So We Meet Again
When up-and-coming investment banker Jess Kim is passed over for a promotion, 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 of the building. Not sure what’s next, she moves back home to Tennessee with her domineering Korean mom, who tries to set her up with her pastor’s son Daniel Choi, an M&A lawyer by day and a successful video game streamer by night. Turns out he’s swoony and smart, not the awkward preacher’s kid she remembers. With his help, Jess launches a Korean cooking YouTube channel focused on easy meal prep for busy professionals.
All is going well until her mom walks on the show mid-live recording and argues about cooking technique. While she hates being berated by her mother in front of the world, it actually works in their favor—they go viral!
Soon her cooking channel becomes an actual media company and brand. When a client is suddenly interested in buying Jess out, she finds herself sitting across the table from the very investment firm she quit not so long ago. But there’s just one other problem: Daniel, the guy whose been helping her and that she’s been falling for, is the firm’s new general counsel.
This is the second book I have read from author, Suzanne Park. My first adult book. I have to say that I loved this book better than the YA one. Not that the YA book was not good but I just could relate better to the characters in this story.
Jess may be one of the main characters in this story but it is her mom and dad that really were the break out stars for me. Props to the parents. It was like I could see the cooking videos playing out for real life in my head as I was reading this book. I was laughing so much.
This is such a fun, enjoyable read. Much love from one Asian to another. It is great to see more Asian characters portrayed in books.
Warning: You may experience hangry pains while reading this book!