Desi Lee seems to excel at everything in life except in the boyfriend department. Every time she tries to flirt with a guy, it ends up disastrous. So when she finds herself watching Korean dramas with her father, she takes notice the best way she knows how – by analyzing the K-dramas and creating a formula that she’s convinced will get her a boyfriend.
This was such an adorable story! While I’m not familiar with Korean dramas, I got the sense from this story that these shows usually force you to suspend your disbelief and I would say that is certainly the case for I Believe In a Thing Called Love. If you took the narrative at face value, you would think that all the scenarios that Desi gets into are completely outlandish – and that’s exactly what I thought until I caught myself.
I loved how casual the Korean culture was infused into every aspect of this novel. It was obviously a lot to do with K-dramas, but the day-to-day cultural aspects felt seamlessly ingrained in the story and, where necessary, was explained throughout in a way that fit the narrative. Similar to books by Jenny Han and S.K. Ali (among many others), I really enjoyed that this story made another culture more accessible to the masses. It showed that other races don’t have to be a “foreign” story that’s told. It’s set in a present day North American city, encountering common teenage highs and lows.
It was also a nice added bonus that, after reading this story and you’re intrigued with K-dramas, Goo included a “Guide to K Dramas” at the end. I Believe In a Thing Called Love is a fun, cute YA novel for fans of contemporary romance!