The Falling in Love Montage
Saoirse doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings. If they were real, her mother would still be able to remember her name and not in a care home with early onset dementia. A condition that Saoirse may one day turn out to have inherited. So she’s not looking for a relationship. She doesn’t see the point in igniting any romantic sparks if she’s bound to burn out.But after a chance encounter at an end-of-term house party, Saoirse is about to break her own rules. For a girl with one blue freckle, an irresistible sense of mischief, and a passion for rom-coms.Unbothered by Saoirse’s no-relationships rulebook, Ruby proposes a loophole: They don’t need true love to have one summer of fun, complete with every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up—and a binding agreement to end their romance come fall. It would be the perfect plan, if they weren’t forgetting one thing about the Falling in Love Montage: when it’s over, the characters actually fall in love… for real.

The Falling in Love Montage Details

TitleThe Falling in Love Montage
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 9th, 2020
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062957115
Rating
GenreContemporary, Romance, LGBT, Young Adult

The Falling in Love Montage Review

  • chai ♡
    January 1, 1970
    add this book to your TBR list to receive Sappho's blessing
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    January 1, 1970
    You can’t just go showing my gay ass this cover with no warning. I wasn’t ready and I’ll never be ready.
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Hi hello this is the first physical book that I have finished in probably a month and I am happy to say that I loved it SO very much. The writing style was fresh and fun and the main character was so sassy and relatable and this book just meant the world to me. Also it is gay as heck and WE LOVE TO SEE ITTW: dementia
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    This looks like everything I've ever wanted.Youtube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Twitch This looks like everything I've ever wanted.Youtube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Twitch
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars* The Falling in Love Montage is an angsty, wonderful, teen lesbian love story, and isn't that EXACTLY what we all need in our lives right now? I know I needed it. The Falling in Love Montage is a stunning debut by Ciara Smyth. The lesbian YA scene is pretty barren, and though gay teen romance is becoming more and more mainstream, it was about time that the ladies got their time in the spotlight. Lesbian romance, FTW!Truthfully, I don't read a lot of young adult or new adult books, and *4.5 stars* The Falling in Love Montage is an angsty, wonderful, teen lesbian love story, and isn't that EXACTLY what we all need in our lives right now? I know I needed it. The Falling in Love Montage is a stunning debut by Ciara Smyth. The lesbian YA scene is pretty barren, and though gay teen romance is becoming more and more mainstream, it was about time that the ladies got their time in the spotlight. Lesbian romance, FTW!Truthfully, I don't read a lot of young adult or new adult books, and it took me a bit to get out of my "adult" headspace for this one. It came naturally to me to try to defend Saoirse's dad and think that Saoirse was a bit bratty, but then I really tried to envision everything from the position of a teenager in her shoes and it all became a lot easier. Also, be prepared for a lot of 4th wall breaking, which I don't often come across in my adult romances.The best part of this book was the adorable love story. The meet-cute was squee-worthy, and each classic love montage scene made my heart happy. Plus, big time bonus points for a plus sized, body-confident love interest who was shown as desirable. I think there was also a lot of personal growth for the MCs in the story, which I really enjoyed. I liked seeing Saoirse change and evolve, and I liked seeing her relationship evolve with all of the secondary characters as well as Ruby. It made the book feel very satisfying and compelling. In fact, my only problem with the story, and my reason for bumping it half a star, is that (view spoiler)[there isn't a HEA! Or a HFN... let us have our "ride in the sunset" ending, ffs! (hide spoiler)]. It gave me mild flashbacks to What If It's Us. *frustrated groan* Despite any small issues I had with the book, I truly adored The Falling in Love Montage. I plowed through this book in one day, and though this isn't a light read (I cried on the beach reading this, ya'll), it is angsty, emotional, queer perfection. *copy provided in exchange for an honest review*goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog
