The Upside of Falling Down
by Rebekah Crane
YA Contemporary, Romance
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?
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!!
To be quite honest, I wasn’t expecting too much from this book when I first started it because I hadn’t ever heard of it. I saw it on Netgalley when I was browsing and thought, why not? And I’m glad I did, because it exceeded my expectations and turned out to be a cute, full of twist and turns, right-kind-of-moment book.
Firstly, I barely ever read anything set in my home country so I’m happy that this was set in Ireland. The setting made it soooo relatable, especially the use of language and I even knew the tourist sites and Irish references that were knitted throughout.
The character of Clementine was an easy narrator to keep up with and she seemed like any normal teenager, so I think it was well written on Crane’s behalf. There was a sense of realness to her even though she’s a fictional character. As well as that, I was a big fan of the mystery sub-plot that followed Clementine throughout the story, and I loved the big revelations and plot twists towards the end. The book ended up coming full circle and clearly the plot was well thought-out.
My only problem with this book was that it was hard to get into first. It was a slow opening, even when a massive thing like a plane crash and Clementine waking up in an unrecognisable place without her memories happened. However, once the plot took off it really took off and it was hard to stop reading from there on in!