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Frankly in Love meets Shark Tank in this feel-good romantic comedy about two entrepreneurial Korean American teens who butt heads—and maybe fall in love—while running competing Korean beauty businesses at their high school. There’s nothing Valerie Kwon loves more than making a good sale. Together with her cousin Charlie, they run V&C K-BEAUTY, their school’s most succes Frankly in Love meets Shark Tank in this feel-good romantic comedy about two entrepreneurial Korean American teens who butt heads—and maybe fall in love—while running competing Korean beauty businesses at their high school. There’s nothing Valerie Kwon loves more than making a good sale. Together with her cousin Charlie, they run V&C K-BEAUTY, their school’s most successful student-run enterprise. With each sale, Valerie gets closer to taking her beloved and adventurous halmeoni to her dream city, Paris. Enter the new kid in class, Wes Jung, who is determined to pursue music after graduation despite his parents’ major disapproval. When his classmates clamor to buy the K-pop branded beauty products his mom gave him to “make new friends,” he sees an opportunity—one that may be the key to help him pay for the music school tuition he knows his parents won’t cover… What he doesn’t realize, though, is that he is now V&C K-BEAUTY’s biggest competitor. Stakes are high as Valerie and Wes try to outsell each other, make the most money, and take the throne for the best business in school—all while trying to resist the undeniable spark that’s crackling between them. From hiring spies to all-or-nothing bets, the competition is much more than either of them bargained for. But one thing is clear: only one Korean business can come out on top.


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Frankly in Love meets Shark Tank in this feel-good romantic comedy about two entrepreneurial Korean American teens who butt heads—and maybe fall in love—while running competing Korean beauty businesses at their high school. There’s nothing Valerie Kwon loves more than making a good sale. Together with her cousin Charlie, they run V&C K-BEAUTY, their school’s most succes Frankly in Love meets Shark Tank in this feel-good romantic comedy about two entrepreneurial Korean American teens who butt heads—and maybe fall in love—while running competing Korean beauty businesses at their high school. There’s nothing Valerie Kwon loves more than making a good sale. Together with her cousin Charlie, they run V&C K-BEAUTY, their school’s most successful student-run enterprise. With each sale, Valerie gets closer to taking her beloved and adventurous halmeoni to her dream city, Paris. Enter the new kid in class, Wes Jung, who is determined to pursue music after graduation despite his parents’ major disapproval. When his classmates clamor to buy the K-pop branded beauty products his mom gave him to “make new friends,” he sees an opportunity—one that may be the key to help him pay for the music school tuition he knows his parents won’t cover… What he doesn’t realize, though, is that he is now V&C K-BEAUTY’s biggest competitor. Stakes are high as Valerie and Wes try to outsell each other, make the most money, and take the throne for the best business in school—all while trying to resist the undeniable spark that’s crackling between them. From hiring spies to all-or-nothing bets, the competition is much more than either of them bargained for. But one thing is clear: only one Korean business can come out on top.

30 review for Made in Korea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    While I didn't love Made in Korea, I didn't hate it either👀 Filled with an enemies-to-lovers romance altho its really more of Val considering Wes the enemy only, spies, sabotages, and heartwarming scenes, this was a pretty great debut. And it featured Korean-American main characters, which I've never seen in a book before, so that was fun! “There isn't always a price tag or a black-and-white answer for why people do what they do.” For years, Val has been in charge of her very popular a While I didn't love Made in Korea, I didn't hate it either👀 Filled with an enemies-to-lovers romance altho its really more of Val considering Wes the enemy only, spies, sabotages, and heartwarming scenes, this was a pretty great debut. And it featured Korean-American main characters, which I've never seen in a book before, so that was fun! “There isn't always a price tag or a black-and-white answer for why people do what they do.” For years, Val has been in charge of her very popular and successful K-pop beauty business with her cousin Charlie. She has her goal in mind and nobody will get in her way being the only K-pop beauty business at her school. All is going well... until new student Wes comes in and starts up his own K-pop beauty business. Of course Val doesn't take this well and soon they both make a bet—whoever makes the most money by the end of the school year gets to take all of the loser's money. It's an all or nothing...and thus, the competition begins. Val annoyed me a lot in the beginning. The audacity of this girl. She acted like it was a personal offence that Wes started his own business—like no, he can have his own reasons to start a business too?? The way she treated him too-😶 uhh yeah, I definitely didn't like her, and though Val did learn/get better towards the end, it didn't change my feelings towards her. Now Wes is just so sweet. He's too nice honestly, like I really don't understand how he liked Val but okay ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Wes deserved better, imo. Also, his passion for music-🥺🥺 and the way he was trying to save up money for the fees required to go to music school because he knew his parents wouldn't pay for him omg it was so sad :( Wes had a better reason for his business than Val did ngl. Part of me probably wouldve enjoyed this book more if it weren't for how much Val annoyed me, but also if I wasn't bored. There were a lot of scenes that just dragged on for me, where I'd just be counting down the number of pages I had left until I finished so I could be free. Still, I wasn't bored to the point that I hated it at least. All in all, this was a all right debut by the author and I can see lots of potential for her future books! There were lots of K-pop references that I think K-pop fans would appreciate and love. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a quick read with characters who will do anything to beat the other~ Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for gifting me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!! <33

