BOOK REVIEW: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: May 30, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 336 pages


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.


“You cannot control who you love, Desi, but you can always control how hard you fight, okay?”

K-dramas on books? Yes please.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love is the perfect contemporary novel if you are currently in a reading slump. It was funny and nerdy you’ll just laugh at almost every chapter. Our main character here Desi Lee is a top-notch student. She excels at almost everything except talking to boys. Whenever she talks to boys she always have flailures (flirt failures). So how does a top-notch student conquer this problem? Well she started making a list. Not just any other list, she patterned it after k-dramas! She binge-watched a few k-dramas over the weekend and then made the list.

The list was crazy and it was so hilarious when she’s really doing everything to achieve it but then she suddenly realize that maybe she doesn’t really need to do it in order to be liked. I like Desi because she was a very relatable character. You could see really see how driven she is. She might be a nerd but I also love all her silly quirks.

I also like the writing because it was very easy to get into. Although the pacing was a bit too fast for me but I still enjoyed every chapter. I also loved the other characters in this book. Desi’s dad is so adorable and her friends are also funny and it makes you just want to be friends with them. I think these characters added more life to this book.

Overall, the book is very enjoyable. If you don’t watch k-dramas you might think that Desi’s plan is just absurd and plain crazy. But, if you really think about it, it fits well in the kdrama context. Still a good read.

If you want to pick a fast book to read please check this one out! Thank you for reading up until here! Till next time!




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