Jisu's traditional South Korean parents are concerned by what they see as her lack of attention to her schoolwork and her future. Working with Seoul's premiere matchmaker to find the right boyfriend is one step toward ensuring Jisu's success, and going on the recommended dates is Jisu's compromise to please her parents while finding space to figure out her own dreams. But when she flubs a test then skips out on a date to spend time with friends, her fed-up parents shock her by shipping her off to a private school in San Francisco. Where she'll have the opportunity to shine academically—and be set up on more dates!
Navigating her host family, her new city and school, and more dates, Jisu finds comfort in taking the photographs that populate her ever-growing social media account. Soon attention from two very different boys sends Jisu into a tailspin of soul-searching. As her passion for photography lights her on fire, does she even want to find The One? And what if her One isn't parent and matchmaker approved?
This book was a lot of fun to read! I enjoyed it so much! I really enjoyed getting this look into an aged down version of Korean culture, because according to the author, matchmaking doesn't usually happen until they're in their 20's. But then it wouldn't be YA, would it?
Jisu is a pretty fantastic character. She's a teen and has to deal with the pressures of getting good grades, look good for colleges, and find her perfect match, all at the same time. Not fun! Of course she doesn't meet up to all those expectations, which ends up having her shipped to the US. But she makes the most of it.
I have conflicted feelings about Austin. Because he did wrong with what he did and how he handled things, he also was pretty emotional scarred. It doesn't excuse his actions but explains them, and makes me glad that Jisu didn't have to deal with him anymore!
There was something that was really fun, and really confusing. It was the first date that we had in the book, and it's with a guy that when we start the book proper, she's going to school with. The date apparently is in the future, and yeah, the way it cut off, wasn't looking too good! And by the end of the book, I was like, what? But then we had the full date, and yeah, that was just a lot of fun!
Such a great book, such a great read! I loved it a ton!
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Read: March 31st, 2019
Reason Why: Love her writing, and it's a SAC 2019 Book!
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Published: December 18th 2018