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When investment banker Jessie Kim is laid off in a virtual meeting and then overhears why (“she’s already being overpaid anyway for a woman” and “Asians are worker bees, not someone who can drum up new deals”) she delivers an “eff you guys” speech and storms out. After moving back home to Tennessee to live with her loving but meddling mother and father, she runs into her c When investment banker Jessie Kim is laid off in a virtual meeting and then overhears why (“she’s already being overpaid anyway for a woman” and “Asians are worker bees, not someone who can drum up new deals”) she delivers an “eff you guys” speech and storms out. After moving back home to Tennessee to live with her loving but meddling mother and father, she runs into her childhood nemesis - golden child Daniel Choi - at the local Asian grocery store. The smart, charming lawyer appears to have it all...while Jessie has nothing. Jess begrudgingly accepts Daniel’s help to relaunch her long abandoned Korean cooking YouTube channel Hanguk Hacks, showcasing easy meal prep for busy professionals. But just as she discovers Daniel’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems and there’s more to him than meets the eye, he shows up for a life-changing business opportunity, and their rivalry is back on....


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When investment banker Jessie Kim is laid off in a virtual meeting and then overhears why (“she’s already being overpaid anyway for a woman” and “Asians are worker bees, not someone who can drum up new deals”) she delivers an “eff you guys” speech and storms out. After moving back home to Tennessee to live with her loving but meddling mother and father, she runs into her c When investment banker Jessie Kim is laid off in a virtual meeting and then overhears why (“she’s already being overpaid anyway for a woman” and “Asians are worker bees, not someone who can drum up new deals”) she delivers an “eff you guys” speech and storms out. After moving back home to Tennessee to live with her loving but meddling mother and father, she runs into her childhood nemesis - golden child Daniel Choi - at the local Asian grocery store. The smart, charming lawyer appears to have it all...while Jessie has nothing. Jess begrudgingly accepts Daniel’s help to relaunch her long abandoned Korean cooking YouTube channel Hanguk Hacks, showcasing easy meal prep for busy professionals. But just as she discovers Daniel’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems and there’s more to him than meets the eye, he shows up for a life-changing business opportunity, and their rivalry is back on....

