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An Echo in the City

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Title: An Echo in the City

Author: KX Song

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Pub Date: June 20, 2023

Buy it: Amazon (blog books)

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Two star-crossed teenagers fall in love during the 2019 Hong Kong protests in this searing contemporary debut about coming of age in a time of change.

Sixteen-year-old Phoenix knows her parents have invested thousands of dollars to help her leave Hong Kong and get an elite Ivy League education. They think America means big status, big dreams, and big bank accounts. But Phoenix doesn’t want big; she just wants home. The trouble is, she doesn’t know where that is… until the Hong Kong protest movement unfolds, and she learns the city she’s come to love is in danger of disappearing.
Seventeen-year-old Kai sees himself as an artist, not a filial son, and certainly not a cop. But when his mother dies, he’s forced to leave Shanghai to reunite with his estranged father, a respected police officer, who’s already enrolled him in the Hong Kong police academy. Kai wants to hate his job, but instead, he finds himself craving his father’s approval. And when he accidentally swaps phones with Phoenix and discovers she’s part of a protest network, he finds a way to earn it: by infiltrating the group and reporting their plans back to the police. 
As Kai and Phoenix join the struggle for the future of Hong Kong, a spark forms between them, pulling them together even as their two worlds try to force them apart. But when their relationship is built on secrets and deception, will they still love the person left behind when the lies fall away? 

An Echo in the City Review 

This historical fiction story represents the 2019 Hong Kong Protests – from both sides of the story. It helped me understand what the protests were about much more than what was reported in the news. The protest scenes are well written with police treatment and the political dangers well represented.

Our main characters are trying to gain the approval of their parents. Easier said than done when what the parents want is completely different than what they want. The character development was top notch as they learned to be a part of family and community while finding their voice for their own lives and passions. Overall, it’s a tremendous debut novel and a good read if you enjoy historical fiction mixed with romance.

About the Author

K. X. Song is a diaspora writer with roots in Hong Kong and Shanghai. An Echo in the City is her debut novel. Visit her online:

Website  –  Instagram  –  Goodreads

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