The Upside Of Falling Down

The Upside of Falling Down

How did I get it?:
I bought it.

Synopsis:

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?

Thoughts:

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?:
Yes!

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

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The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Random House

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

Thoughts:

If you know how much I loved Becky Albertalli’s first book, Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, then you’ll realise how much I was looking forward to reading more from Becky. I think this book has a lot to live up to as Becky’s debut was so well loved. Now, for me, it wasn’t quite as good as Simon but it was pretty damn close. This book cements Becky as one of my favourite writers in the YA genre. Like Simon, this book is so diverse which I absolutely adore. Yet, its diversity didn’t feel contrived in any way. It’s not throwing these characters in just for the sake of it, they make sense. I love that!

The Upside of Unrequited centres around a character called Molly. Molly lives with her mums and her twin sister Cassie. Cassie is confident and has a girlfriend. Molly is introverted and suffers with anxiety. Molly feels like she’s being left behind whilst her sister, cousin and friends move on in their love lives. Molly has always had crushes, but wasn’t entirely sure if anyone would love her. She’s shy and overweight- she doesn’t want anyone to see her naked. There are two guys that Molly is interested in…or thinks she’s interested in. It’s all a little confusing for her. Throughout the course of the story, we see Molly grow so much. She has to make some decisions and decide whether to let someone in.

The romance in this book is incredibly cutesy. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to buy into it, but it didn’t take me long to be sucked into it. I adore Becky’s writing. It’s so easy to devour. Her character development is 10/10. Her stories are so positive, so diverse and incredibly relatable. You don’t need to read Simon to enjoy this book, but I do highly recommend both books!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic sophomore novel from Becky Albertalli. Cute, relatable and easy to read!