I bought this book because of the cover and the title. I saw, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” and I started dancing, as the addicting song by The Darkness played in my head. I mean, that’s as good a reason as any to spend money on something. Add to that, the adorable cover, and Amazon had my money.
This book, by Maurene Goo, is the epitome of cute. The plot is cute and the characters are cute, and I say that with respect. I didn’t think I’d like it at first, because the opening chapters seemed a bit obvious, but it wasn’t long before I was enchanted.
I Believe in a Thing Called Love follows Desi, a type A heroine during her senior year, after she concocts an insane plan to get a boy to fall in love with her. Desi is a literal, fact-based, skeptic who as it turns out is deeply romantic. She’s an overachiever and caretaker, a role she inhabited after her mother died. She’s kind, smart, loyal, and fearless.
She’s also an awkward, clumsy mess when it comes to romance and flirting. The klutzy scenes made me roll my eyes at first, but once I was about 1/3 into the book, I just decided to just roll with it, and I ended up finding Desi funny and endearing and started rooting for her.
This novel is predictable, but I still wanted to finish it. Literally, it follows a formula as Desi follows a formula, and each chapter heading tells you what’s happening next, but I still kept reading, because I love romance. I knew how it would play out and how it would end (as we always know how romances end) but that didn’t make me love it any less. I closed this book with a huge smile on my face, and a strong hankering to download a bunch of K dramas.
So, I recommend this book to romance lovers (obviously), YA lovers, readers who crave diversity and lively characters. Maurene Goo’s novel is vibrant and special.
Book InfoI Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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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.