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 am so happy to be apart of this tour, as I’ve been looking forward to reading The Falling in Love Montage for quite some time, for quite a few reasons. First of all, It’s an LGBTQIA YA novel, and I love reading books from that subgenre. Also, the author, Ciara Smyth, is from Ireland! I studied abroad in Ireland in spring 2019 and for some reason whenever I see that an author is from Ireland, I want to read the book even more. So, you could say I was destined to love this book from the start.
I’ll be honest. I’ve had a bit of trouble reading books lately. I’m not sure if it’s quarantine or what, but I’ve been finding it harder to pick up a book and read! Yet, once I picked up The Falling in Love Montage, I just couldn’t put it down.
My favorite part of this book would definitely have to be the love story. I tend to not be the biggest fan of meet cutes, but for some reason, it just worked for me in this romance! Besides that, I also loved Saiorse. She was a great MC and I couldn’t get enough of her. She was making me chuckle within the first few pages. Honestly, Saiorse might go down as one of my favorite characters of the year!
This book was also very gut-wrenching at times, which only added to the story. I found myself tearing up! Plus, for the first time in a long time, all the characters actually seemed like they were the age that they were supposed to be as characters. Like Saiorse just seemed so raw and real, unlike a lot of MC’s in other contemporaries I’ve read in the past. It made me only love her more.
If you haven’t guessed already, I’m suggesting that you go and pick up this book. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Ciara Smyth is a social work student by day, writer by night and cat enthusiast 24/7.
Her first YA novel – about memory, rom-coms and girls who like girls – will be published in Summer 2020 by Andersen Press in the UK and HarperCollins in the US.
She previously worked as a teacher and mental health trainer. She enjoys jigging (verb: to complete a jigsaw) and claims to enjoy yoga in order to cultivate a zen persona that is shattered approximately ten minutes after you meet her.
She is from the south of Ireland but has lived in Belfast for so long that her parents make fun of her Northern accent.