REVIEW: I Believe In A Thing Called Love

Title: I Believe In A Thing Called Love

Author: Maurene Goo

Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books

Publication date: May 30, 2017

Genre: Fiction (Contemporary, Romance, Ya)

Ages: 14-18

Pages: 336

ISBN: 978-0-374-30404-1


Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to 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 her answer 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 Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake 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.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4/5)


  Everyone seems to be so addicted with Kpop, and Kdramas including me. Kpop, Kdrama and other Korean stuff are really fun to watch, listen and learn! They do have that magic to persuade their audience. Since I was born in Korea, I grew up learning about Korean culture and learned how to speak basic words. I eventually became a big fan of Kdramas, so when I heard about this book… my world suddenly stopped. I was beyond ecstatic… I mean who wouldn’t be thrilled to read a book inspired by Kdramas?

I’ve never tried to read books inspired by Kdramas before, so I’m not really sure what to expect. However, the whole concept of first love in this book, which the author links with Korean Dramas, is intriguing and really unique that will make the reader go gaga over it. In fact, if you’re a big fan of Kdramas, I suggest you check this out 100%… Don’t even think about. Plus, look at that cover! It’s so pretty and I love the colors!! 

Let’s talk about the main character, Desi is such a cute girl. She’s so pretty and sweet though she’s also a disaster, in the book she doesn’t have luck when it comes to boys even though people see her so perfect because she’s one of the top in her class, she work so hard for things because she wanted to be like her mum, to make her dad proud. She is also funny! On the other hand, is her night shining armour; oh my! I really love him! He’s so cute! He’s one of my fictional crush now (here).

What I love about this books is the bond Desi and her dad. They are really adorable, though Desi grew up without her mum her dad managed to make Desi a good kid, I salute him for that! And the author for creating such inspiring character like Desi and her Dad. I know being a single parent specially if your kid is a girl and you are a dad it’s hard to take care your child… plus Desi’s friends they are really amazing! Makes me miss my best friend even more when I read this one.

One thing I slightly disapproved about it is that some words like nuts, crazy is used in the book quite often which I believe not okay with readers who have anxieties just like my friend. It would be a little stressful for them if they read those words.

But over all I did love reading it, it was an easy read! It was really enjoyable!;) A total diverse book because Desi’s parents are from different parts of the globe.

If you love k dramas I guarantee you’ll love this too!



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