic chaebol trope to the iconic umbrella scene. How can I resist a book that mentions Boys Over Flowers, The Heirs, Crash Landing On You, all of which I binged watched over and over? At the same time, the author a I wasn't expecting this to be such a fun page-turner! It was 4am by the time I stopped at 60% but I've gotta admit that I did toy with the idea of finishing it in one shot 🤣 This YA novel feels like a love letter to K-dramas and I'm here for all the pop culture references, from the dramatic chaebol trope to the iconic umbrella scene. How can I resist a book that mentions Boys Over Flowers, The Heirs, Crash Landing On You, all of which I binged watched over and over? At the same time, the author also acknowledges that K-dramas are a nice escape but it's unrealistic to expect them to match real life. The story itself reads like a Korean drama. There were some cheesy and predictable parts, but also surprising ones and scenes that made me chuckle. I loved how Chloe was just waiting for her own umbrella moment 😂 The Seoul setting really comes to life here, with vivid descriptions of the Myeong-dong scene, street food and more. It made me want to revisit South Korea all over again! This is a beautiful coming-of-age novel that will appeal to those who enjoy Asian representation, family drama and compelling stories about high society. It also reminded me a lot of Tokyo Ever After 😍 Now please tell me there will be a sequel?! Thank you to Penguin Young Readers Group and Netgalley for an ARC of this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Thank You Penguin Teen Canada for sending me a finished copy! All opinions are my own 5 Stars Pub date: May 3rd 2022 Publisher: Kokila Ahhh I loved the Noh Family so much!! Once I started it, I just couldn’t put it down This K-Drama in a book just keeps getting better as you continue to read. You join Chloe, our main character as she took a DNA test as a joke and is suddenly pulled into the world of the super rich in Korea. As an aspiring fashion designer, it was a dream to find that your fathers fa Thank You Penguin Teen Canada for sending me a finished copy! All opinions are my own 5 Stars Pub date: May 3rd 2022 Publisher: Kokila Ahhh I loved the Noh Family so much!! Once I started it, I just couldn’t put it down This K-Drama in a book just keeps getting better as you continue to read. You join Chloe, our main character as she took a DNA test as a joke and is suddenly pulled into the world of the super rich in Korea. As an aspiring fashion designer, it was a dream to find that your fathers family is the owner of one of Seoul's largest department store. Not knowing anything about her fathers side throughout her whole life, she goes on this journey of finding her true family. One of my favourite parts was Chloe going around Korea discovering the cultural differences and the really good food! It makes me want to go to Korea just for the food! This book was amazing and I’m so excited for all of Grace Shim’s future work!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    *Spoiler free* I would be lying if I said I wasn't pulled to this book because I share a name with the main character. Though, in my defense, that was only part of the reason! It also sounded really good, and slightly wild. A girl connecting with her estranged father's family, and they turn out to be really freaking rich. But something feels slightly off. It sounded very intriguing, and I was eager to see what I thought of it. This book surprised me a whole lot, in the best possible way. It's a co *Spoiler free* I would be lying if I said I wasn't pulled to this book because I share a name with the main character. Though, in my defense, that was only part of the reason! It also sounded really good, and slightly wild. A girl connecting with her estranged father's family, and they turn out to be really freaking rich. But something feels slightly off. It sounded very intriguing, and I was eager to see what I thought of it. This book surprised me a whole lot, in the best possible way. It's a contemporary, but it's almost like it's got a tinge of a thriller to it. It's a complete joy to read, dazzling, dramatic, and hilarious. I really, really liked Chloe, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed her entire journey, both emotional and physical. She yearns to feel connected, to find the family she feels like she's been missing her whole life. This book is flashy, and it knows it's flashy, but there is also this emotional depth to it, and it meshes so well with the glitz and glamor that surrounds it. It doesn't sound like those two things would go together, but Chloe is such a strong and loveable character that it works, and it works well. One of my favorite parts of this book was the dramatics and the rich people chaos that ensued. It sneaks up on you, until you're reading and suddenly your heart is pounding because things are happening and oh my gosh THINGS HAPPENED. It's the best kind of surprising. This is such a wonderful coming of age book, filled with enough humor and hijinks to make extremely interesting. It's about finding and connecting with identity, and about family and where it's found. It's nuts, but there is such heart tucked inside it as well. It's very, very good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Savannah

