The Upside of Falling
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?

The Upside of Falling Details

TitleThe Upside of Falling
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 18th, 2020
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062918055
Rating
GenreContemporary, Romance, Young Adult

The Upside of Falling Review

  • Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    January 1, 1970
    FAKE DATING TO REAL DATING IS ALL I EVER WANT FROM MY CONTEMPORARY ROMANCES
  • Fall-Out-Book-Nerd
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.I liked this book but it definitely hasnt become a new favourite. I think this is what I would consider a light, fluffy, probably summer read. It's a cute contemporary that can be read by the pool in one day. I'm looking forward to reading it again because there were some super cute moments which I was grinning at. I felt like this could have been a little longer and there were more fake dating leading up to the romance I was sent an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.I liked this book but it definitely hasnt become a new favourite. I think this is what I would consider a light, fluffy, probably summer read. It's a cute contemporary that can be read by the pool in one day. I'm looking forward to reading it again because there were some super cute moments which I was grinning at. I felt like this could have been a little longer and there were more fake dating leading up to the romance because it did feel slightly rushed and a tiny bit insta-lovey. I also wish there could be a spin off for Jenny cause even though there was only a little bit of her in the story I loved her!
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  • sam {inkquisitivereader}⚔
    January 1, 1970
    Was it adorable? Yes. Did I love it? Not really. Should y’all give it a try? Sure why not. If you need something to binge then pick this one up. 3.5Full RTC Was it adorable? Yes. Did I love it? Not really. Should y’all give it a try? Sure why not. If you need something to binge then pick this one up. 3.5⭐️Full RTC
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsNot bad, but definitely not memorable for me. The Upside of Falling is a fun fake dating story, but it all felt a little rushed so I didn't connect with the characters (and by extension the relationship) as much as I wanted too. But I did like the focus on family we got and there were plenty of cute moments to make this a super quick story to read. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite sort of contemporaries are ones that are cute with humor! This was a fun story with a super adorable dose of romance. Of course there were factors that came along that broke the leads apart, and I did get stressed out during those aspects. But I can understand why, especially with them being teens.Brett was swoony and gentlemanly, while Becca was an awesome girl who loved to read. Just my kind of characters! Also, there was a bakery and talk about desserts, and that alone would have My favorite sort of contemporaries are ones that are cute with humor! This was a fun story with a super adorable dose of romance. Of course there were factors that came along that broke the leads apart, and I did get stressed out during those aspects. But I can understand why, especially with them being teens.Brett was swoony and gentlemanly, while Becca was an awesome girl who loved to read. Just my kind of characters! Also, there was a bakery and talk about desserts, and that alone would have sucked me in!The dialogue was punchy and the writing made it a real page turner. It's definitely a great summer read!
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I had seen a few reviews that this was pure fluff and I was really excited to get into it. I liked Becca and Brett. She’s a bit stand off-ish and he’s fairly popular. They’re both smart and loyal and not nearly as different as they think they are. There’s a core group of characters and they’re all so supportive. And it was fairly refreshing to see parents so present, regardless of the thread of their story. Plot wise, it moved fast. There wasn’t any real time reference and by the end of the I had seen a few reviews that this was pure fluff and I was really excited to get into it. I liked Becca and Brett. She’s a bit stand off-ish and he’s fairly popular. They’re both smart and loyal and not nearly as different as they think they are. There’s a core group of characters and they’re all so supportive. And it was fairly refreshing to see parents so present, regardless of the thread of their story. Plot wise, it moved fast. There wasn’t any real time reference and by the end of the book, it seemed like only a couple of weeks had gone by. I did like the open communication and that the issues and conflict that came up didn’t last too long. The description on GR says it’s 416 pages and that doesn’t seem right. It was paced more like a novella and I would have loved a more fleshed out story. Overall, it was a quick and cute read. I wouldn’t say it was pure fluff, but it was a fun story. