FICTION

The Falling in Love Montage

HarperTeen. Jun. 2020. 368p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062957115.
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Gr 10 Up–Saoirse is dealing with a lot. Her girlfriend broke up with her, she feels betrayed by her best friend, she doesn’t know if she wants to go to university, and her mother is suffering from early-onset dementia while her dad moves on with another woman. Then she meets Ruby, a girl who, despite having problems of her own, loves romantic comedies and makes the most out of what life gives her. Instead of getting into a serious relationship, Saoirse and Ruby decide to have a fun summer fling while following all of the tropes from romantic comedies. Saoirse is a complex character. While watching her mom’s health deteriorate, she struggles with watching her dad move on and worries that she too will develop dementia and forget everyone she loves. Ruby is fun and understanding, and her cousin Oliver adds extra comedic flare. Saoirse and Ruby, who are white, set the standard for the genre of lesbian romantic comedy.
VERDICT A fun romance with substance. Recommended for all high school collections, especially those looking to enhance their LGBTQ holdings with stories that go beyond coming out.

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