Stars of K-Pop: Girls Edition
Watermark Publishing, 2014. 191 pgs. Young Adult Nonfiction.
Through photographs, interviews, and statistics, this book highlights some of the biggest girl groups in the k-pop industry. Girls’ Generation, 2NE1, Kara, f(x), Secret, Sistar, 4minute, T-ara, Miss A, Brown Eyed Girls, Afterschool, Girl’s Day, A Pink, Rainbow, and Crayon Pop are all highlighted with individual member information and tons of pictures. This book is a visual feast for the k-pop fan.
I love k-pop but I’m not as familiar with the girl groups as I am the boy groups, so this was a great introduction to many groups I’d heard of, but didn’t know very well. That being said, this is a fast paced and quickly changing industry and even though this book was only published last year, membership has already changed for several of these groups. Also, much of the text felt copy and pasted (typos included) from past interviews. Though the author did reference when the interview was conducted, it was confusing to read about how a group was “currently” performing a song in 2009, and then later that they were “currently” performing a song in 2013. Getting past that, this is a decent introduction to the girls of k-pop.