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  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t want to forget what we had. Ever. In the past, we’re perfectly preserved. Best friends in love forever I remember this book getting announced on twitter, and the subsequent outpouring of love, support and excitement from a lot of sapphic women, especially lesbians. I think this is going to be the exact book a lot of people are hoping for because it is exactly what it says on the bill. A lesbian girl called Saorise meets another girl, Ruby, at a party, and the two set off on a casual, I don’t want to forget what we had. Ever. In the past, we’re perfectly preserved. Best friends in love forever I remember this book getting announced on twitter, and the subsequent outpouring of love, support and excitement from a lot of sapphic women, especially lesbians. I think this is going to be the exact book a lot of people are hoping for because it is exactly what it says on the bill. A lesbian girl called Saorise meets another girl, Ruby, at a party, and the two set off on a casual, no strings attached relationship where they enact out romantic scenes from romantic comedies. Meanwhile, Saorise is coming to terms with her mother’s early-onset dementia, the reality of it being potentially hereditary, and her father deciding to remarry. Also, it is set in The Republic of Ireland, which was nice! It’s a setting I don’t read enough from.The Falling in Love Montage nailed one of my favourite aspects of YA contemporary. That is, the ability to show teenagers dealing with hard situations and navigating complex relationships while allowing them the space to act out emotionally. Although the centrepiece of this novel could arguably be the romance, for me it was more so the relationship between Saorise and her father, and her feelings about her mother’s dementia. For me, that aspect of the story drew more interest than the romance. "The past shapes us. Even the parts you can't remember." That is not to say the romance is bad. I liked the solid f/f representation that was conveyed through the romance. Saorise is a lesbian and is labelled so by herself and others often in the text. This in itself is a triumph, given how many YA books attempt to skirt around labels. I also enjoyed the portrayals of different types of sapphic relationships. Attention is given to Hannah, Saorise ex-girlfriend who was first her best friend. Then there are girls Saorise hooks up with, oftentimes who are ‘straight’, who want to explore their sexuality. And the there is her romance with Ruby, which is a meet-cute followed by casual, no string attached dates and make outs. I loved the various relationships here because I feel YA oftentimes tries to sanitise wlw experiences into the most acceptable form. Portraying a range of types of relationships, and showing that f/f relationships do not fit within certain boundaries was something I enjoyed. I didn’t find myself hugely invested in Ruby and Saorise in the sense of them being a ship, but I liked their dynamic and thought they were sweet. And I liked this book portrayed dating, kissing, and having sex openly and frankly.The discussion around dementia is one I appreciated. I’m not sure the author’s experience with this, but as someone who has family experience with it I related to Saorise and her feelings on the matter. I liked how Saorise feelings on the matter were dealt with complexity, and how there was room for her to be angry, upset and scared. I thought it was nice to show the realistic burden a situation can take on a teenager.So although I liked Ruby and Saorise, my favourite relationships in this book turned out to be the ones outside of that. Saorise arc with her father and the way this book dealt with the tensions of their relationship was the highlight for me. It was a relationship unlike any other I have seen portrayed in YA, and I liked how it did not come to a conclusive end because there was an acknowledgement that an issue could not so simply be resolved. There would need to be further workThere is also a side relationship between Saorise and Ruby’s cousin Oliver, who goes to school with Saorise. They’re ‘we kissed once before I realised I was a lesbian’ to enemies to friends and I thought they were just fun. They had good banter, and there is one scene between them that is one of my favourites in this book.Despite how I have gushed about this book, I want to address my faults. First, the writing style. I’ve said it SO many times so I feel I don’t need to clarify but … first-person narration addressing the reader… I just don’t enjoy it. It always makes me feel distant and outside the