Book Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Posted August 14, 2017 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Book Review: I Believe in a Thing Called LoveTitle: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Author: Maurene Goo
Published: May 30th 2017

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.

I can say, without a doubt, that this is my favorite contemporary book I’ve read so far this year. I have a hard time believing that I’m going to read one that will even come close to topping it, but I suppose there is always the chance that it might happen.. But, seriously, with how good this book is, I highly doubt it.

First of all, and I swear that I’m going to preach this until the day I stop reading YA (aka damn near never), but we don’t get enough good parents in young adult books. Its a fact, simple as that. We always see the absent fathers/mothers, which makes *insert brooding character here* super stand offish and broodingy (its a word now), but we don’t get to see solid parents that are there for their kids. Desi’s dad is the cutest father figure I’ve ever read in a book. The way he’s so obsessed with his k dramas, he’s a total fangirl, and I loved every minute of it.

The romance in this book was honestly one of the best written, and cutest I’ve read in forever. I’ll be real, it wasn’t full of twists and turns you couldn’t predict, but I loved the way things unfolded, the drama that ensued, and the ending of it all.

I think if you’re looking for a super quick, super cute contemporary book to read this summer… Hey, hi, hello, this is 150% the book you’re looking for.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

  • I definitely want to pick this up for the mere fact that there is an actual parent present in the main character’s life – I totally agree with you about there not being enough present parental figures in YA!