Book Review: Shine by Jessica Jung Has No Sparkle

At this point, I don’t need to explain to anyone what Kpop is. Korean pop has taken the world by storm. It started with second generation groups like TVXQ and then was taken to whole new heights by groups like Black Pink and BTS. In some ways, Shine by Jessica Jung is perfectly timed. A kpop YA novel that focuses on the industry and is written by a veteran performer feels like it should be a smash hit.

Add into that that Jung’s departure from Girls Generation was a big scandal back in the day and this book feels like it should be brimming with juicy, tell-all secrets. I was expecting the book to be a lot trashier than it was and Jung surprised me with her restraint. Although the other girls in the book (aside from her family members) are terrible human beings, there’s some attempts at humanizing the other trainees.

Jump into the glittering world of kpop to see the sweat and blood beneath it. Immerse yourself in the world that Jung is crafting for us and see for yourself if being an idol is all it’s cracked up to be.

Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for an advanced copy of this book. Even if I didn’t enjoy the book, I appreciate the chance to read it.

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