K-Pop Confidential


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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Stephan is a YA enthusiast, ardent K-pop fan, and journalist. He currently works as Senior Editor at Bustle after a five-year stretch covering books and movies at Entertainment Weekly. At EW, he traveled to Seoul for three weeks to write a feature about Korean entertainment's world domination, interviewing K-pop idols Ailee, Tablo, and Tiffany Young of Girls Generation. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at The New School.


"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