Hello, I Love You by
Author: Katie M. Stout
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: June 9th 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.
Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.
She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.
Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.
Let’s talk about how adorable Hello, I Love You is. Quick, fun and easy to read, Hello, I Love You is the story of Grace Wilde. She has everything one can ever dream of… even ends up in an one-of-a-million kind of love. She is the daughter of a wealthy producer but wants to be far away from her family. Something terrible happened to her and all she wants to do is escape life and her fame. When Grace decided to search for an international boarding school, the first result she encounters is a school in Korea. She transfers with no hesitation and begins a new life.
What I enjoyed most about this book is the love/hate relationship between Grace and Jason. It wasn’t your typical first-look insta kind of love. No, their relationship was well paced - from let’s not beat each other to let’s be friends to okay, I like you - no, I love you. Not only are they cute together but they are great as a team. They complement each other well. They even respect each other professionally. Truly enjoyed their chemistry.
I also adored Grace’s roommate, Sophie. She is such a wonderful friend! She’s way too sweet and fun to be around. I want her to be my BFF.
Hello, I Love You is an enjoyable read. It was fun, easy to read and is an one-seat read. There are times I did not like Grace’s attitude but for the most part I did enjoy this book. I recommend this story to all Jennifer E. Smith fans.