This book absolutely swept me off my feet! From the swoony moments to the silly ones, this story was an absolute delight to read.
There is just something about a romantic comedy that puts me in the mood for a rosé, and for me, I Believe in a Thing Called Love is the perfect YA rom-com. I paired it with this Grand Ferrage Rosé, not only because the wine’s sweet taste pairs so well with the story, but also because Desi creates her own, well, unique way of navigating the path toward finding true love.
*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
About I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to 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 her answer 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 Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake 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.
- Title: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
- Author: Maureen Goo
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
- Pub Date: May 30, 2017
I have a sweet spot for YA rom-coms, and I also adore books that poke fun at traditional story-telling tropes while still incorporating them into the story in a way that is hilarious and entertaining. Maurene Goo has certainly done all of those things in I Believe in a Thing Called Love. This is the perfect summer read, and I can’t say enough about what a great reading experience I had with it.
Desi is such a charming main character. I fell in love with her from her very first “flailure” (flirting failure), and Goo had me cheering for her all the way through. She is the epitome of a teenage overachiever, and the fact that Desi uses such a systematic approach to finding true love is not only hilarious, but also plays into her character so well. Maurene Goo did such a brilliant job of developing her.
When Desi decides to overcome her flailures once and for all by studying the ways of the heroines from some of her father’s favorite K Dramas, as a reader you know that hilarity is about to ensue and things are destined to go terribly awry, but watching it all unfold was an absolute pleasure.
I haven’t yet watched a K Drama myself, but Maurene provides a handy guide in the back of the book to get you started on becoming a K Drama enthusiast yourself! I am so excited to check some of them out!
Desi’s love interest, Luca Drakos is oh-so-swoon-worthy and a total broody book boyfriend that readers will absolutely fall in love with themselves.
I highly recommend picking up this book when it hits shelves on Tuesday, and can’t wait to pick up my own hardcover copy from my local indie!
About Maurene Goo
Maurene Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper and piles of books. She is the author of Since You Asked… and I Believe in a Thing Called Love and has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants. You can find her in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats–one weird, one even more weird.
Will you be reading I Believe in a Thing Called Love when it hits bookshelves on Tuesday? What is your favorite YA rom-com of 2017 so far?