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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’ 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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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’ 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.

30 review for I Think I Love You

  1. 5 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    they say if you don't have anything good to say , don't say anything at all. *zip* they say if you don't have anything good to say , don't say anything at all. *zip*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    Might print out a copy of this cover and sleep with it under my pillow, idk.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    best cover AND title of 2020? perhaps. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch best cover AND title of 2020? perhaps. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch

  4. 5 out of 5

    vatana 🍂

    i go where the gayness is.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children’s for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. When it comes to romance, there are two types of people. You have your Emmas, your diehard romantics who believe in happily ever after and have fallen head-over-heels in love with love. And then you have your Sophias, who roll their eyes at rom-coms and take a more jaded approach to the whole concept of love and relationships. I am a Sophia. I don’t hate all romance, but it does take a Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children’s for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. When it comes to romance, there are two types of people. You have your Emmas, your diehard romantics who believe in happily ever after and have fallen head-over-heels in love with love. And then you have your Sophias, who roll their eyes at rom-coms and take a more jaded approach to the whole concept of love and relationships. I am a Sophia. I don’t hate all romance, but it does take a lot more for a fictional romance to impress me, and this one didn’t quite hit the mark. It was fun and light and entertaining, and I think the Emmas of the world will truly enjoy it, and that’s great. The world needs more lighthearted gay romance. But I have to be honest and say that I was hoping for more: more maturity, more complexity, more depth. Maybe I’m just too old and cynical for teenage love stories. And this one was very teenager-y. Emma isn’t just a diehard romantic; she’s so preoccupied with love that it’s practically her only personality trait. She’s melodramatic and her actions are selfish and juvenile. Everything is about her: her feelings, her ideas, what she wants to do. I should have been able to relate to her subplot of not being out to her parents, having gone through exactly the same thing, but it didn’t get enough attention and development. I liked Sophia more than I liked Emma, first, because I related to her a lot more. Her story combined many different threads, all of which I found interesting: the aftermath of her parents’ recent divorce, the failed relationship she left behind in Paris, her struggle to reintegrate with her friend group. But even Sophia had moments when she annoyed the heck out of me. It’s no wonder she has trouble fitting back in with her friends; she won’t shut up about Paris around them. And while I, too, have a cynical view of romance, Sophia took it to an extreme. Also, this book had way too much heterosexuality for a book about two girls falling in love. I couldn’t have cared less about Kate and Tom or Myrah and Peter. Come to think of it, this book had way too much going on in general: friend drama, family drama, side relationships. I like complex and multilayered plots, but only if each subplot gets enough development to keep you invested, and there isn’t so much going on that it distracts from what should be the main focus of the story: in this case, Emma and Sophia falling in love and making movies. As a result, the development of their relationship felt rushed and sloppy. The foundations of Emma and Sophia’s dislike for each other were about as petty as they could get. Their constant bickering wasn’t flirtatious, it wasn’t cute, it was immature and irritating. And the different schemes in this book to get people together by lying to them? Also not cute, completely cliché, and definitely not a solid foundation for a healthy relationship. This book wasn’t all bad. Emma and Sophia had a few romantic scenes together that warmed even my cold heart. But the good moments were bogged down by all the unnecessary teenage drama and immaturity. I wish I could give this book a higher rating, but given how much time I spent rolling my eyes and skimming through subplots I didn’t care about, I just don’t think I can.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    Auriane Desombre's debut novel, I Think I Love You , is sweet and poignant, a hate-to-love (sort-of) rom-com that definitely touched my heart. “The best love is matter-of-fact. It doesn’t need those big gestures and those bug romantic moments. Real love comes in the everyday moments, the daily life you share.” When Emma learns of a film festival competition which could lead to college scholarships and an internship in the film industry, she instantly convinces her best friends to help make a mo Auriane Desombre's debut novel, I Think I Love You , is sweet and poignant, a hate-to-love (sort-of) rom-com that definitely touched my heart. “The best love is matter-of-fact. It doesn’t need those big gestures and those bug romantic moments. Real love comes in the everyday moments, the daily life you share.” When Emma learns of a film festival competition which could lead to college scholarships and an internship in the film industry, she instantly convinces her best friends to help make a movie. As a bisexual teen and a huge romantic, she’s never found a rom-com that makes her feel seen, so that’s her idea for a film. But when Sophia returns after some time living in Paris with her mother, she’s quick to throw a wrench in Emma’s plans. Not only doesn’t she believe in love or romance, but she thinks a cheesy idea like Emma’s won’t win the festival—they need something artsy, introspective, and pretentious. The differing opinions between the two create a great deal of tension in their friend group, so they split up to make both movies. Of course, having friends in competition with one another is never a good idea and many feel caught in the middle. When something happens to cause Emma and Sophia to start seeing each other in a different light, they realize there are reasons each behaves the way they do and perhaps their dislike of one another is misguided. Come on, rom-com fans, you know what will happen. But this is an emotional story, so there’s drama, misunderstandings, and tension afoot and there are secrets to be revealed. In a lot of ways the book feels like a rom-com, but it also resonated for me in a number of ways. I love the abundance of LGBTQIA+ rom-coms out there these days!! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. Check out my list of the best books of the last decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ace

