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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.
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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.