    This K-drama inspired debut novel follows teen Chloe Chang, who is reunited with her deceased father's estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them… Could joining the Noh family be worse than having no family at all? I loved the Crazy Rich Asians series so when I heard about The Noh Family, I knew I had to read it. And it did not disappoint. This book is like a young adult Crazy Rich Asians and I really enjoyed it. I loved the setting in Seoul and learning about This K-drama inspired debut novel follows teen Chloe Chang, who is reunited with her deceased father's estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them… Could joining the Noh family be worse than having no family at all? I loved the Crazy Rich Asians series so when I heard about The Noh Family, I knew I had to read it. And it did not disappoint. This book is like a young adult Crazy Rich Asians and I really enjoyed it. I loved the setting in Seoul and learning about a culture that I am unfamiliar with. This book has rich descriptions of the culture and food and it made me wish I was in Seoul with Chloe and able to try all of the delicious foods and attend fashion shows. Let’s talk about the Noh family. They are super rich and live this amazing, glamorous life. But everything isn’t necessarily as it seems. There’s secrets, plotting, and drama. I enjoyed the suspense of trying to figure out more about the Noh family and I wish we got to spend more time with them in the book. While I liked Chloe as a character overall, I found her a bit naive and that frustrated me a bit at times. One of my favorite parts of this book was the relationships. I loved the friendship between Chloe and Miso. I also liked how the book explores the strength of a mother-daughter relationship. The Noh Family is fast paced and easy to read, I devoured it in two days. I have never watched a K Drama before but I definitely will after reading this book. Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Teen for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sue (BeautyBookCorner)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this k-drama inspired YA contemporary. I loved Chloe as our main character and her personal journey in this story. There’s a lot of over the top shenanigans and family drama (as befitting the k-drama vibe) but also a ton of heart. The book read like an entire korean drama playing out from start to finish. There is little to no romance in this. There’s like an almost love interest but it doesn’t go anywhere. As someone who love romance, I appreciated how this didn’t have it. I thoroughly enjoyed this k-drama inspired YA contemporary. I loved Chloe as our main character and her personal journey in this story. There’s a lot of over the top shenanigans and family drama (as befitting the k-drama vibe) but also a ton of heart. The book read like an entire korean drama playing out from start to finish. There is little to no romance in this. There’s like an almost love interest but it doesn’t go anywhere. As someone who love romance, I appreciated how this didn’t have it. The author kept the focus on familial relationships, self-love, and found family. There’s a twist at the very end that didn’t work for me. It basically creates an opportunity for the author to write a sequel in the future. And while I loved this story, I don’t know if there’s enough to warrant a sequel.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Disclaimer: I received this e-arc and arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: The Noh Family Author: Grace K. Shim Book Series: Standalone… for now?!? Rating: 5/5 Diversity: Korean American MC, Korean side characters, Lesbian side character, Colombian side character Recommended For...: young adult readers, contemporary, K-Dramas, Korean Publication Date: May 3, 2022 Genre: YA Contemporary Age Relevance: 14+ (parental death, grief, classism, alcohol consumption, DUI, car crash, suic Disclaimer: I received this e-arc and arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: The Noh Family Author: Grace K. Shim Book Series: Standalone… for now?!? Rating: 5/5 Diversity: Korean American MC, Korean side characters, Lesbian side character, Colombian side character Recommended For...: young adult readers, contemporary, K-Dramas, Korean Publication Date: May 3, 2022 Genre: YA Contemporary Age Relevance: 14+ (parental death, grief, classism, alcohol consumption, DUI, car crash, suicide, exercise and dieting) Explanation of Above: The book talks about two sets of parental death, one of them through suicide that is mentioned a couple of times in the text, and the grief of those deaths. Classism is shown and mentioned in the text. There is alcohol consumption by the characters, but it’s in a country where they are allowed that. There is a scene with a DUI shown and a car crash, but no serious injuries. There is also exercise and dieting mentioned throughout the book. Publisher: Kokila Pages: 373 Synopsis: When her friends gift her a 23-and-Me test as a gag, high school senior Chloe Kang doesn't think much of trying it out. She doesn't believe anything will come of it--she's an only child, her mother is an orphan, and her father died in Seoul before she was even born, and before her mother moved to Oklahoma. It's been just Chloe and her mom her whole life. But the DNA test reveals something Chloe never expected--she's got a whole extended family from her father's side half a world away in Korea. Her father's family are owners of a famous high-end department store, and are among the richest families in Seoul. When they learn she exists, they are excited to meet her. Her mother has huge reservations, she hasn't had a great relationship with her husband's family, which is why she's kept them secret, but she can't stop Chloe from travelling to Seoul to spend two weeks getting to know the Noh family. Chloe is whisked into the lap of luxury, but something feels wrong. Chloe wants to shake it off--she's busy enjoying the delights of Seoul with new friend Miso Dan, the daughter of one of her mother's grade school friends. And as an aspiring fashion designer, she's loving the couture clothes her department store owning family gives her access to. But soon Chloe will discover the reason why her mother never told her about her dad's family, and why the Nohs wanted her in Seoul in the first place. Could joining the Noh family be worse than having no family at all? Review: For the most part I loved the book so much! The book is a love story to K-Dramas and if you’re a lover of K-Dramas than this will be the book for you! There are so many twists and turns in this contemporary book