    Sapphic rivals-to-lovers? I have been summoned

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    I'm a simple person, I see something is both rivals to lovers and sapphic and I must read it. I'm a simple person, I see something is both rivals to lovers and sapphic and I must read it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Haley Neil

    Ever wonder what would happen if you took Much Ado About Nothing, introduced it to Emma, and then plopped it in modern day NY? Then this stunning f/f romcom is definitely for you! Filled with heart, humor, and impressive amounts of wit, this book follows Emma and Sophia and their complicated (turned swoony!) relationship during a film competition. I was able to read an early version of this story and am more than excited to read it again. And again. And again. I don't just think I love this book Ever wonder what would happen if you took Much Ado About Nothing, introduced it to Emma, and then plopped it in modern day NY? Then this stunning f/f romcom is definitely for you! Filled with heart, humor, and impressive amounts of wit, this book follows Emma and Sophia and their complicated (turned swoony!) relationship during a film competition. I was able to read an early version of this story and am more than excited to read it again. And again. And again. I don't just think I love this book... I love it with absolute certainty!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Contos

    This is the f/f romcom you've been waiting for!! I loved everything about the enemies-to-lovers romcom set in fabulous NY! Desombre perfectly captures the feel of being a student in New York, and the chemistry between Emma and Sophia manages to be both swoony and sweet. This is one of my fav reads of 2019 and 2020 can't get here soon enough!!! This is the f/f romcom you've been waiting for!! I loved everything about the enemies-to-lovers romcom set in fabulous NY! Desombre perfectly captures the feel of being a student in New York, and the chemistry between Emma and Sophia manages to be both swoony and sweet. This is one of my fav reads of 2019 and 2020 can't get here soon enough!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Rodkey

    This super funny and QUEER AF book is as cute as its cover! It's a great take on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, set in the present-day NYC high school scene with driven and talented lady leads! This super funny and QUEER AF book is as cute as its cover! It's a great take on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, set in the present-day NYC high school scene with driven and talented lady leads!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    As part of F/F February 2021, over at Beyond A Bookshelf we talked to author Auriane Desombre about debuting with a LGBTQIAP+ novel and the hate-to-love romance trope! You can read it here. * I Think I Love You is a light and easy sapphic rom-com that's quintessential YA. It's also a loose retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, which is fun. I enjoyed the hate-to-love dynamic between Emma and Sophia, and by extension their respective characterisation. There did seem to be a lot of deception about va As part of F/F February 2021, over at Beyond A Bookshelf we talked to author Auriane Desombre about debuting with a LGBTQIAP+ novel and the hate-to-love romance trope! You can read it here. * I Think I Love You is a light and easy sapphic rom-com that's quintessential YA. It's also a loose retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, which is fun. I enjoyed the hate-to-love dynamic between Emma and Sophia, and by extension their respective characterisation. There did seem to be a lot of deception about various things by various characters and it did make me wonder whether it was all necessary, but by the end the characters did seem to learn that it wasn't the way to go about things. The quick pacing was excellent and I breezed through it! It was refreshing to have something shorter, especially as I've been reading longer YA novels as of late. I also enjoyed how clear Desombre made Emma and Sophia's identities. All in all, a light and easy YA debut with a fun sapphic romance at its heart.

