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Omona Book Club "Shine" discussion Week 2

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Week 2! Happy you are here!




Hi everyone! Thanks for coming out again! I have no new Spotify playlist for you this week, but I gift you with something else. Right now the MLB Playoffs are taking place, with the World Series starting next week. To get into the spirit, I thought we could revisit a first pitch thrown by Shine’s author, Jessica Jung. It’s always a gift to watch tbh.







…I couldn’t leave out Tiffany. Let’s go Dodgers!







Since this is not a live book club, I’ll just leave some questions about the story and plot in the comments section that we can all reply to and discuss. Feel few to leave your own questions for us too! But please keep the discussion focused on the story/plot for this particular post. And have fun!



Thanks for checking in and see you next week for the next book club meeting!





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Did the story pull you in immediately, or was it a slow burn?
I think I was excited just to start reading it, so I got into the story pretty quick.

agitatorswaltz

1 week ago

Was it an easy read or a struggle to finish?
It lost me a little when they were on tour in Canada or wherever. Probably because I wasn't too interested in Rachel and Jason together.

daynr

1 week ago

What was your favorite part of the book?
The end were Rachel calls Mina out and asking her for the time, I would like to see Rachel in the next book with a back bone now that she's debut.

kcaomei

1 week ago

What was your least favorite part of the book?
When Jason just takes Rachel and Leah to Japan without telling them what he was planning. What kind of Boys Over Flowers bullshit? Taking minors out of the country just to ride go-karts wtf?

broadcities

1 week ago

chiives

1 week ago

daynr

1 week ago

kenziekinz09

1 week ago

daynr

1 week ago

agitatorswaltz

1 week ago

daynr

1 week ago

Was there a moment when you realized you loved/hated the book?
Nope, at the moment I am just indifferent (?) to it, I liked some parts but other parts just didn't jive with me. I think what happens in the second book will make me either enjoy this book or leave me frustrated as there are character developments and plot points that I am interested in seeing how they play out.

waves_of_light

1 week ago

kcaomei

1 week ago

tsukino

1 week ago

Did you make any notes/highlight any sections in the book?
I have random pages marked, but looking back on them I have no idea why lol

daynr

1 week ago

Do you have a favorite quote from the book?
my favorite is from when rachel was in jeju and met the haenyo divers: "When we feel like we cannot do this any longer, we remember that we already have, and we will again."
Were there any scenes that left you with second hand embarrassment?

daynr

October 17 2020, 21:54:17 UTC 1 week ago Edited:  October 17 2020, 22:00:56 UTC

Her swooning over Jason and the dates. The meet-cute and stuff, like whatever, but the romance part of the OP didn't work for me (the bits based on being from two worlds did.)

kenziekinz09

1 week ago

What do you think was the crucial scene in the story’s narrative?
Rachel and Jason's performance at Yuna's club. It felt like that was the point when she committed to the dream of debuting (and also to Jason too).

daynr

1 week ago

lovelyxbeauty

1 week ago

Was there a moment that you think is 100% most definitely inspired by Jessica’s real life experience?
The trainee house story (probably minus the drugs), the bowing ceremony, freaking out during media training, not be becoming a full time trainee at first.

waves_of_light

1 week ago

Was there a moment that you wished you could watch live like it was a Mnet reality show? Even if it was scripted…
The part where she puked on Jason lol. It sounds like it would fit in in any Rom-Com Kdrama

lovelyxbeauty

1 week ago

Do you think that the story could have been set outside of Korea and K-Pop? Or is it too specific?

daynr

October 17 2020, 21:58:37 UTC 1 week ago Edited:  October 17 2020, 22:00:00 UTC

I think this could have been set anywhere.

I definitely could have seen it fitting in with my childhood cartoons, like Jem and Holograms or Beverly Hills Teens.

waves_of_light

1 week ago

daynr

1 week ago

waves_of_light

1 week ago

daynr

1 week ago

keytfelt

1 week ago

keytfelt

1 week ago

daynr

1 week ago

agitatorswaltz

1 week ago

lovelyxbeauty

1 week ago

Were there any plot twists that surprised you?
That Jason's dad seemed to choose money over his son .... because he was too Korean? Or sang? Or didn't pretend to be fully white?

waves_of_light

1 week ago

Did the story make sense? Or did you think there were any plot holes in the story?
When Jessica performed the worst ever and threw up on stage . . . . like girl didn't just tell everyone she had food poisoning? Or the execs didn't think "hmmmm, maybe she is sick? But look at the commitment! Still here trying!" I mean, they have seen her dance for years, they know she's not that bad (they tell us she's the BESTEST at everything except interviews.)

Or going back to drugging not being a big deal ????

Yeah, I stopped looking for strong plotting at that point.

agitatorswaltz

1 week ago

lovelyxbeauty

1 week ago

agitatorswaltz

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lovelyxbeauty

1 week ago

chiives

1 week ago

Did you guess the ending? Would you have changed the ending if you could?
I guess knowing there will be a sequel, it makes sense to leave it with little cliffhangers. But I still wanted to know how the debut went lol.

daynr

1 week ago

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