K-Pop Revolution (Paperback)
She thought that debuting in a K-Pop band was the finsh line, but it was only the beginning. Because now it’s not only Candace's company judging her—it’s the entire world. How will she find the courage to stand by her beliefs, even when powerful forces are trying to shame and silence her...
Now that Candace is a star, her life is suddenly filled with glamour. She's known everywhere; she has adoring fans who worship her and her boyfriend, YoungBae; and she has unlimited access to her label-mates SLK, who happen to be the top boy band in the world.
Even more important, her company, S.A.Y., tells her they've heard her message of change loud and clear. They promise to make sweeping changes to become a more humane and compassionate place for artists.
But the road to a record-breaking debut isn't going to be smooth. The schedule is even more grueling; the pressure is immense, and there's unexpected competition from a rival girl group that's become the latest viral sensation -- not to mention constant bullying and false rumors online.
When increasingly-virulent online scandals threaten the future of YAS-Q -- and it becomes painfully clear that S.A.Y. is as manipulative as ever -- Candace realizes it's not enough to use her voice alone. It's time to join forces and take action.
It's time for a K-Pop revolution.
Praise for K-Pop Confidential:
“Lee’s Cinderella story, set to a pulsing soundtrack of Blackpink and Red Velvet, is the delectable K-pop confessional we’ve all been waiting for… frothy bubble tea of a book.” -- The New York Times Book Review
"[Lee] gets at the heart of why trainee programs operate the way they do and wraps it all in a coming-of-age story that’s as much about finding your voice as it is about finding your heritage." -- Fast Company
"Riveting tale of friendship, love, and passion." -- Teen Vogue
"I'm still giddy over this electrifying, big-hearted, all-kill smash of a debut. I couldn't put it down." -- Becky Albertalli, bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
"A hit on like, every level. There is all of the glamour and intrigue of our very relatable, big-hearted, gutsy heroine entering the world of K-pop and finding her voice, but it’s also so brilliantly grounded in family, friendship, and just the perfect amount of romance." -- Emma Lord, author of Tweet Cute
“Debut author Lee captures the fun of K-pop music while exploring a factory whereyoung women are scrutinized…but it’s Candace’s sense of self-worth that will get readers to cheer.” -- Publishers Weekly
“A thoughtful portrayal of determined multinational teens balancing authenticity with pursuing their dreams” -- Kirkus Reviews
"Addictive, glamorous ... K-Pop Confidential is an unputdownable must-read for everyone, whether they’re a fan of K-Pop or not. A mesmerising debut that leaves you wanting more!" -- The Nerd Daily