May 09, 2019

#BookReview for I Believe in a Thing Called Love by @MaureneGoo

Synopsis: 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.

About the Author:  
Maurene Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper and piles of books. She is the author of Since You Asked... and has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants. You can find her in Los Angeles with herhusband and two cats--one weird, one even more weird.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: OMG This book was just adorable.  I have been a fan of telenovelas for a while now and this one based on K Dramas was just as good if not better.  This reminded me of the TV show Jane the Virgin and I would love this to hit the tv screens as a movie or short series.  If you are looking for a great read to enjoy at the pool side or beach look no further than this one right here.  

I just loved how strong a character Desi was she knew what she wanted to do when she got done with high school and went after it head on.  I also enjoyed how she grew as a character in the last few chapters.  I do wished that the story would have covered her being just a tad to obsessed a little more but what we got really fit with the story.   

I think that they only thing that would have made this story even better could have been maybe if it would have been dual POV but I fear that it might have slowed the story down.  I would love to have a novella book or something in Luca's POV just so we could fall in love with him even more.  I could see a collector's edition of this being full of art that Luca did.   

The story itself was so beyond adorable.  It had some of the funniest and cuties quotes (you can see those here) that I have ever found.  It was well paced and I enjoyed every page.  I also really enjoyed how the chapter names changed from chapters to steps and then back to chapters. It was just a little addition that made this story even cuter.  

Go Into This One Knowing: K Dramas, Korean Culture, No Love Triangle 

“Desi's implementation of measures such as ‘Be Caught in an Obviously Lopsided Love Triangle’ yields hilarious, at times unintended results, lending this teen rom-com a surprisingly thoughtful conclusion . . . [Goo's] funny, engaging narrative also delivers powerful messages of inclusion and acceptance.” ―Kirkus Reviewsstarred review
“The art-centric romance that develops between Desi and Luca is rewarding to follow, as are their parental relationships, particularly that between Desi and her widowed Appa. Goo simultaneously honors and deconstructs romantic tropes, both in general and specific to K dramas, and does so using a wonderfully diverse cast.” ―Publishers Weeklystarred review
“In the tradition of best-laid plans, Desi’s goes painfully awry in ways that elevate the story above the level of fluffy, cross-cultural rom-com. Friends and family are well crafted to inspire discussions about the comfort and complications they afford . . . Readers who crave believability with their fun and wit will be satisfied with the way the plan works out.” ―VOYA
"This is the book I desperately wish I could have read when I was in high school. I love this book so much, and I can't wait to give it to my kids and every teen I know. Fun, snarky, flawed-but-great characters come alive on the pages and make you wish you could hang out with them every day. And a romance so sweet you find yourself rooting desperately for it all to work out. But possibly my absolute favorite part is that it has one of the best father/daughter relationship dynamics I've ever read in a YA novel. I fell in love with the relationships as well as the characters. Charming and awkward and hysterically funny, this is simply awesome!" ―Ellen Oh, author of the Prophecy series and founder of We Need Diverse Books
"I Believe in a Thing Called Love is the perfect summer read―really, the perfect anytime read. I laughed and I swooned and I streamed way too many K dramas. Maurene Goo's fresh, funny writing had me hooked from the first chapter. I loved it!" ―Morgan Matson, New York Times–bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything
"This is a hilarious and endearing romance full of zany Korean-drama fun. You'll fall in love even as you're falling into a pool!" ―Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel and Something In Between

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