Happy Thursday and welcome to my stop on the I THINK I LOVE YOU blog tour! I’m so excited because today I have an interview with Auriane Desombre to share with you! This book is truly amazing and I’m so so excited to for you to find out more about it and Auriane!
I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
Published by Underlined on March 2, 2021
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+
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.
What would you do if you spent the day with Emma and Sophia? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
Emma and Sophia have a super fun (and not at all romantic, thank you very much) outing to the Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park. It’s such a cute and fun spot in the city, so I’d definitely include it in our day! I’d also want to make them recreate their baking “date” so I could have some of their lemon bars.
If Emma and Sophia were to hang out with characters from other books, who would they be and why?
I think Emma would love Rowan from Rachel Lynn Solomon’s Today Tonight Tomorrow. They both love romance and storytelling, and Emma would definitely relate to Rowan’s writing dreams! Sophia would probably be able to bond with Anna of Anna and the French Kiss, since she’s just returned from a year studying abroad in Paris.
Would you rather be a superhero or a supervillain? And what would your powers and name be?
I would want to be a supervillain who can talk to dogs. I just want to help take over the world on their behalf. They deserve it.
What does ownvoices queer representation mean to you?
I think it’s so important to make sure that teen readers can see themselves in stories! Representation plays a big part in I Think I Love You because Emma is passionate about including positive bisexual representation in her movie. In that way, I think representation can be important to not only give queer readers the chance to see themselves in books, but encourage them to tell their own stories as well through that representation.
What was your favorite bit of research you ended up not using?
I didn’t have to do a ton of research for this book, but I did look up a lot of cute spots in New York City for fun romantic outings to include in the book. I didn’t manage to squeeze in a scene in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens or the Ramble at Central Park, so I’ll have to save them for a future book!
What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from I Think I Love You?
My favorite scenes are the early, banter-filled ones. The repartee that comes with enemies-to-lovers is my favorite part of the trope! I particularly enjoyed writing the first scene where Emma sees Sophia for the first time in the book, and realizes she’s home from Paris.
Auriane Desombre 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.
What do you think about I Think I Love You? Have you added it to your tbr yet? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!