Gooooood Morning Beauties!
I am BEYOND excited to talk about one of my favourite reads of the month, that being The Noh Family by Grace K. Shim. Thank you so much to TBR And Beyond for including me in this blog tour and for sending an ARC copy my way 🙂
Today I get to gush about all the amazing reasons why YOU should pick up The Noh Family the next time you find yourself at the bookstore. Without spoiling anything, let’s get to some of my favourite things about this book and talk about how much it totally sucked me into the storyline!
1. The K-Dramas – You might be thinking, “Carly, what do K-Dramas have to do with this book?” Well, dear questioner, K-Dramas play a pretty big role here, not only as a connector between friends but as an avid K-Drama watcher, this book felt like I was reading a drama script and OH MY GOSH it was ✨ perfection ✨
2. The Food – I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted to travel all the way to another country and try the food more than I have in this book. And I truly mean that. From eating the basic (but tasty) ramen all the way to the high-end meals, everything about these scenes had my mouth watering to just try a taste 🍣
3. The Fashion – Being that the book takes place for a majority of the time in Seoul, South Korea, it also happens to be one of the leading fashion capitals in the world, so OF CORSE everyone looks stunning and is dressed in the best outfits. I mean, can you imagine having an unlimited credit card and having free rein of an entire shopping mall? Of course, the clothing would be stunning, but it is something you definitely don’t want to miss.
4. The Beautiful Mother-Daughter Relationship – While this does start off at a rocky place, this single mother has raised her daughter to be an amazing person, and while some of the decisions may not be the wisest, she is there for her. ALWAYS! I was loving how (certain things happened) 😅 and they both came together in the end, giving me all the best “happily ever after” feels 👌🏼
5. Secrets and Lies – I mean, OF CORSE this one has to be one of the reasons that you need to read this book. The premise states that the main character find out she has a whole secret family living in South Korea. Oh, but that is not the only secret and lies, oh no dear reader. There are many others (I mean, if you’ve ever watched a K-Drama, you would know that a secret family is just 👏 the 👏 beginning 👏 ) and they will have you wanting answers to EVERYTHING!
Author: Grace K. Shim
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing Date: May 3rd, 2022
A sparkling K-drama inspired debut teen novel by Grace Shim, THE NOH FAMILY introduces irrepressibly charming teen Chloe Kang, who is reunited with her deceased father’s estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them…
When her friends gift her a 23-and-Me test as a gag, high school senior Chloe Kang doesn’t think much of trying it out. She doesn’t believe anything will come of it–she’s an only child, her mother is an orphan, and her father died in Seoul before she was even born, and before her mother moved to Oklahoma. It’s been just Chloe and her mom her whole life. But the DNA test reveals something Chloe never expected–she’s got a whole extended family from her father’s side half a world away in Korea. Her father’s family are owners of a famous high-end department store, and are among the richest families in Seoul. When they learn she exists, they are excited to meet her. Her mother has huge reservations, she hasn’t had a great relationship with her husband’s family, which is why she’s kept them secret, but she can’t stop Chloe from travelling to Seoul to spend two weeks getting to know the Noh family.
Chloe is whisked into the lap of luxury, but something feels wrong. Chloe wants to shake it off–she’s busy enjoying the delights of Seoul with new friend Miso Dan, the daughter of one of her mother’s grade school friends. And as an aspiring fashion designer, she’s loving the couture clothes her department store owning family gives her access to. But soon Chloe will discover the reason why her mother never told her about her dad’s family, and why the Nohs wanted her in Seoul in the first place. Could joining the Noh family be worse than having no family at all?
Grace grew up in Tulsa Oklahoma as one of two Korean-Americans at her high school (her sister was the other one). Today, Grace writes books with Korean-American protagonists that she wished she had read about as a teen.
When she’s not plotting (the writing kind, not the world domination kind), you can find her wearing a Korean sheet mask, baking French macarons, and unintentionally killing house plants & succulents. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three kids.