cover image Flip the Script

Flip the Script

Lyla Lee. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-293693-6

Lee’s (I’ll Be the One) swoony romance, packed with classic romance tropes, centers 16-year-old bisexual Korean American actor Hana Jin. After Hana lands the lead role on the K-drama Fated Destiny and moves her family from their Florida hometown to Seoul, she’s sure that her dreams have come true. But the show’s ratings are lower than anticipated, so the producer decides to drum up interest by having Hana faux-date costar and K-pop group member Bryan Yoon. Despite Bryan’s “jerk wad” personality, she agrees to the scheme, determined to do whatever it takes to maintain her career. When ratings continue plummeting, a last-minute rewrite casts Hana’s ex-best friend, classmate, and crush Minjee Park as her on-screen romantic rival. As the show’s love triangle develops, so too do Hana and Minjee’s feelings for each other, jeopardizing the show, their hard-won careers, and their own hearts. Though there’s space for more in-depth characterization and Hana’s internal dialogue sometimes meanders, Hana and Minjee’s sweet romance, behind-the-scenes peeks into K-drama productions, and richly detailed Korean culture buoy this joyous romance. Ages 13–up. Agent: Penny Moore, Aevitas Creative Management. (May)