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Tea & Book Chat: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Personal Thoughts:  Thank you so much to Alexa of Alexa Loves Books for letting me borrow a copy of her ARC for I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo.  I had been wanting to read this story ever since I heard the premise – a girl who searches for love using the rules from K dramas – and saw the gorgeous cover! I usually don’t love covers with models on them but apparently the exceptions are I Believe in a Thing Called Love and the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series.  I had very high hopes for this book when I went into it and while it didn’t completely live up to my expectations, I did think it was a really fun and quick read.

Plot Summary:  Desi is your typical A+ overachieving student with more extracurricular activities under her belt than most of your high school combined.  She’s dreamed of becoming a doctor for her entire like, just like her mother who passed away when she was a child.  Desi lives at home with her father who is addicted to K dramas.  After a weekend of binge-watching several series, Desi decides to take the “rules” she’s learned and apply them to her own non-existent love life in order to secure her first boyfriend.  She has her sights set on the new guy, the rebellious and artsy Luca, and once she starts implementing her plan, chaos ensues.

Critique:  I Believe in a Thing Called Love is a really adorable but outlandish YA contemporary romance.  Desi manages to be an awkward and lovable main character, despite the crazy tactics she employs in her quest to start dating Luca.  I love the relationship between Desi and her father, a native Korean who speaks broken English.  I found Desi’s dad to be hilarious and I love how supportive he is of his daughter, even when she doesn’t make the best choices.  They have such a wonderful relationship with just the right amount of codependency and it’s super adorable.  I also adored Luca, the artistic misunderstood love interest.  He certainly put up with a lot of chaos from Desi and I often found myself just wanting to give him a hug or explain things so he would be less confused.  Since the romance cues Desi takes are based on K dramas, you can expect unrealistic situations such as pants falling off while trying to flirt, staging accidents to get closer to her crush and some head flicking but all with a lot of innocence.  I also enjoyed Desi’s best friends, Wes and Fiona, but I do think they should’ve been a little less supportive of Desi’s craziness.  Overall, I Believe in a Thing Called Love is a really cute read.  It’s not a new favorite of mine, but I did enjoy my time with the characters.

Do I Recommend?:  If you’re into K dramas, I would definitely recommend checking this one out.  If you prefer very realistic or serious romances, I would have to say to skip this one because I don’t think it’ll be everyone’s cup of tea.

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2 Responses to “Tea & Book Chat: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo”

  1. This sounds like a cute book! I love all the relationships in the book!
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