Book: Maurene Goo – I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Posted On September 2, 2018
I might be too old to read this Young Adult Contemporary book but that did not stop me from admiring the American-Korean protagonist, Desi Lee. This book was so fun to read, and I especially liked the relationship between Desi and her Dad. I am going to take a few minutes writing this review as I will be meeting my friends in a short while.
About The Book
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.
Desi, a nerd, is used to get what she wants and she excels at everything in school but really sucks at finding love. So, she learnt everything about love from watching her Dad’s K-Dramas just find formulaic happy ending for her crush, Luca.
This book is packed with hilarious and giggle-worthy ‘flailures’ romantic. Desi is quite ‘sociopathic’ but her relationship with her Dad is what I really enjoyed. They are bestie and ‘partner-in-crime’. It was her Dad that Desi made up her mind to learn from the K-Dramas in order to get herself a man before entering college.
This isn’t just funny, but also romantic and silly. It’s a great read with a message which once can relate. Desi’s ability to take control of her emotions, reactions and her life in general is what I love about her character.
This is a great read even though it is actually a Young Adult Contemporary. It’s a fun read which one needs because it is really hilarious, especially when you are a fan of K-Dramas.