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I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee

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Thank you so much to Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss for the e-ARC!

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her. She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else. When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho. But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.

When I heard that this was a book about a bi, plus-sized girl, I was completely on board. That’s pretty much all I needed to know to be desperate to read it. But, it’s also about K-pop and has a singing/dancing competition with a competitor who’s completely hot. I don’t know much about the K-pop world, though I still very much wanted to read it! Trigger warnings: fatphobia, emotional abuse, homophobia

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