  13. 4 out of 5

    kaylie

    ☆ advanced reader copy from netgalley ☆ How do you write a review about a book that means the world to you? When I finished this book, I was hyperventilating. I've never had a book hit me so close to home. It's like Desombre reached into my soul and wrote it out on paper. From Sophia's parental situation to Emma's bisexuality, the book just spoke to me on a level no other book has. Sophia is just --- she's me. That's all I can say. Emma is perfect... Goodness, everything about this book was perfect ☆ advanced reader copy from netgalley ☆ How do you write a review about a book that means the world to you? When I finished this book, I was hyperventilating. I've never had a book hit me so close to home. It's like Desombre reached into my soul and wrote it out on paper. From Sophia's parental situation to Emma's bisexuality, the book just spoke to me on a level no other book has. Sophia is just --- she's me. That's all I can say. Emma is perfect... Goodness, everything about this book was perfect. I can't even make coherent sentences. I loved reading Sophia and Emma transform in this book. Their character development and their relationship development was perfect. They are both flawed but that's what makes them great characters. Not to mention, this book was ADORABLE. I was practically smiling the entire novel. Sophie and Emma's development from rivals to friends to lovers was... ugh, I loved it. In conclusion, this is a new favorite, please buy it, bye!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    3.5 stars A super cute hate-to-love romance! This is such a sweet and cute YA romance. Everything about this book feels YA and I mean that in the best way! The characters are teenagers...and shockingly, they read like they are teenagers too! *fake gasp* I love how imperfect each of the characters are and how they are all trying to figure out who they are and what they want in life. Sophia and Emma are two characters that are really trying to figure out life and I enjoyed being in both of their POV 3.5 stars A super cute hate-to-love romance! This is such a sweet and cute YA romance. Everything about this book feels YA and I mean that in the best way! The characters are teenagers...and shockingly, they read like they are teenagers too! *fake gasp* I love how imperfect each of the characters are and how they are all trying to figure out who they are and what they want in life. Sophia and Emma are two characters that are really trying to figure out life and I enjoyed being in both of their POV's and see them learn to look at life in different ways. The romance was very cute, though a bit insta-lovey but it was so cute that I almost didn't care. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters especially Kate and Tom's side plot. Definitely recommend to readers looking for a cute YA contemporary romance with a great friend group! arc given in exchange for an honest review

