Idol Gossip

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Idol Gossip
Written by Alexandra Leigh Young
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ISBN-13: 9781536235135
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Idol Gossip

author: Alexandra Leigh Young

One Friday after school, seventeen-year-old Alice Choy and her little sister, Olivia, head to Myeongdong to sing karaoke. Back in San Francisco, when she still had friends, Alice took regular singing lessons. But since their diplomat mom moved them to Seoul, her only musical outlet is goofing around in a private karaoke booth to an audience of one: her loyal sister. Then a scout for Top10 Entertainment, one of the biggest K-pop companies, hears her and offers her a spot at their Star Academy. Can Alice navigate the culture clashes, egos, and extreme training practices of K-pop to lead her group onstage before a stadium of sixty thousand chanting fans—and just maybe strike K-pop gold? Not if a certain influential blogger and the anti-fans get their way. . . . A story about standing out and fitting in, dreaming big and staying true to yourself, Idol Gossip will speak to fans of K-pop and to anyone who is trying to take their talents to the next level.

“K-pop and YA fans alike will find much to enjoy in this deep dive into fan culture and the music industry. . . . A fun glimpse into what happens when your dreams of fame come true.” —School Library Journal
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Young Adult Fiction / Paperback
age range:
12 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
336 / 6" x 9"
grade range:
Grade 7 and up
Young Adult Fiction; Middle Eastern & Arab American; Performing Arts; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
Alexandra Leigh Young currently produces the New York Times podcast The Daily. She produced tours for pop bands for three years before moving to South Korea as a freelance journalist. An assignment on K-pop for NPR’s Radiolab became the basis for Idol Gossip, her first novel for young adults. She lives in New York City.
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