Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love // Maurene Goo

31145133I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Maurene Goo
Release: May 30, 2017
Page Count: 336

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 Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo was a cutesy fun novel that follows the story line of senior Desi as she sets up the steps of her favorite k-drama’s in order to win over the man of her dreams. While this novel was certainly light and full of that lovely drama I basically live off, it did have some fatal flaws. While I enjoyed this novel, it was not as fabulous as I anticipated it would be, however it held many positive aspects I enjoyed as well.


  • I really enjoyed the cute and fun aspect this story incorporated. While our main character certainly had that “dark past” we often see in YA contemporary, it wasn’t a focal point of the story that actually drove the plot
  • The main characters were fabulous. While I’m not Korean, I’m Chinese, I felt that Goo did a very good job at portraying Desi’s home life and her relationship with her father.
    • Not to mention, Luca was spectacularly gorgeous! 😉
  • I really liked the concept of the K-Drama’s throughout this novel. I love K-Drama’s myself and I thought it was really funny how Desi was trying to win Luca over through similar K-Drama tactics. This idea I felt was super unique, Goo did a good job.
  • Goo is a great writer, while the writing wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever seen, it was good and that made for a story that was entertaining


  • While the story was unique in the sense of it’s comedic use of K-Drama’s, I felt that the story line was somewhat cliche. There were certainly time where I felt bored because I knew exactly what would happened next
  • I liked Desi for the most part, but I was constantly annoyed at her clingy-ness and need to be with Luca. Like I understand she wants to have a boyfriend, but I felt annoyed because she seemed SO DESPERATE and I kinda wanted to slap her.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this novel, while it wasn’t one of the best contemporary books I’ve ever read, it did prove to be an enjoyable one. Goo has a lot to learn as a writer I think and I expect that her next novel will be mindblowingly cute. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoyed Jenny Han’s Lara Jean Trilogy!

3.5/5 STARS



4 thoughts on “Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love // Maurene Goo

  1. I’m really excited to read this book because I’ve just gotten into watching K-Dramas myself. It sounds like the perfect summer read.


  2. Fantastic review Claire! I was actually about to pick up this book 2 weeks ago at the bookstore but something about the blurb wasn’t convincing enough. I agree that it does sound like a super light and fluffy read. I guess I wasn’t in the mood for that 🙂


    1. Thank you so much! Yes, this book was very light and fluffy. I would personally recommend picking it up at the library, it was good but not one of my favorites. 🙂 Thank you for the comment!


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