30 review for So We Meet Again

  1. 5 out of 5

    Helen Hoang

    Like all of Suzanne Park's books, SO WE MEET AGAIN centers humor, depth, and the Korean American experience. I wouldn't classify this as a romance (though love interest Daniel is SUPER DREAMY and I can't help but imagine him looking like Daniel Henney). To me, it's more women's fiction, so please set your expectations. What I loved most about this book are the lightness--it's definitely a comfort read!--and Jessie Kim's hilarious interactions with her mom as they record videos for her YouTube ch Like all of Suzanne Park's books, SO WE MEET AGAIN centers humor, depth, and the Korean American experience. I wouldn't classify this as a romance (though love interest Daniel is SUPER DREAMY and I can't help but imagine him looking like Daniel Henney). To me, it's more women's fiction, so please set your expectations. What I loved most about this book are the lightness--it's definitely a comfort read!--and Jessie Kim's hilarious interactions with her mom as they record videos for her YouTube channel. Emily Henry said it best, this is a "charming heart-squeeze of a book."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I just had such a nice time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park Contemporary fiction. Includes a light, clean romance, enemies to friends troupe, that’s integral but mostly secondary. Self empowerment told in a story of a former finance professional finding passion in creating a new business that had roots in her heritage with a modern day solution. Why didn't I also include Korean or female in the sentence above as applies to the character in this novel? Because finding work or a hobby that makes you passionate extends beyond So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park Contemporary fiction. Includes a light, clean romance, enemies to friends troupe, that’s integral but mostly secondary. Self empowerment told in a story of a former finance professional finding passion in creating a new business that had roots in her heritage with a modern day solution. Why didn't I also include Korean or female in the sentence above as applies to the character in this novel? Because finding work or a hobby that makes you passionate extends beyond race or gender. Enjoy life. Jessie uses her Korean cooking heritage and her boredom from prepackaged food delivery to create a new business and new direction in her life. Her prior school nemesis, Daniel Choi, turns out to be a smart business contact as well as a hunky good looking male. A powerful and positive story with humor, romance and family. Lines and short quotes I loved and had to make a note of while reading this book: Food delivery instructions: “Throw the coffee, cream, and sugar up to the second floor window” “Waaaa,” they all marveled in unison. “Numbers were so specific. I liked specificity.” “meddling ajummas?” “Umma’s feeding and cooking were her own special love language to me.” “Because love wasn’t shown only with the acts of cooking and feeding. Love was also about not giving up on the other person.” I received a copy of this from NetGalley.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Two things I can say about this book: in my opinion so far this is the best book Ms. Park has written and the genre of the novel is closer to women’s fiction than romance. I adored the depictions of yummy Asian food which made me order so many take outs and devoured them as if they were my last meals. And the other thing I truly loved was the sweet bitter mother-daughter relationship! There’s also realistic, a little harsh approach to racism, sexism which were discussed with bold and powerful di Two things I can say about this book: in my opinion so far this is the best book Ms. Park has written and the genre of the novel is closer to women’s fiction than romance. I adored the depictions of yummy Asian food which made me order so many take outs and devoured them as if they were my last meals. And the other thing I truly loved was the sweet bitter mother-daughter relationship! There’s also realistic, a little harsh approach to racism, sexism which were discussed with bold and powerful dialogues. I have to say I liked the honest perspective of the author even though some parts were a little exaggerated but most parts include important and sensitive messages which were strict to the point. The story begins with inequality and sexism in the office introduces us efficient, hard worker investment banker Jess Kim doesn’t get the promotion she highly deserved. Accidentally at the virtual meeting she learns the sexist and racist comments of her bosses about her which is the last straw forcing her to resign. As soon as she moves back to her home town Tennessee to share her childhood house with intimidating, domineer Korean mom who tries to set her up with pastor’s charming kid Daniel Choi, even though she hates the idea, she cannot resists the charm of the young man. Jess concentrates on her new start up business- she becomes YouTube vlogger- producing videos about making easy meal prep for people who stuck long hours at their offices. ( of course when her know it all mother appears out of nowhere sabotaging her video production and accidentally bringing more viewers and investment opportunities, things get so much better) The blurb advertised us the main conflict between Daniel and Jess: Daniel becomes general counsel of her old firm which is interested to buy her off but actually they have earlier conflict about the grocery chain Jess has meal kits. The book is a little slow burn than I expected and it’s centered on dysfunctional the mother- daughter relationship. So the romance parts between Daniel and Jess are a little overshadowed. This book is still sentimental, thought provoking, entertaining contemporary read. If you keen on reading romcom/ romance, you might be a little disappointed because it’s mostly about family dynamics, great Asian foods and inequality in work environment which still make the book quite enjoyable read. I’m rounding up 3.5 stars to 4 mother- daughter, YouTube, raising my glass for women empowerment stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Suzanne Park is churning out the books this year, and I am here for it! A couple months ago, I read and enjoyed Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous, and So We Meet Again is her newest contemporary. About the book: “From the author of the “genuinely funny” and “delightful” Loathe at First Sight (NPR), a young Korean American woman’s journey to finding a new career and new love means learning to embrace the awkward and unexpected - exploring familial expectations, finding your voice, and unimaginably f Suzanne Park is churning out the books this year, and I am here for it! A couple months ago, I read and enjoyed Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous, and So We Meet Again is her newest contemporary. About the book: “From the author of the “genuinely funny” and “delightful” Loathe at First Sight (NPR), a young Korean American woman’s journey to finding a new career and new love means learning to embrace the awkward and unexpected - exploring familial expectations, finding your voice, and unimaginably falling for your childhood rival.” Jessie loses her job as an investment banker and moves home to Tennessee to live with her parents. She feels like she can’t sink any lower into despair, and then she sees her nemesis from childhood, Daniel Choi, who’s a hotshot attorney and living the good life (or so it seems). Daniel ends up helping her re-launch a cooking YouTube channel. The heart of the story is the relationship between Jess and her sometimes overbearing mom. It also comes with a side of romance and delicious Korean food. The story felt authentic and relatable, and I really enjoyed how Korean culture was infused in this quick, entertaining read. I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  6. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Park

    A perfect spring, summer, fall and winter read! Signed copies are available, along with preorder swag! More info here: https://linktr.ee/suzannepark A perfect spring, summer, fall and winter read! Signed copies are available, along with preorder swag! More info here: https://linktr.ee/suzannepark

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I had previously read the author’s other book, Loathe at First Sight, and liked but didn’t love it. I knew I wanted to give her books another shot, so I jumped at the chance to read this one. This book was so much better! First off, I liked the romance in this one. This book had more of a romantic story than Loathe At First Sight. Daniel was a swoon-worthy love interest for sure! I loved his interactions I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I had previously read the author’s other book, Loathe at First Sight, and liked but didn’t love it. I knew I wanted to give her books another shot, so I jumped at the chance to read this one. This book was so much better! First off, I liked the romance in this one. This book had more of a romantic story than Loathe At First Sight. Daniel was a swoon-worthy love interest for sure! I loved his interactions with Jess. They had the most adorable meet-cute. As soon as I read their meet-cute, I knew I was going to like them as a couple. I also loved that the book was more than a romance and focused a great deal on Jess’s career change. It explored all the ups and downs of starting over. It was wonderful seeing Jess grow from an unsure former investment banker into a full fledged businesswoman. As for the supporting characters, Jess’s parents were so precious! You could tell that they really loved Jess, even if they didn’t always show it in the best way. I could relate to Jess’s experiences with her critical mom. I did find the book to be a little unrealistic at times. The book wasn’t super clear on the passage of time, but it felt like Jess’s business took off too quickly. But I will admit I don’t know that much about business so maybe it was realistic. Also, Daniel did something at the very end that could have got him in trouble as a lawyer. It wasn’t anything egregious (just a conflict of interest issue). It was only something I noticed since I am a recent law graduate. Most lawyers would have foresaw that conflict of interest and handled the situation differently. Overall, I enjoyed this read! If you want a light and fun romance and/or women’s fiction novel to read, pick this one up!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn in FL