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    SUCH AN ADORABLE YA ROMANCE. I will say, know going into this that Valerie's character is going to be annoying. She makes some not-so-good decisions and puts her business before a lot, including friends and family. But, don't worry, this is something she works through and has to learn about herself by the end of the book. When she first meets Wes, she only sees competition and is furious he's also selling Korean beauty products at their school. She really needs money so that she can take her hal SUCH AN ADORABLE YA ROMANCE. I will say, know going into this that Valerie's character is going to be annoying. She makes some not-so-good decisions and puts her business before a lot, including friends and family. But, don't worry, this is something she works through and has to learn about herself by the end of the book. When she first meets Wes, she only sees competition and is furious he's also selling Korean beauty products at their school. She really needs money so that she can take her halmeoni to Paris and show her mom she can be successful at something. Wes doesn't mean to sell the Korean beauty products his mom sends him to school with, but he accidentally does and realizes he can make the money he needs to secretly apply to music school, which as always been his dream. Both Wes and Valerie are dealing with parents who have high expectations of them. Valerie's mom always compares her to her older sister and Wes's parents expect him to be a doctor and go to a good medical school. Neither of them know how to communicate with their parents and that's something they really grow to learn to do by the end of the book. While this book does have a cute hate-to-love romance, this book does deal a lot with their families and the expectations placed on them. I loved that Wes played the saxophone and was so passionate about music, which was why he was so determined to have a successful business. The Wes and Valerie knew that their competition wasn't healthy, but they had no idea how to really stop competing with one another, especially after making a bet. This had amazing side characters and I loved how present those characters were in the story. Both Valerie and Wes do a lot of growing throughout the book and I thought Wes was just so relatable and adorable. Valerie could be frustrating at times, but her business is all she has and she doesn't know what to do if it fails. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend picking it up!

  3. 4 out of 5

    katie ❀

    3/22/21: this is truly one of the cutest and funniest books i've ever had the pleasure of reading!! // buddy read with kpop lover ------------------ update: i have secured an arc 🤸 ------------------ i actually screamed when i saw that this had korean characters (because i'm korean too) and then i saw the cover and suddenly realized that i needed this yesterday 3/22/21: this is truly one of the cutest and funniest books i've ever had the pleasure of reading!! // buddy read with kpop lover ------------------ update: i have secured an arc 🤸 ------------------ i actually screamed when i saw that this had korean characters (because i'm korean too) and then i saw the cover and suddenly realized that i needed this yesterday

