The Noh family / Grace K. Shim.
- ISBN: 9780593462737 :
- ISBN: 0593462734 :
- Physical Description: 378 pages ; 22 cm
- Publisher: New York : Kokila, 2022.
Chloe Chang travels to Seoul to meet her deceased father's ultra-rich family, but there is a reason why her mom kept her away from the Nohs, and Chloe begins to wonder if her new family's intentions are pure.
|Target Audience Note:||
Ages 15-18. Kokila.
Grades 10-12. Kokila.
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The Noh Family
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A sort-of-princess story, with all the appealing ingredients of a K-drama. Eighteen-year-old Chloe Chang, who has grown up in Oklahoma, feels "not quite 100 percent Korean" but then she's never known any relatives other than her immigrant mother. Her father, who supposedly had no other family, died before she was born, and her mom's income as a nurse means Chloe has to tuck away her dream of studying fashion in New York. When her BFFs persuade her to take a 23andMe DNA test--insert "The Dramatic Pause," K-drama style--she discovers her extended family on her paternal side in Korea. Before she knows it, she's off to Seoul to be reunited with one of its richest business families, the owners of a posh department store, all the while still upset at her mom for keeping her apart from them. What promises to be a fairy tale--a doting but iron-fisted Halmoni, a pair of "ridiculously glamorous" cousins, and a family guesthouse complete with a personal chef--is suddenly derailed by perilous, devious twists and turns as Chloe desperately tries to make connections between her father's past and her present. Just like Chloe's favorite K-dramas, the novel sucks readers in from the get-go with lots of glitz, grit, and a hint of romance as well as a handsome assistant who always has an umbrella at the ready, mouthwatering descriptions of food, and cutting insights into familial and societal dynamics. An enjoyable, pacy family drama. (Fiction. 12-18) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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The Noh Family
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After a DNA test uncovers a paternal family she never knew existed, 18-year-old Chloe Chang becomes immersed in a world of South Korean privilege in Shim's operatic debut. Chloe has always dreamed of studying fashion in New York City, but after her father's death, her mother's salary is barely enough for them to get by. When she learns that her father--who she assumed had no relations--has family living in Seoul, Chloe takes off to meet them. The affluent Noh family are essentially South Korean royalty, a far cry from Chloe's modest Oklahoma relatives. With the help of a new friend and the Noh's dreamy personal assistant, Chloe dives into their world of glamour and secrets. But class differences and Chloe's unfamiliarity with Korean culture make her feel like she doesn't belong, and she's left wondering, "if my life is a real live K-drama... why does it feel worse than it looks on screen?" Shim deftly employs all the whirlwind romance and jaw-dropping reveals of classic K-dramas via breezy prose and vividly drawn settings to explore classism, heartbreak, identity, and manipulation amid familial and societal expectations in this enticing debut. Ages 12--up. Agent: Andrea Morrison, Writers House. (May)