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Somewhere Only We Know

Now being made into a feature film with Netflix

10:00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Later Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11:00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

With her trademark humor and voice, Maurene Goo delivers a sparkling story of taking a chance on love—and finding yourself along the way.


  • A Junior Library Guild selection

  • Evergreen Teen Book Award nominee 2022

  • A Cosmopolitan Best Young Adult Book of 2019

  • A BuzzFeed Pick for "YA Books You Absolutely Must Read This Spring”

“Maurene Goo...has built a following with her breezy, pop-culture-savvy romantic comedies, all featuring Korean-American teenage girls as her protagonists. Her fourth novel, SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW, is her most charming to date, a modern retelling of “Roman Holiday.”

-The New York Times

"A quick-paced, entertaining plot, witty banter, and expert characterization make this a light and satisfying read, and a wealth of local details effortlessly immerse the reader in the worlds of Hong Kong and K-pop stardom. Charming and swoonworthy.”

-Kirkus Reviews

"If you're looking for a read that's juicy and hilarious, Somewhere Only We Know is perfect.”

"Somewhere Only We Know goes beyond telling a love story between two Korean American teens. At its heart, it is about discovering your passion and believing your dream is worth pursuing. It’s about being brave enough to embrace your true self and doing what makes you happy. This is a beautiful and important message for readers."

-Pop Culturist

"A buoyant romance that's as much about self-discovery as it is about new love."


"They share comfortable banter, smoldering looks, a few intense kisses—and in between, earnest existential conversations about pursuing their dreams and living meaningful lives. Readers, no matter their celebrity status, should relate.”

-Horn Book

“…offer[s] readers a sense of place and culture that further proves the need for diverse voices, storytellers and characters in the world of young-adult fiction and beyond.“

-San Francisco Chronicle, full article HERE

"Goo's latest book sounds like the perfect rom-com for dreamy spring afternoons.”


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