So We Meet Again tells the story of a women named Jessica who is living the perfect life. She has a high pressure job on Wall Street that she enjoys but, could be made better with a promotion. She is also supposed to start an elite college in the fall. Suddenly, her life starts not going as planned, and she is forced to move back home with her parents. At first, she thinks that this is the worst thing that could happen to her…and then she discovers that her high school rival Daniel is back in town again…and her parents think he is just as perfect as he was when they were younger!
I actually read So We Meet Again in one day because it was so easy to get lost in the atmosphere of the setting. At first it is set within the world of Wall Street which allows the reader to have a point of view of a Asian American woman working in Wall Street within a male dominated field of work. There are glimpses of sexism, racism, and as the reader I understood the struggles which Jessica was going through trying to better her career.
The world of Nashville is completely different from Wall Street and I loved it. Being in Nashville allows Jessica to re-find the parts of her that she left behind when she moved away. These are parts of her identity and the Korean culture that she has always loved. A deep route of this culture for her is the Korean food and it is from this that she develops her business idea. All of the foods sounded so delicious! It seriously made me hungry. And I loved her interactions with her parents. Yes, they drove her crazy but, they also kept her real and human. Also, those interactions could be really funny!
There is also a sweet touch of romance in this story between Jessica and Daniel. It starts out as an enemies to lovers troupe because these two characters were always pitted against each other when they were younger. When they reconnect, it is hard not to fall back into these competitive patterns. The more time they spend together, the more they realize that tings have changed and that both of them have been through their own struggles, and are trying to regroup. I really enjoyed the dynamic between the two of them because it was a part of the story but, it wasn’t the whole story. It was a piece of it that was built around the deeper story of growth, family, and culture.
So We Meet Again is the second book that I have read by Suzanne Park. I really enjoy the atmosphere that she creates within her worlds. Her characters are strong and diverse and the experiences which they go through feel so very real…and are often times funny! I always love to find books that will make me genuinely laugh out loud. If that is your cup of tea as well, I recommend you check this one out!
Rating: 4 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**