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Lynn Solomon

    I THINK I LOVE YOU is an absolute DELIGHT!! Auriane Desombre's voice is so fresh and modern, and I adored both Emma and Sophia, along with their (hilariously) scheming groups of friends. This contemporary f/f Much Ado About Nothing retelling stole my heart. I THINK I LOVE YOU is an absolute DELIGHT!! Auriane Desombre's voice is so fresh and modern, and I adored both Emma and Sophia, along with their (hilariously) scheming groups of friends. This contemporary f/f Much Ado About Nothing retelling stole my heart.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    The cover is so cute I would put a poster of it in my room ------------------------- If this gets pushed back any further I'm going to forget to buy it, this is ridiculous. - March 2021 currently. The cover is so cute I would put a poster of it in my room ------------------------- If this gets pushed back any further I'm going to forget to buy it, this is ridiculous. - March 2021 currently.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    I like that this was a rom-com where the character makes a rom-com movie, cute idea! Emma is a romantic, her parents have a great relationship and she's on the lookout for her own meet cute. Sophia doesn't believe in love after her parent's relationship imploded and her mom remarried, leaving Sophia behind. Each girl has her own idea for a short film and the constant arguing creates a rift in their friend group. This starts off rumors of crushes, some sabotage, and two girls finding love. This w I like that this was a rom-com where the character makes a rom-com movie, cute idea! Emma is a romantic, her parents have a great relationship and she's on the lookout for her own meet cute. Sophia doesn't believe in love after her parent's relationship imploded and her mom remarried, leaving Sophia behind. Each girl has her own idea for a short film and the constant arguing creates a rift in their friend group. This starts off rumors of crushes, some sabotage, and two girls finding love. This was really easy to dive into, it has a cute plot, fun characters, and great pacing. I liked the alternating points of view of Emma and Sophia and watching the girls overcome fears and open up to love. Their friends made good side characters and I especially liked Kate and Tom's relationship. I do wish the films had a bigger part, but Emma's movie was sort of her real life so it's okay. The ending was well done, I thought the film contest played out just as it should have. I'm glad I had a chance to read this adorable LGBTQ romance! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anandi Puritipati

    3.25/3.5 ish maybe? ARC provided by PRH International via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own I think I love you is a modern-day, sapphic retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, centered around a group of friends trying to win a film making contest! Like Much Ado, this book features the tried and tested miscommunication trope and also the "meddling friends" trope, and it was overall a super cute, light, fun read! The book is a dual pov story told from the perspect 3.25/3.5 ish maybe? ARC provided by PRH International via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own I think I love you is a modern-day, sapphic retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, centered around a group of friends trying to win a film making contest! Like Much Ado, this book features the tried and tested miscommunication trope and also the "meddling friends" trope, and it was overall a super cute, light, fun read! The book is a dual pov story told from the perspectives of both Emma (rom-com aficionado, low-key manic pixie dreamgirl and bisexual disaster) and Sophia (cold cynical lesbian, doesn't believe in love, also is a snob) as they take on the task of making a short film for the contest. Shenanigans ensue. People fight, then they make up, happily ever after etc etc. You know how this story goes. Like I said, while this book was a light, fun read, I also felt a little disappointed by it, on the whole. The writing was fine, for the most part, but it felt very repetitive. There were a few phrases and sentences that would just show up over and over and instead of the result being an emphasis on the thing the author was trying to say, it just got annoying. The main miscommunication plotline was also a little...I don't know, extra? overly convenient? something like that. Not gonna lie, it *was* hilarious, but I was not sold on it. The character reactions to it also felt ooc. Maybe I would've bought it if we had fleshed out the side characters more so it would feel a little more natural, but they weren't and I didn't. As for the leads, I really liked Emma as an MC. She was quintessentially YA, and while she could get a lil annoying, I was also taken with her. Girl's adorable, what do you want me to do! Sophia, on the other hand...oof! I absolutely hated her in the beginning. It's a me-thing, though, because I think her character development over the course of the book was actually pretty well done. But, I couldn't stand her for a good third of the book lmao. (I was so annoyed, I wanted to throw things at her.)((I think I have had it with edgy, snobby teens in books)). One of the parts of the book that I really liked was Sophia and Emma's relationships with their parents! Sophia, being a child of divorce, has a really complicated and rocky relationship with her parents and while Emma's family is very cute and close, she isn't out to them and that's a whole thing. Despite the lighthearted nature of the book, I felt like these conflicts were pretty well-handled! I would've loved to see more of it, but this isn't that kind of book, and I understand that. Bless, there wasn't any overt homophobia against the leads or anything. Which is not exactly relevant, but it was just an added bonus! The romance between Emma and Sophia was very cute, but I wanted more of it! Also they kept throwing the world love around a lot in the beginning itself, and I know teenagers do that, but it was another me-thing that made me roll my eyes so much. Anyway, yes, we got very cute sapphic yearning moments, and panic-filled hand-holding and BAKING TOGETHER and all that, but I still wanted there to be moreee. Sue me. Overall, very cute, but also not the best story out there, all things considered! It takes a lighthearted approach to a story about identity and love and friendship and it does an okay job of saying the things it wants to say. I had my problems with it, but I can totally see others — especially younger readers — benefiting from reading this! And, like, it's also just a super quick read and would make for a great book to just chill with. So yay, for that!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This book was so cute and so easy to read. I loved seeing these two teenage girls fall in love with each other after disliking each other for so long. I had a lot of fun reading this light story that also dealt with the subject of coming out to your family as a lesbian or bisexual. In I Think I Love You, you'll meet Emma and Sophia. The first is a romantic through and through who believes in great love stories. She adores rom-coms but doesn't see herself in them so when a competition comes up, s This book was so cute and so easy to read. I loved seeing these two teenage girls fall in love with each other after disliking each other for so long. I had a lot of fun reading this light story that also dealt with the subject of coming out to your family as a lesbian or bisexual. In I Think I Love You, you'll meet Emma and Sophia. The first is a romantic through and through who believes in great love stories. She adores rom-coms but doesn't see herself in them so when a competition comes up, she knows she has to make a rom-com with bi characters. The competition was pretty cute and I liked the way it ended as it felt very natural. Sophia, on the other hand, doesn't believe in love and is known for being anti-relationships. What they don't know is that she felt that way since her parents split up. We see her feeling very alone and coming back after being gone to Paris for one year is a little tough on her even though she tries to make it seem like her life there was amazing. When both girls are at opposite sides, the rest of their friends figure out that they need to meddle in order to stop them from hating each other.. and while they lied, it worked and I loved every single moment after that. The flirtation was so freaking cute and I was living for it. The drama entertained me and it was a quick read, the perfect book for me at that time. (Thank you for letting me read and review an ARC via Netgalley)

