Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Book Review: XOXO by Axie Oh

Book: XOXO by Axie Oh

Genre: YA contemporary

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 

I promise when I picked this one up to read I didn't know it was yet another kpop book! I just knew it was a contemporary romance. But then when I looked closer I was like... oh, seriously? So yeah, the kpop books are finding me now, I don't even have to go out and look for them! I don't think it's just me, I think they are becoming a thing. So interesting.

So this one is about a girl who ends up going to Korea with her mom for a semester of high school. She's a huge celloist and plans to get into a prestigious university, so to help her with those goals, she ends up enrolling in a performing arts high school in Seoul. And guess who else goes to performing arts high schools in Seoul... kpop idols!

Turns out that the guy she bumped into briefly and hung out with for an evening before she went to Korea goes to that high school! What are the chances! And yes, he's in a band, and yes the band is very popular. So they become friends, even though they try to keep it kind of secret. That's because one of the other band members has just had a bit of scandal himself. With the girl who is now our girl's roommate. Yes. The craziness!

Anyway, it was another fun look into the kpop industry, and what it might be like behind the scenes of a famous group... and how they are just regular guys trying to live a regular life and have regular friends, in between being extremely famous. It's seriously a crazy world for them.

I really enjoyed this one, yet again. This author knows her kpop and everything felt spot on for me and was presented in a good way and not a dumb "let's make fun of this" way. 

And now I have yet another fictional band to love.... XOXO! 


  1. This was on my TBR for a short time. When I read more about it, and I found out it was all about Kpop, I didn't really want to read it anymore. Do you think I'd like it? Does it have a lot of cultural things? Or is it just romance and kpop fan service?

    1. Lots of cultural things too. High school life in Korea, with the backdrop of it being a performance arts high school. Family connections especially with her grandma. Hopefully you'd like it! If you try it you'll have to let me know.

  2. This sounds like an interesting book. I like idea of it. Maybe, I'll have to try this one out. :)



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