I Believe in a Thing Called Love seems to be along the same vein as When Dimple Met Rishi. It’s a rom-com featuring a POC lead, this time featuring a Korean-American girl named Desi Lee who’s a senior in high school and looking for her first boyfriend. Using the surefire formula from Korean dramas (K-Dramas) as her guidebook, Desi tries to navigate her love life and the ridiculousness that ensues. So here’s the book breakdown ya’ll:
May 30th 2017, so creeping up on us fast. This will be an early summer release, probably a nice easy read for poolside reading. It also comes out the same day as When Dimple Met Rishi (exciting), and will stack up at 336 pages. The publisher is Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), who I’m not actually familiar with.
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
Maurene Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper and piles of books. She studied communication at UC San Diego and then later received a Masters in publishing, writing, and literature at Emerson College. Before publishing her first book, Since You Asked, she worked in both textbook and art book publishing. She also has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants and lives in Los Angeles. Her website can be found here!
Amazon has a preview up where you can read the majority of the first chapter. Goo’s style is lively and real. The dialogue isn’t forced, and I already have a solid feeling for the trio of friends that seem like they’re going to be making up this book. Desi so far seems like a likable protagonist, so I’m interested to see how she develops in the rest of the story. Defiantly looks like it will be a cute book.
Overall Excitement Meter:
5/5. I already pre-ordered this book because I was really into and excited about the concept. Hopefully I won’t be disappointed! (Review to come of course)