    AMAZING! Jessie is climbing the ladder of success as a Wall Street investment banker, until without notice she is pushed off! After 7 years of doing her boss's work, a round of layoffs has her predicting that lazy Wyatt will get the boot, but instead it is her that gets kicked to the curb, while Wyatt gets a promotion. The insult to injury, she is told that she doesn't have leadership qualities. She argues she didn't get the opportunity to develop because she was too busy working pulling all nigh AMAZING! Jessie is climbing the ladder of success as a Wall Street investment banker, until without notice she is pushed off! After 7 years of doing her boss's work, a round of layoffs has her predicting that lazy Wyatt will get the boot, but instead it is her that gets kicked to the curb, while Wyatt gets a promotion. The insult to injury, she is told that she doesn't have leadership qualities. She argues she didn't get the opportunity to develop because she was too busy working pulling all nighters and weekends doing Wyatt's job. Now, she is sleeping in her childhood bedroom, rudderless and dumbstruck. To avoid sinking into depression, she revives her you tube channel on cooking hacks as a means of keeping focused and suddenly, her Korean mother joins in a live stream correcting Jessie's technique and the fans go wild. What makes Jessie cringe even more than her mother's growing fan base and the fact that she isn't sure what will happen to her career is the surfacing of her childhood nemesis, Daniel Choi. The one everyone in her Korean community as well as her parents always compared her to. Daniel is the epitome of success, a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley and also a practicing lawyer, his deals make Jessie's look like playground negotiations. Now he is missing his nerdy bowl cut and has abs of steel and big brawny arms to boot. Even worse is his devil may care grin that makes all women melt. Funny thing is Jessie has those feelings as well. She finds that being with him isn't the terrible and she actually laughs at his easy humor. Unfortunately for both, his efforts to help her with a roll-out of her Korean marinades gets cut short and Jessie blames Daniel. Jessie needs to regroup to make sure her ship doesn't sink a few feet from port. She learns to rely on other's guidance and her own talents as a business woman. When the unexpected happens and she must decide whether to return to her old life or continue being her own woman, Jessie reflects on what is truly important to her. This was way more than your typical romance. This story is about women believing in themselves and building on their talents against the odds when dealing with the Old Boy's Club. Jessie pursues her own dreams and defies the limits placed upon her. Once she realizes her talents and her limitations, she is ready for the love that surrounds her. She makes peace with other's expectations and redefines her own. The romance was an integral part of this story and well done. While there is some sexual actions, it is rather clean compared to most books being published as "romance". It wasn't explicit though the reader definitely understands what takes place. It certainly didn't dominate the plot. Highly recommended, it was a lighter story that was a page turner, I read it in two sittings in less than 24 hours. As a business person, who worked in the corporate world and also as a business owner, I was impressed with the author's ability to bring authenticity and accuracy to the story. I was surprised that she didn't have personal experience in these fields. It also deeply resonated to me as I reflect on that period in my life trying to find my way career wise. Park alludes to the impostor syndrome that many perfectionist females experience. I'd like to thank Goodreads, Suzanne Park and Avon for the opportunity to read the ARC copy of this story in exchange for an honest appraisal, all opinions are my own. It was my great pleasure. I'm definitely going to read more by this author. Triggers: Male Derision at women in general and Asian women in particular

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    So We Meet Again By Suzanne Park The story is centered on Jess Kim, who moves back to her hometown in Tennessee after being laid off for being a great Asian worker bee but with no leadership qualities. Channeling that fight in her, she develops a product and re-launches her old Korean Cooking YouTube channel. An unexpected appearance by her mom to critique Jess’ cooking techniques, made the show go viral. Oh this book is everything I wanted – it packs a punch and covers momentous themes that are r So We Meet Again By Suzanne Park The story is centered on Jess Kim, who moves back to her hometown in Tennessee after being laid off for being a great Asian worker bee but with no leadership qualities. Channeling that fight in her, she develops a product and re-launches her old Korean Cooking YouTube channel. An unexpected appearance by her mom to critique Jess’ cooking techniques, made the show go viral. Oh this book is everything I wanted – it packs a punch and covers momentous themes that are relatable, and delivered in the most uplifting and heart warming manner that just made me love this book even more. I loved this book because at the heart of this wonderful story is the tender and bitter sweet mother-daughter relationship, the importance of following the bourgeoning entrepreneurial spirit by following your dreams, taking chances and risks. And then of course, there is the amazing food, and lest not forget, the swoon-worthy romance. Oh my heart, this was such an exceptional read – the best ever yet from Suzanne Park.

