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I Believe in a Thing Called Love ❮BOOKS❯ ⚣ I Believe in a Thing Called Love Author Maurene Goo – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 Desi Lee believes anything is possible if in a ePUB ¹ 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 I Believe PDF/EPUB ² 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 Believe in a PDF/EPUB Á 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 than just drama.


10 thoughts on “I Believe in a Thing Called Love

  1. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    You just needed a plan, to take action It s how I convinced my dad to let me raise geese in our backyard, how I saved our underfunded middle school library from closure, how I overcame a fear of heights by bungee jumping on my sixteenth birthday with only a little pee escaping me , and how I became number one in my class year after year I believed, and still believe, that you can build your dreams brick by brick That you can accomplish anything with persistence.Even falling in love. This You just needed a plan, to take action It s how I convinced my dad to let me raise geese in our backyard, how I saved our underfunded middle school library from closure, how I overcame a fear of heights by bungee jumping on my sixteenth birthday with only a little pee escaping me , and how I became number one in my class year after year I believed, and still believe, that you can build your dreams brick by brick That you can accomplish anything with persistence.Even falling in love. This is the Asian American YA book the world needs I hate to say it but god it was so adorbs, and the spunky heroine even won me, a hard core romance cynic over The only thing that would have boosted it to 5 stars in my eyes an Asian romance interest Come on can t the Asian guy ever be the main love interest for once So a bit about me I m a 30 something grown ass Asian woman who still loves k pop I started off with j pop and anime, graduated to Taiwanese dramas and music, then switched over to Korean dramas and manhwas and music and here I am I ve never been a huge fan of Asian dramas, to be honest I watched a few that I liked, like Full House not to be confused with the American version lololol but the Korean drama, Meteor Garden, but I found the overwhelming majority of Korean dramas to be annoying as shit The MC in the book describes it perfectly Or how huge obstacles were brought on by class differences, and how it was considered kind of okay for a rich mom to start hitting a grown woman for daring to date her son despite being poor And the grown woman would just sit there and take it because the rich mom was her elder Then there were the emotions My God, I have never witnessed this level of emotion from human beings, on screen or off So Many Tears So much yelling. The spunky, screeching, shrill, annoyingly positive main character against overwhelming odds never interested me Like fuck that shit Real life ain t like that I m sick of your fucking chaebol asshole alpha males who fall in luuuuuuuuuuurve too I feel like you ve watched one, you ve watched them all, and I honestly can t stand them The only one I can maybe watch these days is Descendants of the Sun and that s mainly because I don t give a shit about the storyline because I can stare at Song Joong Ki s face the entire time HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG HOW CAN A MAN BE THAT BEAUTIFUL IT S JUST NOT FUCKING FAIR LIKE DOES HE EVEN HAVE PORES IN HIS FACE I can only watch it for like 5 minutes at a time over my sister s back as she watches it mainly because I m embarrassed to even have to type this but I just can t stare at him for too long It s like looking into the sun.This was my fear about reading this book, the main character sounds like one of the perfect ones in the dramas Positive and smart and so cute and adorkably clumsy I don t like k dramas, but I know people who love them, and I understand their feelings, because fuck, who am I to judge, I who fangirl over EXO K dramas bottled up swoony true love in addictive ten to twenty hour packages My reactions to chaste first kisses were akin to heart attacks I bawled with abandon when couples had to break up, when one of them was suffering I sighed happily with glazed eyes when my characters finally got their happy endings. The MC in this book is a tough little cookie Her mother died when she was just seven, and thanks to a little questionably self experiment in which she kinda sorta convinces herself that she has a teeny bit of magical power that enables her to keep her head high But I never lost the belief that you could will something just by sticking to it, by being unwavering By keeping your eyes on the prize And by doing that, there was nothing you couldn t control about your own life. She s got great grades, good friends, a loving father Desi just sucks at getting guys to notice her Finally, she watched the k dramas to which her dad has been long addicted, and like everything else she s ever done, sets out a plan to get the guy of her dreams.From my experiences with k dramas, I expected the worst, but honestly, this list is pretty realistic and not crazyAre you out of your damn mind I released a tortured breath Hear me out No way, Des This is the most deranged thing I have ever seen, even for you Some of these things I mean who the hell Fi, I m not going to take it all literally Some of the real wacko stuff you re reading is part of these formulas but not necessarily things I need to do It s a rough inspirational blueprint if you will But it essentially lays out, step by step, all the ways to get into predicaments that will endear me to Luca and then ultimately get us closer togetherThis book was so fun to read I didn t like one moment where she kind of blew off her future for him, but I guess the book kind of needed that to prove a point The relationships were great, I especially liked the one between Desi and her father I m a huge critic of books with Asian main characters because typically they re not done to my liking or not realistic or just too stereotypically Asian or self hating, but ha, the author is Korean and she did this right


