Title: The Upside of Falling Down
Author: Rebekah Crane
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 247
Release Date: January 30, 2018
For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.
They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.
With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.
Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my overall rating of this book.
I thought that the idea of the sole plane crash survivor with amnesia would make for a very interesting book – thus why I requested this on NetGalley.
“No matter what people want to believe,, life is locked in the past. It’s all we are – a timeline of events that make up a person.”
I was half-expecting to re-gain her memory by the halfway point of the book, but I’m happy to say that that didn’t end up happening. I was actually very surprised by the twists and truths that were unveiled by the end of the book. With contemporaries, I usually don’t find myself surprised all that often so it was nice for that to happen.
I sympathized with Clementine, but also she was kind of a know-it-all (ironic, right?) and was always confronting people and telling them off for things they’ve done. All of the characters kept on saying that she makes everyone she meets fall in love with them, and although that was true with the characters in the book, I could never find myself falling in love with her character.
Maybe it’s due to her amnesia but she felt detached and really not all that different from most other YA heroines. She wasn’t likable, she made choices that had me rolling my eyes throughout the novel, and I didn’t find much character development like I had expected.
“That’s the truth about lies – when they linger, they slowly trick you into believing they’re the truth.”
I did like the inclusion of diversity which I hadn’t been expecting. Although I’m pretty sure everybody is white, there are two gay characters (that actually don’t end up together ohmygod, who knew that could happen?), and the main character has PTSD from the plane crash, as well as amnesia like I mentioned.
I don’t have either, but I think they were written well from my knowledge. This is the thing that I was the most nervous about but the author did her research and wrote it nicely.
Something I didn’t really like was the romance. It was all built on lies from both sides and I honestly didn’t find them to have anything in common. Kieran left money for Clementine every morning and that’s about all that had her falling for him. Oh, and his Irish accent and deep bank account.
Oh! I also loved the Ireland setting. This book and the two other books I’m currently reading all take place out of the United States which wasn’t supposed to happen, but I’m happy it did.
I did enjoy this book while I read it, though. I didn’t realize the issues I had with it until I began writing this review because it was entertaining to read. The ending was pretty satisfying, though I think everything wrapped up a bit too nicely, too quickly.
There was also nothing that stuck out to me about this book. It read as your typical contemporary romance and although it was very quotable, I felt like it was too quotable if you get the gist.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Overall, I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a book to pass the time and read on a rainy day inside. It had it’s problems but it was a decent read that kept me entertained.
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