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    This book was stinking cute. I mean really cute. It took me a while to get through it because I rarely have time to read book physically. If you enjoy cute YA contemporary romances then this is one that I definitely would recommend checking out. Made in Korea focuses on two characters, Valerie and Wes, who run competing K-beauty businesses in their school. At first the two don't get along; however, over time they begin to see the layers to each other's lives and personalities. One thing that Suk This book was stinking cute. I mean really cute. It took me a while to get through it because I rarely have time to read book physically. If you enjoy cute YA contemporary romances then this is one that I definitely would recommend checking out. Made in Korea focuses on two characters, Valerie and Wes, who run competing K-beauty businesses in their school. At first the two don't get along; however, over time they begin to see the layers to each other's lives and personalities. One thing that Suk excelled at in this book was the character development. I'm more of a plot driven reader and I believe that I got that through the competitive components of the book; however, watching both Valerie and Wes grow as characters was truly the icing on the cake. Valerie isn't a likeable character, at first. She's very driven to make her business successful and she views her classmates as customers more so than humans that she should attempt to make connections with. Wes is the heat that melts her icy personality. Unlike Valerie, Wes is kinder and more personable. He's also more insecure than Valerie as result of constantly moving due to his mother's high-profile job working with a K-pop group. It's clear from the beginning that he finds Valerie intriguing and appealing, but it takes a lot of patience for him to get to the core of why she behaves the way she behaves. When a connection is made, Wes shows how much of a cinnamon roll he is and how much he was willing to do to build some sort of relationship with Valerie. Another major component of this book is family. A great deal of the character development of Valerie and Wes is based on what is going on with their families. Valerie is cold and calculated because she doesn't get enough support from her mother and father who openly seem to prefer her sister over her. She has a strong relationship with her grandmother and wants her to see the world. She utilizes the business to make money for her grandmother. And Wes struggles with not living up to his familial expectations. He wants to go to school for music, but his dad’s insecurities related to money make it difficult for him to be vocal about his dreams. As a result, Wes utilizes his business to support his dream to go to music school. The issues that they have with their families carries over into how they run their business, but also is the way in which they begin to connect with each other. It's beautiful and heartwarming and in some ways sad to see how much of a burden each one of them carries. I think that the business aspects of this book made it fun. I was rooting for both of them! There were also some great side characters. Suk doesn't allow everything to be tied up neatly per say, but I was overall happy with the conclusion and I can't wait to see what else she writes in the future.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    This book was an excellent read! I don’t read from many Asian writers much (long TBR list) but when I do, it’s funny how easy it is to relate to at least one character within the story. Wes felt unhappy with his dad’s expectations for his future just makes me want to read the paragraph out loud to my husband and my son because they are in the same boat. The inherited glasses and height were funny too because they both have it. I enjoyed the enemies-to-lover trope. The Korean drinking game was fu This book was an excellent read! I don’t read from many Asian writers much (long TBR list) but when I do, it’s funny how easy it is to relate to at least one character within the story. Wes felt unhappy with his dad’s expectations for his future just makes me want to read the paragraph out loud to my husband and my son because they are in the same boat. The inherited glasses and height were funny too because they both have it. I enjoyed the enemies-to-lover trope. The Korean drinking game was fun! I liked that there were many Korean words in this story. Reading this book actually comes at the right time. This year, I found myself having more Korean friends/neighbors. I can’t wait to impress them with my new Korean vocabularies! This book followed Valerie, a senior, told in the first person point of view, as she stressed over her classmates having an argument about who’s first in line to buy her Korean beauty products at her locker. She ran V&C K-Beauty, a student business project at school with her cousin Charlie because the products were actually from Charlie’s dad gifting his mom. First week of school, Valerie’s stash was sold out in minutes, but second week she found out that her favorite customers were spending their money with the new student Wes and she was pissed off. The alternating view was Wes, the new hot guy at school. Wes moved around often due to his mom’s line of work. On his first day of school, his mom tucked in his backpack the latest popular K-pop merchandise as a way to make friends but to his horror, the girls ended up paying for the lot. Wes planned to return the money to the girls when an idea started forming in his mind as an answer to his private troubles. Unknown to Valerie about Wes’ intentions, she considered Wes as her enemy for stealing her loyal customers. Made in Korea was well written and a fast paced read. An easy light hearted read with characters like Charlie who couldn’t talk to a girl he liked, Wes who couldn’t speak up to his parents for what he truly wanted, Valerie who felt like she had to work hard to prove herself just to be good enough in her mother’s eyes, and more. I enjoyed the relationship between Valerie and her grandma. After reading this book, I want to eat some bingsu! There are some Korean restaurants near where I live so I will definitely look them up! The story flowed as I expected. Not a lot of surprises except for the high stake bet. I liked the closeness of Valerie’s family during weekends where Valerie’s cousin came to cook breakfast with her mom and older sister. A nice family, friendship, and Korean beauty products read and I recommend everyone to read this book! xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    honestly I would be one of the girls in this book buying k-beauty products off the heroine. sure hope this girl has tonymoly sheet masks and nature republic moisturiser and cosrx face wash in her locker stash because I’m running out

  7. 5 out of 5

    Charmel

    3.8 stars I loved this and I really enjoyed it. This was a feel-good, sweet, and fuzzy debut by Sarah Suk. And the ending - god i loved how i grinned while reading through it. At first, I didn't feel the chemistry and connection of the two main characters but then, later on, it just snapped right in front of me. I also loved how the two of them faces their battles, either family problems or college problems. The way how their problems were represented felt a lot more realistic. friendship, love, d 3.8 stars I loved this and I really enjoyed it. This was a feel-good, sweet, and fuzzy debut by Sarah Suk. And the ending - god i loved how i grinned while reading through it. At first, I didn't feel the chemistry and connection of the two main characters but then, later on, it just snapped right in front of me. I also loved how the two of them faces their battles, either family problems or college problems. The way how their problems were represented felt a lot more realistic. friendship, love, dreams, passion, competition, and k-foods and k-beauty products = all in here! —— ANOTHER CHARACTER NAMED WES?? (haha what's wrong with me) I'M HERE FOR IT

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kat Cho

    My full blurb: A delightful and heartwarming coming of age story about two lonely outsiders finding each other and butting heads before eventually recognizing a kindred soul. An adorable rival-to-lovers romcom that incorporates Korean culture seamlessly. You'll find yourself struggling with which team to root for! Pick it up for a sweet and entertaining read! My full blurb: A delightful and heartwarming coming of age story about two lonely outsiders finding each other and butting heads before eventually recognizing a kindred soul. An adorable rival-to-lovers romcom that incorporates Korean culture seamlessly. You'll find yourself struggling with which team to root for! Pick it up for a sweet and entertaining read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    nitya

    Super cute and I really liked the writing style, it pulled me in and never let go. If you enjoy enemies to lovers with miscommunication and a focus on women entrepreneurs, this ticks all the boxes :) And always here for soft boys who wear glasses as love interests! Content warning: hospitalization of a family member, toxic relationship (not between main pairing)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    YES PLEASE

