I’ll Be the One by: Lyla Lee

” Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.

She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho. “


Potential triggers…

  • Body shaming/fatphobia
  • Discussion of forced dieting
  • Emotional abuse from parents
  • Bullying [online and irl]
  • Queermisia

I absolutely adored this book! Skye is the kind of character I wish I would have read when I was younger, someone who is confident in their own skin and loves who they are. Despite a lifetime of her mother attempting to put her on diets, convince her to stop taking dance, and just all around shaming her for her size…Skye is confident and loving the skin she’s in.

From a young age, Skye has not only loved dancing but she’s also loved singing so when the opportunity arises for her to compete with both talents, and potentially break into the world of KPOP, Skye jumps at the chance. Although many doubt her ability to make it, including her own mother, Skye works hard to not only fight for a spot but to show everyone that a plus-size girl can…and will succeed!

As someone who grew up with a mother who was constantly questioning, second-guessing, and belittling every/any little thing I did my heart went out to Skye. I also appreciated that there wasn’t a total 180 with the way her mother treated her. Too many stories, I feel, will have parent figures suddenly see the light and try to make everything perfect…which doesn’t feel true to real life. I feel like it will always take time (if a parent truly wants to change for the better) and a lot of small changes before a parent finally adjust the way they look at and treat, their child.

From start to finish I loved being able to connect to Skye and see how strong and determined she was. This was such a feel-good story and I’m desperately hoping the author does another book so that I can see more of the world through Skye’s eyes!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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