I am not the type to pick up a book on a total whim, and I don’t really do cover buys either. Normally, I have to have heard about a book 27-30 times before I’ll even look it up on Goodreads. However, something about I Believe In A Thing Called Love caught my attention. I don’t know if it was the way it was sold to me (I can’t for the life of me remember where I heard about it) or the brief summary that was provided, but it just seemed to me like a book I’d really enjoy – and I was right.
As you’ll probably know, one of my all-time favourite series is Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. There’s something so beautiful about her story’s family dynamic and the cuteness and chastity of the love story that just seems to hook me in every time. This book does exactly the same thing for me.
Although there are some similarities between the two novels, I can’t stress enough how different these protagonists are – while Lara Jean is the romantic, artistic type, Desi is a much more dominant and controlling character (which I happen to empathise with more than Lara Jean). However, despite the differences, I would say that if you’re a fan of the Lara Jean series, you probably want to check this one out – I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
As I mentioned earlier, one of my favourite things about To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was the family dynamic, and the same is true of I Believe In A Thing Called Love. I loved Desi’s relationship with her father – they really looked out for each other, and you got the impression that they were both fiercely protective. I love a strong family bond like this in a novel, it’s just so refreshing to see these loving, paternal relationships in a genre were they’re less than prevalent.
Okay, okay, I’ll level with you – I don’t get the whole K-drama thing. My friends in secondary school were super into K-drama/anime, and I tried a couple of episodes at one point, but they’re just not my speed. However, if you’re in the same boat as me, don’t let that put you off this novel. Although the K-drama is a prevalent part of the story, you by no means have to be well versed or familiar with the genre to appreciate the story – luckily for me!
If I were to have one complaint, and I do, it would be that I found a couple of aspects of this story a little hard to believe. They make a point that Desi is a smart girl, but I didn’t really think that any of Desi’ s actions throughout this novel reflected this (a smart girl would have thought the whole ‘nails in the road’ thing the whole way through!) However, if you’re willing to let that one go, I don’t really have any other issues with this story as a whole, which is saying a lot coming from me.
Overall, I’m gonna give this novel 4/5 stars. It’s a really cute story that completely sucks you in from beginning to end – I read it in 2 days! I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a cute YA contemporary, especially any of you Jenny Han fans out there.
If you enjoyed this novel (or heck, even if you hated it), let me know in the comments, I love hearing what you guys have to say!