Review: The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

Hi all!

My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.

It feels like weeks since I finished this book, a book that I was so eager to read but now I’m really not sure what to say about it.

I’ll just try to muddle through it.

The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

Publisher: HarperTeen

Date Published: 9th June 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 368

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBT, Young Adult

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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.

My Thoughts

I really wanted to love this book. Lesbian rom-com? I had really high expectations of it. And maybe my expectations were too high?

It wasn’t a bad book, I just think that it was missing … something. I can’t even put my finger on what.

The book, or rather the characters wanted to tell a story about how a lesbian rom-com would be different to a hetero rom-com, and definitely different from the type of lesbian rom-com that we’ve seen in the few movies. And it was different … but I’m not convinced it was a rom-com. And I can’t even say why because it was all to do with the ending.

In terms of characters … I didn’t find Saoirse that likable. I know the main characters doesn’t have to be likeable in the story but, it helps, you know. I understand her problems and her problems with the world but I don’t think the characters evolved and learned through the book.

Ruby, on the other hand, was adorable, and if I’m honest Saoirse didn’t deserve her. She was so much more than Saoirse deserved and I think she is the best S.O. I’ve read since Date Me, Bryson Keller.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, definitely, if only for you to form your own opinion about the book. I hope you read it, and I hope that you enjoy it more than I do.


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