  2. Maggie Maggie says:

    20 YEARS OF WATCHING KOREAN DRAMAS WITH MY MOM HAVE COME DOWN TO THIS MOMENT.


  3. Claudia Ramírez Claudia Ramírez says:

    I think this may be a 4.5 It was ADORABLE and HILARIOUS I was smiling the whole time.


  4. Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net says:

    Full disclaimer, I ve never seen a K Drama before although this book definitely peaked my interest in them so I can t definitively judge how well this book actually aligns with the execution of the televised dramas However, Maurene Goo does a spectacular job of explaining them to readers who have never seen them before, and based on her explanation, I think I have a handle on how they work Plus, I had my wonderful reading buddy, Josh Forever Bookish Josh reading along with me and he helped Full disclaimer, I ve never seen a K Drama before although this book definitely peaked my interest in them so I can t definitively judge how well this book actually aligns with the execution of the televised dramas However, Maurene Goo does a spectacular job of explaining them to readers who have never seen them before, and based on her explanation, I think I have a handle on how they work Plus, I had my wonderful reading buddy, Josh Forever Bookish Josh reading along with me and he helped fill me in too I want to be clear rating this book was difficult I kept going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars for a number of reasons There s some super cute and endearing aspects of this book, and it s quite well written, but I can t just overlook some of theproblematic elements either One thing I loved about this story was the diverse and widely varied characters There s so much positive representation and visibility here, which is always a plus in my book Desi s parents emigrated to America before she was born, so her Korean heritage is still a large part of her life and factors heavily into the story One of my favorite aspects had to be the quieter moments, between Desi and her father Maurene Goo incorporates a lot of information about Korean culture television, language, food, etc., in their conversations and left me feeling like this is one book where I m coming away from it feeling like I learned a few things Also, can I just say how refreshing it is to see a healthy parent teenage protagonist relationship in a YA novel I feel like so often the parents are absent from the story, or enemies of the main character and that s certainly not the case here However, despite how cute and fun I may have found those smaller,intimate moments, I was really dismayed by the main character, Desi, and found her behavior extremely problematic Despite being the Valedictorian of her graduating class, Desi has extreme self esteem issues and can t talk to boys without embarrassing herself, so she comes up with a plan to land herself Luca Drakos, the hottest boy in school Utilizing steps meticulously taken from the K Dramas she watches with her dad, Desi sets out to seduce herself a boyfriend There s just one problem she becomes totally complicit in lying, and hurting other people in order to do it Which I just can t get behind I m not even going to beat around the bush here Desi s actions reach a point where the only way I could enjoy the story any further was to pretend that I was reading a psychological thriller Seriously, that s how absurd some of the choices she makes are The poor girl was in need of a therapist by the end of the book, not a boyfriend One question I like to ask myself as I read, is if the genders were reversed, would we still support this character s choices, and in all honesty, I don t think we would I don t mean to imply that I disliked this book On the contrary, I really enjoyed most of it It s fast paced, and the conversations between characters are really cute I just wantedaccountability for Desi s actions in the end than we ended up getting 3.5 stars See this review andlike it on my bookblog Book Bastion___________________________________Buddy Reading this with my good friend Josh Forever Bookish Josh I ve realized recently I m woefully under read in YA contemporaries, so this book seems like a perfect starting point to rectify that


  5. Tweebs♥️ (hiatus) Tweebs♥️ (hiatus) says:

    looks at title Me okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay I ll roll with itreads synopsis mentions kdramas Me slaps the table Me IS THAT KDRAMA I SEE Me Vhat vhat vhat vhat vhat Me sign me up Me be still my beating heartMe y all I m in tears Me I LOVE THIS SO MUCHMe rip to me because this is everything I ever wantedMe my prayers have been answered praisethelordMe am I being tested in this life because I NEED MORE OF THIS I NEED A SEQUEL Me to be honest, I just want a Lucalooks at title Me okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay I ll roll with itreads synopsis mentions kdramas Me slaps the table Me IS THAT KDRAMA I SEE Me Vhat vhat vhat vhat vhat Me sign me up Me be still my beating heartMe y all I m in tears Me I LOVE THIS SO MUCHMe rip to me because this is everything I ever wantedMe my prayers have been answered praisethelordMe am I being tested in this life because I NEED MORE OF THIS I NEED A SEQUEL Me to be honest, I just want a Luca in my life because that love interest is Me seriously can Luca just come and be the male lead in my nonexistent love life pls thxMe but why is the main character so relatable She s the definition of me Guys I m just going to go scream so expect a review in 3 years ok


