Review | I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

I Believe in a Thing Called LoveTitle: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Author: Maurene Goo

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux BFYR

Release Date: May 30, 2017

“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.”

I’m so torn with this book, because while I had a really fun time with it and enjoyed the romance, I had a problem with the premise that kinda puts a baby negative cloud over my enjoyment that keeps it from becoming a favorite. I Believe in a Thing Called Love follows Desi Lee,the precocious and academic minded star student, as she navigates the trials and unforeseen circumstances of first love with advice from K-Dramas.

Things I Liked 
Desi’s relationship with her father was so lovely, wholesome, and wonderful. The were just the sweetest and he was so nice and caring.

I did still like Desi quite a bit even thought I did have a lot of problems with her actions in the story. But she is self-aware and recognizes her she goes to far and that what she’s doing maybe isn’t the best way to act towards someone you like. And I liked seeing her accept that you can’t factor and plan for every variable and sometimes you just have to live your life in a way that makes you happy and respects those around you.

Things I Didn’t Like 
The premise of the story just kinda bothered me. It was just manipulative and made me feel icky so while Desi and Luca definitely had a lot of cute moments, I didn’t really get all the cutesy butterfly feelings for them until near the end of the story. But I do thing that Luca was a little too forgiving at times.

This story has be completely torn – there were parts I really loved and parts that made me really frustrated. There was so many funny moments, amazing dialogue, and inspiring K-Drama moments that you can’t help but kinda love I Believe in a Thing Called Love even it you did have some problems with it.

What’d you think of I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE? Favorite Maurene Goo book? Favorite K- Drama? Share below!


2 thoughts on “Review | I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

  1. Kelly G says:

    I bought this one recently but haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I was hoping for a really swoon-worthy, cute romance, but it’s a bummer that you had the problems with it that you did. It does sound kind of interesting, but I’ll definitely keep a look out for the issues you mentioned. I love a book with family involved, so I’m super happy to see that the main character and her father have a great relationship!

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