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Published by Self-Published on June 8, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Prime/Kindle Unlimited
Emery Jung is living his dream. Known by his stage name M, he is loved by millions of fans around the world as a member of the rising K-pop group NEON, but all fame comes with a cost, especially when one slip up can have viral consequences.
Alana Kim is trying to forget. After a tragic loss sends her spiraling, she escapes to her family in Korea, abandoning her love of music along the way. However, her plans are derailed when she literally runs into M, the famous K-pop idol.
When their paths collide, Emery and Alana must work together to prevent a scandal from ruining NEON’s success, sparking a journey of friendship, love, and healing. Unfortunately, fame and love aren’t easily compatible, especially in the world of K-pop.
With being stuck at home 99.9% of the time, now’s a good time for me to finally stop starting a book and pausing them because I have more time and freedom (for now). Comeback was a book I read back in September 2019, finished, but then completely forgot about what I thought of the book (other than I liked it; it was good). It’s one of the first books I went back to rereading when I got the chance.
Comeback has K-pop!
Being an avid K-pop fan for years, I’m always on the lookout for books that incorporate K-pop. Comeback follows Emery, known as M by fans and a member of NEON, and Alana, escaping to Korea after losing someone close to her and working in the industry to try and until her ducks are together. Ashwood and Rose do a fantastic job incorporating elements of K-pop, from terms to behind the scenes to fashion mishaps while continuing to develop Emery and Alana’s story. (It’s not a hot mess, bless! My heart is soaring.)
I love the bond between the NEON members.
I love the small moments that are incorporated, adding a lighthearted yet relatable element that brought humor to the story. Stu, Jaehyun, Sungil, Emery and Yongnam all have their antics with each other, but it’s obvious they have a close bond with each other like many of my favorite groups. In addition to the antics they have with each other, there’s also a bond with members of other groups and I love it because it’s realistic to what’s seen in videos.
“Oh by the way, Hyung, Stu owes me a new phone. Be sure to get me the newest, most expensive one and charge it to his account.”
Stu is so cute and adorable and full of mischief.
Alana’s passion for K-pop and NEON in general is so accurate.
Once you go down the K-pop hole, you either step right on out and never come back or you fall deeper and never come back. Even if you take a break from listening to the music or following the industry, you end up coming back to it. And I really liked how this was incorporated into the story.
I did hate the “something bad happened escape from troubles” trope, though.
This is a personal preference and it’s likely because every book I’ve read incorporating K-pop has this exact trope used. But this is minor (for me, at least), and I wouldn’t skip over reading Comeback because of this. The humor and development of all the characters throughout, especially Emery and Alana, made it well worth it.
I don’t know how I feel about the romance.
I thought my reread would have a different feeling regarding the developing romance between Emery and Alana, but it didn’t turn out that way. There’s something missing and I have no clue what it is. The writing? Personal preference? It might have felt a little rushed at the end? 🤷♀️
Comeback is honestly one of the best non-#ownvoices books incorporating K-pop I’ve read.
Even if you don’t listen to K-pop, Ashwood and Rose’s debut is wholesome and humorous with romance included; it’s perfect for those who want a light read that will bring out an occasional smile.