  6. may ➹ may ➹ says:

    2.5 starsMe Asian rep Asian characters I will read this no matter what Me actually reads the blurb Me I am going to hate thisMe reads the book anyways That was really not one of my finest moments I should have dropped this as soon as I read the blurb, because I knew exactly how it would turn out to be cringy, dramatic, cheesy, and stupid.And that s exactly how it turned out, BUT it was also unexpectedly addicting and engaging I remember staying up a few hours at night just to 2.5 starsMe Asian rep Asian characters I will read this no matter what Me actually reads the blurb Me I am going to hate thisMe reads the book anyways That was really not one of my finest moments I should have dropped this as soon as I read the blurb, because I knew exactly how it would turn out to be cringy, dramatic, cheesy, and stupid.And that s exactly how it turned out, BUT it was also unexpectedly addicting and engaging I remember staying up a few hours at night just to read the book, because I was caught up in the drama of it all Trust me I despised the drama Not only did it stress me out but also facepalm myself because the characters were just not using their brains But somehow I was hooked and wanted to read .The main reason I wanted to read this book at first was because of the Asian main character The rep wasn t even that remarkable It was really great to just see Asians in literature without having to offer deep thoughts about being Asian, but it wasn t anything special Of course, I m not Korean like Desi, so maybe Koreans will find themselvesthan I did in this book I think there was like one part where Desi mentioned defying stereotypes by being an Asian nerd AND a jock or something like that and I laughed But that was pretty much it.But honestly, what the hell is wrong with Desi She follows steps of K Dramas to get a boy she likes to like her back But she goes to so many extremes to do this that it s literally RIDICULOUS She literally concocted a plan for a minor car accident just to get her crush like no You are going to kill him He s going to be dead and the only kiss you ll be getting is on his cold blue lips in the morgue And the thing is, it s so predictable We ve all seen this girl does the outrageous things to get the boy girl gets the boy some kind of drama ensues to make them break up girl and boy end up back together And even worse, Desi knows of these steps and actively follows them as if they makes it any less predictable But no, it just makes it twice as predictable I honestly don t know what else this book was about Everything was just so forgettable, besides the ridiculous things that Desi did which is really hard to get out of your mind I mean, I couldn t even remember Desi s name without looking up the book I don t know what the love interest s name was Luke Lucas Luca Some typical Mysterious Brooding Hot White Guy name, that s for sure.Pretty ridiculous main character and predictable, cheesy, CRINGY romance but I guess it s kind of nice to see an Asian girl get the boy this way instead of a white girl like it usually is


  7. Amanda Pearl Amanda Pearl says:

    To say that I m excited for this is a severe understatement.ALMOST PPAAAAAARRRAAADIIIIIIIISSEE To say that I m excited for this is a severe understatement.ALMOST PPAAAAAARRRAAADIIIIIIIISSEE


