The Upside Of Falling Down

The Upside of Falling Down

How did I get it?:
I bought it.


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 had heard good things about this book, so I made sure I made some time for it during my summer break. I’m pleased I read it, but I don’t think it’s a story that will stay with me for a long time.

The Upside Of Falling Down centres around Clementine who is the only survivor of a horrific plane crash. When she wakes up, she has no memory of her life before and who she really is. Clementine panics and after meeting an Irish stranger at the hospital, she escapes the hospital, ready to start a new life. Clementine goes to Ireland with Kieran and meets his sister Siobhan. In Ireland, Clementine starts to build a new life. However, her lies start to become harder and harder to conceal. The truth eventually reveals itself…but would it affect her relationship with Kieran?

I liked Clementine as a character, although I did feel like she was much older than her 18/19 years. I loved her interactions with her nurse, Stephen. Stephen was a fabulous secondary character, I wish we had seen more from him.

I thought this book was a quick read and the plot was certainly original. I did have some issues with it. I thought the romance was going to be super cute but it didn’t end up being that way for me. I felt like it was quite contrived and totally based on manipulation and lies. How can that be a healthy relationship? Perhaps I’m just reading too much into it, but I wasn’t impressed. I also felt that the ending was a little rushed which was a shame. I’d still recommend it, especially if you’re into the genre because it is an enjoyable read.

Would I recommend it?:

Although this plot isn’t overly believable, it is still a decent read, especially if you’re into the YA genre.

8 thoughts on “The Upside Of Falling Down

  1. Aw, it’s a shame you didn’t fall in love with this one, Chrissi! I must admit I was interested in it when I first read the blurb but when it mentioned running away with a stranger I wasn’t so impressed, haha. It just seems so rash to me. And I love a good romance but I can’t stand it when lies get in the way all the time. I always want to shake the characters and just tell them to be honest with each other! Thanks for the review 😀

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