‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Maurene Goo – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads

Sparks fly between a K pop starlet and a tabloid reporter in this heartwarming rom-com from Maurene Goo.

10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

My Review

We were like the stars seen from Earth – a memory of something that was already finished.

Somewhere Only We Know is the second book I have read by Maurene Goo in recent months and sadly I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as The Way You Make Me Feel.

The premise of the story is that a K-Pop star named Lucky escapes her public image for a day and spends this time with a young, struggling photographer named Jack who himself is trying to escape the life his parents have set out for him.

So tensions are obviously gonna be heightened in a book like this where the majority of the drama takes place over the course of 24 hours. But it didn’t work for me.

I didn’t mind the instant connection that the two characters shared which could be described as insta-love because the crux of the book’s plot depended on the two characters falling in love…

So I knew what to expect in that regard.

But somehow it still felt hollow to me. I don’t know why but I felt so detached from the characters. Which doesn’t truly make sense because the book was written in chapters alternating from both Lucky’s and Jack’s PoV and therefore as a reader I knew what the characters were thinking and feeling in each situation…

But what they were feeling seemed quite illogical at times. There was talk of love, there were about faces with regards to beliefs and attitudes…

And look I get it. We can all evolve…

But this timeline just seemed too short or at least the book was lacking in a major heart to heart moment where the main characters laid all their cards on the table and it would have given a greater gravitas to the ending which instead was far too rushed.

Also, while I love the idea behind the main theme of the book, that of self acceptance and being true to yourself… I could have done with a little less of the Jack constantly saving Lucky from *insert whatever drama*…

I mean she was an idiot… eh hello who wanders off out into a bustling city when you’ve just taken a bunch of sleep inducing tablets

*rolls eyes*

But still.

This girl is a hugely successful K-Pop star surely she’d have a modicum of cop on…

Whereas Jack got to figure out his own life dramas on his own…

What I did enjoy however were the sights, tastes and sounds of Hong Kong that permeated the whole book. I think Goo did a great job of crafting a believable atmosphere to set her story in. The book has given me a strong desire to see all these sights and taste all these foods that the characters experienced in the novel.

So ultimately I think this is a two star rating.

It was cute and fluffy which is what I was looking for… But I just had one too many issues with the novel as a whole.

11 thoughts on “‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Maurene Goo – Book Review

  1. I definitely loved getting to experience the sights and sounds of Hong Kong through this book too. I agree on everything that you mentioned being problematic, as I also have a hard time believing the love-story-in-a-day plots. In all, I enjoyed the book but there was definitely a lot of fluff. I also really liked The Way You Make Me Feel too! 🙂

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  2. Yah, nah. I think I’d find myself overly annoyed by the MC, especially when they make stupid decisions like going out after taking sleeping pills or whatever she took to make her sleepy! Like, WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ That already annoys me 😂

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  3. Fab review! Fluffy is fun to read except for when there are too many unconvincing moments in such a short period of time. The only novel with this premise that I’ve genuinely loved was The Sun is Also a Star and that was mainly due to the ending not being a classic HEA ❤ Jen

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