So we meet again A novel
Book - 2021
When up-and-coming investment banker Jess Kim is passed over for a promotion, laid off in a virtual meeting, and then overhears why ("she's already being overpaid anyway for a woman" and "Asians are worker bees, not someone who can drum up new deals") she delivers an "eff you guys" speech and storms out of the building. Not sure what's next, she moves back home to Tennessee with her domineering Korean mom, who tries to set her up with her pastor's son... Daniel Choi, an M&A lawyer by day and a successful video game streamer by night. Turns out he's swoony and smart, not the awkward preacher's kid she remembers. With his help, Jess launches a Korean cooking YouTube channel focused on easy meal prep for busy professionals. All is going well until her mom walks on the show mid-live recording and argues about cooking technique. While she hates being berated by her mother in front of the world, it actually works in their favor--they go viral! Soon her cooking channel becomes an actual media company and brand. When a client is suddenly interested in buying Jess out, she finds herself sitting across the table from the very investment firm she quit not so long ago. But there's just one other problem: Daniel, the guy whose been helping her and that she's been falling for, is the firm's new general counsel.
Jess Kim is having a rough time after getting laid off from her Wall Street job despite being a model employee. She decides to move back home to Tennessee to live with her parents while figuring out what comes next. In Tennessee, she runs into her middle school nemesis, Daniel Choi. They had always competed against each other in school, and now Daniel seems different and is more successful than Jess. Jess soon conceives of a new business making Korean products for meal kits, and Daniel provides her with an industry contact that helps get it off the ground. Jess then records a live cooking video with her mother that goes viral, jump-starting her new venture. Daniel and Jess are starting to become more than friends, and Jess's professional and personal lives seem to be turning a corner, but it all changes when Daniel is involved in something that puts the business in jeopardy. Jess must decide what she and her company are worth and whether Daniel can earn her forgiveness. VERDICT This engaging romance (Park's second, after Loathe at First Sight) with great characters is highly recommended for fans of Jayci Lee's A Sweet Mess.—Ashli Wells, Vanderbilt Univ. Law Lib., Nashville Copyright 2021 Library Journal.Review by PW Annex Reviews
Sparks fly between reunited rivals in this heartwarming and empowering romance from Park (Loathe at First Sight). Jessica Kim is left reeling when she's let go from her Wall Street job. Lost and disheartened, she returns to Nashville to live with her parents while strategizing next steps. It's the worst possible moment for her to run into her childhood nemesis, "Korean Boy Wonder" Daniel Choi, who has become the living embodiment of everything Jess currently lacks: success, composure, and a knack for charming everyone he meets. Though Jess refuses to admit it, even she's not immune. And as they spend time together, she can't deny the chemistry between them, nor the fact that it's Daniel who inspires her to start her own streaming channel featuring cooking hacks with a Korean flair. Jess flourishes as a budding entrepreneur, rediscovering how important her cultural roots and family are to her; meanwhile, she slowly comes to terms with the fact that dashing Daniel may be the perfect fit for her after all. Park is a master in crafting comedic yet endearing moments that become the foundation for intricate character development. This is sure to be a hit. Agent: Brent Taylor, Triada US Literary. (Aug.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly Annex.
"When investment banker Jessie Kim is laid off in a virtual meeting...she storms out...After moving back home to Tennessee to live with her loving but meddling mother and father, she runs into her childhood nemesis, Daniel Choi...Jess begrudgingly accepts Daniel's help to relaunch her long abandoned Korean cooking YouTube channel...But just as she discovers Daniel's life isn't as perfect as it seems and there's more to him than meets the eye, he shows up for a life-changing business opportunity, and their rivalry is back on"--Review by Publisher Summary 2
When her cooking channel becomes an actual media company with the help of the Daniel Choi, an M&A lawyer and successful video game streamer, Jess Kim falls in love with the man who happens to work for the company she just recently quit in a spectacular fashion. 50,000 first printing.Review by Publisher Summary 3
As seen on The Today Show! One of the best fall reads!“A cinematic, charming heart-squeeze-of-a-book that has found its way to my Ultimate Comfort Reads shelf.” —Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling authorFrom the author of the “genuinely funny” and “delightful” Loathe at First Sight (NPR), a young Korean American woman’s journey to finding a new career and new love means learning to embrace the awkward and unexpected—exploring familial expectations, finding your voice, and unimaginably falling for your childhood rival.When investment banker Jessie Kim is laid off in a virtual meeting and then overhears why (“she’s already being overpaid anyway for a woman” and “Asians are worker bees, not someone who can drum up new deals”) she delivers an “eff you guys” speech and storms out. After moving back home to Tennessee to live with her loving but meddling mother and father, she runs into her childhood nemesis—golden child Daniel Choi—at the local Asian grocery store. The smart, charming lawyer appears to have it all...while Jessie has nothing.Jess begrudgingly accepts Daniel’s help to relaunch her long abandoned Korean cooking YouTube channel: HANGUK HACKS, showcasing easy meal prep for busy professionals. But just as she discovers Daniel’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems and there’s more to him than meets the eye, he shows up for a life-changing business opportunity, and their rivalry is back on . . .“A funny, lovely mother-daughter story. And then there’s Daniel—yummy Daniel—and great food. Settle in and enjoy!” —Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author“So We Meet Again is a hilarious read. What can go wrong when, after a quarter-life crisis, you move back in with your hyper-competitive parents? This comeback story will charm you from beginning to end.” —Madeleine Henry, author of The Love Proof and Breathe In, Cash Out