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The Upside of Falling Down Paperback – January 30, 2018
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“[An] appealing love story that provides romantics with many swoon-worthy moments.” —Publishers Weekly
“Using the device of Clementine’s amnesia, Crane explores themes of freedom and self-determination…Readers will respond to [Clementine’s] testing of new waters. A light exploration of existential themes.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[R]eaders glimpse a new side of Ireland. Clementine is a resilient heroine…The book ultimately rewards…” —Booklist
“This quickly paced work will be enjoyed by teens interested in independence, love, self-discovery, and drama.” —School Library Journal
“Crane’s contemporary YA offers a light take on heavy issues…a charming Irish setting with a sweet romance and brooding hero…” —RT Book Reviews
“Themes of identity, free will, and self-determination pervade the story. The setting in lush and beautiful Ireland adds charm to the tale as does the romantic brogue of the leading man. The final, unexpected plot twist also helps the story achieve its fresh and appealing quality. Teens who like romance, mystery, and a strong-willed female will like this quick, enjoyable read.” —VOYA
“The Upside of Falling Down is a sweet, funny love story that YA readers will fall for.” —HelloGiggles
“First love, starting over, finding herself—the story is hopeful and romantic.” —Denver Life
“…A short, sweet romance…The characters were fun. The pacing and writing were great. The plot was interesting, and the setting was beautiful and lush. If you’re looking for a cute romance, try this!” —Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)
“I’m not the least surprised that Rebekah Crane has written yet another book that I’ve wholly adored, and The Upside of Falling Down may be my favorite yet. Written with Rebekah’s unstoppable mix of sharp humor, detailed characters, and all-around charm, this story delivers a fresh and enticing take on first love—and one that will leave readers swooning.” —Jessica Park, author of 180 Seconds
About the Author
Rebekah Crane is the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland and other young-adult novels. She found a passion for this genre while studying secondary English education at Ohio University. She is a former high school English teacher, a yoga instructor, and the mother of two girls. After living and teaching in six different cities, Rebekah finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to write novels and work on screenplays. She now spends her days tucked behind a laptop at seventy-five hundred feet, where the altitude only enhances the writing experience.
- Publisher : Skyscape (January 30, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 251 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1612187226
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612187228
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #780,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The only therapy a Clevelander needs is beer. Takes care of all your pain at half the cost."
The romance is sweet. The banter is funny. The reader can feel the struggle the main character has trying to find who she is as she battles amnesia. The wrap up of the story came a bit abruptly, but still a story totally worth reading.
"You always need a spare tire in Cleveland. For the pot holes of life."
She believes he's her dad--and seems nice enough from what she can tell while peeking around the corner at him--but she can't look this stranger in the eye and cause him more hurt with her lack of emotional ties with him. So she takes off, talking a hospital volunteer into letting her stay with him until her memory comes back and she can be herself when she reunites with her dad for good.
In the process of waiting to find out who she was, she discovers who she wants to be.
Rebekah Crane has a way of writing what seems like easy reading, but weaves quirkiness and serious issues in with a deft hand that makes them have just the right weight when they hit. A fun read with romance, family, and finding yourself.
This is a read that very much pulled me in and made me fall in love with it. There is so much to love about this book, and I am very pleased to have been able to read it. It's a whole lot of fun, with some dramatic issues that enhance the book, giving depth to what would otherwise be merely fun with no real message. This book does have some genuine messages to take away and ponder.
Our main character, Clementine is very interesting truly looking for her real self. The character is quite easy to fall in love with and the supporting characters all have their own adorable quirks. The plot is well thought out and one gets a true glimpse of Ireland, a country that is full of pride, humor, and a beauty that rivals all others. The author did an excellent job of giving a tour of one of the loveliest places on Earth. Her plotting never stalls and she seamlessly tells A tale one will love very easily.
I can wholeheartedly recommend this for anybody who enjoys a light-hearted, yet well written and deep in a way that truly makes for a wonderful read.
As Always I Wish Happy Reads to All From, the Unapologetic Book Junkie!