I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I Believe in a Thing Called Love 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

  • Title: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
  • Author: Maurene Goo
  • ISBN: 9780374304041
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 humaDesi 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 than just drama.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 4.5 stars. Easily one of the best YA contemporaries I've found this year - it was absolutely hilarious & endearing!!I'm a huge fan of kdramas and love how this story even referenced so many of my favorites. Basically, Desi follows a plan for everything and tries to control life's variables as much as possible after her mother's death. She decides she wants to get a boyfriend before she goes to college, so she watches a bunch of her dad's kdramas one weekend and makes a list of what all of th [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. Happy birthday to this very cute contemporary!Thank you, Macmillan, for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Unexpected things happen, but it's how we react to them, how we learn and evolve from these things that shapes us into who we are. —DesiThe moment I saw the blurb of this book, I was overwhelmed by the desire to get my hands on it. With the exception of Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before, I hardly own YA novels that feature Korean/Asian protagonists [...]

    5. *looks at title* Me:okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay I'll roll with it*reads 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 [...]

    6. Doth my eyes deceive me? Is that an Asian model on this cover?! :O-----What a cute fun book this was! Full review TK

    7. “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 ridiculous. "And 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 t [...]

    8. EDITED: Actual review time below!!A book about a girl who uses k-dramas as a guide to flirting and romance????I NEED.So, here's the thing: this book read like a k-drama. I love-love-loved the parallels. Desi creates this list of steps based on k-dramas for how to get her man, but in reality, she's basically a k-drama star herself. Desi is this super smart, super capable, super spunky girl who flails at romance and has a sad family story. Luca is this supposedly unattainable perfect guy who's ama [...]

    9. that was probably one of the most dramatic, predictable, stupidest things I’ve ever read but god was it CUTE and ADDICTIVE af2.5 stars, RTC

    10. I absolutely loved this book. Tying in K-drama structure while also being so important to Desi's master plan was cleverly done, and seeing Korean home life/relationship dynamics/details depicted so well was refreshing (see my status updates for specific thoughts). I couldn't stop turning the pages, even when I should've been doing other things (like sleeping). One of my favorites of 2017.1 of my status updates: "Of all the books I've read, this best sums up what it was like to grow up in my hous [...]

    11. i binged this novel harder than a k-drama. I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE is sososososo hilarious, adorable, and heartwarming. as a person who loves korean dramas, this story was a dream come true. i couldn't help but laugh situations (and Desi's internal monologue!). although it was obviously cliché and predictable, i loved every second. <3333

    12. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/Let me start by saying I really should have enjoyed this more than I did and I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t. The story here is of Desi Lee – an overachiever to the nth degree. A senior in high school, Desi has made a habit of setting a goal for herself and achieving it. Straight As, varsity soccer stud, on her way to early admittance to Stanford - Desi makes her own destiny. There’s only one thing she fails at – the opposite sex. When a new bo [...]

    13. CUUUUUUUTE!!!! CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE WOW SO CUTEi have some pretty huge issues with the main character (i.e. she's out of her freaking mind and her behavior would not be condoned under, like any normal circumstance), but WOW this book was so adorable. i honestly kind of regret reading it when i did, because i should have saved it for a time when i really need a good contemporary. very much recommend!!ALSO HECK YEA KOREAN AMERICAN PROTAGONIST SLAY ME MAURENE GOOvideo review: youtube/watch?v=qV [...]

    14. Okay, I'm normally not a fan of YA contemporaries, but I thought this one was so cute! I was a huuuuge kdrama fan when I was a teenager (I seriously binged like 20 of them) and I loved the way this book incorporated them. You do have to suspend quite a bit of belief to enjoy it (especially with the ending) but overall it's such a fun time! There were times I considered only rating this 3.5 stars, but I loved Desi's Appa so much and he deserves 100000 stars. Also, Desi was a delightful and entert [...]

    15. Okay so I am usually not one for cover models, like ever, though it sometimes works for contemporary or modern setting book I guess. However, I must say it is pretty nice to see an Asian cover model on this. Basically it's just nice to be included.I've really been looking forward to this because I have a pretty strong feeling I can relate, and I love K-dramas so this should be fun lol

    16. 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 liked more space 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 t [...]

    17. 3.5 or 4 stars? Who knows. Not me. I haven't given out a four in a long while.I'm going to say it right now: you will face palm so much throughout this book that you'll probably end up with a red welt on your forehead.Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything — it's not like I have a noticeably red spot between my eyes and it's definitely not like my sister had to come in several times to tell me to shut up because, you know, I was threatening to disown this book from my kindle via lou [...]

    18. ***Actual rating: 5/5 Kdrama-1-Reality-0 Stars***I pulled out the K drama list, sopping wet at this point. Pulpy and dripping ink.I wanted to shred the thing to bits, to shove it in my mouth and eat it if possible. But the more I stared at the list with all its ridiculous rules and steps, the more I began to register why I loved those dramas. Not because they were helpful, or because they were a useful tool for my own purposes.It was because they were unapologetic love stories.I Believe In A Thi [...]

    19. I LOVED this book! If you want an over-the-too kind of ridiculous but also hopelessly wonderful contemporary, YOU NEED TO READ THIS (even more so if you love Korean dramas).

    20. Sometimes, on a Friday night, you just need to pick up a cute K-drama contemporary and sit in your favourite reading chair. Ant that's when the book binging happens.I seriously needed this, to binge read a book, to do nothing else but read — okay, I slept and ate, but still. I also really needed all the K-drama feels.I wouldn't say this book was mind-blowing, because it seriously wasn't. It was messed up sometimes, and not the good type of messed up. But it was also extremely light-hearted, an [...]

    21. This was one of my most anticipated books of 2017, and though I didn't get what I was expecting, I Believe In A Thing Called Love was nonetheless full of pleasant and quirky surprises.The first thing you should know going into I Believe In A Thing Called Love is that it is outrageously silly. Indeed, largely influenced and inspired by romantic Korean dramas, or K-dramas, this book has all the hilarious and heart-melting tropes common to K-drama: tragic family stories, near-miss life and dea [...]

    22. Its rare for me to read YA contemporary anymore, but I heard about this book a while ago and then a few weeks ago I fell into the Kdrama holehard. So, here we are. Fun and a refreshing take on the typical YA romance. If you like Kdramas, I can't imagine you not liking this.

    23. an 'unapologetic love story' at its core and i loved every moment of it. plus it has one of the greatest dads in bookish dad history.

    24. Such a cute, sweet contemporary.Desi Lee is a perfect student who wants to be in control of everything. obsessed with planning to minute details so she can be best in everything she does. i found her need to be perfect a little bit obsessive. but still her character was really sweet & despite her popularity I liked that she was not a mean girl.Desi lacks in boyfriend department so she decides to follow Korean drama steps to get her crush new guy Luca. yes steps, which she maps out after obse [...]

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