ARC Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

June 5, 2017 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★

ARC Review: I Believe in a Thing Called LoveI Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
on May 30th 2017
Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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 Believe in a Thing Called Love was a fun and entertaining book, but not my favorite. In the end, I found it to just be okay. I’m happy that I read it because it was relatively fast paced and easy to read. The writing was also pretty good. The concept of a main character following the steps of a K Drama to win over a guy was entirely unique, though I felt like some of the things she did took things a bit too far. Overall, this was still a nice debut novel and I look forward to seeing what this author writes next.

Desi is our main character here. I had problems with her character from pretty early on. In the beginning, the awkward situations that she found herself in around guys was obviously embarrassing but also relatable and realistic. I felt like she took things too far once she followed the steps of a K Drama. She seemed to have little issue with staging a car accident and other strange things just to get closer to him. I don’t know you, but if I found out that someone was doing those things to win me over, I’d find it creepy and run far away. I found a lot of her actions to be uncomfortable and hard to accept.

Luca was a decent enough guy. He loved art, and was extremely good at what he did. I’m not sure how realistic it is that he was as popular as he was, but that’s besides the point. I thought that he was a charming and swoony guy. He didn’t really stand out to me other than those minor things. I feel like his character just wasn’t all that memorable as a whole. I will admit that he was still too good for Desi. What she did was pretty creepy, and I’m not sure if I could personally get past that if it were me.

One thing that I did enjoy about the book was Desi’s relationship with her father. Her mom passed away, so her father and her have a very close and loving relationship. I thought it was hilarious how her Appa (Dad in Korean) watched K Dramas religiously. I’ve never watched them before, but the book made me desperately want to watch some. After seeing so many that were mentioned here, I definitely looked up quite a few up on Wikipedia and they look great! Anyway, her Appa was a lovely character who clearly would do absolutely anything for his daughter. I also thought Desi’s friend were funny and I enjoyed reading about them. Though a lot of the plot focused on the romance, I thought that friendship and family were also entertaining and memorable points of the plot as well.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love might have not been a perfect book, but it was still alright. I was hoping for a story that was a little less predictable which is sadly not what I got here. It wasn’t the worst book that I’ve ever read by any means, I just had higher expectations. Desi’s actions were sometimes extremely creepy in my opinion. I just wanted her to act a little more like herself and not just follow some set formula. I’m glad that I read it because it was fairly light, but not nearly memorable enough in my personal opinion.


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