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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 ou 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.


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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 ou 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.

30 review for The Falling in Love Montage

  1. 4 out of 5

    chai ♡

    add this book to your TBR list to receive Sappho's blessing

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    You can’t just go showing my gay ass this cover with no warning. I wasn’t ready and I’ll never be ready.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    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 IT TW: dementia

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    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

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *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

  6. 5 out of 5

    ✨ jamieson ✨

    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 work There 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ✡ daph pink✡

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for book. And ❤×3000 for Saorise (I wish I could date you for real, it would be soo amazing to date someone exactly like you) **This is exactly what I have been looking for all these years** .............. A character that represents me and a book that tells how my life is going to be. Once in a while a book is released that robes your heart and it takes it away from you to a safe place and it safeguards it until you decide to see the world again. This is one such book. ✔ A perfect rom- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for book. And ❤×3000 for Saorise (I wish I could date you for real, it would be soo amazing to date someone exactly like you) **This is exactly what I have been looking for all these years** .............. A character that represents me and a book that tells how my life is going to be. Once in a while a book is released that robes your heart and it takes it away from you to a safe place and it safeguards it until you decide to see the world again. This is one such book. ✔ A perfect rom-com ✔ Characters to fall in love with ✔ Amazing family and side characters A BOOK TO DEFINITELY FALL IN LOVE WITH . AND A BOOK WHICH ISN'T LIKE OTHER CLICHE Y/A BOOKS. Recommended for everyone looking for cute, fluffy, smart and sexy rom-com book to beat all other rom-com books you should definitely read it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    i really wish i could say this blurb isn't a move i would and have pulled

  9. 5 out of 5

    anna (½ of readsrainbow)

    rep: lesbian mc & li Review 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 & li Review 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Romie

    *screams in gay panic*

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ciara Smyth

    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...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Izzie

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    3.75/5 Stars This 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!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gemma ♕ antari.with.a.book

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. (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!

  15. 4 out of 5

    ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡

    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

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    “History is who we are. The past shapes us. Even the parts you can't remember.” The Falling in Love Montage is a book that I picked up because of the f/f romance but I ended up loving for the family aspect. At the centre of the story is the protagonist Saoirse, who, after the break-up from her girlfriend, decides she no longer wants to be in a serious relationship. She comes up with this rule to only make out with straight girls because that doesn't even give it the possibility of ther “History is who we are. The past shapes us. Even the parts you can't remember.” The Falling in Love Montage is a book that I picked up because of the f/f romance but I ended up loving for the family aspect. At the centre of the story is the protagonist Saoirse, who, after the break-up from her girlfriend, decides she no longer wants to be in a serious relationship. She comes up with this rule to only make out with straight girls because that doesn't even give it the possibility of there being more (she has a clear rule to not do it for a dude's attention, in case you are worried about that though). Along comes Ruby, a girl that Saoirse is more than willing to make an exception for, knowing there is a time limit to it, with Ruby only being in town for the summer. Saoirse come up with rules for this relationship too in order to not make it anything serious but as you can imagine, trying to recreate a movie's “falling in love montage” doesn't go well if what you want to do is NOT fall in love. “See, the thing about the falling in love montage, is that when it's over, the characters have fallen in love. The romantic storyline wasn't necessarily a weak point of the book but to me personally the aspect that stood out the least. Honestly, it was really more a way for the character to learn about herself and what she wants in life. And I don't mean that in a bad way or like the love interest was the one who made the character change herself. But what Saoirse really needed at this point in her life, was just to fall for someone and realizing that feeling deeply for someone and being with someone doesn't mean that it has to be forever in order to make an impact or be of importance. I personally liked that portrayal because I think in YA we often have the feeling that a book needs to end with this feeling of forever for the romantic relationship in order for the book to have a happy ending and I just don't think that's true. So this definitely felt refreshing in a lot of ways. My favourite aspect of this entire novel was the family dynamics though and the storyline about Saoirse's mum having dementia, plus the element of Saoirse being at risk to get dementia herself. I loved Saoirse's complicated relationship with her dad and his girlfriend. I thought that the way the author wrote this aspect was incredibly well done because as a reader you could very much see where Saoirse's dad came from with the decisions that he made and the way he behaved in general, while also understanding Saoirse's upset at it. It was a well balanced and nuanced portrayal of such a complicated issue. I also liked when we got to the actual bottom of Saoirse's anti-relationship rules, which is not so much the heartbreak but more so her potentially getting dementia and forgetting everything, so that in her eyes basically nothing seems worth it. This aspect is surely not easy to write about but again, the author offered a really well balanced portrayal of this too. I think that Saoirse's development throughout this novel in general was very strong and the story leaves you with a feeling of hopefulness, especially about how things don't always have to be forever in order to be meaningful and worth it. “How about life’s too short to be second-guessing yourself the whole way? You can only go with what you feel right now and if you feel like it might make you happy, even for a while, jump in with both feet, girl, and get wet.” Another aspect that I loved a lot was the friendship between Saoirse and Oliver, who is Ruby's cousin. I feel like this was one of the most well written friendships, in general but especially between a guy and a girl. Their dialogues just seemed very natural and I liked that they were just teasing each other a lot and still it was easy to tell, that they genuinely liked each other a lot. Their platonic chemistry was truly a pleasure to read about. “Sometimes life knows what you need better than you do.” Overall, I enjoyed this novel very much. I think all the aspects are well done and it is very refreshing in a lot of its execution of different aspects. If you are looking for a Contemporary with a f/f romance that offers a really interesting family relationship, I would absolutely recommend this novel. Trigger and Content Warning for mention of assisted suicide and dementia. ♦ Instagram ♦ Booktube Channel ♦ Twitter ♦ I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

