Happy Saturday bookworms and welcome to another review! Today I am reviewing I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee. I buddy read this book with Rose from Books of Magic and Mystery, and spoiler alert we absolutely loved it! I'm so excited to talk about it so let's get started!
I'll Be the One follows Skye Shin, who has heard all her life that fat girls can't dance, can't wear bright colours, and can't bring attention to themselves. But Skye loves K-Pop and all things dance, music and singing! So naturally to prove everyone else wrong, including her own mother, she enters into an internationally televised talent competition where she experiences stunning performances, drama, and makes new friends. But she never anticipated all the fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop industry, her sudden media fame, or the sparks that fly with her fellow competitor Henry Cho.
I honestly could talk about this book forever! From the moment I started reading it, I loved it. I immediately fell in love with Skye and her personality. She's quirky, independent and most positively herself, which was incredibly inspiring! The writing style flows so smoothly and the dialogue so naturally that I could almost believe that these were real people! The overall theme was incredibly cute and fun, I have to say that every time I picked this book up to read I had a smile on my face. Something about the characters and their adorable yet funny experiences were so heartwarming. We also have a lot of diverse representation, including many queer characters. Skye, herself is bi, and we also have a queer couple, Lana and Tiffany which Skye befriends on her journey! We also have a plus sized main character and Asian American representation.
Let's talk about the relationships in this book! I absolutely loved Skye's friendships with Lana and Tiffany. They were incredibly supportive of each other from the beginning and they each showed so much loyalty and love towards one another. We also HAVE to talk about the love interest in this book, Henry Cho. Now it's safe to say that he has very quickly become another one of my favourite book boyfriends. He also was incredibly sweet and adorable. While being someone constantly surrounded by media, he still was very quirky and awkward in the best way. The way he supported Skye was amazing, he truly is fantastic. I also really enjoyed Skye's relationship with her dad, he was her number one fan in all ways. Unfortunately her mother was definitely the opposite of her dad. However I felt that this situation was handled very well. It was not unrealistic at all and felt very life like.
All of these amazing features, along with the overall message to love yourself, no matter what others, (or yourself), think about you. Needless to say this has become a new all time favourite of mine which I will be recommending to everyone that will listen! I recently learned that this story has been picked up to be a movie! Which is so exciting! I definitely need a sequel for this book! I'm anxiously awaiting to see what adventures Skye will go on next! Of course I gave this book a 5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
That's all for my review of I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee! I hope you enjoyed it! I had a fantastic time reading this book, and I wouldn't be surprised to see me rereading it very soon.
Welcome to another review bookworms! Today I am reviewing Love in English by Maria E. Andreu. I'd like to thank HarperCollins Canada for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! Now without further ado, let's get into it!
Ana is a poet and a lover of language, but when she moves from Argentina to New Jersey, the language barrier makes it extremely difficult to express herself. In school she meets two boys; the very American Harrison in her math class, and Neo a Greek Cypriot boy in her ESL class. Through struggling to learn English and a new culture, Ana must also navigate love, grammar and family dynamics.
Before reading this book I had never read from the perspective of someone who was learning a new language in another country. We get to watch Ana as she learns English and the struggles she faces at school while she is learning. One thing that was very interesting was that whenever a person spoke a word Ana didn't know, it was replaced with '#####'. This really sent home the feeling of being confused and not understanding what is going on. I enjoyed seeing Ana progress throughout the book and her development as a character. However I wish that we got to see more of her emotions and feelings, which I think would have created a deeper connection to her. The romance was sweet and propelled you through the story. Seeing English from a non-fluent person's perspective was incredibly eye opening. There is so many aspects of it that are truly confusing for someone who didn't grow up speaking it, such as the difference between allowed and aloud even though they are pronounced the same. The ending was sweet and wrapped up nicely.
I gave this book a 3/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️.
That's all for my review of Love in English by Maria E. Andreu. I hope you enjoyed it! What other language would you love to be fluent in? Let me know in the comments below!