story. (Ironic, since it’s intended to give the opposite effect). But the use of this style and some of Saorise’s thoughts were a little too corny for me and I couldn’t completely fall into the story. I also thought it started a little slow and fell into some debut cliche’s which I can forgive, but still noticed. For example, over describing the main character and occasionally telling rather than showing.Overall, I would highly recommend The Falling in Love Montage for people looking for lesbian representation and f/f representation. People anticipating this book will not be disappointed. It brings out the best of the YA contemporary genre, showcasing complex relationships, good representation and dealing with serious topics for teenagers while allowing them the space to grow, love, change and maybe throw the occasional temper tantrum.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    i really wish i could say this blurb isn't a move i would and have pulled
  • anna (½ of readsrainbow)
    January 1, 1970
    rep: lesbian mc & liReview also on Reads Rainbow. ARC provided by the publisher.The Falling in Love Montage is a lesbian rom-com we have all been waiting for, including Saoirse and Ruby. The girls literally have a conversation about this, when they come up with the idea for their montage. They talk about how lesbian rom-com movies basically don’t exist, and the few we have contain nothing but cliches and lowkey harmful tropes. The Falling in Love Montage is obviously not a movie, but it does fil rep: lesbian mc & liReview also on Reads Rainbow. ARC provided by the publisher.The Falling in Love Montage is a lesbian rom-com we have all been waiting for, including Saoirse and Ruby. The girls literally have a conversation about this, when they come up with the idea for their montage. They talk about how lesbian rom-com movies basically don’t exist, and the few we have contain nothing but cliches and lowkey harmful tropes. The Falling in Love Montage is obviously not a movie, but it does fill this gap rather beautifully!The real strength of the book lies with its characters. All of them are incredibly well fleshed out and feel like actual people with set world-views & beliefs, and flaws. They’re allowed to make mistakes and to learn from them. They’re allowed to change their minds about things, to grow. None of them are perfect and so none of them seem artificial. And so thanks to that, the relationships between characters are also beautiful. Not only the main romantic one, either! Saoirse’s relationship with her dad is probably one of the most honest portrayals of a father-daughter dynamic I have ever read. They fight constantly and about everything, but the love they have for each other is clear underneath all that anyway.All the characters are also very different and that’s another giant plus. It’s visible the most with Saoirse and Rudy. They’re the personification of the “opposites attract” saying. It shows in their interests (Saoirse not having watched rom-coms before), in the way they talk about feelings (that is to say, Saoirse doesn’t), in their sense of humour… Saoirse not talking about her feelings is actually one of the greatest aspects of the book. She clearly uses that as a coping mechanism and her reasons for developing that are very much valid & probably not what you would assume. Her past relationship, but more importantly her family situation and her health, made Saoirse vary of not only expressing her feelings, but even having them in the first place. The closed-off, brooding protagonist you know from every romantic movie, but make him a teen lesbian? What a concept.The Falling in Love Montage is generally incredible when it comes to showcasing relationships. The novel makes it abundantly clear that not every couple is gonna be together till death does them apart and – and that’s the real kicker! – that’s perfectly okay. People grow, people change, circumstances change… Things happen. And The Falling in Love Montage, despite being a very cute rom-com, doesn’t try to sell us a candy-pink version of the world. My only complaints are a matter of personal taste and as such might not bother anyone else. But still, I found the pacing at times rather slow & the writing style verging on boring, making it harder to engage; I didn’t enjoy the narrative choice of constant breaking of the fourth wall by Saoirse, and despite everything I said before, I really am just a sucker for never-ending love stories.The Falling in Love Montage is a cute, summer-y lesbian rom-com & frankly that alone should be enough to convince anyone to grab a copy. But it also deals with some heavy topics, and does it very gracefully. And you most definitely will fall in love with all the characters.
