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The Noh Family, by Grace K. Shim

sierrrarosebaby's review against another edition

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emotional lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes

4.0

kazcracker's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0

jillshaelopez's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

virginiaconaway's review against another edition

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lighthearted medium-paced

2.0

_emma_rose_'s review against another edition

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emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.25

To be completely honest, the very ending was the only thing that saved this book for me. I found the main character rather annoying for a lot of the story-- she made tons of impulsive and stupid decisions (although it can be argued that she was struggling with a lot of complicated emotions). However, in the end, when the true antagonists are revealed, she makes very decisive moves that I really appreciated.
SpoilerWhen she finds out that her love interest was involved in manipulating her, she IMMEDIATELY cuts him off and refuses to allow him to justify his actions. She shut out any further possibility of manipulation, even though they clearly had romantic chemistry and she had been interested in him the entire book.

It was pretty refreshing to have a main character mess up so badly and end up so entrenched in some bad situations, but still have the courage in the end to completely turn herself around and leave behind the things that were hurting her.
All that being said, I still had to rate it kinda low for two reasons: first, the writing wasn't that great. Most characters felt flat and stilted. The dialogue was forced and inorganic, and the main character's emotions were written so clumsily that it was almost funny. (Her eyes "teared up" SO. MANY. TIMES.-- she must have dry eyes or something because she's almost crying every other page.) Second, the constant references to K-dramas got really grating. They are somewhat relevant to the plot, but it was still pretty annoying.
In conclusion, while the plot was pretty good (especially the ending), the writing and characters were not.

glittermonkey's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25

londonbridget98's review against another edition

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4.0

3.5 rounded up! very much an indulgent read, it definitely felt like watching a kdrama, but on paper!

ryandriyani's review against another edition

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emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

silveremerald's review against another edition

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3.0

3,5/5 stars.

Ahhh, this was so entertaining. Guessed every reveal, but still devoured it!

kapow9's review against another edition

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emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75