- File Size: 2778 KB
- Print Length: 200 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EPB5EZU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Scandalized Kindle Edition
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First off I have to admit it took a lil while to get into the use of the third person omniscient style. At times the head hoping got a little confusing when one minute we have Fi's POV then next Yihwan's on the same page then another etc. I'v e read in this style before and sometimes it's a hit or miss for me. With this one it took a bit to get used to it but I did after awhile.
Second thing: I've heard of kpop but never knew the specific of it and never listened to the music or followed along with it at all so this was new for me. So I was intrigued to learn about this world of kpop. So while I enjoyed the characters , I liked the message portrayed here. About the seriousness of bullying and how while fandoms are great! there is a real toxic element to it too. Some fans are just so overzealous and believe they must be privy to every aspect of their idols/celebs lives.
I really felt for Fi, when she got caught up in this scandal which was no fault of hers or Yihwan's. BUT Yihwan really pissed me off when he kissed Fi like that knowing full well there's so much scrutiny on them right now re: the supposed scandal. This moment was the jumping off point for another important issue: the trouble is caused by the man and yet the woman feels the consequences. As we see this manifested after someone snitched to Management about the kiss and made it seem like Fi was being inappropriate at work when that was so not the case. Of course the company isn't going to fire their big name client. But Fi being fired for something that was so not her fault? is such a real life situation faced by some women in the workplace.
So I loved the look at these important themes, along with the banter between the characters. Listen this wasn't as romance heavy as i expected but i adored every moment between Fi and Gabriel.
Also, the texts, emails, social media updates, message threads and fan comments added a great layer to this story, made the fandom experience authentic! Cuz sometimes the comments section on a post get out of control and wild and borders on downright nasty. So that added a realistic look to this. As even tho i'm not in the k-pop fandom, these things are pretty similar across fandoms in general, where die hard fans take it wayyyy too far, and get way out of control.
So to sum up: great look at some important themes. Fun banter between characters. Cute budding romance.
Really liked this one.
1. I never liked Kpop, but I used to be addicted to KDrama. Reading Scandalized was like watching one. Complete with a love triangle with a brooding guy and another guy who really really likes the main character. Only here, I get to choose who gets to be in cast and it all plays out on my mind.
2. Speaking of cast, I don't know if it's because Tara kept on tweeting about Daniel Henney, but in my mind, he is Gabriel. I had a super crush on Daniel Henney when I first saw him at My Name is Kim Sam Soon.
3. I laughed at all the references to Mean Girls.
4. I liked Fi and her resilience. I liked that she was not desperate to jump into a relationship with someone whom she had pined for for so long. I loved her dedication to her job - even if it was mostly a thankless one. I'm like her friend who wants to berate her for being too selfless, for looking after other people's welfare first. But also so proud of her at the same time.
5. I got kilig with Gabriel and all the banter with Fi. But more than that, I loved how Tara sent an incredibly important message without being too preachy. We all have our opinions about celebrities and other people. We all have unkind thoughts. (what? you don't? sue me. haha.) But it's one thing to have them and another to act on them or voice them out. I always see hateful messages on celebrities' instagram accounts and all I can do is shake my head. I also see this a lot right now on Facebook, people calling each other names when others do not share the same thoughts on their chosen presidentiables. Saying hateful things is and will never be cool and this message was sent out loud and clear by this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I hope this book gets to many people's hands. Especially young ones who are more likely to say hateful messages online or even in person. If you would like to read this, Scandalized is now available on Amazon!
In Ellen Degeneres fashion, I'd like to end this post with this: Be Kind To One Another.
3.5 stars!! Dive into Kpop, and hardcore fans, and what it's like being in a band, or famous in general, and what it's like being associated with someone who's famous. This book takes you through all this and still manages to also tackle bullying in a way that isn't talked about or considered as such.
I loved this book. It was short and cute and entertaining and still managed to have an overall great moral behind the story. I felt like I could relate a lot to the whole crazy kpop mania and the author seems to know a lot about it too. Being a Kpop fan, I can honestly say I've witnessed how awful fans can become once there are dating rumors and it terrifies me the outrageous things that can be said. The comments written by fans in the book the author wrote under each article or video posted were literally so accurate to everything I read in real life. She makes sure to show you both good and bad sides and I LOVED THAT.
The romance wasn't heavy in the book but I was rooting for Gabriel from the beginning. I also appreciate how this didn't turn into a nasty love triangle, and that both Gabriel and Yihwan managed to be mature about the scandal and their feelings for Fi.
Also, I appreciate the little note at the end with the dictionary terms for the korean and filipino terms that were used, it was so much fun <3
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