I Believe In A Thing Called Love

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

How did I get it?:
I bought it!


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 had heard so many wonderful things about this book that I thought it was about time that I checked it out. I do enjoy contemporary YA fiction, so I was happy to give it a go. This is the first time I’ve read a book from Maurene Goo and I was suitably impressed!  I don’t think it’s a book that will stay with me for a long time, but it was certainly a pleasure to read!

Our main character Desi, is a bit of an overacheiver. She always has a plan for everything. Desi is determined to get into Stanford to train to be a doctor. Desi has a plan to get there. However, Desi wants to have a boyfriend before she goes to college. When Luca appears at school, she’s determined that he’s the one that’ll be her first boyfriend. She finds herself watching some Korean dramas and taking some inspiration from them. She comes up with some steps from Korean dramas to work through. But will everything go to plan?

The plot of this story was a little silly and predictable, but it was easy enough to read. I really enjoyed Desi’s Dad. I think it’s so important that we have positive family relationships represented in YA literature. Their relationship was very sweet to read about.

This book was fun despite its OTT nature. If you’re looking for a light-hearted read in-between heavier reads then this might be the book for you.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

I enjoyed reading this book despite its over the top nature!

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