  10. 4 out of 5

    book bruin

    This was an entertaining novel about finding yourself and following your dreams. I loved the Korean American rep and that the culture and food played such a large role in the story. I related a lot to the cultural pressures and expectations of family and community and thought that was portrayed really well. I went into So We Meet Again thinking that it was going to be a romance, but it ended up falling more into Women’s Fiction for me. There is a romantic subplot between Jessie and Daniel, but i This was an entertaining novel about finding yourself and following your dreams. I loved the Korean American rep and that the culture and food played such a large role in the story. I related a lot to the cultural pressures and expectations of family and community and thought that was portrayed really well. I went into So We Meet Again thinking that it was going to be a romance, but it ended up falling more into Women’s Fiction for me. There is a romantic subplot between Jessie and Daniel, but it takes a backseat to Jessie’s personal journey and her relationship with her parents (especially her mother). Jessie’s mom was absolutely hilarious ("Umma approved!") and she was definitely my favorite character. The pacing of the novel was a bit slow, which made the book feel overly long, but I thought Jessie’s character arc was well done. I also appreciated how sexism and misogyny in the workplace were discussed and addressed throughout the novel. The ending felt a bit rushed, with the main conflict coming in right before the end, but overall this was an enjoyable read. CW: sexism, racial stereotyping, misogyny, mentions of: sexual harassment and workplace hazing *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    "I not only had to prove myself as an Asian American with no high-level connections and a 'bamboo ceiling' just above my head-I had to prove myself as a woman in a male-dominated field, so I had the second layer of a glass ceiling too." This is Suzanne Park's best novel yet. I devoured this fast-paced novel in one day! I loved Jessie's journey and all the conversations about sexism and racism on not only the workplace but in life as well. Park hit it home with Jessie's experience and you can feel "I not only had to prove myself as an Asian American with no high-level connections and a 'bamboo ceiling' just above my head-I had to prove myself as a woman in a male-dominated field, so I had the second layer of a glass ceiling too." This is Suzanne Park's best novel yet. I devoured this fast-paced novel in one day! I loved Jessie's journey and all the conversations about sexism and racism on not only the workplace but in life as well. Park hit it home with Jessie's experience and you can feel Park speaking through her character. Obviously, I cannot speak to the racism aspect and the microaggressions Jessie experienced as a Korean American, but I do understand the sexism working in a male dominated field. I really appreciate the headfirst approach Park took with tackling sexism and racism. Some people might think it is too interwoven into the plot, but I think that sometimes it is necessary to hit the nail on the head a few times to make sure your point gets across. Jessie is someone who learns that she is not to be taken advantage of, that she has power and worth and no one has the right to take that away from her. That when you know your worth, you never let anyone treat you as less. This is a romcom, but it is also a very thought provoking novel that focuses on Jessie's Korean American experience and also her family dynamic. The friendship aspect of this novel took me by surprise. As someone who moved back to their hometown (kind of) recently, I felt a lot of the emotions Jessie underwent being back in a place that was both familiar and new. I loved watching as Jessie made new friends and went through the effort of rekindling old friendships as well. The different dynamics between the women were so realistic and I believed them whole-heartedly. I kind of hope we get more books focusing on the other women because they are all strong and independent females in their own way. I loved Jessie's relationship with her parents. It reminded me of the relationship I had with my nonna when she was alive and the dynamic between Jessie and her mum making videos had me thinking of the YouTube videos I have made with my dad. I think this was my favourite aspect of the novel. Jessie is so afraid of being seen as a disappointment, she doesn't want to let her parents down. Moving back home and losing her job makes her feel ashamed and she doesn't know what to do. But you saw that, as the novel progressed, they really just wanted her to be happy and successful (and married but that is a different thing). And the way Jessie and her mother's relationship strengthens over the course of the novel is beautiful. Also, for the last seven years I have watched this Korean mum youtuber who makes cooking videos called Maangchi. Even though I am vegan, I love her videos because she is just cute as a button. When reading about Jessie and her mum making YouTube videos, I instantly thought of this channel. It made me smile SO hard. The reason the book isn't a full 5 stars is just because the romance was still a little lack luster. Don't get me wrong, it was a really sweet and goofy romance, I just didn't believe or feel their romantic connection that strongly. It seemed like it went from 0 to 100 really quickly and the only backstory we had was their rivarly back in high school. I think this aspect needed to be fleshed out more, but I still thought it was a really cute romance. I am excited to see what adult romance Park will publish next. - this book was provided by Avon -

