Candace can sing – like really sing! But the only people who know that are her two best friends because Candace’s parents (mostly her mom) don’t seem to approve of her singing. Her parents are both from South Korea and she knows they both had musical backgrounds. But they don’t do anything with it now in New Jersey. In fact, they own a connivence story – which seems to be about as far from music as they can get. While her brother seems to be fine with playing a sport, her parents would rather she be in orchestra playing a string instrument, like the viola. Which she hates, even if it makes them happy.
So when a large South Korean company decides to hold tryouts for a new K-Pop Idol girl group, she lets her two friends convince her to try out. After all, what are the chances she’ll get picked? Pretty good, it turns out! But at that point, Candace has no idea what kind of sacrifices she’ll have to make if she wants to be an Idol!
K-Pop Confidential by Stephan Lee is a great look into a world that is perfect on the outside and designed to make you love what you see. But perfection comes at a cost. This is such a great book for anyone interesting the workings of the K-Pop industry and just what it takes to be an elite performer.
Recommended for grades 7 and up.