I Belive in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | Book Review

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Title: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Author: Maurene Goo
Publisher: BYR
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Source: Purchased
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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.

What I thought

Do you guys ever just read a book that FILLS YOU WITH ALL OF THE FEELS AND JUST ENRAPTURES YOU AND TAKES YOU HOSTAGE UNTIL YOU BINGE READ THE HECK OUT OF IT? Well, for me that's what I Believe in a Thing Called Love was. Once I started, I couldn't stop. It was like finding a good k-drama during summer break. Incidentally, this book is about a girl using k-dramas to get the boy. Which I'm all about and thinking about implementing in my own life, because damn I could use some k-drama magic in my life.

Desi's and my love life before implementing the k drama magic. okay, still my love life. Also, is it cheating if this is technically a Japanese drama?

What's so great about this book, you ask. Well, friends let me tell you all about it. First off, Desi is lovable and awkward and flails (flirting fails) as much as I do, which gives her instant likability points. She's also a major nerd. What a dork. She also has this beautiful and loving relationship with her Dad, who is as obsessed with k dramas as I am. Boy, I wish my own Dad was that invested in k dramas*.  Not only that but her relationship with her friends was super cute and they were like real life friends. I wanted to hang out with them. They were very #squadgoals, just like the Healer super team.

*he's more into obscure corruption shows with twisted characters and not that fond of romance, but we can't all be perfect.

Then there was the actual romance itself, which was adorable and weird and very quirky. Desi and Luca don't seem to make much sense on paper, but they're both dorks. Don't let Luca fool you with the whole artist thing. Much like the k drama main lead he is a dork in hiding. Their romance was so well executed and just very cute. I also loved that throughout the whole getting the boy process there were drama references a plenty. I had a moment every time a k-drama was mentioned. As for the k-drama steps to finding true love there were some actual very k-drama-esque moments in the book. WHICH I LOVED, OF COURSE!

Now, if you're not a fan of k-dramas* this book is still for you. It's a cute contemporary with a huge heart. It's quirky and fun and watching Desi grow into herself and in a relationship was such an experience. There's also Luca, who also undergoes incredible character development. It's a read that's perfect for the summer for how honest and kind of ridiculous and funny and just feel-good it is. Besides, you can always get started on the path to k-drama fan. It's a sweet life, I promise.

*first, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR FREE TIME???? Second, why would you not be???? Third, go watch one now.

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Have you read this book, if so did you LOVE IT SO MUCH YOU COULD BURST INTO EMBARRASSING AEGYO? If not, do you think you'd like to? Last, do you have any k-drama recs (or book recs) you would like to share?


  1. I could feel your excitement as I was reading your review! I definitely enjoyed this one because I'm a big kdrama fan too (THAT GIF FROM HEALER THO!) The last one I watched was Healer (come talk to me Laura hahahahaha!) because I love Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young! <3

    1. This book made me very excited. YAY FOR KDRAMA FANS. omg don't even get me started on Ji Chang Wook's lips and the romance in Healer is just A+. They both bring such life to their characters. The plot for it was also super good. One of my favorites, tbh. (YES, LET'S TALK ABOUT KDRAMAS)