A Cute Romance That Will Make Any Romance Lover Happy: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

A Cute Romance That Will Make Any Romance Lover Happy: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maureen GooI Believe in a Thing Called Love
by Maurene Goo
Release Date: May 30th 2017
Published by Farrar
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Format: eARC
Pages: 336
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three-half-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes

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.

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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I Believe In A Thing Called Love was one of my most-anticipated reads of the year. As a lover of all things YA contemporary, this sounded right up my alley. And I was right to be excited about this one, because it was entertaining, funny and lightened my mood.

Desi was a great character. She’s vibrant, smart and very much of a romantic at heart. I found her plan to use what she learns through Korean dramas to snag the boy to be so clever. I’ll admit that some of her antics were stressful for me as a reader, but they were also hilarious, and had me both shaking my head and laughing my butt off. I know I might have made her sound like she’s boy-crazy, but she wasn’t. She was actually goal-oriented in all aspects of her life, especially when it came to her education. She could be clumsy, and awkward, but Desi was endearing flaws and all. One of my favorite parts of I Believe In A Thing Called Love was Desi’s relationship with her dad. My gosh, those two were great together and made my heart so happy. There’s trust between the two, and watching their relationship was a purely joyful experience. I loved that her dad was such a K-drama nerd, and I loved how much he pushed her not only have a great education, but also have a good social life. Seriously, Desi’s dad has to be one of my favorite YA dads ever.

Desi also had great friends who made for an entertaining secondary cast. They embraced Desi’s quirkiness and wild plans, and they sometimes even participated in them. The love interest, Luca, was also a decent character, though I do wish we had seen a bit more development in his character. He was very quiet, and seemed to have a lot going on and I would have liked to see more layers to his character. His relationship with Desi was sweet though. Once they get together, there were so many adorable moments as well as swoony kisses. I got out of the romance exactly what I wanted. I loved all the elements of Korean culture that Maureen Goo weaved throughout the story. It made it stand out for me, and also hungry because yum, Korean food!

This diverse YA is a must-read if you’re looking for a light and bright book to make your day. Desi and her antics are sure to make you smile and laugh.

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Nick
  • I remember you kept talking about how awesome Desi’s dad was! This is the light fluffy read I’m in need of!

  • I love light and fluffy YA romances for summer. I can’t think if one that I have read with a Korean MC, I like that. Lovely review, Nick. I will watch for this one.

  • Aw this sounds so adorable! Definitely need to keep this one in mind. Great review!

  • This sounds wonderful for a beach read this summer and I am sure after the semester you had, just what you needed 🙂

  • A Novel Glimpse

    I’ve seen some hit or miss reviews on this book. I’m happy to see you enjoyed it. It seems like one I might like.

  • AHA oh my gosh this was the cutest book ever and it makes me so happy to see so many people enjoying this! I loved the K-drama aspect of it, even though I’m not into them myself and it was such a cute and diverse read! Thanks so much for sharing Nick!

    xx Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages

  • This sounds so fun with a great heroine and friends as well. I laughed at this part you mentioned “I found her plan to use what she learns through Korean dramas to snag the boy to be so clever” as my daughter and all her friends love these dramas!! The boys are so cute in them, lol!!

  • Nick, I wanted to read this book anyway so I won’t blame you for getting me all excited and ready to buy another book! It sounds adorable, though, so I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. I mean, following the rules of K drama sounded like a brilliantly terrible idea and a great concept for a book. Glad to hear there is some A* YA dad action in this. I love when there are good YA parents to be had in books. Now I seriously want to watch me some k drama, it’s hard to watch and type up blog posts, though. They have way too many words to read.

  • oh I just love a good romance that makes you laugh and makes your day lighter. This book sounds pretty wonderful.

  • Jazmen Greene

    This sounds cute. and I think I may enjoy it. But, I may have to borrow this one. I have some concerns.

  • I love it when YA romances also feature really strong familial relationships! Those kinds of stories always bring me back to when I was 15/16 and devouring every Sarah Dessen book I could get my hands on. The bonus for this one? A WoC heroine! 😀