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    This one definitely had more 'romance' than suzanne parks first book but it definitely also focused a lot on family and a strong female character who makes money and takes no BS. however, my biggest gripe with this book is the writing. It felt a lot of telling not showing and things were condensed or skipped over and things happened easily and quickly with our heroines rising success. I also didn't like how our main characters were enemies to lovers and jumped straight to romance. Our hero was a This one definitely had more 'romance' than suzanne parks first book but it definitely also focused a lot on family and a strong female character who makes money and takes no BS. however, my biggest gripe with this book is the writing. It felt a lot of telling not showing and things were condensed or skipped over and things happened easily and quickly with our heroines rising success. I also didn't like how our main characters were enemies to lovers and jumped straight to romance. Our hero was also undesirable LMFAO. He was nothing special at all and he didn't convince me he was a sweet boy who made money and liked to be flashy as well. Our heroine kind of pissed me off too because even if our hero tried to be nice, our heroine did not trust him at all. It was beyond frustrating. However, with all that being said. This is a solid novel. It's written to captivate you. It's an easy read. It's about family. It's about finding yourself. And it's a fluffy one you can finish on the beach in one sitting.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    This was a pleasant, straightforward read. I do feel it leans far more towards women's fiction than romance. Because, while the bits of romance was there, the romance was not a huge focus nor was it particularly well-developed. The focus instead fell on our protagonist's journey of self-discovery, her relationship with her parents, primarily her mother, and her passion for food. Honestly, all the recipes they described here sounded delicious. Though, as someone who isn't terrible gifted in the k This was a pleasant, straightforward read. I do feel it leans far more towards women's fiction than romance. Because, while the bits of romance was there, the romance was not a huge focus nor was it particularly well-developed. The focus instead fell on our protagonist's journey of self-discovery, her relationship with her parents, primarily her mother, and her passion for food. Honestly, all the recipes they described here sounded delicious. Though, as someone who isn't terrible gifted in the kitchen, I doubt they're as easy as they sound lol. Another issue addressed in the book is workplace inequity. Being a minority and being a woman in a predominately male-dominated field, it is easy to feel like an outsider. Because, as was the case with Jessie, that is the status quo. Obviously, the people benefitting from the messed up and bias system will do nothing to fix it and in many companies, it truly is a top-down issue. Naturally, the problem is not simply resolved by the end of the book. That would hardly be realistic. But it is brought to everyone's attention. It emphasized that you should know your worth and never let anyone treat you as less than. And that is just so important. Because at the end of the day you need to be your greatest champion, and that was something Jessie finally learned and came to terms with by the book's end. I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thank you to Avon for providing me with a copy!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    4.5/5 Ok if you like romances with a side of food and culture this one is a must, it was SO good! I was totally charmed by both love interests Jess and Daniel, but also by Jess’ parents and basically all of the secondary characters as well. While I would definitely still classify this as a romance it had plenty of elements of women’s fiction as well as Jess is on a journey of her own totally independent of her developing relationship with Daniel, but I think that aspect is actually what made this 4.5/5 Ok if you like romances with a side of food and culture this one is a must, it was SO good! I was totally charmed by both love interests Jess and Daniel, but also by Jess’ parents and basically all of the secondary characters as well. While I would definitely still classify this as a romance it had plenty of elements of women’s fiction as well as Jess is on a journey of her own totally independent of her developing relationship with Daniel, but I think that aspect is actually what made this one so enjoyable for me. Her character growth was great and I was rooting for her the whole time as she began to realize what she wanted for her life, it was empowering and really fun to see. I spoke of the food before but you guys, the descriptions were mouth watering and I’ve had a serious craving for Korean food ever since I started this one. I always love learning more about different cultures and I thought the author did a fantastic job at incorporating an authentic Korean experience into this sweet and sexy tale. Clearly I loved this one and definitely recommend it! I have to give a nod to the narrator, Jackie Chung. You know how sometimes when you’re reading a physical book you can hear a voice in your head of what you think the character should sound like? Jackie’s voice was exactly that for me, she was the perfect Jess and I found her narration to be incredibly heartfelt and believable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    3.75 stars read on my blog rep: Korean-American protagonist, love interest, and side characters; Korean-American author cw: sexism **I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** After finishing and enjoying Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous, this author’s young adult release this year, I decided to request this book. I picked it up when I didn’t really feel like reading anything, and I had a lot of fun! So W 3.75 stars read on my blog rep: Korean-American protagonist, love interest, and side characters; Korean-American author cw: sexism **I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** After finishing and enjoying Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous, this author’s young adult release this year, I decided to request this book. I picked it up when I didn’t really feel like reading anything, and I had a lot of fun! So We Meet Again takes us on the journey of building a brand from the ground up, with the help of a good support system of friends, family, and a cute guy. When Jess Kim is fired from her job as an investment banker, she moves back home while she regroups. A strike of inspiration occurs: a Korean cooking Youtube channel where she adds some flavor to meal prep boxes. While she’s home, she reconnects with some old friends, including her middle-school rival, Daniel, whose successful career as a venture capitalist lawyer aids Jess’s business even if he still annoys her. The characters were great. I really liked Jess’s grit and determination; this book also made the business aspects interesting and didn’t make the plot drag. As much as she dislikes him, Daniel tries to be really helpful. Jess’s high school friend Celeste and her newly made friend Flora also support Jess throughout the story. I liked reading about Jess’s relationship with her parents. All of Park’s books feature the protagonists’ relationship with their immigrant Korean parents, a terse relationship that is also full of love. Here, part of Jess’s success stems from her mother criticizing her cooking. While this is frustrating in its own way, I reading about Jess continuing to further her business with her mom because she sees how much it means to her. The romance was cute! You could say that Jess and Daniel were former rivals (although I wouldn’t say this is a rivals-to-lovers romance); even today, their parents are comparing their achievements, something Jess can’t help but do too. Their banter was fun to follow, and I liked their scenes together. I will say, though, that while I guess technically this book is a romance, it doesn’t entirely focus on it. Instead, it balances it with the business plot line, although I would say this part took much more of the plot. I actually had my doubts reading about this book because the author’s previous adult title was grossly marketed as a romcom, which it really wasn’t (you can read more about that in my review here). I worried that this book, too, wouldn’t really be a romance but thankfully it did have more of the romance aspect. I will say, however, (and this is partially spoilerly, so don’t read this if you don’t want to) that it’s so weird that the summary is pretty much the ENTIRE book. That last paragraph? Occurs in the last 10%. Not even the last quarter! The last 10%, which made the book feel paced weirdly because I kept expecting that to be one of the main obstacles. So We Meet Again juggles a funny romance with the struggles of starting a business. I liked the characters and the main couple. If you enjoyed this author’s past books, I think you’ll definitely like this one! original review: fun although why did the summary include pretty much everything that happened in the book lmao