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  • Romie
    January 1, 1970
    *screams in gay panic*
  • Izzie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Pride Book Tours for sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.This book follows the main character Saiorse who has realised that true love and happy endings only happen in fairy tales. Her mother is in a care home as a result early onset dementia and her father is getting engaged. However, when Saiorse meets Ruby and spends the summer enjoying participating in rom-com cliches she realises that maybe she has been wrong about love.What I Liked:Writing. I really enjoyed the Thank you to Pride Book Tours for sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.This book follows the main character Saiorse who has realised that true love and happy endings only happen in fairy tales. Her mother is in a care home as a result early onset dementia and her father is getting engaged. However, when Saiorse meets Ruby and spends the summer enjoying participating in rom-com cliches she realises that maybe she has been wrong about love.What I Liked:Writing. I really enjoyed the casual and witty way this was written, it's told from Saiorse's viewpoint and she is sarcastic, clever and honest. This was a modern and relatable story which was easy to read.Characters. Saiorse is one of my favourite protagonists of the year, I loved her inner monologue and she felt authentic and realistic. I liked the fact she wasn't always doing the right thing, she made mistakes and learned from them. Ruby was a bubbly, rom-com obsessed love interest who had a lot of depth. Family. This book centred heavily around family and what happens when a family is split apart. The theme of dementia was handled with sensitivity and understanding, and at points it was heart wrenching to read. I also liked Saiorse's dynamic with her father, she was understandably frustrated with him and their journey was interesting to follow. Overall this was an emotional and touching read with a unique insight into early onset dementia. While I didn't completely fall in love with this book (hence awarding it 4*) it was a thoroughly enjoyable read that I would recommend to everyone.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    3.75/5 StarsThis YA book explores Saoirse's character in a really good way, showing us all there is, the good and also the bad. It doesn't shy away from difficult family relationships, illness, insecurities about the academical future and also the future in general. The cute relationship between Saoirse and Ruby is just a part of this very multilayered story. There's so much more to that. Even though I understood the ending, I expected more from it, but I still totally recommend this novel!
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  • ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡
    January 1, 1970
    Gee, this book is exactly what I want to read and I’m here for f/f romance like this!!!!!!Note : One of the most anticipated books of 2020
  • Gemma ♕ antari.with.a.book
    January 1, 1970
    (I was given a free e-arc of this by Pride Book Tours. This will be featured on my Instagram soon as part of the book tour) Well that was bloody delightful! I laughed (a lot!), I teared up, I fell in love with the characters and just generally had a wonderful time. I adored both Saoirse and Ruby and watching their "romantic montage" was just so sweet and beautiful. I have incredibly strong feelings about the friendship of Saoirse and Oliver (I'm living for it) and for the wonderful character of (I was given a free e-arc of this by Pride Book Tours. This will be featured on my Instagram soon as part of the book tour) Well that was bloody delightful! I laughed (a lot!), I teared up, I fell in love with the characters and just generally had a wonderful time. I adored both Saoirse and Ruby and watching their "romantic montage" was just so sweet and beautiful. I have incredibly strong feelings about the friendship of Saoirse and Oliver (I'm living for it) and for the wonderful character of Barbara who made me laugh so loud in the middle of the night (sleep is for the weak) that I made my partner jump about a foot in the air! There is also a deeper story here. What it means for a young person to know that there is a possibility their possibility of having a "normal life" could be much shorter than their peers and the affect it has not only on their future but also on their relationships and mental health. I thought we explored Saoirse feelings on this and her emotional state in a really great way and her character growth was wonderful.Not sure how I feel about the ending but I loved the rest of the book enough that it didn't affect my rating. 10/10 would recommend!
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  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    I blurbed this and I loved it!“A book that manages to be both tenderly gutting and absolutely hilarious. I want to be best friends with Saoirse Clarke.”Seriously, one of my fave queer YA voices ever, and I absolutely did some "real tears" crying and literal laughing out loud, on top of the general romantic squees. Such a must-have for any Sapphic YA bookshelf.
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  • Ciara Smyth
    January 1, 1970
    Because if you don't 5* yourself, who will?Update! Read Chapter One on my website: https://ciarasmyth.com/books/the-fall... Because if you don't 5* yourself, who will?Update! Read Chapter One on my website: https://ciarasmyth.com/books/the-fall...
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  • Camryn
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, um, hi, this is perfect and I never wanted it to stop. Now I’m crying. Everyone needs to buy this.
