Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Posted June 15, 2017 by Kate in 2017, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: I Believe in a Thing Called LoveI Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
Series: Standalone
on May 30, 2017
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

 

What an adorable story!! My sister is a huge K-Drama fan and when I read the synopsis for this novel I new I need to give it a try! While not a topic for everyone, I do believe if you enjoy K-Dramas and/or Korean culture will really enjoy this! I am a huge proponent of reading and having books in my library that shows diverse voices and experiences and this one really fits the bill. Desi is a great juxtaposition of things a hopeless romantic, nerd and adorably unlucky. Her “flailures” as her friends call them really brought a lightness to this story from the beginning. Trust me you will be laughing out loud from embarrassment for Desi but enjoy it all the same. Goo does such a great job incorporating the essence of K-Drama cheeziness in Desi’s attitude and over the top nuerotic behavior. What Desi does in this story for love is truly over the top in the most adorable way.

If you enjoy cheesy, romance stories, Korean Dramas or Asian TV, diverse characters and cute, original stories than this is for you. A perfect light read for a spring or summer day, I will definitely be ordering a copy of this for my library and recommending it like crazy!

My Top 5 K-Drama Recommendations
Coffee Prince
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Heart to Heart
Kill Me, Heal Me
Oh My Ghostess

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