  8. Lea Lea says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Let me start with what I liked about this book The writing style was VERY Princess Diaries, very fun and snappy I really did laugh reading this book, at least in the beginning The relationship between the main character, Desi Lee, and her father It Was THE Cutest I would have likedspace for them in the book The love story between Desi s parents view spoiler In Korea, she was a rich, pretty girl, top of her class, and he was a working class punk The book doesn t say, b Let me start with what I liked about this book The writing style was VERY Princess Diaries, very fun and snappy I really did laugh reading this book, at least in the beginning The relationship between the main character, Desi Lee, and her father It Was THE Cutest I would have likedspace for them in the book The love story between Desi s parents view spoiler In Korea, she was a rich, pretty girl, top of her class, and he was a working class punk The book doesn t say, but that was presumably under the Park Chung hee dictatorship, where you could get into serious trouble for sporting overlong hair or t shirts with English sayings Rock music was actually banned Anyway, they fell in love Her parents sent her to university in the US to separate them He worked as a mechanic to save up money to follow her Then he moved in with her in the US Her parents found out and shunned her He kept working to pay her tuition Eventually she became a neurosurgeon and they got married and her parents finally came around And a few years later she DIES Oh my god hide spoiler THAT I would have liked a whole book about Every time their story was brought up I thought Why am I not reading a book about that instead , which is not really a good sign for the main story I guess.Which brings us to the things I didn t like Which turn out to be the main character, the love interest, and the plot lmao Desi Lee needs a psychologistthan she needs a boyfriend Her personality was kind of a mesh between Paris from Gil Girls the Chilton years and Mia from The Princess Diaries With a liberal dose of crazy all her own Seriously, she is beyond She has a K drama based list of steps to fall in love, which is a cute rom com premise, except that her list involved almost killing the guy she was crushing on Thrice She is incapable of remorse She is one of those scary ANYTHING is fair in love and war people Newsflash, baby Not everything is fair in war Which is why we have the Hague and Geneva Conventions and the International Criminal Court And not everything is fair in love either For example, orchestrating car crashes to get closer to your crush.Here s a sample of her twisted thinkingWhen a guy goes through obstacles to get a girl, it s considered romantic Think climbing through a girl s window unannounced to watch her sleep However, when it s a girl making dramatic gestures for a guy, it s creepy Double standard bullshitSIS, THEY ARE BOTH CREEPY It s creepy to climb through a girl s window unannounced to watch her sleep And it s creepy to spread nails on a road to make your crush crash his car Sidenote, this is the second YA book I ve read where a main character uses faux feminism to justify her sociopathic behaviour The other one was The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E Lockhart I didn t like the love interest, Luca Drakos Some of it is because he just isn t my type he wears a beanie everywhere, all the time ew But some of it is because he s a big whiny overprivileged emo baby He is someone who would also benefit from a psychologist Or from military academy He is pretty terrible to his perfectly nice dad, who saved his ass from going to jail not once but TWICE The guy is just trying to make sure his son doesn t go down a bad path, but Luca can only complain about how his dad has so much money and connections Cry me a river He even whines about how his dad invented a life saving medical equipment because it would make him money and not because he actually wanted to save lives Who gives a shit Go read some Adam Smith, you horse s ass Turns out his dad a medical engineer did care about saving lives Little Lenin wouldn t know because he isn t actually interested enough in what his father does to even know WHAT it was that he invented I ended up liking Luca s dad wayyyythan I did Luca I totally agreed with him that Luca neededdiscipline Too bad we don t actually see him apply that to Luca he was never really punished for anything, ever Other things 1 The instalove 2 Desi makes a CRAZY sacrifice for her boyfriend, basically throwing her entire life s dream in the trash for a guy she s known like, a couple of months And it turned out to be over a damn silly thing I don t know what kind of message that is for girls 3 Desi never gets the come uppance she deserves after manipulating the hell out of Luca, which weirdly vindicates her crazy list It worked after all Anyway, this book was a mindfuck, especially towards the last third If you like some of theoutlandish K dramas, like Boys Over Flowers which was totally BONKERS , you might actually like this But if you are into er, healthy relationships, maybe skip it


  9. Giselle Giselle says:

    Doth my eyes deceive me Is that an Asian model on this cover O What a cute fun book this was Full review TK


  10. Aj the Ravenous Reader Aj the Ravenous Reader says:

    Unexpected things happen But it s how we react to them, how we learn and evolve from these things that shapes into who we are I Believe in a Thing Called Love is one of the most hilarious, most adorable contemporaries I ve read So funny, it s ridiculousAnd then My fashion sweatpants fell off In a puddle at my feet But what I liked about the book is that it isn t just funny, romantic and silly I actually appreciate the message of the story through the main character and the narratUnexpected things happen But it s how we react to them, how we learn and evolve from these things that shapes into who we are I Believe in a Thing Called Love is one of the most hilarious, most adorable contemporaries I ve read So funny, it s ridiculousAnd then My fashion sweatpants fell off In a puddle at my feet But what I liked about the book is that it isn t just funny, romantic and silly I actually appreciate the message of the story through the main character and the narrator of the story, Desi I love her can do attitude and how she always takes charge of her emotions, reactions and her life in generalBut I never lost the belief that you could will something just by sticking to it, by being unwavering By keeping your eyes on the prize And by doing that, there was nothing you couldn t control about your own lifeIt s so amusing how she got inspiration in achieving her romantic interest named Lucas through Korean Drama and even though there is a sad story behind her controlling attitude, it was presented in a very light and heartwarming writing that I just enjoyed every bit of the plot especially Desi s relationship with her dad and her friends


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