I Believe in a Thing Called Love
By Maurene Goo
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017. 325 pgs. Young Adult
High school senior Desi Lee is good at everything, except flirting. Her flirting failures are legendary, and when the new guy at school, Luca Drakos, catches her attention, she develops a crazy plan to win him over... Korean drama style. Desi had ignored the K-dramas her dad watches every night of her life, where the hapless heroine always ends up in the arms of her true-love by episode ten, but suddenly she sees their formulaic approach to love in a new light. After studiously binge watching several dramas, Desi is armed with a list of steps that always work in K-drama world, and she sets her plan into motion. A boat rescue, love triangle, and staged car crash are all fit into her master plan, but she will learn that true love is more than just drama.
As an avid Korean drama fan, I loved this book, and not just because it referenced several K-dramas that I was familiar with, but also because it read like a rom-com K-drama. It was fun, quirky, heart-warming, and sometimes a little cringe worthy (it’s not a good idea to have your friends throw nails on the road so that you and your crush get to experience a crisis together). If you enjoy light-hearted young-adult romance, this is an easy recommendation from me. If you enjoy Korean dramas, this is a must read.