  20. 4 out of 5

    cossette

    lowkey was really disappointed by this one. i think it just wasn't for me? the characters seemed ... very self-absorbed/whiny (sophia reminded me of anna and the french kiss) but it was cute! lowkey was really disappointed by this one. i think it just wasn't for me? the characters seemed ... very self-absorbed/whiny (sophia reminded me of anna and the french kiss) but it was cute!

  21. 5 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Mimi Koehler The premise of this book is so enticing. A romantic cynic and a rom-com fangirl being somewhat coerced into shooting a film together for a film festival that rewards the winner with some awesome perks in pursuing film-related jobs in their future? And their mutual friends scheming to get those enemies to fall in love so they’ll stop bickering? Alex, I’ll take “gimme it” for five hundred. Also, I’m going to be really honest with you an Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Mimi Koehler The premise of this book is so enticing. A romantic cynic and a rom-com fangirl being somewhat coerced into shooting a film together for a film festival that rewards the winner with some awesome perks in pursuing film-related jobs in their future? And their mutual friends scheming to get those enemies to fall in love so they’ll stop bickering? Alex, I’ll take “gimme it” for five hundred. Also, I’m going to be really honest with you and tell you that I’ve never read Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (I suffered enough at Uni, okay, I’m tired), so the references or plotlines based on that went over my head, but it didn’t take away any of my enjoyment. Besides, there’s so much drama and scheming in this, you can just imagine Shakespeare guzzling it all up just like I did. The entire book is focused on Sophia’s and Emma’s seeming incompatibility. You’d think that Sophia is the unlikable character because she’s a cynic and uses every opportunity to harp on romance and the idea of true love. I don’t know whether it’s me getting old, but I actually really saw where she was coming from. Sophia’s heart’s been broken when her parents – who were always the most disgustingly in love couple – got divorced. After seeing such a seemingly solid relationship break apart, it’s easy to think that love is dead. Even though Sophia comes with a lot of barbs and snark, you can tell that she’s been hurt by this separation more than she lets on and it clouds her judgement on other people’s relationships. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  22. 5 out of 5

