I Believe in a Thing Called Love
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I Believe in a Thing Called Love

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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 a disaster in romance, and her 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 325 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20mm | 305g
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0374308195
  • 9780374308193
  • 16,481

About Maurene Goo

Maurene Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper, one thousand cousins, 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 has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.show more

Review quote

"Desi's implementation of measures such as 'Be Caught in an Obviously Lopsided Love Triangle' yields hilarious, at times unintended results, lending this teen rom-com a surprisingly thoughtful conclusion . . . [Goo's] funny, engaging narrative also delivers powerful messages of inclusion and acceptance." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review"The art-centric romance that develops between Desi and Luca is rewarding to follow, as are their parental relationships, particularly that between Desi and her widowed Appa. Goo simultaneously honors and deconstructs romantic tropes, both in general and specific to K dramas, and does so using a wonderfully diverse cast." --Publishers Weekly, starred review"In the tradition of best-laid plans, Desi's goes painfully awry in ways that elevate the story above the level of fluffy, cross-cultural rom-com. Friends and family are well crafted to inspire discussions about the comfort and complications they afford . . . Readers who crave believability with their fun and wit will be satisfied with the way the plan works out." --VOYAshow more

Table of contents

Advance Information I Believe in a Thing Called Love. A funny young adult novel about a Korean American girl who uses K-Drama techniques to snag the boyfriend of her dreams.show more

Rating details

2,215 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 22% (483)
4 42% (925)
3 28% (615)
2 7% (150)
1 2% (42)
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