I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Author: Maurene Goo
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Pages: 325

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Goodreads 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. more


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This was such a cute novel! I knew I was going to like it the minute I found out it involved Korean Dramas, but I didn’t expect to end up loving it. I’m not one to really get into a contemporary read, but when I do I find I enjoy them but don’t necessarily love them. I Believe in a Thing Called Love had all the right amount of cuteness and funny moments.

“I was about to lean over and make a crack about Chaucer’s proclivity for lusty milkmaids when I noticed that Luca’s hand was casually trailing over to my desk. Inching closer to mine. What the–? All signals in my body were going berserk–red lights, honking horns, wailing sirens. I thought maybe I was dying. My heart flew out of my chest with a final, triumphant Adios, muchachos!”

It was not the usual love story or a character who’s just following a how to (well she tries to some extent lol). It was nice getting to see her character grow through most of this book, along with her realization that even though Korean dramas played part in it, it was only a stepping stone for her to find who she was and stop from being considered a “flailure“.

“Fi, I’m not going to take it all literally. Some of the real wacko stuff you’re reading is part of these formulas but not necessarily things I need to do. It’s a rough… inspirational blueprint if you will. But it essentially lays out, step-by-step, all the ways to get into predicaments that will endear me to Luca and then ultimately get us closer together.”

Of course, Luca gave it that dreamy factor I was hoping for. I mean, that character and the way Desi and him are brought together was just too cute and definitely reminiscent of K-Dramas. And, it wasn’t just Luca that made this work, Desi and her best friends Fiona and Wes made it even better. They were the type of bff’s you’d hope for, with all the quirky and awesomeness they should have. This quickly became one of my top favorites for this year.


  1. Jenn

    October 11, 2017 at 1:56 am

    This sounds like such a cute read! Great review!

    1. Jen

      October 18, 2017 at 2:50 am

      Thank you Jenn! Definitely happy with the cuteness factor 🙂

  2. DJ Sakata

    October 15, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I would read it if I did YA

  3. Alisha

    October 16, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Sounds cute! I love K-dramas :3

    1. Jen

      October 18, 2017 at 2:54 am

      This might just be the right amount of K-Dramas and feels 💕

  4. Katie

    October 16, 2017 at 2:00 am

    This sounds really cute for YA!


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