    birdie

    if you think i could resist reading a sapphic book with 1) a hate-to-love romance and 2) a film festival...you clearly think of me too highly. i am weak, okay? i see the cutest cover ever and hear it's sapphic and i am craving the book. that's about 80% of my personality at this point. an interview with the author of this book can now be found on my blog! click here to read it! i used to never read light-hearted books, especially not romcoms, so i'm trying to get into them more and this definitely if you think i could resist reading a sapphic book with 1) a hate-to-love romance and 2) a film festival...you clearly think of me too highly. i am weak, okay? i see the cutest cover ever and hear it's sapphic and i am craving the book. that's about 80% of my personality at this point. an interview with the author of this book can now be found on my blog! click here to read it! i used to never read light-hearted books, especially not romcoms, so i'm trying to get into them more and this definitely was one that made me so incredibly happy! i found myself actually loving just reading without thinking too much, you know? i loved the setting of this book so much! as an absolute movie-freak it was so much fun to see the characters be so passionate about the film festival and how their own love story developed while, well, developing their own movies! there's also something about sophia and emma. their chemistry was so cute and wholesome. i 100% believe they are real. i refuse to believe anything else. there's also a pretty good balance between the more serious stuff (like sophia's parents their divorce and emma not being out to her parents). about emma: being bisexual myself, I definitely related to her and the representation made me so incredibly happy! especially this quote: "When I come out to them, I want them to know that bisexuality is valid, and I want them to know that bisexual love stories are as possible and beautiful and lovely as any other." and that's exactly why i'm so happy i picked this up: we got to see that. and that's so, so important. the thing just is: romcoms are something i'm gonna need some time to get used to. while i usually read books with lots of descriptions and build-up, this one was more straightforward? like i said, i really enjoyed not having to crack my brain over things, but it also felt really...ill at ease, to be honest? so i guess this is a typical case of it's-not-you-it's-me. that being said, this is a very positive three-stars for me though! i read it in one sitting and enjoyed my time with it a lot! highly recommend if anyone's looking for some sapphic cuteness! thank you to the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review! this did not affect my opinions in any way. blog | bookstagram | more