  • theresa
    January 1, 1970
    Synopsis:In the lesbian rom-com of my dreams, Saoirse, who doesn’t believe in happy ever afters or love at first sight, meets Ruby, a lover of rom-coms and all their clichés. They’re both immediately attracted to each other and after rescuing/stealing a kitten together, willing to look past Saoirse’s no relationships rule. They decide to have a summer of fun, with all the clichés and dates inspired by the falling in love montages of Ruby’s favourite films, forgetting one key thing: that when the Synopsis:In the lesbian rom-com of my dreams, Saoirse, who doesn’t believe in happy ever afters or love at first sight, meets Ruby, a lover of rom-coms and all their clichés. They’re both immediately attracted to each other and after rescuing/stealing a kitten together, willing to look past Saoirse’s no relationships rule. They decide to have a summer of fun, with all the clichés and dates inspired by the falling in love montages of Ruby’s favourite films, forgetting one key thing: that when the montage is over, the characters have fallen in love.My thoughts:I never thought that cute summer romance books were for me but this cute summer romance with two proud lesbians front and centre has had a ridiculous impact on me. I want so many more books like this. It’s fun and romantic and I loved every minute of it.This is an ode to cliché rom-coms and has all the staples of one: the chance first meeting, a reason why a relationship is a bad idea and then the inevitable falling in love montage. But this book was also more than just a cliché. Saoirse’s mother lives in a care home due to early onset dementia and this has a big impact on Saoirse, her life and her worldview. This theme is handled delicately and the harsh realities of this disease were at times difficult to read about. There are also some interesting family dynamics with Saoirse and her dad, especially surrounding his new relationship and the impact of her mother’s disease.However, this book remains light and feel-good for the most part and I found myself grinning while reading it. I adored the characters, especially Saoirse who was such a wonderful and authentic narrator. Her voice was witty, sarcastic and she sounded like a real teenager. She wasn’t perfect but she learned from her mistakes and was easily likeable and relatable. I also adored Ruby, the love interest (shoutout to my late night tweet: 'I'm reading the falling in love montage rn and i just need you all to know i have a big crush on ruby'). She was a perfect match for Saoirse and unafraid to call her out, while also being such a lovely and positive character herself. The relationships and characters in this book all felt so human and touching; no one was perfect and that just made them all the more real.Something else I loved about this book can be summed up by (another) late night tweet: 'i also have a big crush on the amount of times they say lesbian everyone say thank you ciara smyth'. This could seem like a small thing to some people, but as a lesbian only just starting to become more comfortable with this label, it means the world. There isn’t nearly enough lesbian representation out in the world and so reading about proud lesbians like these two is something I’ve just not gotten a chance to do very often. So many lines in this book just Hit me and I wanted to highlight and keep them forever. I’ve never been able to relate to a main character as much as Saoirse and I’m so grateful that I got to with this book.As you can tell from this glowing review, I really loved this book and highly highly recommend it! This book also teaches you how to pronounce Saoirse and it’s worth it for that alone, not gonna lie.*digital copy received in exchange for an honest review via Andersen Press and Pride Book Tours*
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  • Charlie Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I am tush over teakettle in love with this bon bon of a book!Gushing RTC!
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    This book bumped at me at a party, stole me a kitten, and swept me off my feet! What I loved most about this was how real the main character, Saoirse, felt to me. She was flawed, messy, relatable, heartfelt, snarky, full of voice, life, and real struggles. She had her own personal arc that was extremely interesting and emotional to watch. I loved reading about her budding friendship with Oliver, her relationship with her dad, and her mother, and the rest of her family. It was all so well done an This book bumped at me at a party, stole me a kitten, and swept me off my feet! What I loved most about this was how real the main character, Saoirse, felt to me. She was flawed, messy, relatable, heartfelt, snarky, full of voice, life, and real struggles. She had her own personal arc that was extremely interesting and emotional to watch. I loved reading about her budding friendship with Oliver, her relationship with her dad, and her mother, and the rest of her family. It was all so well done and well balanced! And the romance! The romance! It had me squealing and sighing and holding the book to my chest!If you're a fan of Siera Maley's romances, you will definitely love this one, as well!
