It feels like ages since I’ve shared a YA book with you, darlings, doesn’t it? I’m absolutely delighted to put I Believe in Thing Called Love on your radar because it’s a must-read. Synopsis: Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. […]READ MORE →
It feels like ages since I’ve shared a YA book with you, darlings, doesn’t it? I’m absolutely delighted to put I Believe in Thing Called Love on your radar because it’s a must-read.
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.
Why I Love It:
Not only is I Believe in a Thing Called Love thoroughly charming, it combines three of my favourite things: smart girls, Korean dramas, and YA romantic comedy. As someone who was both book smart yet somewhat hopeless with guys in high school and very fond of lists, I was totally onboard with Desi’s plan to snag her crush using a step-by-step breakdown of Korean romantic comedy shows. (Plus I’ve seen most of the ones mentioned in the book as well as in the handy dandy guide at the back so that was fun.)
Of course it’s going to go wrong; all the best screwball comedies do. Goo has a perfect touch with tone and bringing these characters to life. I was totally invested in each and every one of them and really applaud how even secondary characters were imbued with grudges and insecurities.
There are a lot of YA books where the hot broody guy gets the smart girl and while that’s fun in a book, there is definitely a suspension of disbelief that has to happen since in real life it would be all “sure, we’re teamed up for this project. You do the work and let me know when it’s done.” Goo makes Luca crushworthy while still writing an actual teen boy. He’s not hot, mysterious, and broody. Okay, maybe a bit mysterious, but Desi soon gets to the bottom of that. He’s warm, funny, empathetic, and passionate about his art. He also has friends.
I love that both these characters have friends.
And Desi? How much did I adore her. Her relationship with her father made me smile and I just wanted to hug this list-making little control freak with the giant heart. Funny, smart, this is the girl I would have been BFFs with–then and now.
So check out this book and if you don’t yet know the joys of KDramas, prepare yourself to fall down that rabbit hole, too.
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If you were ever a Freakonomics fan, then have I got a book for you. Everybody Lies is a fascinating and funny read about Big Data. Yup, funny. You read that right. Synopsis: Blending the informed analysis of The Signal and the Noise with the instructive iconoclasm of Think Like a Freak, a fascinating, illuminating, […]READ MORE →
Last week, I introduced you to a new beloved author, Lily Morton with Promise Me. Today, I’ve got one of her m/m romances (which you know I love). Presenting Rule Breaker. Synopsis: Is it really wrong to want to murder your boss? Dylan has worked for Gabe for two years. Two long years of sarcastic […]READ MORE →
I just discovered Lily Morton and Promise Me and have now happily gone down the rabbit hole of all her books. Come with me! Synopsis: A lifetime of repressed feelings. A commitment phobic rock star. Totally friend zoned. Welcome to my world! Mabel has been in love with her best friend Charlie since they were […]READ MORE →
I love brother’s best friend love stories and Damage Control delivered beautifully. Synopsis: Everything to lose. Tyler’s worked hard to kick the dust of the Chicago suburbs off his heels and move on with his life as Hollywood’s newest up-and-comer, burying his demons and hiding his scars from the world. Just as everything seems to […]READ MORE →
While Tessa Dare wrote one of my favourite HRs of all time, not all her books have worked for me, so I went into The Duchess Deal with equal parts hope and trepidation. Synopsis: When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules… Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list […]READ MORE →
If you only read one book in the next year, make it The Almost Sisters. By the time it came in at the library, I’d forgotten why I’d put it on hold so I started reading kind of casually… and didn’t stop until I was sobbing on the last page. Synopsis: With empathy, grace, humor, […]READ MORE →
Oh, those highhanded gentlemen of historical romance. I’m an Anna Bradley fan, but could she pull off someone so manipulative? Synopsis: Two sought-after sisters, a slew of suitors—and a vow to hold out for true love. How many proposals will it take to get to “I do”—especially when the stakes are high . . . […]READ MORE →
I’m always on the lookout for my next m/m romance, so when Scorpio Hates Virgo crossed my radar the other day, I decided to give it a shot. So how did it hold up? Synopsis: This year is all about healing the heart, Scorpio. It’s time to leave negative attitudes and stoic facades at the […]READ MORE →
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