I Believe in a Thing Called Love (Hardcover)

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Really cute YA rom com starring a Korean American girl named Desi. She's an over achieving but down to earth nerd who has many flailures (flirting disasters) with boys. After mocking her Appa about his love for K dramas, she discovers that following the K drama formula will help her with dating. What's refreshing is that Desi has diverse friends, and a healthy parental relationship. The author subtly incorporates of an immigrant experience and Korean culture with the plot.

— Audrey


A Seventeen.com Best YA Books of 2017
A Publishers Weekly's Best YA Book of 2017
A New York Public Library Notable Best Book for Teens 2017
"Hilarious." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Powerful messages of inclusion and acceptance." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That's how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it's how she'll get into Stanford. But she's never had a boyfriend. In fact, she's a disaster at 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 finds guidance 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 Steps to True Love," Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos--and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged 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.

A Margaret Ferguson Book

About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780374304041
ISBN-10: 0374304041
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English