THE FALLING IN LOVE MONTAGE BY CIARA SMYTH
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Rating: 3.97 stars (Goodreads)
Summary: 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.
I’ve been waiting on this review because i still don’t know how i feel about it, but i decided that maybe writing it i’ll get a glimpse of it while doing so. So, here i am once again writing a review i don’t know how it’s going to end. I’ll do my best, i promise.
This is the story about Saoirse, a girl whom has lost so many people she loved she decided she won’t get attached anymore, so she goes on her life making out with straight and curious girls, but never lesbians or bisexual because they might fall for one another. Enter Ruby on the summer, a wonderful girl with a blue frickle and everything changes or does it?
The story is about how much even though they are doing the love montage as seeing in movies Saoirse tries to keep her feelings at bay when it comes to Ruby, she doesn’t want to fall in love again, it’s only for the summer. At the same time she is struggling with things at home, her mom has earily dementia and her father is getting married again. So she sees love doesn’t lasts and also, her future as a person with earily dementia makes her think nothing important should happen because she will forget about it.
I think this is a recipe for a great story, only i didn’t enjoy it as much as i thought i would.
I don’t know if it was the fact that i disliked the main character so much, but i ended up asking myself why i kept reaading the book when i was about 70% done.
It’s not that it is a difficult read, it’s actually pretty easy going and fluid, there’s always something happening in the story. So, you can see that the author had a very good idea of where the story should go. Or at least it feels that way. I just couldn’t relate to the mc or something and i strugle to read it for a while. Maybe it’s the opposite and it hit to close to home? idk.
Also, there were so many movie references, i didn’t knew them all so i had to check some out.
In my opinion this book was written with a lot of understanding and love, the struggles Saoirse was in were very personal and real. She did her best to not get attached and i think she did the same with her own father and his fiancee. She was mad because she didn’t want things to change, but also, she didn’t want to have any feelings for them, in case she got earily dementia like her mother.
I feel like all the struggle she was in was so big, she couldn’t think about the little moments, and that was very sad to me.
I loved the other characters, they were funny, three dimentional ones. Everyone had their reasons and their place in the story, nothing was left to luck.
Overall it’s an interesting story to read, not the best reading of my year but i did finish it, so i guess i did like it a bit.
Would i recommend it to people? It depends on what are they looking for.
As a little spoiler i wanna say i loved the way it ended, in such a hopeful way. Or at least it felt hopeful to me.
I gave the book 3.5 stars. I think it should stay in the middle, you could love it or hate it, i’m more of a “meh” person on this one.
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