  11. 4 out of 5

    Darce

    ARC copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating or review. 4 cute stars :)) This book was really sweet! The characters were charming and realistic, the romance was adorable, and it was so nice to see the Korean aspects included in a YA novel. I found the unique entrepreneur storyline really refreshing and a nice change to the usual high school YA novels, and the tangled family relationships were incredibly believable and authentic. Made in Korea also had some re ARC copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating or review. 4 cute stars :)) This book was really sweet! The characters were charming and realistic, the romance was adorable, and it was so nice to see the Korean aspects included in a YA novel. I found the unique entrepreneur storyline really refreshing and a nice change to the usual high school YA novels, and the tangled family relationships were incredibly believable and authentic. Made in Korea also had some really nice messages about communication and connection to your different ethnic backgrounds, which I loved reading about, as someone who has always wanted to connect with their Vietnamese side a little more. The everyday stuggle of being a teen and trying to work who you are and where you fit-in was obvious throughout the novel, combined with the difficulty of family expectations and Asian parents, and the gorgeous element of first love. “there was a world inside all of us. A world that grew as we let people in, allowing them to shape us in ways we could never do alone.” (A quote from Halmeoni. This quote may not be in the published version of this novel, it was copied from the advanced reader’s copy.) I also really loved the change of stereotypical gender roles in Made in Korea! For once, the boy was the shy, awkward new kid, and the girl was straightforward and intimidating and strong-minded. It was such fun to see this, and I loved the way that both characters developed throughout the book. Made in Korea also talked about the difficulties of communication and confusion amongst friends and family, showing that maybe humans aren’t as wonderful at communicating as we think we are. Incredibly realistic, and so beautiful to see! “it never is just about the one conversation, is it? It’s about being brave enough to start it, wise enough to choose the right words, and self-aware enough to even know what’s going on inside your brain. That’s a lot of things that have to line up all at once. It’s kind of a miracle that people are able to communicate properly at all.” (Pauline talking to Charlie. This quote may not be in the published version of this novel, it was copied from the advanced reader’s copy.) Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and thought it was something refreshing and sweet. Such a cute storyline! Thank you so much to the author, publisher and TBR & Beyond Tours for the ARC copy!

  12. 5 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    Made in Korea is one of the most satisfying romantic contemporaries I've ever read; it just felt like a balm to the soul. - Follows Valerie Kwon, a Korean-American teen who owns a Korean beauty business operating from her school locker, in the hopes to fund a trip-of-a-lifetime with her halmeoni (grandmother). When the new kid in town, Wes Jung, shows up and inadvertently starts his own K-pop merchandise business, hoping to fund his college applications, the two come head to head - and maybe fall Made in Korea is one of the most satisfying romantic contemporaries I've ever read; it just felt like a balm to the soul. - Follows Valerie Kwon, a Korean-American teen who owns a Korean beauty business operating from her school locker, in the hopes to fund a trip-of-a-lifetime with her halmeoni (grandmother). When the new kid in town, Wes Jung, shows up and inadvertently starts his own K-pop merchandise business, hoping to fund his college applications, the two come head to head - and maybe fall in love too. - Something that I felt was so refreshing was how every character was Asian - and they were all complex, fascinating, and engaging characters. I think I loved every single character; they were delightful in their own way. - Valerie's character arc was so good; how her goals and ambitions become embedded into her identity, to the point that it consumes her, really resonated with me. - The rivals-to-friends-to-lovers romance was so soft, vulnerable, and lovely, and I really enjoyed how the story handled miscommunication. - Plenty of fluff balanced well with emotional depth. I loved how the story explores identity, complex family dynamics, and the unfortunate costs of pursuing your dreams. Trigger/content warning: ill loved one; family conflict; hospitals

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    Exactly what I want out of a YA romance, I had so much fun with this! I especially loved seeing them make actual mistakes as I feel like YA protagonists sometimes "have" to be a little too perfect for their age (or for human beings, tbh). Exactly what I want out of a YA romance, I had so much fun with this! I especially loved seeing them make actual mistakes as I feel like YA protagonists sometimes "have" to be a little too perfect for their age (or for human beings, tbh).

