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Publication Date: January 30th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Goodreads Blurb: 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?
“What is the point of cheating death if a life doesn’t exist when you wake up?”
Could you imagine your life where you don’t remember anything anymore? Waking up with amnesia with a flood of emotions? Not able to decide what to feel- fear, confusion, panic, frustration? Feeling alone? I certainly can’t imagine myself being in that situation and this was exactly what attracted me towards this book. I knew from the beginning that I would end up loving this, and I am glad I was not disappointed 🙂
This story is about Clementine Hass who is the sole survivor of a plane crash and wakes up in a hospital with retrograde amnesia. She found herself overwhelmed with all the strangeness around her so she runs away with a stranger (Kieran) to his house in a small village and decides to live there until she remembers her past life. She chooses a new name, Jane, and a new life for her, but soon she realized that she is not going to remember anything soon and that she is being accustomed to being Jane.
What I Liked
- I loved the main character, Clementine. She has been portrayed as a strong woman with a stable mind and determination to achieve something. She is not afraid of uncertainties. After a certain time, she realized that she is nowhere near to knowing about her past, but even in that situation, she was ready to build everything for herself from scratch. I also liked how she tried to be friendly with everyone especially with Keiran’s sister, Siobhan, and I was impressed with the efforts she took to maintain a good relationship with her.
“The feeling like no matter what I do, I’m going to fall. Something will toss me over the edge. Instead of letting that happen, I make the decision myself. I get to decide when to jump.”
- I loved the overall theme of this story. This is a book about new beginnings. This is about moving on with uncertainties. Life won’t always give you a fair chance at everything. There are a few times where you have to just move on. You have to keep digging the new possibilities. Rebekah Crane has done a wonderful job in depicting the overall theme.
- I have found my new book boyfriend 😀 I LOVED Keiran! He was so adorable and cute. I liked how he was portrayed in the story along with Clementine. He was never shown as a bossy one or otherwise. He left her free to figure out her stuff (while Jane hadn’t told him her real story). He always made Jane comfortable and so she enjoyed her time with him. I like how he was shown as a person who liked to help everyone. But sometimes, Kieran was a complicated guy. While helping jane, he was dealing with his own family crisis. His sister was pregnant and was always on edge while he struggled with his own identity. He was trying to decide what he wanted to be, as his father had other hopes with him. But I loved how doting he was and how he cared for everyone. And you know what is the cutest thing? He gave a nickname to Jane/Clementine – Bunny! Isn’t this adorable? 😍
“Fear wants you to stay scared, Bunny. But you don’t have to give in. You don’t have to let it control you.”
- This is a contemporary romance so obviously, there should be a good romance, and yes it has! The romance was slow-building and quite. I liked how it was not rushed. It took almost the end to build that perfect scene for the romance but it was worth it.
- I really enjoyed the side characters, Siobhan and Clive, among others. All these side characters became an important part of Clementine’s journey to self-discovery. I really enjoyed their contribution to the story and how they molded it.
- I loved the setting of the book which was Ireland. Rebekah has perfectly described Ireland’s places and it made me want to visit that beautiful place right away 🙂
- I loved all the dares that Keiran and Jane did in the story, as I want to do them myself someday?
“It isn’t a dare unless you’re afraid to do it.”
- I LOVED the ending. It was NOT AT ALL what I expected. The last 50 or so pages were too intense and I was quite on edge thinking what would happen next. Also, I had so many questions in the middle of the story. But I loved how everything was wrapped up nicely in the end. The ending left a huge smile on my face 🙂
- The writing style of Rebekah Crane was wonderful. It was kind of poetic which reminds with the writing of one of my favourite author John Green. One thing I appreciate most about his books are wonderful quotes and I can say, The Upside of Falling Down has plenty of them. The writing made this book a quick read and kept me hooked from first to the last page.
“There’s a moment bungee jumping, when you’re free – falling. The air actually feels thick. Almost like it’s keeping you afloat more than pushing you down. And you forget to be scared. You forget to be anything. You’re just… still and falling at the same time. At the end, when the bungee catches, you’re actually disappointed because it felt so good. It’s over too soon. It’s the upside of falling down. It’s why you jump in the first place… for that moment.”
What I didn’t like
- Though I loved Clementine as a character, sometimes she was too nosy in other people lives and I didn’t like it particularly? I felt as if she overstepped her boundaries, a few times, considering she was a total stranger in someone else’s home.
- I loved Siobhan and Clive as a pair and I really wanted to know more about them and their stories.
Overall, this was a super cute, adorable and quick read about finding yourself and daring to accept the challenges. This is a great example of a perfect contemporary. This shows that it isn’t necessary to have a strong plot every time to make a story entertaining. You don’t need to have high romance and a perfect pair to make it swoon-worthy. Sometimes, just a simple story like this can also do the magic. I immensely enjoyed this book and thus I would highly recommend it.
The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane is a super cute, adorable and quick read about finding yourself and daring to accept the challenges. This is a great example of a perfect contemporary. Highly recommended for contemporary fans
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