Publication Date: 7/21/2020
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Gigi is a 16-year-old from South Korea, who dreams of becoming an idol for the famed talent agency, One-Shot Entertainment. As fate would have it, Gigi is recruited as their newest trainee, but winds up in a situation far from what she ever dreamed of when she’s placed in an experimental unit group project code-named “SKS.” From there, Gigi’s new life as a K-Pop idol begins to unfold more like a K-Drama after she’s assigned to the newly defined co-ed unit SKS-7, and must adjust to working with 6 male bandmates who aren’t very thrilled by her placement in their group.
Will Gigi be able to survive in SKS-7 and the world of Korean idol life, or will her dreams go up in flames as quickly as they were ignited?
I received an ARC of this book from the author before it released. This did not affect my review of the book.
When I was asked to review this book, I was really excited as it combined my two passions together— reading and kpop. As such, I immediately agreed to review it with high hopes. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. Sometimes being knowledgeable about a certain subject can cause the reader to not enjoy a book about that subject, and I think this was the case for me.
K-Pop Idol Diaries is about a girl who wants to be a kpop rapper. She was lucky enough to be scouted on the streets for her top entertainment agency and then entered the monthly audition. All of that is plausible and many current kpop idols were scouted in this manner. However, just about all of the storyline that comes after that moment is unrealistic, which caused me to not enjoy the book as much. She entered the audition for the agency and after one round of auditions where she did one short freestyle, she was given a golden ticket and immediately entered the company as a trainee. The next day, she met the CEO and was told that if she signed the contract, she would be immediately put into a group that is preparing to debut within the year. Her first time meeting her fellow group members was when she was moving into the dorm rather than meeting each other at the agency.
I’m going to stop with the summary now because I don’t want to spoil the entire plot line, but I will say that there were many other moments that were completely unrealistic according to what I know about the kpop industry. (I’m not trying to say I’m a kpop professional, but I am certainly a kpop fan and have written a research paper on it). If someone who wasn’t very knowledgeable about the industry read it, I think it would be an easy, fun read, similar to something you could find on Wattpad. The one thing that I did find entertaining was seeing the nods to current things in kpop. For example, there is a song called BOom BoOm BooM which reminds me of the song Boom Boom by Momoland. Also, there was a TV company called MVNet which reminds me of MNet.
Overall, this book is a very easy and light read, but it wasn’t for me. I give it 2.5/5 stars.