  14. 5 out of 5

    ⛅ Saniya (sunnysidereviews) ⛅

    4.5 stars! I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book via TBR and Beyond Tours and Simon & Schuster Canada. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This was everything I ever needed! Rival school businesses and K-Beauty will always be a win in my book. What makes this novel so special is that the characters make bad decisions while still remaining logical. You typically see people making bad decisions emotionally, never logically, so that was very refreshing to see. Also, I think it's worth men 4.5 stars! I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book via TBR and Beyond Tours and Simon & Schuster Canada. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This was everything I ever needed! Rival school businesses and K-Beauty will always be a win in my book. What makes this novel so special is that the characters make bad decisions while still remaining logical. You typically see people making bad decisions emotionally, never logically, so that was very refreshing to see. Also, I think it's worth mentioning that despite being marketed as a rom-com, I really don't think it is one as the book deals with a lot of of hard hitting topics. Essentially what I'm saying is that if you're looking for a funny enemies to lovers, you most likely won't get that from Made In Korea Anyways, on with the review! What I loved most about this book is that Valarie and Wes had very distinct personalities. They each have their own goals, and progressively became the best versions of themselves as the story went along. There was an abundance of character development, and I loved seeing them grow. I'll admit, at first I didn't like Wes. I couldn't understand why everyone, including himself, kept of saying that he was so nice. I didn't think he was nice till the last 30 percent of the book. Nevertheless, I still really enjoyed reading about Valarie and Wes' relationship dynamic. The side characters were such a joy! Charlie, Valarie's cousin and business partner, will forever be my all time favorite book character! I don't think I've ever read about someone so incredibly wholesome. Taemin was also absolutely hilarious, and he genuinely made me laugh. Kristy was another great character too. Furthermore, Valarie and her halmeoni (grandmother), had such a cute relationship. I loved how much they cared about each other, it felt so real and genuine. Valarie's older sister Samantha was a character I could really resonate with. She has all these expectations placed on her because she's the eldest sibling, and it's something that Valarie will never understand. I was interested in their relationship, and would like to have seen more interactions between them. Pauline however, I wasn't too fond of. In my opinion, she was a fairly dull character, and I couldn't see why Charlie could like her. It felt as though he had a crush on Pauline just for the sake of it. Her infatuation with marine biology was cool though. The dialogue in Made in Korea was very well written, I really felt all the emotions the characters were experiencing. This novel contains by far one of the best dialogues I have ever read. It was extremely raw and heart-wrenching. I loved every bit of it. In addition, the writing style was simple and easy to follow. It's told by the perspectives of Valarie and Wes. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I can't tell the difference between the perspectives of characters. Thankfully, they were easy to tell apart. My only complaint is that the constant italics complicated things a bit. Nevertheless, the story had me hooked on every word. The overall enjoyment level of Made in Korea is through the roof! You'll definitely not want to put it down. If you love the idea of entrepreneurial enemies to lovers, or love it when opposite attract, than this one is definitely the book for you! I highly recommend this book to all Young Adult fans! ---Overall--- Age Rating: 14 and up TW: Some use of alcohol Final Rating: 9/10 or 4.5 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nafiza

    There are many reasons to put this book on your TBR (if you don't already have it there). Sarah Suk's characters are full of life and vinegar, flawed and entirely human. Valerie's hi-chews and Wes's softness are some highlights but I loved Valerie's halmeoni most of all. With MADE IN KOREA, Suk reiterates that Korean culture is more than KPop and KDramas. She presents an ensemble of delightfully complex characters living young and often angry lives. You know, I really liked Taemin as well (it ma There are many reasons to put this book on your TBR (if you don't already have it there). Sarah Suk's characters are full of life and vinegar, flawed and entirely human. Valerie's hi-chews and Wes's softness are some highlights but I loved Valerie's halmeoni most of all. With MADE IN KOREA, Suk reiterates that Korean culture is more than KPop and KDramas. She presents an ensemble of delightfully complex characters living young and often angry lives. You know, I really liked Taemin as well (it may be because he likes bingsu as much as I do). Definitely recommended.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex (The Scribe Owl)

    See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl! Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! 3.5/5 stars It's really hard to write reviews for books where there's little to nothing to say. While Made in Korea had all the elements of a good book, we didn't really connect. In this case, it's probably more of an "it's not you, it's me" situation, but while the book was basically good, it just wasn't working for me. --------------- See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl! Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! 3.5/5 stars It's really hard to write reviews for books where there's little to nothing to say. While Made in Korea had all the elements of a good book, we didn't really connect. In this case, it's probably more of an "it's not you, it's me" situation, but while the book was basically good, it just wasn't working for me. ----------------------------- Pre-read rating estimate: 3.5 stars Final rating: 4 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars This was so freakin' great; I loved it so much ! RTC Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars This was so freakin' great; I loved it so much ! RTC