that I found myself unable to tear myself away from the book to even eat! The character development was amazing, the world building was well done, and the pacing was on point. I absolutely loved the read and the way the book ends gives me hope there will be a sequel in the future… which I am absolutely hoping for! However, I did have one little issue I had with the book. There was one line where the character who is lesbian is mentioning dating another friend of the MC and the way she responded to the statement made me a bit uncomfortable. Basically, she responded that she’s dating a male, so she doesn’t swing that way, which kind of erasures bisexuality. It would have been something else if the MC had said “oh no she’s straight” or something like that, but the written response in the book is a bit of an issue with me. I think it was an innocent oversight and nothing malicious, but I’d like to see another book by the author improve upon this. Verdict: I highly recommend this one!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    All Chloe Chang, 18, knows about her father is that he died in a car accident before she was born, and her mother refuses to talk about him, and she just assumed there were no relatives on the Noh side of her family. So when her two best friends, Seb and Hazel, give her a DNA kit as a joke because of her resemblance to their local TV weatherman, Ted Takahashi, no one was surprised when the results showed Chloe to be 95% Korean. After all, both of her parents are from Korea. Chloe, Seb and Hazel h All Chloe Chang, 18, knows about her father is that he died in a car accident before she was born, and her mother refuses to talk about him, and she just assumed there were no relatives on the Noh side of her family. So when her two best friends, Seb and Hazel, give her a DNA kit as a joke because of her resemblance to their local TV weatherman, Ted Takahashi, no one was surprised when the results showed Chloe to be 95% Korean. After all, both of her parents are from Korea. Chloe, Seb and Hazel have just graduated from high school, and while Seb and Hazel are having elaborate family parties to celebrate, Chloe is home alone. Her mother is a nurse and often works double shifts. Money is tight in the Chang household and though Chloe's dream is to study at Manhattan's Fashion Institute of Technology, where she has been accepted, she will be going to the local community college instead in her Oklahoma hometown. But when Chloe gets a message from Noh Jin Young through 23andme.com, everything changes. Jin Young claims they are first cousins. At first skeptical, Chloe realizes that DNA doesn't make mistakes and she must indeed be related to him. Not only that, but there is a large extended family in Korea and Chloe is related to them all AND they are the wealthy owners of a successful high end department store. Naturally, when the Noh family offers Chloe a trip to Korea to meet her, she jumps at the chance, but doesn't mention any of this to her mother until the last minute. Her mom isn't happy about all this, but can't stop Chloe and after all, it's only for a week. But what a week it is, beginning with a first class flight to Seoul, South Korea, Chloe is soon thrust into what feels like a fairytale life when she meets her Halmonie, and a bunch of cousins, she is even settled into a guest house with a personal chef. But as the week progresses, and despite the access to family, meeting Miso Dan, who turns out to be a good friend, having access to all kinds of lovely clothing she could only dream about before, and the promise of paid tuition to FIT, something dark begins to creep into Chloe's consciousness. She is not simply there to meet her long lost family, they want something from her which required taking a DNA test to find a match. Now, all she wants is to go home to her mom and get away from her controlling Halmonie and the rest of her newly found family. The Noh Family is Grace Shim's debut novel and based on the Korea dramas (K-dramas) that she used to watch. I know that the long lost family trope is pretty much overdone, but the fact that Chloe is Korean and the story plays out in Seoul makes all the difference. Although the fashion part of the story didn't do much for me, I did love the descriptions of Korea, its people, culture and food. I gave the book to my Kiddo to read because she has been to Seoul and loves it. She is also into K-dramas, so I know that she enjoyed that aspect of the book a lot, especially the description of the Dramatic Pause. I did find the story a little slow in places, but not enough for me to put the book down. Chloe is a nice, but headstrong character, and I wondered how she could simply take off on an international adventure so quickly and with little thought that there could be danger ahead. On the other hand, having watched her friends enjoy some of life's luxuries that she has been deprived of, including family and having a more accessible mother, makes Chloe's impulsiveness feel appropriate for her age. This is a fun, if predictable coming-of-age story and one I had a particular interest in - I, too, had a surprise in my DNA. Thank you, Layne Mandros at Books Forward for providing me with a copy of this book for review purposes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tinanhek