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    The characters were obnoxious and selfish but I loved how they were also realistic and relatable. I liked the romance but I wish there was a little more development. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a Much Ado About Nothing retelling, but it defintely felt like one. So, if that's something you're looking for, or if you want an entertaing f/f YA romance, I'd recommend this. The characters were obnoxious and selfish but I loved how they were also realistic and relatable. I liked the romance but I wish there was a little more development. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a Much Ado About Nothing retelling, but it defintely felt like one. So, if that's something you're looking for, or if you want an entertaing f/f YA romance, I'd recommend this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. Emma is a die-hard romantic. She believes in love, big gestures and she loves rom-coms, even the bad ones. When the opportunity of making a short film and win a trip to a film festival in Los Angeles occurs she decides to do a perfect bi rom-com with her friends Myrah, Matt and Tom and her cousin Kate. Her plans are "ruined" when Sophia, Tom's best friend, comes back from Paris, becoming again part of their group, with her more I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. Emma is a die-hard romantic. She believes in love, big gestures and she loves rom-coms, even the bad ones. When the opportunity of making a short film and win a trip to a film festival in Los Angeles occurs she decides to do a perfect bi rom-com with her friends Myrah, Matt and Tom and her cousin Kate. Her plans are "ruined" when Sophia, Tom's best friend, comes back from Paris, becoming again part of their group, with her more practical mind and no desire of love or matchmaking. Finding themselves as rivals for the competition, Emma and Sophia are ready to do anything to prove the other wrong and make the perfect film. But when their rivalry starts to become something more, everything is even more complicated. I think I love you is told by two POVs, Emma's and Sophia's, two girls very different from one other. Emma is the romentic one, she loves matchmaking, she loves love, she loves seeing people happy, like her cousin Kate and her obvious and reciprocated crush for Tom, or Myrah's crush for her new colleague at work. She's stubborn and her not being out to her parents is something that burdens and scares her, fearing her coming out could ruin their relationship. The need to see herself as bi represented in a movie is the motivation that brings her to make a bi rom-com. When Sophia comes back and tries to suggest another direction and plot for the movie, they start to bicker and everything complicates further. Above all when they start to act more like "friends" and more than rivals. Sophia is more practical, almost cynical in her view of love and couples and her character is complex. Her parents' divorce brought her to be and think this way, more disillusioned, and her experience in France with her girlfriend and friends, in Paris, where she went to stay with her mother and her new partner for a year, left her bitter and upset. Coming back and finding her group moved on even without her is another thing that left Sophia even more bitter and sad, feeling put aside and forgotten. Trying to insert herself again in her group means clashing with Emma and her ideas. I think I love you is a book full of couple and matchmaking. Emma, Myrah and Matt "conspire" to bring Tom and Kate together, since they are too shy to confess their own feelings, Matt, Tom, Kate and Myrah mislead Emma and Sophia, hoping to stop their fights and bring the group together again. I didn't like some things about this book and I found it a bit predictable, even though not in a negative way. I found Emma was a bit too self-centered and naive, contrary to Sophia, who was more mature and meditative. I found the book focusing a bit too much on the other "ships", above all on Kate and Tom, than on Emma and Sophia and their falling in love with one other. I'd loved to see their relationship more developed. BUT I like reading about the matchmaking and how the characters are so strongly connected to one other, how they are friends and love each other. I liked so much the relationships in this book, between Kate and Emma or Tom and Sophia. I liked the setting and the whole making a movie idea, a stage, a way for Emma to come out to her parents. I liked how the author talked about Emma's struggles and fears about coming out and Sophia's issues with her parents' divorce and adapting to her new life. Overall I think I love you is a cute and sweet story, about relationships, connections, jealousy, disillusion, talking about important themes like divorce, coming out, fighting for your own dreams and goals, being true to oneself. 3.5

  25. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa

    3.5 I Think I Love You is a sweet, funny YA romance novel between two rivals who have two very different ideas on love. I liked the characters, despite being unable to really identify with them. They were a bit childish at times, and they argued pretty much constantly in the beginning - which, to be fair, what's a YA romance without some teenage angst drama? - but as soon as we hit a certain point I was into the story. I guessed the antagonist pretty much right away, so I wasn't too surprised whe 3.5 I Think I Love You is a sweet, funny YA romance novel between two rivals who have two very different ideas on love. I liked the characters, despite being unable to really identify with them. They were a bit childish at times, and they argued pretty much constantly in the beginning - which, to be fair, what's a YA romance without some teenage angst drama? - but as soon as we hit a certain point I was into the story. I guessed the antagonist pretty much right away, so I wasn't too surprised when I was right. The one thing I will say, is that I felt like the romance between the two was a little rushed. Being tricked into seeing someone differently, even if it's with your rival, won't suddenly change your feelings for them, in my opinion. As least not as quickly as they did. It had its sweet moments though, which warmed me. A solid read for a YA romance, and for a debut.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ♛primadonna♛

    I've been looking for a book like this! Enemies to Lovers and F/F.!!!! I've been looking for a book like this! Enemies to Lovers and F/F.!!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Manon (bookswithonno)