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Solomon

    I was lucky enough to read an early version of this, and it is SO FREAKING CHARMING, oh my god. Adored every word.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ale ♡

    yas, i'm here y'all yas, i'm here y'all

  20. 4 out of 5

    n

    Thank you to Netgalley and the author for allowing me to read this novel in exchange for an honest review. This book made me realize just how long it's been since I read contemporary YA and it felt like a breath of fresh air. If the cover, title, and description don't already convince you to add this book to your tbr, then I hope this review will. the characters: What I really liked about the characters is that you love all of them, even the side characters. There wasn't one side character I w Thank you to Netgalley and the author for allowing me to read this novel in exchange for an honest review. This book made me realize just how long it's been since I read contemporary YA and it felt like a breath of fresh air. If the cover, title, and description don't already convince you to add this book to your tbr, then I hope this review will. the characters: What I really liked about the characters is that you love all of them, even the side characters. There wasn't one side character I wasn't invested in and wanted to see happy and thriving. Case in point, we need Charlie and Taemin companion novels. I loved how the characters weren't your typical types. Wes is the type of boy you'd take home to your grandmother and she'd just gush over how handsome he is. Valerie is smart, career-driven, and super passionate and I loved that about her. Both Wes and Valerie had things they needed to work on to be the best versions of themselves and I liked to see them develop over the course of the book. If anything, just read it for Halmeoni. I loved how supportive she is of Val and overall how funny and cool she is. the plot: This was rivals to lovers do I need to say more? Wes and Val are run competing K-beauty student businesses and things get interesting when they have a lot on the line. I also loved the Korean representation. I'm not Korean myself but I love reading and learning about different cultures. "I wanted to ask if she had heard about my sales and what she thought about it, if I was doing a good job, if the lipstick she was wearing was the same one she had used to write on my shirt." Listen... if that quote doesn't convince you to read it... Overall, it was a really fun, cute read. I read most of it in a day and it's the kind of book you walk away from smiling. The ending was wrapped up perfectly and it's a very feel-good book. 24/03/2021 RIVALS TO LOVERS??? sign me up update: I GOT AN ARC IM SCREAMING. Dropping everything to start it today omg. Update: 27/03/2021 I finished but it’s 4 am so Review to come.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ruei (Ruei's Reading Corner)

    Full Review: https://rueisreadingcorner.blogspot.c... Valerie Kwon runs the best student business, V&C K-Beauty, at school along with her cousin, Charlie. Even though her family thinks V&C K-Beauty is just a hobby, it is so much more to Valerie. Wes Jung is the new kid at school who secretly wants to pursue a career in music. His mom gives him some k-beauty products as a way to make some new friends at his new school. Turns out, everyone wants them and he soon has a business running. Soon, the two Full Review: https://rueisreadingcorner.blogspot.c... Valerie Kwon runs the best student business, V&C K-Beauty, at school along with her cousin, Charlie. Even though her family thinks V&C K-Beauty is just a hobby, it is so much more to Valerie. Wes Jung is the new kid at school who secretly wants to pursue a career in music. His mom gives him some k-beauty products as a way to make some new friends at his new school. Turns out, everyone wants them and he soon has a business running. Soon, the two become top competitors and have to outsell each other. Although they are rivals, what happens when they start to fall in love? I loved all the characters but I especially loved Valerie's halmeoni and Wes's uncle. Both of them provided support for the MCs and had great advice whenever the parents weren't paying so much attention to them. I also loved the Korean words the author added to the book as well as Korean culture. From K-pop and K-dramas to delicious food, all of it made me very invested in the book. Overall, Made in Korea was a super cute and funny book about Wes and Valerie's business competition during their senior year. I enjoyed every second of the rivals to lovers plot and was rooting for them the entire book. **Thank you so much to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for sending me an Advanced Reader's Copy in exchange for an honest review!**

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Made In Korea Sarah Suk This is a story of entrepreneurial Korean American Senior students competing to be the best K-beauty business at their high school. Valerie is the brain child of the successful V&C K-BEAUTY that she has operated alongside her cousin Charlie for the past three years, where they sell out completely on release days. Her goal is to save enough money to fulfill her grandmothers’ dream of going to Paris. Enter Wes Jung, the new student who inadvertently cashes in on the K-beauty Made In Korea Sarah Suk This is a story of entrepreneurial Korean American Senior students competing to be the best K-beauty business at their high school. Valerie is the brain child of the successful V&C K-BEAUTY that she has operated alongside her cousin Charlie for the past three years, where they sell out completely on release days. Her goal is to save enough money to fulfill her grandmothers’ dream of going to Paris. Enter Wes Jung, the new student who inadvertently cashes in on the K-beauty business to compete head to head with Valerie. Taking advantage of the situation, Wes uses this opportunity to make some money to fund the application and audition to the music school of his dreams, that his parents would never support, unless of course he changes his major to pre-med. This book is so much fun to read - it is engaging and immersive and I love learning the Korean words sprinkled throughout. The stories are relatable, and had just the right amount of balance between the funny and tender moments, which I enjoyed. The main characters are engaging and the business competition story plot, upped the ante making this romcom exciting to read. The story is told in two alternating view points between Valerie and Wes, which helped understand the characters better and learn their back stories and motivations. Overall, this is a wonderfully written YA novel I highly recommend.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brooke W