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kiret

    Pretty cute! I had a good time!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meagan (Meagansbookclub)

    Perfectly sweet. Jessie and her mom were wayyyy more likable than Jessie and Daniel.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Jess has a successful Wall Street career and is in line for a promotion. When she is not only passed over for the promotion but is also laid off from her job for lacking leadership skills, Jess moves back to Nashville to live with her parents as she regroups. She begins a Korean cooking channel on YouTube for busy workers, which goes viral when Jess’s overbearing and opinionated mother butts into her video. Thus begins a new life for Jess as she begins to find her way among family, friends, and Jess has a successful Wall Street career and is in line for a promotion. When she is not only passed over for the promotion but is also laid off from her job for lacking leadership skills, Jess moves back to Nashville to live with her parents as she regroups. She begins a Korean cooking channel on YouTube for busy workers, which goes viral when Jess’s overbearing and opinionated mother butts into her video. Thus begins a new life for Jess as she begins to find her way among family, friends, and a new potential love. The relationship between Jess and her mom is one of the highlights of the story. I love Jess. She is a hard-working entrepreneur, strong and resilient, and a bit foul-mouthed. She refuses to let her job loss get her down, and she works hard to reinvent herself. Jess goes through such a great personal journey throughout the book as she gains confidence and a strong sense of self, and learns to trust herself and others. Her work ethic is something to be admired, as is her relationship with her parents. Jess’s mother is a spitfire, and she totally steals the show, both literally and figuratively. She is so funny, and it’s when she is on camera with Jess that the channel goes viral. Jess and her mom have fabulous chemistry, and it’s clear that they love each other very much. They have a close mother-daughter bond that I think many readers will relate to. Their relationship is frustrating, fun, and, above all, filled with love. I so related to this, as my mother, much like Jess’s, used to drive me insane, riddle me with guilt, and then envelop me in support, compassion, and unwavering love. The slow-building romance between Jess and her old school nemesis Daniel is another highlight of the book, though it is not the main focus of the story. When Jess’s mom tries to set Jess up with the now-successful lawyer Daniel, Jess is none too pleased. However, the more she gets to know him, the less she wants to resist him. Good-looking and confident, Daniel is quite different from the boy Jess remembered from high school. I found Daniel positively swoon-tastic, and he and Jess have great chemistry. I love their easy and witty banter, and I’m always a sucker for a good enemies-to-lovers romance. Of course, their relationship is not without obstacles, and his job conflicts with her new career. However, it was lovely to see their relationship slowly bloom as they maneuvered through these new problems. I also like that the novel touches upon relevant and relatable issues like inequities and sexism in the workplace, women’s rights, and racism, all of which Jess, her family, and her friends face throughout the story. Sadly, this makes the story even more realistic, as these are common issues in current American culture. And the food!! I want to try all of the delicious-sounding food. Jess has so many clever and yummy Korean-inspired meals and hacks, and I want a taste of all of them! A wonderful, heart-warming story about starting over, believing in yourself, and taking chances, the novel also highlights the complexities of love, friendship, success, and family. I enjoyed this book very much and think readers who are looking for a charming story with great characters, a sweet enemies-to-lovers romance, and a lot of delicious food will also adore it. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Avon, and Suzanne Park for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alison Hammer

    Oh my. This book. I loved everything about it. It has Suzanne Park's signature snark, real and loveable characters and so much delicious food. I seriously laughed out loud so many times I lost count and there are also so many swoonable moments. Park definitely put the com in romcom. But there's also plenty of rom. :) This book is another winner and I can't wait to read what she writes next. Oh my. This book. I loved everything about it. It has Suzanne Park's signature snark, real and loveable characters and so much delicious food. I seriously laughed out loud so many times I lost count and there are also so many swoonable moments. Park definitely put the com in romcom. But there's also plenty of rom. :) This book is another winner and I can't wait to read what she writes next.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Basic B's Guide

    Jessie and Daniel are so sweet and likable. This was a cute story (very low on steam/romance) and I’m glad I spent time with it. The story focuses on finding our own path and purpose amongst social, family and cultural pressures. I totally wanted more of Jessie and her moms cooking episodes - they always made me hungry. 3.5 stars Thank you to Harper Audio for the free audiobook.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    review to come

