I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Maurene Goo

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Inc (FSG)
Publication date: 30-May-2017
Date Finished: 1-Oct-2017
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 325
Genres: Young Adult, YA, Romance, Contemporary
ISBN: 9780374304041
Source: Barnes & Noble
Reading Challenges: Goodreads Reading Challenge


“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 could not pass up a book that combines two things I absolutely love YA novels and Korean Dramas, and I was not disappointed. This book was adorably awkward and wonderful, just like Korean dramas.

While the plot was ridiculously unrealistic at times, it fit perfectly in with K-Dramas. There is nothing normal in that realm. Just this was a perfect combination. I appreciated the adorable romance that took place between two very different characters. Luca was an attractive artist who academic did not strive quite as hard as Desi does. Desi is a very intelligent, athletic student who is not a very good artist. So essentially together they create a well-rounded couple.

This was a super adorable romance, and the guide to K-Dramas in the back was much appreciated (although I’ve already seen at least half of the dramas mentioned).  I definitely recommend this novel to fans of YA romances and K-Dramas.

About the Author

“Maurene Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper and piles of books. She studied communication at UC San Diego and then later received a Masters in publishing, writing, and literature at Emerson College. Before publishing her first book, Since You Asked, she worked in both textbook and art book publishing. She also has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants and lives in Los Angeles.”



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