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The Falling in Love Montage

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  9,832 ratings  ·  1,963 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by HarperTeen (first published June 4th 2020)
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Ruby I couldn't agree more with you on the age range in terms of YA, I kind of struggle with the same thing. This is definitely a 13-15 year old range, wit…moreI couldn't agree more with you on the age range in terms of YA, I kind of struggle with the same thing. This is definitely a 13-15 year old range, with language and mention of sex being the only sticklers. Hope this helped! If you ever need more appropriate LGBTQ+ books, just let me know and I'd be happy to recommend some! (less)
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Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a coming-of-age sapphic YA story that makes a lot of references to typically straight romcoms and involves the characters discussing how LGBT+ movies often end in tragedy. The main characters decide to have their own romcom montage, which is cute to see and I hope girls will be able to envision this for their own life too. The book also balances themes about family by focusing on the main character’s mom having early onset dementia and how that has affected her and her father. While I ap ...more
daph pink ♡
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, queer
SAORISE is my soulmate ♥️

3 stars to the book and all my heart for her.❤🌈
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.
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
Lex Kent
4.50 Stars. This was so good! I have been really busy reading/reviewing ARC’s lately that I have not had any time to even look at my “own to read soon” list. This book was on that list since I purchased it shortly after it came out. I’ve been dying to read this one and I was asked by a few fellow reader friends to review it. So I realized I had to take an ARC break to read this one and I’m so glad I did. This was exactly the kind of YA book that I love to read.

First, I have to say I was shocked
Aug 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, owned
this book has grumpy lesbians who steal boats, go skinny-dipping, and drown their emotions in romcom marathons
Kevin (Irish Reader)
See, the thing about the falling in love montage, is that when it’s over, the characters have fallen in love

CW: Dementia

First off, I just want to say how much I loved the Irishness of this book. There were so many parts to it that had Irish slang words, Irish terms and just so much Irish culture and I loved it so much! The main character, Saoirse, I really connected with and loved her sarcastic nature a lot. I also connected to the love interest, Ruby, too as we both share a love for romantic c
I listening to this on audio in one or two sittings and I really enjoyed this. It’s a sweet and beautiful YA romance between these two girls. I loved all the references to rom-coms that are typically straight and how they decided to make their own, and how usually the best part of those movies is the falling in love montage, so they created their own, with no commitments after. This was a beautiful story that really moved me, the protagonists mom has dementia and that shit just really got to me ...more
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
Oct 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Melanie by: Romie
This looks like everything I've ever wanted.

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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,
Ciara Smyth
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Because if you don't 5* yourself, who will?

Update! Read Chapter One on my website:
I remember a lot of things from the book, but not the falling in love montage lol. In my opinion that was the least important part.

Surprisingly, my favorite thing was the main character. (Take this seriously from someone who almost never likes them.)
She isn't that typical girl-without-personality character to make it easy to #relate. She is sarcastic, strong-willed, angry and hurt, and honestly has all the right to send his father to hell, yet she is pretty decent with him. But there were tim
Larry H
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So sweet and adorable...I loved this one!!

Saoirse doesn’t believe in relationships, because someone always gets hurt. And that’s what happened when her ex-girlfriend broke up with her, plus she lost one of her best friends, so while she’s more than happy to kiss random girls at parties, that’s it.

She’s also scared about her future. Her mother has early-onset dementia and now lives in a nursing home, and there’s a chance the same thing could happen to Saoirse. So why plan to go to Oxford or fall
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 ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
i really wish i could say this blurb isn't a move i would and have pulled ...more
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m floored by how affected I was by this book. I want to go back and reread or even listen to the smart mouthed mc, Saoirse, spill her secrets and angst in an Irish accent in the audiobook.

It’s the summer between what would be high school here in the US and the start of college. She’s waiting for final exam results and possible entrance to Oxford. Saoirse is also nursing her first broken heart. All of this pales in comparison to the hardship of dealing with a mother who has early onset dementi
Oct 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
*screams in gay panic*
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
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I felt it was a little risky going into this - would it be so sweet I would come out crying and having my disastrous yearning sapphic state amplified by 100? - but actually it was rather balanced. The romance was fun and soft, and I really enjoyed Saoirse's family dynamics - her relationship with her mother, who has dementia, and her struggles with her father, who is getting remarried.

Admittedly, I found Saoirse a little . . . frustrating at points, but this did allow for a clear and very nice
Lea (drumsofautumn)
bookstagram picture of the falling in love montage on ipad

“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
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Review of The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth, Audiobook narrated by Alana Kerr

I’m not a Young Adult book fan but I’ve heard so many good things about this novel that I’ve decided to listen to the audiobook. I’m super happy that I did because it’s one of the best I’ve listened to this year so far.

Saoirse doesn’t believe in love. At 18, she has suffered enough by seeing her mum affected by early-onset dementia, a condition she could inherit. But when she meets Ruby, an English girl spendi
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This absolutely saved my life during a horrible migraine attack
5 stars

Have you ever read a book and felt like the author took the story from your mind because it seems like it was perfectly made for you? Because that's what this book is for me.

Saoirse is a love cynic: she doesn't buy that whole love at first sight and happy ending crap. The fact that her mother has early onset dementia and doesn't remember her own name nor her own daughter is enough proof of that. Having set a rule for herself to only kiss straight girls to keep romantic feelings at bay,
This was so wonderful!!! It made me smile and sad. This is a book that heavily features romance, as the mains are referencing and recreating all the great romantic scenes from famous romcoms, but it really is a coming of age book. I don’t always like humor in books, but this book hit exactly the right spot. I listened to the audiobook (with an Irish accent to die for) and I was grinning stupidly during some of my lunch walks. But there were also some emotional moments that really got to me.

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I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I could feel myself throughout the book wanting to like it so, so much, but the problem with this book is that I was expected a fluffy rom-com with a cute romance, and in reality this story is probably one of the most depressing stories I've read this year.

I don't think there's many YA parents I hate more than Saoirse's Dad. Originally, he's played off as the "forgetful, bumbling" dad, with his inability to communicate wit
Lucy Tonks
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: rtc, buddy-reads
I think I'll just stick to fantasy, thank you very much.

Happy Pride Month! In honor of Pride Month, I plan to only read books that have LGBTQ+ representation this month. I always try to read more books with queer representation so this month I will be trying to find new favourites and underrated reads.

1. Girl Made of Stars: 4 ★
2. They Both Die At The End: 2 ★
3. Darius the Great is not Okay: 3 ★
4. Every Heart a Doorwat: 5 ★
5. How To Make a Wish: 1 ★
6. Felix Ever After: 5★
7. The Song of
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars 🥺

This had so much Good stuff (f/f romance, funny and cute lesbian&guy friendship, lots of family feelings) and overall it was an emotionally complicated novel with tons of difficult themes that were handled with care. I highly recommend it in audiobook format too!
Lillyyy (⌐■_■)
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites, my-heart
Disclaimer: I wrote this review at twelve in the morning so it's very likely there are typos and complete paragraphs that don't make sense. Tell me if you find one

You know the books out there where you just want to squeal every other page and it's so cute and ahhhh you need to read more? That describes this book perfectly. It's adorable. I really liked the chemistry, I loved how they touch on some serious topics like sexism, LGBTQ+ rep and mental disorder, and I thought the characters were super
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: releases-2020
Brb, literally sobbing rn.


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