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  • Kate (GirlReading)
    January 1, 1970
    And there we have it folks, the perfect YA summer rom-com. 4.5* It's got depth, it's got humour, it's got romance, it's got the cutest m/f friendship I've read in a long time. It's fun, complicated and honest. It's bittersweet and heartwarming. It's honest about the pressure of making big life decisions as a teen and the struggles of changing family dynamics. It beautifully approaches dementia in a way I've never seen explored in YA. It features multidimensional characters who have lives outside And there we have it folks, the perfect YA summer rom-com. 4.5* It's got depth, it's got humour, it's got romance, it's got the cutest m/f friendship I've read in a long time. It's fun, complicated and honest. It's bittersweet and heartwarming. It's honest about the pressure of making big life decisions as a teen and the struggles of changing family dynamics. It beautifully approaches dementia in a way I've never seen explored in YA. It features multidimensional characters who have lives outside of their romance and lives which are just as interesting and enjoyable to read about as the romance itself. It has characters who feel like real, messy teenagers who don't have their life figured out despite themselves and the world around them expecting them to. It's got a frustrating ending I want to hate but works so perfectly. It calls out rom-coms, acknowledging how messed up they can be, whilst also playing on all the classing rom-com tropes in the BEST way. So yeah, I guess I kinda liked it.Also, I kinda love Oliver.
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  • E.
    January 1, 1970
    an f/f summer love story 👀👀 with some no-strings-attached dates 👀👀👀👀👀👀 inspired by the montages of rom-coms???? 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀sign me tf upwith THIS cover especially!! __________________________ insta | twitter | blog | booksirens | duolingo an f/f summer love story 👀👀 with some no-strings-attached dates 👀👀👀👀👀👀 inspired by the montages of rom-coms???? 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀sign me tf upwith THIS cover especially!! __________________________ insta | twitter | blog | booksirens | duolingo
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  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram • The Book Depository ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram • The Book Depository
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  • Vee_Bookish // stan shea couleé
    January 1, 1970
    yes please take my heart and stamp on it
  • Zoë ☆
    January 1, 1970
    "The past shapes us. Even the parts you can't remember." *4.5 🌟Ahhh I really enjoyed this!! The Falling in Love Montage was a funny, cute but also very emotional read. This story is about Saoirse (Seer-sha, that is) who is about to finish high school but is not sure what she wants to do next. She recently broke up with her girlfriend and her dad is dating someone new after her mom was put in a care home. Her mom has dementia (even though she is only 55) and there is a chance this might happen t "The past shapes us. Even the parts you can't remember." *4.5 🌟Ahhh I really enjoyed this!! The Falling in Love Montage was a funny, cute but also very emotional read. This story is about Saoirse (Seer-sha, that is) who is about to finish high school but is not sure what she wants to do next. She recently broke up with her girlfriend and her dad is dating someone new after her mom was put in a care home. Her mom has dementia (even though she is only 55) and there is a chance this might happen to Saoirse as well. Because of this, she doesn't try to have any serious relationships. But one day... she meets Ruby, who might change everything 👀This story was really good and I honestly couldn't stop reading once I got into it! As you can read from the synopsis, there is a lot going on in Saoirse's life (wow I keep typing the name incorrectly) and that was really interesting to read about. Especially her having to deal with her mom's dementia was really interesting, but also very emotional. The sarcastic humour in this was definitely one of my favourite things - Saoirse is so pessimistic and I could kind of relate to that. The banter between her and some of the other characters are also amazing 😂👏🏻 Sometimes I wanted to shake Saoirse for what she said or the decisions she made though 😂 Also, there are LOADS of references to rom-com films, so if you love those you'll definitely appreciate that 🙌🏻 I unfortunately haven't watched many of those but I enjoyed it either way 🙊But yeah, I would definitely recommend you pick this up when this releases on June 9th! It'll be a great pick for pride month 🙌🏻Thanks so much to HarperTeen for providing me with an e-arc of this! 💕
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  • Jules ✨
    January 1, 1970
    give me sapphic rom coms with ALL the cheesy tropes!
