Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Book review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

i believe in a thing called love, maurene goo
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Book Summary
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.

Flo's Review
I Believe in a Thing Called Love was literally the last book I was able to get at ALA Annual this year. I had to leave the show immediately after her signing to make my flight back home, but I wasn't missing it! And since it was on top of my book pile, that made it in the easiest and best choice for my plane read. 

Let's start with Cover Love: this cover alone describes the book. Light, flowery, and fun. The fact that Desi and Luca are black and white also suggests that there is a layer of seriousness and depth underneath, which is true. Desi's mom died, so she was mostly raised by and lives with her Appa (father). This is the basis of Desi's character, as she never wants to worry her Appa because she is grateful for him and never wants to upset him. The relationship between Desi and Appa is fantastic and so fun to read! These two know each other inside out and the ways they interact so well conveys their relationship. 

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I loved reading about the K dramas! What a fun, unique concept to base a story around. They sound like they'd be right up my alley. Lots of drama leading up to the single kiss for the lovers you've been rooting for. I could totally see myself marathoning a ton of them. 

There was more than meets the eye to Luca -- he had a depth to him as well, and I really enjoyed discovering it along with Desi. I also enjoyed journeying with Desi through her first love as she experienced everything that went along with it and realized that there was more to love and life than going by the steps. I read the majority it of  on the plane, and it didn't take me long to finish the rest.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love is a fun and creative story that's well worth your time! I'm looking forward to reading more of Maurene Goo.

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