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Who is Ariadne Hui?
- Laser-focused lawyer diligently climbing the corporate ladder
- The “perfect” daughter living out her father’s dream
- Shocking love interest of South Korea’s hottest star
Ariadne Hui thrives on routine. So what if everything in her life is planned down to the minute: That’s the way she likes it. If she’s going to make partner in Toronto’s most prestigious law firm, she needs to stay focused at all times.
But when she comes home after yet another soul-sucking day to find an unfamiliar, gorgeous man camped out in her living room, focus is the last thing on her mind. Especially when her roommate explains this is Choi Jihoon, her cousin freshly arrived from Seoul to mend a broken heart. He just needs a few weeks to rest and heal; Ari will barely even know he’s there. (Yeah, right.)
Jihoon is kindness and chaos personified, and it isn’t long before she’s falling, hard. But when one wrong step leads to a world-shaking truth, Ari finds herself thrust onto the world stage: not as the competent, steely lawyer she’s fought so hard to become, but as the mystery woman on the arm of a man the entire world claims to know. Now with her heart, her future, and her sense of self on the line, Ari will have to cut through all the pretty lies to find the truth of her relationship...and discover the Ariadne Hui she’s finally ready to be.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 14 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 14, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #539 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#13 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#39 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#160 in Romantic Comedy (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2023
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This is a wonderful rom-com that turned out to be less shallow than what I'd expect from the genre.
The main male lead's struggle/issue is a little contrived, but the main female lead is much more sympathetic and realistic. I also found myself rooting for her sister quite a bit.
Don't want to spoil the book too much. All I can say is- YES, BUY THIS! I've been recommending it to everyone :).
Choi Jihoon is Ari's roommate's cousin visiting from Seoul. He's going through a breakup and needed the time away to think - at least that's the story he's running with.
Over the course of a month Ari begins to welcome Jihoon's presence. He brings out the parts of her that she's felt she'd had to keep tampered down in order to come across as someone who is serious about her work. Ari begins to realize that maybe the plan she's set out for herself are not actually her dreams, but what she always thought she should do.
Then, Ari's carefully cultivated world is turned upside-down when a secret the Jihoon was keeping is exposed to the world: he's a very famous K-pop idol.
I wish that the book description didn't give away the "big reveal" about Jihoon. I wish that readers could feel as thrown as Ari did when learning who he really is. By knowing, I felt like there were times where the pacing was a bit slow as we worked our way up to the reveal, and then afterwards, there were places where Ari's ruminations about what it would mean to pursue a relationship with Jihoon seemed to drag on for a bit. I know it's slightly unfair because readers have the chance to acclimate themselves to the situation a bit before the characters do, I'm just typically of the mind that I like the surprises of experiencing things with the characters as the story unfolds.
Regardless, I really enjoyed delving into the world of K-pop. I, like Ari at the start of the book, have never explored K-pop before. I have friends and acquaintances who are fully invested in the various groups and idols, and I've seen their high regard for the music and the artists. So coming into the story with just that perspective, I really think that it opened my eyes to the whole K-pop culture. The hard work that can be for exacting and the fact that these groups are built up and their image is cultivated in such a certain way.
I think that this is one of the best stories that highlights the famous person/non-famous person romance trope. It really gives you the reality of celebrity. While I loved Jihoon and Ari together, I thought the obstacles in front of them were both valid and spoke a lot to real life. I was invested in seeing if/how they could make it work between them and appreciated that Lily Chu didn't make it easy and didn't make either scenario a foregone conclusion. It made me root for Ari and Jihoon together and as individuals.
Overall, a very worthwhile story about how oftentimes we're afraid to actually pursue our dreams, but also about how much happier we end up when we try.
Let me warn you, there is a lot of racism in this book. Chu gives readers a realistic look at life for Asians and how they are grouped together, mistaken for one another, and diminished for being Non-white. This mainly happens at Ariadne workplace which makes it even more despicable as she is a lawyer and one assumes lawyers are intelligent people. Yeah…no.
The author also tackles the issues of family pressures, dreams, roads not taken, and what happens when you fall in love and it is not smooth sailing. Ariadne and Jihoon have responsibilities that go beyond their own lives and each focus on these responsibilities instead of letting love lead them around. This causes all kinds of conflict as you can imagine.
I love Ariadne’s growth. She truly needed to grow to be a good partner for Jihoon and for herself. She wasn’t happy. The author takes us through uncomfortable moments with family, friends, and co-workers to get Ariadne where she needs to be. I was glad to be along for the ride.
The story is a little long in the tooth for me. I would have preferred a shorter version. This is probably just me as I’m not big on drama or women’s fiction.
Overall, The Comeback is a great listen. I walked Isabella while being entertained between Canada and Korea. Listening to Jihoon have great patience with Ariadne and Ariadne get herself into and out of hot water. Fun walking entertainment.