Book Review: The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

While at the OLA conference, I passed by an ARC of The Upside of Falling by Alex Light. The cover of the novel attracted me so I decided to pick it up. Once I had read the blurb, I thought it would be a pleasant read for the month of February.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance

Blurb:

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?

My thoughts:

The Upside of Falling was the perfect lighthearted, feel good read. The story is told from two points of view – both Becca and Brett. During the story, the reader sees how both characters evolve and come to certain realisations. They learn to accept changes in their lives, and how to move on despite these changes.

The novel describes the first love of Becca, a bookish nerd. It is a love that is unexpected and sweet. In the story Becca finds her voice and learns to express her feelings. It is interesting to note that Brett, the boy she learns to love, also discovers his own voice. The Upside of Falling shows that, with a friend’s support, changes in life can be managed and you can find the courage to have your say.

I loved this novel and read it in one sitting. The characters drew me in and I became invested in their story. Alex Light has written a perfectly paced story that embraces the beauty of first love and the growth of a person into who they will become. This novel is a perfect read for a romantic and for those who enjoy reading about the experience of a first young love.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This novel was the 14th novel in my book pledge for 2020)

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