MINI-REVIEW|| 2 YA Romcoms I Loved and Highly Recommend

Hello everyone! Today I bring you reviews of two amazing YA books I read recently. They were absolutely heartwarming and fun and I would recommend them wholeheartedly. If you’re looking for some adorable YA books or want to start into the YA genre, I highly recommend reading these two!

XOXO-Axie Oh

Synopsis: Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word.

Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.

When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love. (Goodreads)

Publication Date: July 13th, 2021 

XOXO is definitely one of my fave YA romances I have read in the recent times because of how adorable, light hearted and fun the book was! The story followed Jenny who is a cello prodigy and dreams of attending a prestigious music school. She has to move to Korea with her mother temporarily to take care of her grandmother.  She enrolls in the arts academy there wherein she meets Jaewoo, aka the guy who she had had a fun night back in LA with and who did not call her back after that and who she always wondered about. Seeing him in the same school with his band members and finding out he’s also in one of the most famous k-pop bands brings a whole lot of drama and fun.

The two characters Jenny and Jaewoo were so well-written and genuinely enjoyable to read about and their whole story was just so heartwarming. I loved that this book had such amazing side characters too and it only made the book better. It had friendship, family, self-love and was filled with sweet and heartfelt moments which made me smile really wide. The reluctant roommates to friends storyline of Sori and Jenny was one of my favourites to read. So If you’re a fan of k-pop and cute k-dramas, then I highly recommend this book because you’re surely to enjoy it.

Overall, this is the kind of book I would definitely want to reread! It was cute, made me smile wide and had absolutely top notch characters with amazing stories. I listened to the audiobook for this one and it was super fun since the narration was great! It’s available in Scribd and you can get 60 days free by using my referral link which also gives me 30 days free :
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Like A Love Song- Gabriela Martins

Synopsis: This debut paperback original romance follows a Latina teen pop star whose image takes a dive after a messy public breakup, until she’s set up with a swoon-worthy fake boyfriend.
Like a Love Song
Fake boyfriend. Real heartbreak?Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star…until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humiliating—it could end her career.Her PR team’s desperate plan? A gorgeous yet oh-so-fake boyfriend. Nati reluctantly agrees, but William is not what she expected. She was hoping for a fierce bad boy—not a soft-hearted British indie film star. While she fights her way back to the top with a sweet and surprisingly swoon-worthy boy on her arm, she starts to fall for William—and realizes that maybe she’s the biggest fake of them all. Can she reclaim her voice and her heart? (Goodreads)
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2021

Like a love song was super cute and heartfelt and leaves you with a happy smile in your face. This book is aptly titled because it’s very much like a love song, soft and sweet and making you smile at some moments while also being a fun read.

We have our main characters: Natalie, the Brazilian pop star in the US and William the British indie actor. Natalie is dumped on camera by her boyfriend and has to date William as a publicity stunt for her career. There’s fake dating, cute bantering, friends to eventual lovers, we also have supportive cute best friends who are dating and being super cute!! This book while being light hearted also talks about the struggles of fame, family, being to true to yourself and your heritage. I read it super fast actually because it’s written SO well and I did not even realise when I was already halfway through the book.

Overall, if you’re looking for a cute YA romance that is light hearted, fun and sweet with heartfelt moments, friendships and romance then I highly recommend Like a love song as it has it all.
Thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with an eARc through Netgalley. 
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