May 24, 2021

#BookReview: I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre

Synopsis: A sweet and funny debut novel about falling for someone when you least expect it . . . and finding out that real life romance is better than anything on screen.

Emma is a die-hard romantic. She loves a meet-cute Netflix movie, her pet, Lady Catulet, and dreaming up the Gay Rom Com of her heart for the film festival competition she and her friends are entering. If only they’d listen to her ideas. . . 

Sophia is pragmatic. She’s big into boycotts, namely 1) relationships, 2) teen boys and their BO (reason #2347683 she’s a lesbian), and 3) Emma’s nauseating ideas. Forget starry-eyed romance, Sophia knows what will win: an artistic film with a message.

Cue the drama. The movie is doomed before they even start shooting . . . until a real-life plot twist unfolds behind the camera when Emma and Sophia start seeing each other through a different lens. Suddenly their rivalry is starting to feel like an actual rom-com.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review: 
I want to say that I loved this enemies to lovers story. But sadly that just didn’t happen. I didn’t love it at all. This one is a full ⭐️⭐️ rating. I didn’t care for the characters and kind of really hated them. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Rising junior Emma Hansen just wants to fall in love. Sophia Kingsley wants nothing to do with it, not least because they're the only two queer girls in their grade and everyone wants them to date. When Sophia returns to New York City in June from a year in Paris, she finds Emma and her friends planning to film a bisexual romcom for the NYC-LA Film Festival. Emma and Sophia's dispute over romance causes the group to splinter in two. Of course, this doesn't stop them from living out their own real-life romcom-and not just by scheming to get their best friends together, either. This contemporary queer romance is a fun exploration of romantic comedy tropes. It does, however, fail in its perceived purpose to deconstruct them and thus leaves the characters feeling one-dimensional. Emma is bisexual (her ethnicity isn't specified) and her role as co-narrator alongside Sophia, a white lesbian, demonstrates two of the paths a queer teen's life may take. The story is interspersed with excerpts from Emma's film notes and scripts, which provide insight into the filmmaking process. VERDICT This will appeal to readers fond of light-hearted romances and titles like Tim Federle's The Great American Whatever and Ciara Smyth's The Falling in Love Montage.-Gina Elbert, Bronxville P.L., NY╬▒(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


“This will appeal to readers fond of light-hearted romances and titles like Tim Federle’s The Great American Whatever and Ciara Smyth’s The Falling in Love Montage.” —School Library Journal 

About the Author

Auriane is a middle school teacher and freelance editor. She holds an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing for Children & Young Adults. She lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Sammy, who is a certified bad boy. I Think I Love You is her debut novel.

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