I Believe in a Thing Called Love
I need romance, You're beautiful, Dream high (#1), Boys over flowers, Answer me (1997), Answer me (1994), Answer me (1988), I hear your voice, My girlfriend is a Gumiho, My love from another star, Oh my ghostess, Coffee prince (#1), Jealousy, Kill me,Heal me, Full house, My name is Sam-Soon.(less)
You just needed a plan, to take action. It’s how I convinced my dad to let me raise geese in our backyard, how I saved our underfunded middle school library from closure, how I overcame a fear of heights by bungee jumping on my sixteenth birthday (with only a little pee escaping me), and how I became number one in my class year after year. I believed, and still believe, that you can build your dreams brick by brick. That you can accomplish anything with persistence.This ...more
Even falling in love.
Me: okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay I'll roll with it
*mentions "kdramas" *
Me: *slaps the table*
Me: IS THAT KDRAMA I SEE????
Me: Vhat vhat vhat vhat vhat
Me: sign me up
Me: be still my beating heart
Me: y'all I'm in tears
Me: I LOVE THIS SO MUCH
Me: rip to me because this is everything I ever wanted
Me: my prayers have been answered #praisethelord
Me: am I being tested in this life?? because I NEED MORE OF THIS I NEED A SEQUEL !!
Me: to be honest, I just want a Luca ...more
Me: Asian rep!!! Asian characters!!! I will read this no matter what!!!!
Me: *actually reads the blurb*
Me: …I am going to hate this
Me: *reads the book anyways*
That was really not one of my finest moments. I should have dropped this as soon as I read the blurb, because I knew exactly how it would turn out to be: cringy, dramatic, cheesy, and stupid.
And that’s exactly how it turned out, BUT it was also unexpectedly addicting and engaging. I remember staying up a few hours at night just to ...more
“Unexpected things happen. But it’s how we react to them, how we learn and evolve from these things that shapes into who we are.”
I Believe in a Thing Called Love is one of the most hilarious, most adorable contemporaries I’ve read. So funny, it’s ridiculous.
My fashion sweatpants fell off. In a puddle at my feet."
But what I liked about the book is that it isn’t just funny, romantic and silly. I actually appreciate the message of the story through the main character and the narrat ...more
A book about a girl who uses k-dramas as a guide to flirting and romance????
So, here's the thing: this book read like a k-drama. I love-love-loved the parallels. Desi creates this list of steps based on k-dramas for how to get her man, but in reality, she's basically a k-drama star herself.
Desi is this super smart, super capable, super spunky girl who flails at romance and has a sad family story.
Luca is this supposedly unattainable perfect guy who's a ...more
1 of my status updates: "Of all the books I've read, this best sums up what it was like to grow up in my hous ...more
Well the K-drama nerd in me absolutely adored this. Is it a tad cliche and somewhat predictable? Sure, but so are K-dramas lol
Desi is a smart, dorky, endearing heroine and even at her craziest I could not help but like her.
Her two best friends Fiona and Wes, honestly seem like two of the most loyal friends ever because they always support her through all the crazy hijinks. While, also being completely honest with her about how crazy it all is 😂
It is important to note that you proba ...more
I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE is sososososo hilarious, adorable, and heartwarming. as a person who loves korean dramas, this story was a dream come true. i couldn't help but laugh situations (and Desi's internal monologue!). although it was obviously cliché and predictable, i loved every second. <3333 ...more
This is becoming a movie??? HOW. ABOUT. NO.
I wish I could say I loved this. I waited so long to get my hands on this book and I was so excited when I finally got to read it. The main character mentions that she has an overbite right at the beginning, and I’ve never felt more represented. But then I frickin HATED the book. This is probably my most hated book of all time.
The main character in this is insufferable, creepy, manipulative and straight-up PROBLEMATIC. If she and her ...more
i have some pretty huge issues with the main character (i.e. she's out of her freaking mind and her behavior would not be condoned under, like... any normal circumstance), but WOW this book was so adorable. i honestly kind of regret reading it when i did, because i should have saved it for a time when i really need a good contemporary.
very much recommend!!
ALSO HECK YEA KOREAN AMERICAN PROTAGONIST SLAY ME MAURENE GOO
video review: https://www.you ...more
Let me start by saying I really should have enjoyed this more than I did and I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t. The story here is of Desi Lee – an overachiever to the nth degree. A senior in high school, Desi has made a habit of setting a goal for herself and achieving it. Straight As, varsity soccer stud, on her way to early admittance to Stanford - Desi makes her own destiny. There’s only one thing she fails at – the opposite sex. Whe ...more
especially when one of those books sucks as hard as this one.
review to come / 1 star
you know that stage when you're finally out of a reading slump and you can't stop reading and you just pick up more and more books?
I pulled out the K drama list, sopping wet at this point. Pulpy and dripping ink.
I wanted to shred the thing to bits, to shove it in my mouth and eat it if possible. But the more I stared at the list with all its ridiculous rules and steps, the more I began to register why I loved those dramas. Not because they were helpful, or because they were a useful tool for my own purposes.
It was because they were unapologetic love stories.
"If you thought of life as a series of nostalgic images arranged in a slo-mo montage, you'd miss a lot of the tedious bits. In between the fuzzy images of blowing out birthday candles and first kisses would be a whole lot of sitting on your sofa watching TV. Or doing homework. Or learning how to create the perfect beach wave for your hair with a flatiron."
"I watched Bob Ross videos until my eyes bled, but I still couldn't paint a sycamore tree that didn't look like ...more
so i was most definitely expecting this book to be a little weird from all the reviews i was seeing but lowkey desi lee has some issues that she needs to fix
. . . like very soon.
- its a fun, light hearted contem ft. a korean mc who's literally the smartest girl in the world
- I LOVED HOW SHE WAS JUST UNAPOLOGETICALLY KOREAN AND NO ONE DOUBTED OR QUESTIONED AND IT WAS JUST THE MOST NORMAL THING AAAAAAAA I LOVE
- shes a walking tragedy omg relatable
- her ...more
The first thing you should know going into I Believe In A Thing Called Love is that it is outrageously silly. Indeed, largely influenced and inspired by romantic Korean dramas, or K-dramas, this book has all the hilarious and heart-melting tropes common to K-drama: tragic family stories, near-miss life and death si ...more
I seriously needed this, to binge read a book, to do nothing else but read — okay, I slept and ate, but still. I also really needed all the K-drama feels.
I wouldn't say this book was mind-blowing, because it seriously wasn't. It was messed up sometimes, and not the good type of messed up. But it was also extremely light-hearted, and ...more
I haven’t finish a book in a while, particularly a YA title so I decided to pick up I Believe in a Thing Called Love out of sheer randomness. I remember being so excited for this book when Dramabeans unveiled its cover BECAUSE fucking finally, we have another YA title with a Korean model on the cover. I’m glad my taste didn’t failed me, because I Believe in a Thing Called Love delivered what the premise alluded its going to offer. Like a true K-drama inspired book, I almost died out of second-e...more
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