Featured Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

i-believe-in-a-thing-called-love

About This Book:

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.

 

*Review Contributed by Inah Peralta, Staff Reviewer*

Absolutely enjoyed it!

As someone who's deeply obsessed with K-dramas, reading this book was absolutely enjoyable. I was constantly reminded of some scenes from K-dramas I've already seen and it was really fun.

I love Desi's character and her persistence for everything. I can definitely relate to her in that aspect. I also adore her relationship with her father! For some reason, she reminded me of Duk Seon's (from Reply 1988) relationship with her father. Desi also has great friends along with her, Wes and Fiona, and their whole dynamics just keeps me going. I also love the fact that they refer to Luca as Won Bin for his code name, just because he's the hottest Korean actor alive. I'm not even going to beg to differ, though he's not really my favorite hahaha!

Luca also had some usual k-drama tropes going on, which I think is mostly applied to the love interest, parents that are a little disinterested for his passion. I also adored his personality and I do feel kilig everytime he calls Desi a "nerd", kind of like the same way Joon Hyung refers to Bok Joo as "Chubs" in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.

The story is definitely k-drama worthy, and I love it. It's something I'd love to watch someday. That's the thing about k-dramas, no matter how cliche the tropes are and they kind of follow a pattern, they still make me swoon and I can't stop watching them. Same thing goes with this book, even though it took me a long time to finish it, I still managed to squeeze in a some time just because I can't stop reading.

Overall, this book was a really sweet, heartfelt, and light contemporary read. The k-drama recs at the end of the book (and references throughout the story) was a bonus! I definitely recommend this book to all k-drama fans!

Good Points
light and heartwarming, friendships and family relationships are great, funny and quirky

 

Find more info on this book HERE!

Giveaway: THE LOST CAUSES (US & Canada)
It's Live!! Cover Reveal: Say You’ll Remember Me b...

Related Posts

 

Comments 2

Already Registered? Login Here
alicetaylor on Monday, 09 March 2020 04:32

A Seventeen.com Best YA Books of 2017A Publishers Weekly's Best YA Book of 2017A New York Public Library Notable Best Book for Teens 2017A 2018 CCBC Choices Book"Hilarious." —Publishers Weekly, starred review"Powerful messages of inclusion and acceptance.”

game

0
A Seventeen.com Best YA Books of 2017A Publishers Weekly's Best YA Book of 2017A New York Public Library Notable Best Book for Teens 2017A 2018 CCBC Choices Book"Hilarious." —Publishers Weekly, starred review"Powerful messages of inclusion and acceptance.” [url=https://sites.google.com/site/1playergames66/]game[/url]
Heena Cruzl on Monday, 16 March 2020 05:27

Thank you for posting such a great article. I found your site perfect for my needs. It contains interesting and useful posts. Please continue to uphold.
a10 vex 3

0
Thank you for posting such a great article. I found your site perfect for my needs. It contains interesting and useful posts. Please continue to uphold. [url=http://vex3.games/]a10 vex 3[/url]

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Two Dogs on a Trike
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Count up to 10 and back down again in this...
Bonaparte Plays Ball
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Join a skeleton named Bonaparte and his teammates as they...
Strong Voices: Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Strong Voices: Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing is a collection...
Bernard Makes a Splash
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
A heartwarming story from textile designer and illustrator Lisa Stickley...
Wild Girl: How to Have Incredible Outdoor Adventures
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Calling wild girls everywhere! Helen Skelton – adventurer, world-record breaker...
Stanley's Paint Box
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
It’s another busy day with Stanley and friends! ...
The Unleashed
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
In the terrifying sequel to The Haunted, Hendricks discovers that...
Paint by Sticker Kids: Dinosaurs: Create 10 Pictures One Sticker at a Time!
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Create pictures of 10 awesome dinosaurs... with stickers! ...
Tad
Tad
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
From Benji Davies, the award-winning creator of The Storm Whale...
Go Get 'Em, Tiger! (A Hello!Lucky Book)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The perfect picture book to celebrate every milestone from the...
A World of Opposites
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
From ALONE and TOGETHER to ABOVE and BELOW, Gray Malin’s...
The Voting Booth
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
From Stonewall Award-winning author Brandy Colbert comes an all-in-one-day love...
Now & When
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
For fans of Jenny Han and Christine Riccio comes a...
Dating Makes Perfect
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because...
Now That I've Found You
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Now That I've Found You is a YA novel about...
Entwined
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sometimes love gets a bit twisted. ...

Latest Member Reviews

The Unleashed
 
4.0
"After Steele House burned down, Hendricks and her family move to a rental after Steele House, trying to put that..."
Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft
 
4.3
"WHAT I LOVED: The two stories that tie for the best of the anthology are Tess Sharpe’s “The Heart..."
Pride
 
4.7
"It can be difficult to retell a tale as well-known as Pride and Prejudice, but Zoboi's retelling modernizes the story..."
Two Dogs on a Trike
 
4.5
"TWO DOGS ON A TRIKE is an adorable counting book for toddlers and preschoolers. Each page features dogs in different..."
Bonaparte Plays Ball
 
4.0
"BONAPARTE PLAYS BALL matches up the Monsters and Aliens at the Weird Series baseball game. Bonaparte and his team practice..."
Strong Voices: Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing
 
4.0
"A compilation of excerpts from fifteen noteworthy speeches, selected from across American history. The chosen pieces represent great variety,..."
Sick Kids in Love
 
4.7
"This book is definitely not like The Fault in Our Stars nor Six Feet Apart, or any other book about..."
Bernard Makes a Splash
 
3.0
"BERNARD MAKES A SPLASH is an overall cute story about stepping outside of your comfort zone. Bernard practices diving whenever..."
Lost for Words
 
5.0
"LOST FOR WORDS is a sweet picture book about finding your own way to express yourself. Tapir has a new..."
Wild Girl: How to Have Incredible Outdoor Adventures
 
4.5
"WILD GIRL: HOW TO HAVE INCREDIBLE OUTDOOR ADVENTURES is written by Helen Skelton, a veteran wild girl herself. In this..."
Stanley's Paint Box
 
5.0
"STANLEY'S PAINT BOX is a charming board book about colors. Stanley is helping Sophie, Little Woo, and Benjamin paint boxes...."
Paint by Sticker Kids: Dinosaurs: Create 10 Pictures One Sticker at a Time!
 
5.0
"PAINT BY STICKER KIDS: DINOSAURS is a really delightful creative journey. The book features ten dinosaurs which children can paint..."