Hi! If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you do 🙂 This book is something that I look to as an excellent example of great representation done well.
Title: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Author: Maureen Goo
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Inc
Release date: May 30, 2017
My rating: 5/5 stars
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 absolutely loved this book. Desi was so relatable, and she reminded me of myself. This is a cute, quick read that is perfect to pull you up for a pick-me-up.
One of the best parts of this book was Desi’s resilience. She is persistent, and that is something I find admirable. While she is very much a planner (and doesn’t like surprises), she is quick to adjust her plans and reconfigure the way she approaches problems.
The way Korean culture is intertwined in this book was phenomenal. I really liked that it was part of the book, but it wasn’t the whole point of the book. It gives the book diversity that is genuine, and definitely inspired me to make my own ramen at home! After reading this I really wanted to start watching K-dramas, so if you’ve watched any before comment your suggestions!
Desi’s friends are equally as great. They are very supportive of Desi, and defend her till the end. They understand her need to have steps to follow, and I appreciate their friendship the whole way through.
Overall, this was a really enjoyable read. It was fun and light, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something that is a quirky, cute contemporary.