I Believe in a Thing Called Love

By Maurene Goo

Source: Received from the publisher

Series: n/a

Received from the publisher, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Published by Straus and Giroux (BYR)

My Rating: four-stars

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

I read and loved Maurene Goo’s previous book, Since You Asked, when I read it a few years ago, and as soon as I heard this new book was coming out, I added it to my TBR. I was thrilled to receive an ARC!

I loved the protagonist, Desi Lee. Her relationship with her father was so heart-warming, and I loved that she was so determined in her pursuit of her goals. Seeing her put a plan together to pursue Luca according to what she learned from watching K dramas was so fun! And before the book was over, I was on YouTube looking for some of the shows Desi mentioned (and I loved the K drama recommendations in the back of the book! I will definitely be checking some more out!).

I Believe in a Thing Called Love was one of my most-anticipated books of 2017, and it did not disappoint! I had a smile on my face while reading and I’ve already pre-ordered a finished copy. I can’t wait for more from Maurene Goo! Definitely recommended!

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