I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene GooI Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

I Believe In A Thing Called Love

byMaurene Goo

Hardcover | May 30, 2017

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One of Seventeen.com's Best YA Books of 2017
"Hilarious." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Powerful messages of inclusion and acceptance." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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 at 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 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.

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Maurene Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper, one thousand cousins, and piles of books. She studied communication at UC San Diego and then later received a Masters in publishing, writing, and literature at Emerson College. Before publishing her first book, Since You Asked, she worked in both textbook and a...
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Title:I Believe In A Thing Called LoveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.46 × 5.78 × 1.12 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374304041

ISBN - 13:9780374304041

Customer Reviews of I Believe In A Thing Called Love


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Romantic Comedy (and kdrama) lovers this one's for you. This is a very cute read. I flew through this. I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't put it down. It's a romantic comedy and embodies everything I love about kdramas. It was a fun read filled with hilarious, adorable and romantic moments. Some crazy things happen but if you're a kdrama lover it will seem like typical occurrences. This feels like your reading a drama instead of watching it. A lot of my favourite kdramas are referenced. If you're not into kdramas you'll probably want to start watching them after reading this book.
Date published: 2017-06-17

Editorial Reviews

"Desi's implementation of measures such as 'Be Caught in an Obviously Lopsided Love Triangle' yields hilarious, at times unintended results, lending this teen rom-com a surprisingly thoughtful conclusion . . . [Goo's] funny, engaging narrative also delivers powerful messages of inclusion and acceptance." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review"The art-centric romance that develops between Desi and Luca is rewarding to follow, as are their parental relationships, particularly that between Desi and her widowed Appa. Goo simultaneously honors and deconstructs romantic tropes, both in general and specific to K dramas, and does so using a wonderfully diverse cast." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"In the tradition of best-laid plans, Desi's goes painfully awry in ways that elevate the story above the level of fluffy, cross-cultural rom-com. Friends and family are well crafted to inspire discussions about the comfort and complications they afford . . . Readers who crave believability with their fun and wit will be satisfied with the way the plan works out." -VOYA