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    I really wanted this one to be a five-star read, and in a lot of ways it was. I greatly enjoyed the premise, the characters and, maybe most of all, the food. The writing was excellent and the characters were likable and well-developed. The romance was secondary to a compelling story. All these aspects made it a great read. However, the plot was too “easy” even by usual suspension of disbelief standards. Somehow everything just falls into place for a business idea that just happens to go viral the I really wanted this one to be a five-star read, and in a lot of ways it was. I greatly enjoyed the premise, the characters and, maybe most of all, the food. The writing was excellent and the characters were likable and well-developed. The romance was secondary to a compelling story. All these aspects made it a great read. However, the plot was too “easy” even by usual suspension of disbelief standards. Somehow everything just falls into place for a business idea that just happens to go viral the second it is filmed, that just happens to get product placement, that just happens to get TV spots...you get the idea. While overall the story was great, it felt like the reality of the situation was glossed over to further the romantic development (a subplot that was great, but didn't have to be the focus for this story to work). Five stars for writing, two stars for realistic contemporary romance.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    Suzanne Park's latest rom-com, So We Meet Again , is a sweet story about family, revenge, and romance that will leave you hungry! The last person Jessie Kim was expecting to see was her high school nemesis, Daniel Choi, who used to call her “Messy Jessie.” And wouldn’t you know it that when they ran into each other, he’d grown into an absolute hunk and she looked like, well, Messy Jessie? But what can you expect when you’ve had to move home to Tennessee with your parents after getting laid off Suzanne Park's latest rom-com, So We Meet Again , is a sweet story about family, revenge, and romance that will leave you hungry! The last person Jessie Kim was expecting to see was her high school nemesis, Daniel Choi, who used to call her “Messy Jessie.” And wouldn’t you know it that when they ran into each other, he’d grown into an absolute hunk and she looked like, well, Messy Jessie? But what can you expect when you’ve had to move home to Tennessee with your parents after getting laid off from your investment banking job? While she tries to figure out what her next steps are, she decides to resurrect her Korean cooking channel on YouTube, where she shares cooking and meal-prep tips for busy people. Of course, the road to success isn’t as smooth as she thought. While an unexpected collaboration with Daniel might actually prove valuable, she’s totally forgotten how overbearing her parents—especially her mother—can be. When Daniel takes another job, she doesn’t realize how close to home it will hit—and what will it mean for her future, and maybe a future with him? The truth is, So We Meet Again is a lot more fiction than the rom-com I expected. It’s focused more on the relationship between Jessie and her mom as well as a look at topics like racism and sexism in the workplace. But it’s still funny and adorable and sweet, and I’m still crushing on Daniel. Thanks to Avon Books for the complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review!! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    The pork sizzled in the pan as she sprinkled the rest of her seasonings into her mixing bowl and then carefully stirred the sauce. She dipped her finger in and licked carefully making sure the taste was just right. Satisfied with the flavor, she poured the sauce over the pork and let the aroma fill the kitchen with its sweet and spicy flair. She leaned against the counter and waited as the pork simmered and soaked up the juicy sauce. Her mind wandered with all the possibilities this simple pork The pork sizzled in the pan as she sprinkled the rest of her seasonings into her mixing bowl and then carefully stirred the sauce. She dipped her finger in and licked carefully making sure the taste was just right. Satisfied with the flavor, she poured the sauce over the pork and let the aroma fill the kitchen with its sweet and spicy flair. She leaned against the counter and waited as the pork simmered and soaked up the juicy sauce. Her mind wandered with all the possibilities this simple pork meal could take her. So We Meet Again was such a cute read! It’s light-hearted, but packed with some great messages. It will also make your mouth water and give you hunger pains… so be sure to have some good snacks present while reading this one. Jessie’s character is inspirational and her ability to be a strong female in a male-dominated world, yet still show her vulnerability and her fear of failure, made her 100% relatable. Being laid off from a prestigious job and then getting told you’re not good enough would make anyone curl up and cry, but Jessie proved the naysayers wrong! Plus that enemies to lovers trope added some tension and flair that just made this story even better. Suzanne penned a great book! If you’re a fan of the enemies to lovers trope, strong female leads, and love cooking or watching cooking shows… this book is one you need to add to your shelf! TW: Racism, Sexism, Misogyny. *I received a gifted copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Larissa

    Jessica lives the perfect life. She has a high pressure job working on Wall Street, she is suppose to start an elite college in the fall, and the only thing that would make her life more perfect would be a promotion. When life starts to not go the way she planned Jessica is forced to move home and figure out what her next move will be. Jessica thinks that her life could not get much lower, but who should walk back into it but her high school rival Daniel. Daniel seems to be practically perfect i Jessica lives the perfect life. She has a high pressure job working on Wall Street, she is suppose to start an elite college in the fall, and the only thing that would make her life more perfect would be a promotion. When life starts to not go the way she planned Jessica is forced to move home and figure out what her next move will be. Jessica thinks that her life could not get much lower, but who should walk back into it but her high school rival Daniel. Daniel seems to be practically perfect in every way. He has the fancy car, brokered high stakes deals, and seems to have integrated himself in their home town with business connections galore. Will Jessica and Daniel be able to forge and alliance? Can they work together to help Jessica create a new dream? I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the fact that I was given a deeper look at Korean culture and how certain expectations can weigh heavily on the children. I like the fact that Jessica is able to create an idea that allows her to integrate her family, her culture, and her business skills. I also enjoyed how the author shows more and more of Daniel's human nature as the book continues. Overall a very good book. Thank you Netgalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for allowing me to read an advance copy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    Growing up, Jessie Kim's parents always compared her to the pastor's son so after losing her job in New York and having to move back with them in Nashville, the last person she wish to see again is Daniel Choi, her childhood nemesis. And life had the audacity to treat him well. To pass the time, Jessie start posting again on her Korean cooking YouTube channel, but what if her mom's impromptu videobombing was just the beginning of a new business plan? This book give a couple slaps to patriarchy😜 a Growing up, Jessie Kim's parents always compared her to the pastor's son so after losing her job in New York and having to move back with them in Nashville, the last person she wish to see again is Daniel Choi, her childhood nemesis. And life had the audacity to treat him well. To pass the time, Jessie start posting again on her Korean cooking YouTube channel, but what if her mom's impromptu videobombing was just the beginning of a new business plan? This book give a couple slaps to patriarchy😜 and it's about not letting people define you nor let them tell you what you can't do. There's love, but not just the romantic kind. Family love and friendship have a great part to play in the story too. Jessie's journey on finding a new path too. My favorite parts were the daughter-mother cooking videos moments and the hilarious scene where Jessie meet a new friend thanks to coffee😛.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)