    Okay first of all, I have no shame in revealing that I bought this book mainly because of how pretty the cover looked. Sooo yeahhh I was weak and got lured in by its amazing cover. Basically I judged a book by its cover and bought it without reading the synopsis on the back. Lucky for me this Korean drama type of book is just my cup of tea! However I will say that the story and plot is very predictable. Similar to a rag to riches story but not really. Main lesson of the story dwells on the meani Okay first of all, I have no shame in revealing that I bought this book mainly because of how pretty the cover looked. Sooo yeahhh I was weak and got lured in by its amazing cover. Basically I judged a book by its cover and bought it without reading the synopsis on the back. Lucky for me this Korean drama type of book is just my cup of tea! However I will say that the story and plot is very predictable. Similar to a rag to riches story but not really. Main lesson of the story dwells on the meaning of family. So basic rundown is girl takes dna test and realize long lost family in Korea. Family in Korea is like crazy rich. And yeahhh secrets, trust, and family dramas continues the story. It’s a way better story than my summary. Recommend to anyone who enjoys dramas similar to that. Okay sooooo I’m about to talk about the events in the story that may spoil it so if you think you are going to read this book stop reading now but if you won’t then continue reading if you’d like………. Chloe Chloe Chloe. I am very disappointed in her. Firstly she watches enough Korean dramas to know that nothing good can come out of a long lost family. And even if something good does happen I am not willing to risk the peacefulness of my current family situation. Buuuuuuttt nooooo. Chloe has to find out. Chloe has to fly across the world against her moms wishes! Super annoying. Sureeee long lost rich grandma treats you nice and everything but likeeeeee at what price. APPARENTLY A FREAKING LIVER! I’m telling you rich people are insane. She’s so blinded by the idea of being accepted into the family that she didn’t see their dishonesty and deceptions just to get her liver for an uncle she’s never even met. Also I can’t believe she spoke to her mom that way when she flew to Korea and met her at the mall building. I would’ve had my ear yanked and thrown all the way back to the America. I feel for her mom. Anyways good thing Chloe became smart near the end and figured all out and also fixing relationship with mom. Also that was a mean cliffhanger. I need to know what happens after Chloe sees a certain someone rolling around the neighborhood…. Now I gotta buy the second book if it comes out.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kartik

    It's admirable to show the protagonist's struggle with growing up diaspora and how that can lead to a warped concept of "home" as well as longing for one's culture that may never be fully satisfied. With that being said, whatever themes could have been explored get thrown out the window because of the bland characters and haphazard execution. Chloe, our protagonist, is appallingly naive. She just makes one bad decision after another with no skepticism, logic, or common sense. Everyone in the Noh It's admirable to show the protagonist's struggle with growing up diaspora and how that can lead to a warped concept of "home" as well as longing for one's culture that may never be fully satisfied. With that being said, whatever themes could have been explored get thrown out the window because of the bland characters and haphazard execution. Chloe, our protagonist, is appallingly naive. She just makes one bad decision after another with no skepticism, logic, or common sense. Everyone in the Noh Family treat her like garbage and yet she still tries to win over their favor, even though she has never met any of these people before in her entire life. She never thinks through the implications of anything that happens and just let's everyone take advantage of her. The antagonists were flat and didn't make any sense either. Their goal is to get Chloe to stay in Korea but at the same time never once do they respect her. Because a good way of getting someone on your side would be to constantly demean and belittle them right? 🙄🙄 If I had to deal with the nonsense that these people threw at Chloe I would have gotten the first flight out of there. 😒 While there were some twists at the end that I did find kinda fun and an explanation was given for the behaviours of certain characters, the overall ending was rushed and hurried leading to minimal emotional resolution and satisfaction.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jacky

    The Noh family was a pleasant surprise! You do not need to know or love K-dramas to love this story. Chloe Kang knows so little about her father that one day she takes a DNA test and is reunited with her family's extended family in Korea. The Noh family offers to have her stay and Chloe can't turn down a chance to know more about her father and this part of her family that she's never met. Once she lands, however, she comes to realize just how high in society her family is and slowly but surely. The Noh family was a pleasant surprise! You do not need to know or love K-dramas to love this story. Chloe Kang knows so little about her father that one day she takes a DNA test and is reunited with her family's extended family in Korea. The Noh family offers to have her stay and Chloe can't turn down a chance to know more about her father and this part of her family that she's never met. Once she lands, however, she comes to realize just how high in society her family is and slowly but surely...her life begins to resemble the K-dramas she loves so much. Honestly, I came into this story not expecting to feel a huge connection as I'm not big on K-dramas but I soon learned that was not a requirement in the least. From the beginning Chloe's voice just pulled me in. I felt like I was watching a comfort TV show like Emily in Paris, but instead this was Chloe in South Korea. The writing was greatly transportive--with every page I wanted to see more of South Korea, experience the food, and the novelty shops and cafes. It did what every good book should do, take you to somewhere new, and I felt that all throughout this book. Even where miscommunication played a part in the story, in the end Chloe made strong choices that I was pleasantly surprised by. I'm grateful the ending didn't have a fairytale feel where everyone gets exactly what they want. I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it! Solid 4 stars!

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