Parents' Guide to

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

By Nayanika Kapoor, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Girl uses Korean TV dramas as guide in charming romance.

Book Maurene Goo Romance 2017
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This endearing story balances comedy with important messages about control, healthy relationships, and honesty. Fans of K-Dramas will appreciate the many references and relate to Desi's infatuation with the love stories. I Believe in a Thing Called Love gives readers a natural and authentic glimpse into Korean culture, sprinkled as it is with Korean phrases and mentions of delicious food.

Desi's actions can seem obsessive and unrealistic at times -- even unsafe -- and often with little to no consequences. While the dialogue is generally written well, some of the conversations can seem distant from teen reality. However, Goo does a good job making "perfect" Desi seem realistic and lovable with her embarrassing moments. Desi's good intentions shine through, and readers will root for her love story. She eventually understands the importance of letting go of her elaborate plan and soaking up the surprises of life, an important message for teens and adults alike. I Believe in a Thing Called Love shapes up to be a fun and heartwarming read.

Book Details

  • Author: Maurene Goo
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: Friendship, High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Publication date: May 30, 2017
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 18
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: April 23, 2020

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