K-Pop revolution

Stephan Lee

Book - 2022

"In the sequel to K-Pop Confidential, Candace is a Rookie idol. Her life is suddenly filled with the fans, cameras, and glamor of stardom: She and her boyfriend, YoungBae, are a K-Pop power couple; she's a walking icon at Brandt Foreign School; and her new girl group, known simply as THE GIRLS, is poised to break records across the industry. With her status as the industry's K-Pop Warrior, she has all the clout at her disposal to make waves. Right? Her label, S.A.Y., promises to ...help make the sweeping changes for the industry to become a more humane and compassionate place for artists. But what will happen when the road to a record-breaking debut isn't as smooth as they'd planned? When a rival girl group emerges to steal the spotlight, carrying the message of change better than Candace ever could, she'll have to decide what it'll cost her and her bandmates to stand up for their beliefs. And as the world turns against her, with online bullies scrutinizing her every word, there's only so much that one person can take."--

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Young adult fiction
New York : Point, an imprint of Scholastic Inc 2022.
First printing
Item Description
Sequel to : K-pop confidential.
Physical Description
359 pages ; 21 cm
Main Author
Stephan Lee (author)
Review by Kirkus Book Review

After her shocking exposé of injustices in the K-pop industry, will Candace Park get a chance to change things from the inside? Korean American Candace went from K-pop trainee to #KPopWarrior overnight after speaking out about serious, deep-rooted issues in the industry. In this follow-up to K-Pop Confidential (2020), she debuts as a K-pop idol in S.A.Y. Entertainment's first ever all-girl group, THE GIRLS. Candace's dream is now her reality, albeit with a rocky start. The company seems to be making sweeping changes, from hiring their first female CEO to removing dieting restrictions. Next, Candace enrolls in Brandt Foreign School for her junior year of high school, where she makes friends with YoonJoo, who is Black Korean, and Summer, who is Korean American. Trying to balance school, being an idol, and her relationship with boyfriend YoungBae takes a major toll on Candace. The seemingly perfect overhaul of S.A.Y. starts to show cracks as the new CEO repeats some unhealthy past practices that place pressure on music stars. Lee keeps readers on their toes throughout the book by creatively weaving in themes of teenage stresses, mental health, balancing multiple cultures, and staying true to oneself while presenting a curated image to the outside world. Some secondary characters are queer. Readers will benefit from having read the previous volume in order to better understand certain character arcs. An engrossing sequel that highlights the nuances of being a performer and living across cultures. (Fiction. 14-18) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.