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The latest music-centric book we absolutely couldn’t put down is Idol Gossip by Alexandra Leigh Young. Perfect for K-pop lovers or new fans of the genre, this book follows main character Alice as she moves from California to South Korea for her mother’s job, only to be scouted by one of the biggest talent agencies in K-pop. Overnight, Alice is taken away from the school she just started at and the new apartment her family just moved into to go to live in Top10’s headquarters to attend K-pop idol boot camp.
Even though all the groups, blogs, and celebrities in this book are fictitious, Young writes with such a passion for K-pop that everything feels real. If you’re new to K-pop, we’ve put together an essential playlist to listen to while you read that’ll introduce you to all the biggest names in the genre right now! And if you’re already a K-pop expert, consider this a greatest hits compilation that’ll reaffirm your passion.