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Shine by Jessica Jung Review + Music

The sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Shine! Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl in this knockout series from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend, fashion icon, and founder of the international luxury brand, Blanc & Eclare.

Couture gowns, press parties, international travel. Rachel Kim is at the top of her game. Girls Forever is now the number-one K-pop group in the world, and her fame skyrockets after her viral airport styling attracts the attention of fashion’s biggest names. Her life’s a swirl of technicolor glamour and adoring fans. Rachel can’t imagine shining any brighter.

The only thing that’s missing is love—but Rachel’s determined to follow the rules. In her world, falling in love can cost you everything.

Enter Alex. When Rachel literally falls head over designer heels into his lap on a crowded metro, she’s tempted to give up her anti-love vows. Alex is more than just heart-stopping dimples and adorably quirky banter. He believes in Rachel’s future—both in music and in fashion.

But the higher you rise, the farther you have to fall. And when a shocking act of betrayal shatters her world, Rachel must finally listen to her heart. 

Book Breakdown

I’m not sure where to start this one honestly... I went into this series a huge Jessica fan. She was my bias and now... I don’t know how I feel about her.

First off, this book is the follow-up to her first book, Shine, which is a ‘fictional’ take on what happened to her while in the group Girls’ Generation or SNSD. (Which is the Music Monday I shared last week.)

As the book goes along, Rachel, the main character, gets pretty much everything handed to her. She gets a special TV show with her sister... she gets to go to a fashion show; she gets to start a fashion company and one of her group members can’t even start a YouTube channel. It really made it hard to connect with Rachel, and I had a lot more sympathy for her group members.

This book was supposed to get us on Jessica’s side from the 2014 shock of her leaving (or getting kicked out) of the group. But honestly, after reading this book, both sides were just messy. Very messy. I left this book on no one’s side. 

Now, if you just read this book as fiction, then it’s a story about a girl that follows her dream, gets the guy, and then gets kicked out of her music group that she loved very much. Not the best ending... 

Again, I’m just not sure what my feelings are. This book changed my opinion of Jessica and the whole 2014 situation.

All I can really say is that I went into this book as a Jessica fan and left it a Girls Generation (SNSD) fan. 

To make this whole mess of a review better. I’m going to leave you with three songs. Tell me which is your favorite below in the comments!

I'm still trying to get caught up on my reviews. I've actually been reading lately! It's amazing! I've missed reading like this. Hopefully, things will continue this way. I have another busy week ahead for me, but after this week things should slow down a bit. 

The start of September is the start of my favorite time of the year. Spooky season! While it's always spooky season to me, now starts the time that I don't get picked on for it. Yay! What is your favorite time of the year? 

Anyway, that's a wrap for now. I hope you have a great week! Stay safe and happy reading! 

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