I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
Publication Date: May 30th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
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Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to 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 her answer 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 Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake 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.
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.
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!
“Sometimes you just have to accept the shit that life hands you.”
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!