Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth.
The Falling In Love Montage follows the protagonist, Saoirse, after the end of her final exams. After receiving some shocking news from her dad, she finds herself at a party, where she meets the host’s cousin, Ruby. Their chemistry and attraction is nearly immediate and the two soon find themselves getting closer. The only problem is, Saoirse doesn’t want anything serious… And she certainly doesn’t want to get hurt.
I really enjoyed The Falling In Love Montage… After reading Not My Problem I knew I had to read it, and I wasn’t disappointed – it was really different to other contemporaries I’ve read. It was such a fun and magical read, and I genuinely loved it so much! It was impossible not to root for Saoirse and Ruby… They were simply too cute together.
Of course, my favourite thing about the whole book would have to be the classic rom-com moments. I thought it was a really cool idea of the two’s, and their list of moments to recreate was super fun! It definitely made for lots of great moments… From the funfair to the dancing to the phone calls, everything was right out of a rom-com, and I loved it.
Of course, with the rom-coms came some really important discussions on LGBTQ+ representation within the genre. I was fascinated by Saoirse and Ruby’s talks about how different LGBTQ+ rom-coms are compared to others, and I think it was such an important topic to include. I’m really hoping that the two can get to the same level!
I also really liked that Smyth included so many important family issues, in addition to the fun of the montage. It’s essential to get that balance right, and I think she did a really great job of it. I’m sure plenty of readers will relate to the theme of a parent remarrying, and I also thought the discussions surrounding dementia were really well handled too.
Saoirse’s character development was also brilliant! Reading her progress from the start and end of the book was lovely to read, and it was great seeing her attitudes to love change as well as seeing her mature more generally. I think it contained a really important life lesson in that you’ve got to just live in the moment and stop worrying about the future – something I, for one, could do well to remember sometimes.
Of course, The Falling In Love Montage also had its fair share of relatable characters. Saoirse was a really great example of this – I found her struggles with opening up extremely relatable, which definitely made it easier to connect with her character. The struggles with not knowing what to do with your life yet is another major theme I’m sure lots of teenagers will be able to relate to as well!
Saoirse and Oliver’s friendship was also really nice. Reading Saoirse’s feelings towards him transform was lovely to see, and it was great seeing them become friends. The banter the two shared made sure their relationship was really fun but what made it even better was that Oliver was there for Saoirse when she really needed someone.
I also really loved Saoirse’s grand gesture. I thought it really wrapped things up nicely and it really showed how much her character had grown. The gesture itself was absolutely brilliant, and it was definitely up there in my favourite moments from the book!
The ending was also great… If a little sad. It was super bittersweet to read, and I couldn’t quite believe Saoirse and Ruby’s decision. Still, seeing Saoirse in her first couple of weeks of college was great, and it looked like she was going to have a great time – and even set up for a potential sequel!
My one complaint about The Falling In Love Montage was Saoirse’s character for the vast majority of her book. I thought she was incredibly difficult to deal with and she ended up causing so many more problems for herself – although of course that is to be expected in YA contemporary, and it also made for some great character development, so I wouldn’t let that put you off!
Overall, I would recommend The Falling In Love Montage for any fan of contemporaries, as this was such a lovely addition to the genre. I’d also recommend it for anyone who enjoys rom-com movies, as this had so many cute movie moments as well as interesting discussions surrounding the genre.
Have you read The Falling In Love Montage yet? Will you be adding it to your tbr? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed this review!