The Noh Family, Grace K. Shim
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publisher: Kokila (Penguin Random House)
Length: 377 pages
Contains: some language, minor LGBT character
Summary: When her friends gift her a 23-and-Me test as a gag, high school senior Chloe Kang doesn’t think much of trying it out. She doesn’t believe anything will come of it–she’s an only child, her mother is an orphan, and her father died in Seoul before she was even born, and before her mother moved to Oklahoma. It’s been just Chloe and her mom her whole life. But the DNA test reveals something Chloe never expected–she’s got a whole extended family from her father’s side half a world away in Korea. Her father’s family are owners of a famous high-end department store, and are among the richest families in Seoul. When they learn she exists, they are excited to meet her. Her mother has huge reservations, she hasn’t had a great relationship with her husband’s family, which is why she’s kept them secret, but she can’t stop Chloe from travelling to Seoul to spend two weeks getting to know the Noh family.
Chloe is whisked into the lap of luxury, but something feels wrong. Chloe wants to shake it off–she’s busy enjoying the delights of Seoul with new friend Miso Dan, the daughter of one of her mother’s grade school friends. And as an aspiring fashion designer, she’s loving the couture clothes her department store owning family gives her access to. But soon Chloe will discover the reason why her mother never told her about her dad’s family, and why the Nohs wanted her in Seoul in the first place. Could joining the Noh family be worse than having no family at all?
Welcome to my stop for the TBR and Beyond Tours’ book tour for The Noh Family. Grace K. Shim’s debut is touted as “a sparkling K-drama inspired debut teen novel that introduces irrepressibly charming teen Chloe Kang, who is reunited with her deceased father’s estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them…“
Today is the last day of the tour, but you can find a list of the other stops on TBR and Beyond Tours’ website.
I received an early digital galley from Penguin Teen and TBR and Beyond Tours in exchange for an honest review.
I mentioned this a few posts back, but I’ve been a bit under the weather lately (not COVID, thankfully!), but I read The Noh Family while I was taking a sick day, and it was exactly what I needed to pass the time. If you’ve ever wanted to watch a K-drama but don’t have time to binge episodes on end, you should definitely check out Grace K. Shim’s debut! It has all the melodrama of familiar K-drama tropes with a dash of American flair.
While all my other mood boards were for books with an historical Asian aesthetic, this was my first time tackling the contemporary world and I had a blast! I think it might go down in my personal history as the fastest mood board to ever come together, so I hope you enjoy!
I didn’t want two back-to-back mood boards on my Instagram grid, so you get a first look at it! I’ll have it up on IG a little later although…now that I kind of like how you can see it in much better detail when I embed the picture directly into the post (instead of linking my Insta post,) so I might just do that from now on 🤷🏻♀️
Anyway, let me know what you think about the mood board!
I am, as usual, one of the last stops on the book tour which means I get to share some of the other posts!
- Carly @ Beauty and Her Books gives us Five Reasons to Read The Noh Family.
- I’m really curious about the deleted jjimjilbang (Korean bathhouse) scene that Grace mentioned in her conversation with Kait @ Kait Plus Books.
- Tiffany @ Quill Tree Fox has a fun interview that includes a character and K-drama pairing section! I just discovered her blog through this book tour and can’t wait to go through more of her content 😍
- Inah @ Fueled by Chapters has a great post dissecting popular K-drama tropes found in The Noh Family.
- There’s another great author interview over at Melancholic Blithe that goes into Shim’s writing process that I personally found super interesting as I once again attempt to get back into working on my WIP.
- I’m still working on my complete review, but Avery @ B for Bookslut has an amazing in-depth and nuanced review that features some of the book’s strengths and weaknesses.
About the Author:
Grace grew up in Tulsa Oklahoma as one of two Korean-Americans at her high school (her sister was the other one). Today, Grace writes books with Korean-American protagonists that she wished she had read about as a teen.
When she’s not plotting (the writing kind, not the world domination kind), you can find her wearing a Korean sheet mask, baking French macarons, and unintentionally killing house plants & succulents. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three kids.
Give me your K-drama recs!!