    It’s always hard to be the book that follows the book that gave your reader a solid book hangover. I was all the feels and then some after reading We Begin at the End and I needed a solid rom-com to turn my mood around…and I picked up the right book! I gobbled up Suzanne Park’s latest novel So We Meet Again in under 2 days. It was so freaking cute! I’m still feeling my feels from the previous so I may just start SWMA all over again 😆 My 📖 synopsis: Jessie works her butt off for the man only to ha It’s always hard to be the book that follows the book that gave your reader a solid book hangover. I was all the feels and then some after reading We Begin at the End and I needed a solid rom-com to turn my mood around…and I picked up the right book! I gobbled up Suzanne Park’s latest novel So We Meet Again in under 2 days. It was so freaking cute! I’m still feeling my feels from the previous so I may just start SWMA all over again 😆 My 📖 synopsis: Jessie works her butt off for the man only to have the man turn their back on her which sends her packing back home to her parents. Where she runs into her childhood arch rival who she can never seem to one-up. Darn, why did Daniel have to grow up to be so charming and handsome…ugh?! Daniel is now also nice and helps Jessie get a new business off the ground only to one-up her yet again. Will they realize that they’re better together than against each other? I will say Jessie’s Korean cooking hacks left my mouth watering…I recommend you are well stocked with snacks while reading this one. Thank you Avon Books for gifting me a copy or this one, I adored it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan Ballard

    Recently laid off from her job, Jessie Kim runs into Daniel Choi. Daniel was her biggest competition all throughout school. Now a hotshot lawyer, Daniel gives Jess a great idea for a new business venture: a Korean meal-prep show on YouTube. The only problem is her mom steals the show! But maybe that’s exactly what this show needs if Jess can handle working with her mom. Now she just has to deal with Daniel - it’s like middle school all over again, but Daniel is a lot hotter this time around. 𝐒𝐨 𝐖 Recently laid off from her job, Jessie Kim runs into Daniel Choi. Daniel was her biggest competition all throughout school. Now a hotshot lawyer, Daniel gives Jess a great idea for a new business venture: a Korean meal-prep show on YouTube. The only problem is her mom steals the show! But maybe that’s exactly what this show needs if Jess can handle working with her mom. Now she just has to deal with Daniel - it’s like middle school all over again, but Daniel is a lot hotter this time around. 𝐒𝐨 𝐖𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐀𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧 is full of fun, snarky banter, and some serious food. Suzanne Park writes great characters with smarts and sass! I love Jess and her mom’s relationship; it made me laugh, but it made me miss my mom too! Thank you @avonbooks for a gifted physical copy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    Jess Kim is at a big crossroad in her life, after being let go from her Wall Street banking job, she moves back home to Nashville and takes up residence in her childhood bedroom. The familiar surrounding (and faces) causes Jess to take a look at what she wants to do and she resurrects a cooking channel for busy professionals she had in college. But when her mom ambushes her first live video - and it goes viral - Jess finally feels like she has some direction. And with an old crush (and rival) ba Jess Kim is at a big crossroad in her life, after being let go from her Wall Street banking job, she moves back home to Nashville and takes up residence in her childhood bedroom. The familiar surrounding (and faces) causes Jess to take a look at what she wants to do and she resurrects a cooking channel for busy professionals she had in college. But when her mom ambushes her first live video - and it goes viral - Jess finally feels like she has some direction. And with an old crush (and rival) back in town too, romance might be in the future for Jess as well as a new career. There was a lot I really loved about So We Meet Again, but the biggest reason is that it's a great family story. While Jess and her mom can have a combative relationship at times, her mother really just wants the best for Jess, and wants her to be happy. I also really loves seeing Jess tackle a new phase in her life, that I'm sure so many of us can relate too- finding your drive, feeling adrift, second guessing yourself. All made Jess feel like such a real person, and I loved seeing her journey. I also thought her business idea - a meal prep add on kit - was a genius idea! And while I don't think it was the focus of the story, or given much development, the romance worked. Daniel and Jess are cute and have chemistry - and I appreciated that we got to see them go on a journey. Their relationship had ups and downs. One thing I think you really need to know is that you should completely avoid reading the synopsis for this book - or at least the last paragraph because it honestly gives way too much away. And even if I think the third act conflict was a little weak, it shouldn't be given away in the book's synopsis. But I have to say, overall SO We Meet Again was a fun story about finding yourself, with plenty of delicious Korean American food descriptions to make your mouth water. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mike Lasagna

    I’d give it 10 stars if I could. 🤩

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