Monday, June 1, 2020

I'll Be the Only One; Lyla Lee

Title: I'll Be the One
Author: Lyla Lee
Genre: Contemporary; Young Adult; LGBT;
Published: June 16, 2020
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

The world of K-Pop has never met a star like this. Debut author Lyla Lee delivers a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivity—perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Julie Murphy.
Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.
She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.
When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.
But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.

*Thank you to Edelweiss+ for allowing me to read this book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review*


Hello Fellow Readers,

I loved this book! It has everything I want Body positivity, LGBT Positivity, and wonderful story that while does have romance isn't all about romance. First of all Skye Shin is amazing! She's intelligent, can sing and dance and she is just a breath of fresh air in the Young Adult world. There was never a time where I didn't like Skye, even when her mother seemed to bully her, and she demurred. Or even when she was harassed online and she was mortified I never once thought she didn't have a backbone. Skye almost seemed real to me, like I could imagine this being about a real person rather than a character in a book and I love that.

Lee created such a great story that I did not want to put the book down. Set in Southern California (where I grew up) I loved that I got all the city references and knew everything she was talking about. I also loved the integration of Instagram stars and Korean culture in this modern age. I also really loved Henry because he was not the typical 'mysterious, rude, heartthrob' but acted like a genuinely nice guy (Which more YA novels need). 

There were a couple of things I wished Lee did, like the consequences to certain people were not as harsh as I would have liked, and I felt some things didn't get as solved as I would like. This does make me wonder if this will turn into a series (which I would not mind) or if it will stay a one-shot. 
Overall, the book is a great burst of sunshine in a genre in which I think really needs it.

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