Hello lovelies! Today I am so excited to share with you my review of I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre! So I actually read this book last spring, thanks to NetGalley and I loved rereading it last month for this tour! I Think I Love You is an amazing Queer rom-com and it was great getting a chance to revisit these characters!
I hope you guys enjoy this review, and a few of my favorite quotes from the book!
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Title: I Think I Love You
Author: Auriane Desombre
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2021
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.
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Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
I Think I Love You is a heartfelt YA Romance that features enemies-to-lovers, and match making while dealing with topics such as coming out, first love, complicated friendships, and divorce.
Emma is a die-hard romantic, dreaming of her perfect first romance. While she waits, Emma plays match maker helping two of her friends get together without them knowing about her interference in their love life. Emma’s also Bisexual and hasn’t come out to her parents yet.
Sophia has just moved back to New York after spending a year in France with her mother and new step-dad. After her parents divorce Sophia swore off love and she certainly isn’t looking for a girlfriend. Her return to New York isn’t as easy as she thought it would be though, with most of her old friends unsure about their friendship now that she’s back.
Needless to say Emma and Sophia don’t get along too well. So when their bickering threatens to end all of their chances at winning a film competition, their friends decide that all of their problems will be solved if Emma and Sophia fall in love.
Queue an amazing enemies-to-lovers summer romance perfect for a day of reading!
What I loved most about this book was that while the budding romance between Emma and Sophia is the center of the story, Desombre does an amazing job of making their romance only a small (but very important) part of Emma and Sophia’s lives. So in between all the mixed emotions these two have between them, we also get to see Emma struggle with coming out to her parents, and Sophia navigating her way back into her friend’s lives, after basically ghosting them for a year. We also get to see Sophia work through her parents divorce and having her dad start dating again. Lots of readers are going to see themselves in these pages and that’s what makes this a great book.
Some readers are also going to see their own coming out experience within Emma’s. Sometimes coming out goes really well, or it really doesn’t. But often coming out isn’t good or bad, it’s just disappointing. I wish my own coming out hadn’t been disappointing and it meant a lot to see a character who had a similar experience to my own and I think a lot of readers will be able to relate to this experience.
The only part of this book I really didn’t like that much was the match making aspect. Match making in general isn’t my thing. It makes me really uncomfortable in all forms of media because I don’t like the lying and deception that goes on in a lot of match making we see in media.
That being said, Desombre does a great job of handling both the positives and negatives that happen with match making, and those consequences, both the good and the bad, play essential roles in this book. So while I still don’t like it, the match making does fit this book and Desombre’s handling of it was really well done.
I highly recommend I Think I Love You to readers how love romance, enemies-to-lovers, complicated friendships. This is an amazing Queer romance that teens, young adults and adults a like will fall in love with.
There are a ton of great moments in this book, but here are just a few that I love.
Auriane is the author of I Think I Love You, and works as 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.
Thank you so much for reading!