  17. 5 out of 5

    theresa

    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* I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dahlia

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Marie

    I am tush over teakettle in love with this bon bon of a book! Gushing RTC!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Brb, literally sobbing rn. SOGOODBUTITHINKI’MDYING NEVERWANTEDTHISTOEND RTC

  21. 4 out of 5

    Camryn

    Oh, um, hi, this is perfect and I never wanted it to stop. Now I’m crying. Everyone needs to buy this.

  22. 4 out of 5

    prag ♻

    this is something i probably would've loved three years ago :/ not to be sPiCy but all contemporaries with cis white characters set at the end of high school seem the same to me

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    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!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    E.

    an f/f summer love story 👀👀 with some no-strings-attached dates 👀👀👀👀👀👀 inspired by the montages of rom-coms???? 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀 sign me tf up with 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 up with THIS cover especially!! __________________________ insta | twitter | blog | booksirens | duolingo

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mari

    I love everything about this book, it’s gay rom com at its finest.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zoë ☆

    "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! 💕

  28. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    ◯ 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

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish // stan shea couleé

    yes please take my heart and stamp on it

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eloise

    I enjoyed this one so much!!! It was refreshing in so many ways. First of all, it's a lesbian rom com in a book : it has a lot of fun, some girls falling in love, but also a whole lot of heart and seriously moving aspects to it. The main character felt more 'real' than a lot of other YA contemporary main characters.. by being full of imperfections. She makes mistakes, doesn't always have the best morals, but she learns. She grows. And let's be honest, it felt refreshingly nice to just have lesbians go I enjoyed this one so much!!! It was refreshing in so many ways. First of all, it's a lesbian rom com in a book : it has a lot of fun, some girls falling in love, but also a whole lot of heart and seriously moving aspects to it. The main character felt more 'real' than a lot of other YA contemporary main characters.. by being full of imperfections. She makes mistakes, doesn't always have the best morals, but she learns. She grows. And let's be honest, it felt refreshingly nice to just have lesbians go on dates, talk about (lesbian and non-)romance movies, and simply fall in love, without it being a coming-out story. It's not even a book that focuses so much on the romance. It's a book about the fear of the future, of illness, about being a carer for family, about moving on and accepting that you get multiple friends, family members, lovers, over the course of your life. And you've just got to enjoy it. And bonus refreshingness(not a word? who cares?): IRISH!! It. Just. Felt. Soooo goooood to read this story. Thank you Ciara Smyth.

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