    This book was a highly anticipated release of mine and it certainly did not disappoint! The cover is absolutely stunning and the synopsis sounded perfect so I had to read it! It turned out this book was just what I needed: a cute enemies to lovers romcom to fly through. I loved the film festival aspect in which the characters become each others rivals. Also, the bi-representation was very well-done in my opinion. Throughout the novel Emma’s discovering how essential coming out to her parents is This book was a highly anticipated release of mine and it certainly did not disappoint! The cover is absolutely stunning and the synopsis sounded perfect so I had to read it! It turned out this book was just what I needed: a cute enemies to lovers romcom to fly through. I loved the film festival aspect in which the characters become each others rivals. Also, the bi-representation was very well-done in my opinion. Throughout the novel Emma’s discovering how essential coming out to her parents is for her to truly be herself and I think there are a lot of teens out there who will be able to relate to this struggle. Also, I think that Sophia’s issues with her parents’ divorce really added to the story. These serious topics made the book more balanced instead of it just being a cute romcom. Lastly, I loved the friend group and how all the characters in the book dealt with some sort of issue. It definitely made the characters feel more real to me and it made it easier to relate to them. The only small issue that I had with the book was that the relationship felt like insta-love to me. However, this did not bother me as much because reading this book just gave me happy feelings. Actually, I tink it is just impossible to read this and not get a smile on your face. Thank you to Penguin Random House International Sales for providing me with a copy. This did in no way affect the honesty of my review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    theresa

    sapphic rivals to lovers for your heart I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter sapphic rivals to lovers for your heart I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sonja ✧・゚。★・゚☾

    a sapphic rivals to lovers contemporary? sign me up!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anuradha Rajurkar

    I Think I Love You is a fresh, hilarious, f/f retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing set in vibrant NYC. This book contains so much joy, and brims with gorgeous prose to boot. It is a huge pleasure of a read. Emma is a hopeless romantic, passionate about anything that has to do with love, rom-coms, and happily-ever-afters. She is not yet out to her parents about being bi-sexual, lending her character an honest weight that helps balance nicely her character. When she learns about a fil I Think I Love You is a fresh, hilarious, f/f retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing set in vibrant NYC. This book contains so much joy, and brims with gorgeous prose to boot. It is a huge pleasure of a read. Emma is a hopeless romantic, passionate about anything that has to do with love, rom-coms, and happily-ever-afters. She is not yet out to her parents about being bi-sexual, lending her character an honest weight that helps balance nicely her character. When she learns about a film contest whose prize is a trip to a film festival in LA, she goes about creating the bi rom-com of her dreams with the help of her cousin Kate and friends Matt, Myrah, and Tom. But when Tom’s best friend, down-to-earth, jaded Sophia, returns from Paris and plans to enter the contest with her own sapphic film very different in tone, she and Emma find themselves in direct competition. As the banter-filled, enemies-to-lovers dynamic between Emma and Sophia reveals two girls who could not be more different, we get glimmers of the possibility that their shared love for film, elements of their experiences regarding their sexuality, and their deep desire for connection reveals more common ground than the two have yet to discover. I love this modern spin on an old favorite and the truly distinct voices of the dual POV between Emma and Sophia. But what really drew me in were the nuances within the characters. Sophia is someone who has seen, up close and personal, the struggles that exist in love. The bitter disappointments of lost love, her parents’ divorce and altered family structure, and the need for belonging after you leave your city behind and return, only to have everything different—were so resonant. And Emma is worried about how to come out as bi to her parents, adding layers of realism to her character. I was so impressed with how deep we got into each character’s psyche, and how much texture these delvings added to the story and characterization. I also appreciated the matchmaking fun with the story’s side characters, and the use of the stage as a genuine way to work through your emotions, your struggles, your passions, and your burrowed beliefs about yourself and those closest to you. I Think I Love You explores topics of finding yourself, coming out, falling in love, and its meditations around identity were all seamlessly woven through this funny, sweet, hopeful story. I absolutely loved the voicey quality to each character, as well as the banter throughout. This is a book that would appeal to both rom-com lovers and more serious-minded readers alike who are looking for a heartwarming, beautifully-written f/f love story. A gorgeous debut that made its forever mark on me. Five Stars!

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