I THINK I LOVE YOU Book Review by Anuradha D. Rajurkar


by Auriane Desombre

A YA contemporary rom com about two girls who start as rivals but after a twist of events, end up falling for one another--at least they think so. A pitch perfect queer romance--and it's a paperback original!

Arch-nemeses Emma, a die-hard romantic, and more-practical minded Sophia find themselves competing against one another for a coveted first-prize trip to a film festival in Los Angeles . . . what happens if their rivalry turns into a romance? For fans of Becky Albertalli's Leah on the Offbeat, full of laugh-out-loud humor and make-your-heart-melt moments.

About the Author

Auriane Desombre is the author of I Think I Love You, and currently works as a sixth grade teacher. She holds an MA in English Literature from NYU and an MFA Creative Writing for Children & Young Adults from The New School. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Sammy, who is a certified bad boy.


Twitter: @aurianedesombre

Anuradha's Review

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 honesty to her character. I was so impressed with how deep we got into each character’s psyche, and how much texture this delving 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 of 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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Anuradha D. Rajurkar was born and raised in the Chicago area and holds two degrees from Northwestern University. Her debut has been honored with the nationwide Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Emerging Voices Award. She lives in Milwaukee with her family. AMERICAN BETIYA is her first novel.

Website: www.AnuradhaRajurkar.com

Twitter: @ADRajurkar1

Instagram: @anuradhadrajurkar