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!!! (May 18th) Actual rating: 4.5/5 I saw the cover and I was sold, I read the synopsis and I went straight to NetGalley. I will truly be forever in debt to Simon and Schuster Publishing for accepting my request. The second I finish my review, I will go order a signed copy. I think that this book has turned me into an ebook person... AND- I read a contemporary! The concept of this book filled me up so, so much. It's about Korean-Americans finding their home Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!!! (May 18th) Actual rating: 4.5/5 I saw the cover and I was sold, I read the synopsis and I went straight to NetGalley. I will truly be forever in debt to Simon and Schuster Publishing for accepting my request. The second I finish my review, I will go order a signed copy. I think that this book has turned me into an ebook person... AND- I read a contemporary! The concept of this book filled me up so, so much. It's about Korean-Americans finding their home, K-Pop, and rivals-to-lovers. This did not disappoint!! And my reading (and Hi-Chew) obsession is thriving. All thanks to Suk's writing style, plot, diversity, creativity, characters, and the clear effort put into this solid debut- I will be reading all of her future books! I loved the plot, it was unpredictable, which given this book being a contemporary romance, I was not expecting. I was so confident in my prediction and just blown away when I was wrong. The setting was unclear, which sometimes I liked, sometimes I didn't. I know it's set in the U.S. but not where- maybe one of the coasts? There were many fun places in this novel: aquariums, fairs, bingsu(Korean Shave Ice) shops, the school, band rooms, and Valerie's locker. All were descripted perfectly and I was right there with our main characters, Valerie and Wes. Valerie is someone who I admire, she knows what she wants, she dreams, and she will achieve them even if her parents think her goals are 'cute'. Her goals are challenging and I would love to get some advice from her. I am so proud of my entrepreneur for growing in her thoughtfulness and character! Wes was such a great character and I related to him on so many levels! He had a great voice, and Suk did an amazing job keeping Valerie and Wes's voices different while giving them things in common. The romance was so sweet! This book takes place over a school year and part of summer, and this felt very fast moving for taking 9 months in the book! It also made the romance very realistic, it wasn't instant-love but not slow-burn, which means the timing was perfect. The writing style fit this book- it did a fair amount of show not tell, varying sentence length, and brought the characters to life! Everything about this book has something wonderful about it! Made in Korea is a great debut that I fully recommend to anyone, people trying to get into contemporary, people who already love contemporary, and someone looking for a sweet romance with a twist! Read this review on my blog here! ----------------------------------- I now have a new definition of perfection. Full review to come!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    This is the first and only book I've read in one sitting in..... I don't know how long and I think that says a lot. This book is warm, charming, utterly adorable and the epitome of a well executed rivals-to-lovers romance. The characters were wonderful, the chemistry between Val and Wes was everything and the multiple relationship dynamics (including that of Val & Wes’s relationship with their Korean heritage) were explored brilliantly. It was easy to read in the best way and is a book I wouldn’ This is the first and only book I've read in one sitting in..... I don't know how long and I think that says a lot. This book is warm, charming, utterly adorable and the epitome of a well executed rivals-to-lovers romance. The characters were wonderful, the chemistry between Val and Wes was everything and the multiple relationship dynamics (including that of Val & Wes’s relationship with their Korean heritage) were explored brilliantly. It was easy to read in the best way and is a book I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

  25. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Made in Korea by Sarah Suk is the perfect read for those who enjoy the rivals to lovers trope. I loved the concept of rival K-beauty businesses, and the main characters are well-developed. This one also has the sweetest grandmother character, who makes the book even more special. If you’re looking for a tense yet feel-good read this spring, this is definitely one to pick up. Young entrepreneur Valerie is the founder of a popular K-beauty business, the most Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Made in Korea by Sarah Suk is the perfect read for those who enjoy the rivals to lovers trope. I loved the concept of rival K-beauty businesses, and the main characters are well-developed. This one also has the sweetest grandmother character, who makes the book even more special. If you’re looking for a tense yet feel-good read this spring, this is definitely one to pick up. Young entrepreneur Valerie is the founder of a popular K-beauty business, the most successful business at her school. However, when a new student arrives, armed with his mom’s exclusive K-pop merchandise, Valerie gains a major competitor. Only one business can win the school-wide competition, and the stakes become higher when Valerie and Wes strike up an all or nothing deal: one of them will earn their combined profits, and the other will walk away with nothing. I love a story about rivalry, and the measures the characters go to in order to gain customers are so entertaining to read. I also enjoyed the K-beauty aspects, as this is something I’ve never read about before. ❀ STRONG CHARACTERIZATION The strongest part of the book is the characterization. Valerie is extremely dedicated to her business, but this is also her flaw. Because everything revolves around her business, in her eyes, she has a habit of pushing people away. Throughout the book, she learns about the importance of building relationships and truly changes by the end. Wes is also a fascinating narrator. He makes several mistakes, namely selling his mom’s products without permission, but, like Valerie, he faces consequences. Dual perspectives can be a hit or miss for me, but in this case, the narrations are distinct, which made this an effective tool. ❀ ENJOYABLE FAMILY DYNAMICS I also enjoyed the family dynamics. Valerie often feels like a disappointment compared to her sister, and the way this influences how she runs her business is well fleshed out. What I loved, however, is her relationship with her grandmother. The reason why Valerie is so determined to make money is so that she can take her grandmother to Paris one day. Halmeoni is so supportive of Valerie’s business, and their interactions bring a lot of sweetness to the story. ❀ AN ENTERTAINING READ Made in Korea by Sarah Suk is an entertaining read about rivalry and real relationships. I loved the originality of the plot and the realistic main characters. Valerie’s grandmother in particular brings so much heart to the book. I would definitely recommend this one, especially to those who enjoy the rivals to lovers trope as much as I do.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Isabella

