{Story Diary} I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre | Blog Tour

Mar 3, 2021

i think i love you auriane desombre blog tour

Hi, friends! A great rivals to lovers YA book released yesterday called I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre, and today I am sharing some fun things about the book (sans spoilers, of course) like a tour to NYC places, favorite quotes, aesthetic + more. I've been sitting on this book (and post) for nearly a year now with the publication being pushed back, so I'm excited to share why you must add this book to your TBR asap. Thanks goes to TBR and Beyond for having me on the tour, and to Underlined for providing an advanced review copy!

i think i love you auriane desombre
I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
Young Adult Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ+
March 2, 2021 from Penguin Random House / Underlined

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.

New York, US

New York Public Library

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Bryant Park

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Prospect Park

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Madison Square Park

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Central Park

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Washington Square Park

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Battery Park

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Brooklyn Botanical Garden

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Film References


Books Mentioned


Shoutout to Kate for calling out how misogynistic these works are! Someone had to and it's about time. It's also meta how I Think I Love You is sort of a loose retelling of Much Ado About Nothing but that it's challenges misogyny, turning Shakespeare's work on its head and we are so here for it.

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Tropes / Themes

✩ (Sapphic) rivals to lovers
✩ Opposite pairing (hopeless romantic x cynic)
✩ Dual POVs
✩ Friendships/friend groups
✩ Falling for the competition during said competition
✩ Sabotage
✩ Coming out
✩ Rom-com meta references
✩ Matchmaking
✩ omg just kiss already
✩ Family & friend drama
✩ Much Ado About Nothing retelling


☀ Bisexual MC
☀ Lesbian LI/MC
☀ f/f
☀ Side character with illness (syncope)

[Side note: this is the first time a character in a book I've read that has syncope - one of the illnesses I too suffer from, so it was a surprise to see that little bit of rep hardly seen in media. Learn about syncope here.]

Content / Trigger Warnings

➤ Divorce
➤ Homophobia
➤ Misogyny/sexism
➤ Fainting due to illness + stress
➤ Public humiliation

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This could be my chance to tell the gay rom-com story of my life, the kind I've never seen on-screen before, despite the hours of my life I've spent glued to the Netflix romantic comedy section, falling in love with the idea of love even as I yearned to see myself in the stories about it. Just because the straights in Hollywood don't know how to tell my story doesn't mean it's not out there.

--Auriane Desombre, I Think I Love You

The fact that I'm not out to my parents only makes me love the on-screen romance even more. It's a safe place, a place to escape into a world where love is not only possible but guaranteed, for everyone.

--Auriane Desombre, I Think I Love You

Just because someone doesn't want to be in a relationship, that doesn't make them uncaring. I care about things. I love my friends; I'm excited about this movie. I'm not hardened.

--Auriane Desombre, I Think I Love You

"As the two resident gays of this squad, maybe we should have a dance?"
"Okay, but only for the gay rights."

--Auriane Desombre, I Think I Love You

All I know is that I love the way Emma's hand feels against mine. All I know is that I'm not sure anymore why I've been fighting with Emma all week. Now, in the warm embrace of the night sky and the blanket hiding us from the rest of the world, all I want to be is soft with her.

--Auriane Desombre, I Think I Love You

My bisexuality matters. It always has, and it always will, no matter who I end up with.

--Auriane Desombre, I Think I Love You

"Being bi is a big deal," I say as I cross the living room to stand by them.
"I spent a lot of time acting like because I could still end up with a boy, it's not a big deal. But it is, and it's a part of me no matter who I date. It took me a long time to work up the courage to tell you, and you can't dismiss it."

--Auriane Desombre, I Think I Love You

The best love is matter-of-fact. It doesn’t need those big gestures and those big romance moments. Real love comes in the every day moments, the daily life you share.

--Auriane Desombre, I Think I Love You

[Disclaimer: quotes are from an unedited advanced review copy and are subject to change in final publication]


(by me)

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Welcome to New York // Taylor Swift
I Love My Friends // Steve Aoki x Icona Pop
Headaches // Raveena
Cherry // Rina Sawayama
I Really Like You // Carly Rae Jepsen
Catching Feelings // Inigo Pascual x Moophs
Bad Friend // Rina Sawayama
i'm so tired... // Lauv x Troye Sivan
Only a Girl // Gia
Bad Girl // Daya
i like me better // Lauv
She // Dodie
What I Need // Hayley Kiyoko
fuck, i'm lonely // Lauv x Anne-Marie
Friends // Jesse McCartney
New York City // Owl City
I Think I Like You // sirenXX
Fuck Up the Friendship // Leah Kate
Girls Like Girls // Hayley Kiyoko

Auriane is the author of I Think I Love You, and works as a middle school teacher and freelance editor. She holds an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing for Children & Young Adults. She lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Sammy, who is a certified bad boy.

♥ Are y'all excited for this sapphic rom-com?
Have you read it already? Tell me what you think
or drop your links in the comments below! ♥

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  1. your post is so cute!! it really reflects the ambiance of this book, congrats on your work!

    1. Thank you so much, Ursa! The book had big NYC vibes so it seemed fitting to include visuals of the the places in NYC the characters go to. 😊


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