I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre is a super cute enemies-to-lovers young adult romance and it is also a fantastic queer retelling of Much Ado About Nothing.

Emma is in love with love and her biggest rival, Sophia, is a huge Grinch where romance is concerned. These headstrong young women are competing against each other for the first-prize trip to one of the best film festivals in Los Angeles. They’re both determined to make a mind-blowing movie that will knock the socks off the judges and the audience but there can only be one winner…

What would happen if their endless bickering turns into a tender romance?

The Characters

Emma and Sophia are in their final year of high school and they want to have careers in the film industry one day. Emma is bisexual and she has been longing to see a rom-com that gives bisexuals the happily-ever-after they deserve so she has decided to make a movie that will bring her dreams to life. Sophia doesn’t believe in love or happily-ever-afters because she has seen first-hand how most relationships usually end—in pain and sorrow and she wants no part of it. I just wanted to give Emma and Sophia the biggest and mushiest hugs ever because they were struggling to deal with their own emotional baggage and their unexpected attraction to each other.

These characters were well-written and I could easily relate to them because the author brought them to life for me and I felt as though I was right beside them as they navigated the ups and downs of their friendships and family relationships.

The Writing Style

I can’t believe this is Auriane Desombre’s debut novel! I couldn’t get enough of her entertaining and flawless writing and the witty banter between the characters. I love the fact that this story was told through Emma and Sophia’s points of view because I felt as though I was given a front-row seat to their conflicting thoughts and emotions. This author definitely deserves the highest of fives because she gave this lovely story the right amount of angst, humor, romance and heart-breaking moments and I’m not ashamed to admit that I had a hard time with putting my kindle down after I got past the first page.

Pros And My Favourite Parts

Thanks to this wonderful author, I fell head over heels in love with film making because I got to hang out with Emma, Sophia, Myrah, Kate, Tom and Matt while they were busy with brainstorming ideas and blending their unique talents in order to create the best movie ever! I love the fact that friendship and matchmaking were huge themes in this story and I must admit that Auriane Desombre has done a fabulous job with portraying the deep bonds between these endearing characters. By the way, this book cover is so adorable and I am always smiling every time I look at it!

Cons And Heads Up

Zero complaints.

The Conclusion

aprils favourite booksThis story is so much more than a romantic comedy because it highlights the pressure that goes hand in hand with coming out and the importance of being true to yourself and following your heart. If you’re a huge fan of quirky young adult romances that feature a group of meddling and well-meaning friends, endless drama and heart-tugging LGBTQ representation in film, then this is certainly the story for you!

TLDR (too long didn’t read)

I enjoyed every word of this hilarious enemies-to-lovers, young adult romance and I think you’ll love it way more than I did!

Excerpt from I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre

Sophia looks me and my basic blue floral dress up and down. I shrink under her gaze. She comes with a healthy side of overconfident I came out to my parents years ago and they still love me vibe that rattle my nerves every time I see her. The sleek new Parisian haircut she’s sporting doesn’t help either.

Before either of us can say anything, Tom turns to Sophia with a giant smile on his face.

“Hey, we’re making a movie. What do you want to do?”

And just like that, Sophia, avowed relationship-hater, pops my happy gay rom-com-making bubble. It’ll destroy the movie if she’s on set, dragging us all down with her horrible love-is-stupid vibes.

“Direct, obviously,” Sophia says. “I learned loads about film while I was in France. We could do something really artsy and cool.”

I wrinkle my nose. Artsy is the last thing I want for my rom-com.

“I’m the director,” I say. “It was my idea in the first place, so you can’t fight me on it.”

At least she respects dibs. “Fine. I’ll be the screenwriter.”

“Myrah’s already writing it.”

“I’ll act, then,” Sophia says flatly.

I swallow. I’m out of excuses.

“That’s perfect,” Tom says.

“We needed an actress,” Kate says, pursing her lips at me. “You chose the perfect day to come back, Soph.”

I turn away from Sophia, looking back down at my notebook, but my mind stays stuck on her. Now that she’s back, she’ll ruin everything. How am I supposed to win this contest with a sweet love story when she spent all of freshman year hating on love every chance she got? She spent the whole time shitting on Tom for being in a relationship, and teasing me whenever I mentioned a favorite rom-com. I can’t have that kind of energy on my set.

“How did you even know we were here?” I mutter.

“I called Tom’s, and his dad told me,” she says. Her shoulders slump forward, and for a moment I feel bad.

But then I remember that she’s already threatening my movie, and I’m going to end up a single mess who never gets to go to LA. And die alone with Lady Catulet and all her future kittens.

Damn. Even in my wildest fantasies, my cat’s love life is more exciting than mine.

And with Little Miss France on my set, it’s gonna stay that way forever.

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