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    This was cute although romance was little rushed Wes was adorable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    elhyza

    “At that moment, I truly understood what Halmeoni meant when she said there was a world inside all of us. A world that grew as we let people in, allowing them to shape us in ways we could never do alone.” 3.5☆ — made in korea was quite an entertaining read that had me in high spirits. very much grateful for the dual perspectives provided for which i personally love when we can see both characters' innermost thoughts, feelings, and what their lives are like. it worked perfectly for the concept “At that moment, I truly understood what Halmeoni meant when she said there was a world inside all of us. A world that grew as we let people in, allowing them to shape us in ways we could never do alone.” 3.5☆ — made in korea was quite an entertaining read that had me in high spirits. very much grateful for the dual perspectives provided for which i personally love when we can see both characters' innermost thoughts, feelings, and what their lives are like. it worked perfectly for the concept of this story with rivaling businesses and getting to see wes and val's different goals for not just why they need the profit but also what they feel the need to prove. i resonated with both of them a lot in terms of expectations being pushed upon them especially coming from family, though it did fall into the stereotypes for the most part. the business aspect was really fun to read with majority korean school environment of with korean beauty and kpop idol culture being sole focus. the romance was a bit hurried but again it is a short contemporary, nevertheless valerie and wes made me giddy at so many moments. there's something so pure and heartwarming seeing two drastically different characters contemplate their feelings very much puppy love vibes. with wes being the shy character and valerie more confident businesswoman, but then opposites with wes being the one more confident in his feelings. i also enjoyed both of their character developments coming to realize what they want in life especially valerie's arc of realizing her self worth. overall, a great read especially good for anyone in need of a quick leisurely read! “When you choose the path of an artist, nothing is promised, but everything is possible.”

  29. 4 out of 5

    rain

    this book is not even *sad* but i cried more than once while listening to it. maybe the emotional narration affected my tear ducts or maybe family dynamics in this book just hit too close to home. valerie's bond with her grandma made me miss my grandma a lot. wes struggling to tell his family that he wants to pursue his passion also hit me hard. in conclusion, i have once again projected myself onto these characters. what else is new. aside from the protagonists being relatable, i definitely enj this book is not even *sad* but i cried more than once while listening to it. maybe the emotional narration affected my tear ducts or maybe family dynamics in this book just hit too close to home. valerie's bond with her grandma made me miss my grandma a lot. wes struggling to tell his family that he wants to pursue his passion also hit me hard. in conclusion, i have once again projected myself onto these characters. what else is new. aside from the protagonists being relatable, i definitely enjoyed the romance aspect in this book. i love the chemistry between wes and valerie. their rivalry was also written well because boooy those stakes made me nervous . this book is such a good YA contemporary!!! highly recommend

  30. 5 out of 5

    Salma19 (High Lady of the Dawn Court)

    Yes, I stan. Good job, Sarah Suk! Made in Korea did everything right for me. I think it is a sweet and strong story coming-of-age story about two perseverant teens embracing their ambitions as they finish high school. I have never read a book about teen entrepreneurship, so I am very glad that we get access to relevant, fresher themes like this in YA fiction. If you are looking for a YA contemporary focusing on figuring out your career orientation, family, and cultural identity, you’ll most li Yes, I stan. Good job, Sarah Suk! Made in Korea did everything right for me. I think it is a sweet and strong story coming-of-age story about two perseverant teens embracing their ambitions as they finish high school. I have never read a book about teen entrepreneurship, so I am very glad that we get access to relevant, fresher themes like this in YA fiction. If you are looking for a YA contemporary focusing on figuring out your career orientation, family, and cultural identity, you’ll most likely enjoy Sarah Suk’s debut novel. The romance pretty much takes a back seat and is quite light. There are only like 2-3 (quick) kisses during the whole book, so it’s really not explicit if you plan to give it to younger readers. Also, this book is really accessible to readers who are not into K-POP. As someone who is not into K-POP, I did not have to deal with overwhelming references and I really thank the author for that! The emphasis is more on the type of beauty products sold rather than the bands which I appreciate. Plus, Valerie’s relationship with her Halmeoni was so precious 🤧🥺. The last chapter was more than I could have asked for a finale. It is the kind of book I would recommend to anybody, from any age range. Of course I am recommending it.

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