  • Other Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    rtc.hi, yes, you should all read this.- An absolutely amazing and strong debut. Saoirse is a bitter teenage girl dealing with the rough breakup with her girlfriend and fiends, her mother's worsening dementia, and the oncoming fear of moving on with life in university. She is every bit jaded and rough around the edges with a sharp tongue.Enter Ruby. The cousin of her sworn nemesis (btw, the developing friendship between Collin and Saoirse is incredible!) who loves rom-coms. As fate, or maybe just rtc.hi, yes, you should all read this.- An absolutely amazing and strong debut. Saoirse is a bitter teenage girl dealing with the rough breakup with her girlfriend and fiends, her mother's worsening dementia, and the oncoming fear of moving on with life in university. She is every bit jaded and rough around the edges with a sharp tongue.Enter Ruby. The cousin of her sworn nemesis (btw, the developing friendship between Collin and Saoirse is incredible!) who loves rom-coms. As fate, or maybe just Collin, puts them together, Saoirse and Ruby create a deal on having a no-strings attach romance for the summer. With a list made of cliche romantic actions, nothing can certainly thaw Saoirse's heart. Or will it?????Together, they not just unintentionally steal a cat, but also MY HEART. Like, god, this went straight to my feelings. I am in desperate need for this to become a movie like, as soon as possible.A digital ARC has been provided by edelweiss. All opinions are my own.
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  • Gabriela Pop
    January 1, 1970
    Ciara Smyth is someone you should definitely look out for in the world of YA contemporaries! Smyth delivers the perfect summer love story: wild and tender, fun but complicated, all encompassing yet with so much going on outside the relationship. Both her protagonist and the love interest are endearing subjects, their banter is spectacular and the development of their relationship makes my heart ache. I found myself just as touched by the things going on in their lives outside the courtship and t Ciara Smyth is someone you should definitely look out for in the world of YA contemporaries! Smyth delivers the perfect summer love story: wild and tender, fun but complicated, all encompassing yet with so much going on outside the relationship. Both her protagonist and the love interest are endearing subjects, their banter is spectacular and the development of their relationship makes my heart ache. I found myself just as touched by the things going on in their lives outside the courtship and thought they added such intricate layers to the overall story. A perfect balance of bitter and sweet, I couldn't recommend this more
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  • lethe marks
    January 1, 1970
    a female/female relationship that takes place at a fair? sign me tf up.
  • cielo
    January 1, 1970
    review to come!
  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I adored The Falling in Love Montage. It is a hilarious and heart warming lesbian romcom with so much personality. Saoirse immediately came off the page as quirky, funny, and incredibly clever and her narration is some of the best I've read! The writing voice felt both like the inside of Saoirse's head and you could hear it almost like she was talking to you! The Falling in Love Mont (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I adored The Falling in Love Montage. It is a hilarious and heart warming lesbian romcom with so much personality. Saoirse immediately came off the page as quirky, funny, and incredibly clever and her narration is some of the best I've read! The writing voice felt both like the inside of Saoirse's head and you could hear it almost like she was talking to you! The Falling in Love Montage is a complex story about family, forgiveness, and moving on. Saoirse felt so relatable, the way she can push people away and when they leave it feels like you were right all along, the way she can hurt people with her words.And you can instantly feel for her. Faced with her mother's early onset dementia, the possibility of her own diagnosis, the implosion of her friendships, and her dad's new relationship Saoirse is dealing with so much. It has triggered this incredibly relatable moment where you kind of wonder what all of this even means, whether or not relationships are built to last. While I cannot relate to what Saoirse is going through, her struggles and cynicism felt so relatable to me. The Falling in Love Montage is one of those unique books which is both character and action driven.full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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