A Korean American teen is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Girls Generation.

What would you give for a chance to live your dreams?

For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Six years ago, she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul’s largest K-pop labels, known for churning out some of the world’s most popular stars. The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. Easy right?

Not so much. As the dark scandals of an industry bent on controlling and commodifying beautiful girls begin to bubble up, Rachel wonders if she’s strong enough to be a winner, or if she’ll end up crushed… Especially when she begins to develop feelings for K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee. It’s not just that he’s charming, sexy, and ridiculously talented. He’s also the first person who really understands how badly she wants her star to rise.

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    Shine Reviews

  • jenny?

    9/29/2020: IT'S PUBLICATION DAY, Y'ALL!✨ SHINE IS PURE ESCAPIST BRAIN CANDY. Tropes galore and angst that could put a K-drama to shame: I devoured this book in a single day and honestly had fun with...

  • jessica

    bro i just hope she spills some tea about the industry...

  • demi. ?

    ❥ 3 / 5 stars rtc (if i’m not being too lazy) Oct. 12, 2019 : I've been a fan of Girls' Generation and K-pop groups for half of my entire life so there's no reason why I won't read this book!...

  • Kimberly (Deity of Books)

    Before I start my review I have to address something. There’s lots of controversy surrounding this book and I’m not going to talk about it in my review so...if that’s what you’re here for—so...

  • Thomas

    Such an entertaining, drama-filled book! I appreciate Jessica Jung for giving us an insider look into the K-pop industry. As a huge BlackPink stan – or at least a stan of their music and artistry ...

  • The Artisan Geek

    10/10/19Me finding out this book exists: Been a fan of Jessica's and SNSD's music for years! I CAN'T WAIT!!You can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website ...

  • Monte Price

    We're going to pour one out for reading a book on the same day it was purchased. Like who is she? I don't know her.As for this book, I was pleasantly surprised at how it managed to pull me in, almost ...

  • Alex

    Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing a digital ARC of Shine in exchange for an honest review.So I'm not a Kpop fan (stan?). I firmly believe all YA book lovers are either into showtunes or ...

  • Nenia ? I yeet my books back and forth ? Campbell

    OMG IT IS A BOOK ABOUT K-POP I WANT ITI keep seeing people showing off shiny ARCs of this and I'm jellier than a jellied jelly on National Jell-O Day...

  • monica kim

    you can check out my reading vlog of this book (and 2 other kpop books) here: