It’s Memorial Day and it’s also RELEASE DAY EVE for I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo!  We’re happy to be a part of the blog tour to tell you a little bit about this book, including our favorite quotes!

5.30.17 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.

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 never had a B. But in her charmed school life, there’s one thing missing—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a known disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet. When the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides it’s time to tackle her flirting failures. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has watched obsessively for years—in which the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos. All’s fair in love and Korean dramas, right? But when the fun and games turn to feelings, Desi finds out that real-life love is about way more than just drama. Maurene Goo’s I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE is a fun, heartwarming story of falling in love—for real.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) // Release date:  05/30/2017  // ISBN: 9780374304041 // 336 Pages, Ages 14-18

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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.


Desi applies her smarts to snagging a boyfriend, cue zany incidents and madcap adventures when we meets Luca, the hottest artist boy ever. From their hysterical meeting to Desi’s planned disaster forays, I pretty much giggled through this entire book. If I wasn’t giggling, I’d probably be cringing because Desi really did do some silly things to snag a boy.  It just goes to show that logic doesn’t always apply to the particular circumstances of  love.

Some of my favorite things about this book:  It’s an own voices book with beautiful Asian model on the cover! We need more of this in YA!  Desi’s relationship with her father is so sweet. It’s wonderful to see parents and children relating to  each other in mature ways–it’s not all (K-) drama!  The strong portrayal of friendships–Desi’s easy rapport with her besties is inspirational.

Add it to your summer reading list STAT!


The writing is so clever in this book and it begins on the cover with this tagline:

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It was difficult, but I narrowed down my favorite quotes to my top 8:



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