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Jenny’s never had much time for boys, K-pop, or really anything besides her dream of being a professional cellist. But when she finds herself falling for a K-pop idol, she has to decide whether their love is worth the risk. A modern forbidden romance wrapped in the glamorous and exclusive world of K-pop, XOXO is perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Maurene Goo.

Jenny didn’t get to be an award-winning, classically trained cellist without choosing practice over fun. That is, until the night she meets Jaewoo. Mysterious, handsome, and just a little bit tormented, Jaewoo is exactly the kind of distraction Jenny would normally avoid. And yet, she finds herself pulled into spending an unforgettable evening wandering Los Angeles with him on the night before his flight home to South Korea.

With Jaewoo an ocean away, there’s no use in dreaming of what could have been. But when Jenny and her mother move to Seoul to take care of her ailing grandmother, who does she meet at the elite arts academy she’s just been accepted to? Jaewoo.

Finding the dreamy stranger who swept you off your feet in your homeroom is one thing, but Jaewoo isn’t just any student. Turns out, Jaewoo is a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world. And like most K-pop idols, Jaewoo is strictly forbidden from dating anyone.

When a relationship means not only jeopardizing her place at her dream music school but also endangering everything Jaewoo’s worked for, Jenny has to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love. XOXO is a new romance that proves chasing your dreams doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your heart, from acclaimed author Axie Oh. 

Indigo Best Teen Books of 2021

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Praise for this book

"A feel-good, page-turning, swoony read!" - Gloria Chao

"A dreamy dose of K-pop idols and secret romances." - Maurene Goo

"A sparkling story of self-discovery—I was utterly charmed." - Sarah Kuhn

"With fun K-drama vibes, XOXO delivers a lot of heart and warmth in its protagonist who stays true to herself to the very end." - Lyla Lee

"Simply put, this book made me happy. I guess you could say . . . I’m just a big fan." - Emery Lord

"Immensely fun, funny, and romantic." - Emma Mills

"A handwritten letter to falling in love and opening yourself up to the world. A delicious treat!" - Aminah Mae Safi

"When it was over, I immediately wanted to read it for the first time again." - Kasie West

"An utterly delightful love song dedicated to the intersection between dreams and romance." - Julian Winters

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