Monday, February 17, 2020

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light ~ Review

It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse.

Acting like the perfect couple isn’t easy though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between real and pretend begins to blur, they are forced to answer the question: is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?

Available 2/18/20 from Harper Teen

Fake relationships is a favorite trope of mine so I was ready to give this one a read.  But I'll be honest with you, I have not been in a contemporary mood in a very long time.  I picked up my tablet just looking around at the books coming out this week.  I loved this cover and the whole YA fake relationship vibe it had so I opened it.  To my udder shock, I had read 25% of it before I even knew it.  And I didn't want to put it down.  Yep, stuck in a book.

The set-up was perfect.  Girl is a bookworm.  Ex-bestie is giving her a hard time about not having a boyfriend.  (But Becca isn't a believer in love.  Sure the fictional kind is good because they end with a HEA.  That doesn't happen in real life.  Just look at her parents.)  Oh a whim, she claims to be dating someone is secret.  ( this small town?)  Completely adorable football captain rescues her by putting his arm around her and claiming to be the one she's dating.  He has his own reasons for wanting a fake girlfriend.  It was perfection.

As for the story, it's about two people that are from different places in their lives becoming friends as they fake a relationship.  It's about them helping each other when things go wrong in their lives.  It's about dealing with the adults in their lives that make really poor choices.  It's about coming to terms with the mistakes they make as well as the ones happening all around them.  As for the ending, it was happy.

The writing was well done.  This is a debut book but it's been on wattpad.  I expect more from this author.  A raising star for sure.

As for Brett and Becca, I loved them both.  They can make each other laugh which had me laughing.  The whole issue over cotton candy ice cream was adorable.  I enjoyed their friendship.  They came to care about each other but they missed the whole "beginning of a relationship" when people aren't always genuine.  They accepted each other and relied on each other.  I found them refreshing and they made me happy.

I loved that Becca is a reader. She gets lost in books to help her deal with the world around her. Lots of book humor in this one AND one sacrilege moment that made me shudder. But still, I got the point.

This book is one of those you can just read straight through and be completed satisfied with.  It's the kind of book I read for - you know the kind you hope every book you open is, taking you away from reality and entertaining you completely.

If you enjoy YA books, this one is a must.  If you enjoy reading, give this one a chance.  Good stuff. 


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