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About the Book:
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.
About the Author:
Sarah Suk (pronounced like soup with a K) lives in Vancouver, Canada where she writes stories and admires mountains. When she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the water, taking film photos, or eating a bowl of bingsu. You can visit her on Twitter and Instagram @sarahaelisuk.
Sarah is represented by Linda Epstein at Emerald City Literary Agency.
Let me just start off by saying this was such a cute read! I really needed a light and fluffy book to help me destress in the midst of finals, and this was the perfect read for that.
Made In Korea follows Valerie and Wes as they compete to sell K-Beauty products to their classmates. The one to sell more products and make more in total profits by Prom will be declared the winner. This was rivals to lovers do I need to say more? It’s my favorite trope, so I was so excited to dive into this. I loved both characters equally, but I think my favorite character was a side character. I might be a bit biased because I saw so much of myself in her (being biracial and all), but I didn’t expect to connect with a character so much (much less one of the side characters.)
The romance was cute enough. I though the pacing was a little off towards the middle since Wes seemed to fall for Valerie so suddenly after being so apprehensive of her at the start. I really loved Valerie’s stubbornness even if it got her into some trouble throughout the book. I think the tension of their rivalry was well done, and the pining was so much fun to read.
Overall, this was such a heartwarming read! It genuinely made me smile with the sweet & cute moments, and there were quite a few heartfelt ones too. I’d highly recommend it if that’s something you’re looking for.
“When you choose the path of an artist, nothing is promised, but everything is possible.”
“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.”
“There isn’t always a price tag or a black-and-white answer for why people do what they do.”
Giveaway (US/Canada Only):
- One winner will receive a finished copy of Made in Korea. The giveaway will end on May 24th
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