9:00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest Korean pop star on the scene, and tomorrow is her debut on The Tonight Show, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. She’s in her fancy hotel, and her feet are killing her. She’s dying for a hamburger.
10:00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid reporter job that he keeps secret from his high-profile journalist father. On his way out, he runs into a girl wearing hotel slippers who is determined to find a hamburger. She looks familiar. She’s kind of cute. He’s really curious.
12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.
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In this Hong Kong–set, modern-day take on the classic film Roman Holiday, K-pop superstar Lucky seems to have it all—but her performances now feel rote and joyless, and she resents her overscheduled, oversupervised life. That is, until one night in Hong Kong, when she sneaks out of her hotel room and meets Jack on a city bus. The American-born son of Korean immigrants, Jack also feels unful-filled: he works as a part-time paparazzo for a sleazy tabloid. Though Lucky uses a fake name, it’s not long before Jack figures out who she is, and he knows he can land a full-time job at the paper if he sends the scoop to his boss. He just needs to keep Lucky occupied for the day.(And what a day it is; the diverse, bustling city setting comes alive through stops at a park, a temple, a bookstore, a mountaintop, a karaoke bar, and, to Lucky’s delight, what seems like every single place to eat.) As Jack secretly photographs Lucky, he realizes the problem with his plan: he’s falling for her. And Lucky, unaware that Jack knows who she really is, is falling for him too. Lucky and Jack are both charming, funny narrators with serious chemis-try (Jack: “We were so into each other it was ridiculous”). They share comfortable banter, smoldering looks, a few intense kisses—and in between, earnest existential conversations about pursuing their dreams and living meaningful lives. Readers, no matter their celebrity status, should relate.