Rating: 2 Stars

“I believed, and still believe, that you can build your dreams brick by brick. That you can accomplish anything with persistence.” 

When I heard about this book, I was excited because it dealt with a love story but also dealt with Korean Dramas. When I was entering high school, and a couple years into it, I was Korean Drama obsessed, this was before I fell in love with reading. So, I finally got this book, oh boy was I disappointed.

I gave this book two stars because there were a few things I enjoyed in this book; one being her relationship with her father. I think that their relationship is so special and I wish my relationship with my parents were like theirs, but seeing how close she is with him and being able to rely on her father is really admirable.

Another thing I liked about this book was how Desi was willing to give up her interview for Stanford just to be with Luca since his mother was rushed to the hospital. I think that shows Desi’s character well.

“Real love: It was all about risk and having faith. There were no guarantees.” 

I really didn’t like the writing in this book, it was awful. It was so immature and unrealistic of how the characters would talk. It was a struggle to make it through reading, and because of it, I almost didn’t finish it.

I saw the point with the whole Korean Drama tactics, and the fact that they worked was good but what bothered me was as I said Desi was willing to give up her Stanford interview for Luca, he refused to forgive her at first when he discovered her plan to seduce him by using Korean Drama steps.

I thought that Luca was a promising character in the beginning, but as time went on, it’s as if his persona changed entirely, and it wasn’t as good, to begin with. The scene that bothered me the most was because of the writing was the part where Luca agreed to get back together with his old girlfriend but he immediately realized she was still her old self, and they broke up, again. It’s good for Luca on his part, and I’ll say that’s a step up for him but how that scene was written was the most cringy part in the entire novel because that isn’t how people talk.

Overall, the book was very disappointing to me and was mostly because of the writing style of this book which was clearly not for me, and that some of the characters were flat but the concept of this book was a good idea so I’ll give that to the author.

“These were the girls who had boyfriends. Not girls with keratosis on their upper arms, or morning breath, or who spent an inordinate number of evenings watching K dramas with their dads, or … girls who at the age of seventeen still hadn’t had boyfriends.”

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