Welcome to the blog tour for I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo. I’m so excited to be kicking this tour off with a guest post from the author. But first, more about the book:
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 has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.
Top 5 Romantically Awkward Main Characters in Books
1. Bridget Jones from The Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding: Bridget’s diary entries chronicling her singleton lifestyle really paved the way for a slew of humorous “chick lit” to follow but Bridge is definitely the queen of loveably awkward main characters. Her exploits in dating gave me some serious secondhand embarrassment but they were just so irresistibly fun to follow.
2. Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot: The Princess Diaries is why I write YA. When I first read these books, I felt like I was hit by a ton of bricks. Here was a character who was unsure of everything, felt awkward in her own skin, and pined after unattainable boys. I related to her on a soulmate level and she was a trendsetter for smart yet awkward girls in YA.
3. Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen: I know the main character in P&P is actually Elizabeth Bennet, but Elizabeth was actually a badass and not very awkward. Instead, it was the brooding and snooty Mr. Darcy who was awkward as hell at romance. I love the guy but he sure knows how to botch every single romantic gesture.
4. Jules McCallister-Morgan from The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Disasters) by Amy Spalding: Amy Spalding is so, so good at awkward. Jules, the perfectionist Type A main character, is so hilariously self-aware of her romantic inexperience. And it’s so fun to be in her head as she falls in love for the first time (with an ex boy band member, no less!), making mistakes and fumbling along the way, of course.
5. Leila Azadi from Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan: A Persian American queer girl who has her first girl kiss in a public bathroom only to be interrupted by a girl flushing the toilet? You had me at “hello.” Sara Farizan’s writing is so empathetic and laugh out loud funny, you’ll find yourself falling in love with every part of her journey.