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 StarsThis is one of those books that will leave a perma-smile on your face. It's that stinkin' adorable. I knew the moment that I read the synopsis for this story that it was one that I had to read.I adored these characters so much. The author has written these characters with depth that shows throughout the story. Both main characters have some really solid character development. I really loved their individual personalities. They both stood out and had their own distinct voices. I liked 4.5/5 StarsThis is one of those books that will leave a perma-smile on your face. It's that stinkin' adorable. I knew the moment that I read the synopsis for this story that it was one that I had to read.I adored these characters so much. The author has written these characters with depth that shows throughout the story. Both main characters have some really solid character development. I really loved their individual personalities. They both stood out and had their own distinct voices. I liked the side characters as well and I wish that we could have seen even more of them in the story. The romance in the book was so heartwarming. The two main characters start off in a fake relationship for their own reasons. Over time their relationship changes and the edges start to blur a little bit. They each end up finding love when they weren't looking for it. I loved how they seemed to complete pieces of each other. They were a support to one another and their actions really showed how much they cared for each other. They also had incredible carefree chemistry with one another that was such a delight. This is a fast-paced story but it doesn't feel rushed at all. The flow of the story had a perfect balance. All of the plot points are ticked off at just the right time. I enjoyed the overall plot of the story and I was happy with the way the story ended. I liked that this story wasn't all rainbows and unicorns. It deals with some serious issues that affect many teens and children growing up. Overall, this was a cute and entertaining story that I breezed right through. This is a debut that I totally recommend!More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction
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  • Zahira⚡️
    January 1, 1970
    3,5 a bit cheesy but so fluffy and adorable! I’m always looking for a fake dating story 3,5⭐️ a bit cheesy but so fluffy and adorable! I’m always looking for a fake dating story✨
  • Lizzy.Writes
    January 1, 1970
    NEW REVIEW: Wow! Alex Light didn't disappoint - in fact she DELIVERED! The Upside of Falling was just as delightful as I hoping for, and was just the Valentine's Day weekend read I needed. My heart is soaring, and these characters will always be with me. Really hope there's a sequel REVIEW BEFORE READING: Read this story on the Episode Interactive app and then again on Wattpad, when it was first under the name “Rivals.” So excited to read again with the new updates and new name, as Alex Light is NEW REVIEW: Wow! Alex Light didn't disappoint - in fact she DELIVERED! The Upside of Falling was just as delightful as I hoping for, and was just the Valentine's Day weekend read I needed. My heart is soaring, and these characters will always be with me. Really hope there's a sequel 👀REVIEW BEFORE READING: Read this story on the Episode Interactive app and then again on Wattpad, when it was first under the name “Rivals.” So excited to read again with the new updates and new name, as Alex Light is a phenomenal author.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Both had their reasons for not dating, but when Brett heard Becca being teased about her single status, he stepped in, and assumed the role of her doting fake boyfriend. The longer the charade continued, the more they began to enjoy each other's company, but would family drama derail this blossoming relationship?This was super cute with quite a bit of weightier moments sprinkled throughout. I had a great time reading this book, and below are five things that added to my enjoyment.• How could I Both had their reasons for not dating, but when Brett heard Becca being teased about her single status, he stepped in, and assumed the role of her doting fake boyfriend. The longer the charade continued, the more they began to enjoy each other's company, but would family drama derail this blossoming relationship?This was super cute with quite a bit of weightier moments sprinkled throughout. I had a great time reading this book, and below are five things that added to my enjoyment.• How could I resist Becca! She was a dedicated bookworm, and much preferred fictional romance to that of real life. My heart ached for her, as she grappled with her father's abandonment for so many years. Some of the most painful moments involved Becca and her feelings about being left behind by her father and her best friend, and it was something that was definitely holding her back. • I loved Brett. He was so affable and easy to be around. He was a star fake-boyfriend, and he totally made me swoon, especially when he requested she read to him. • It was lovely watching this arrangement turn into a friendship and then a full-fledged relationship. Becca and Brett did not appear to belong together, but it didn't take long to see that they found comfort in one another, and enjoyed the freedom to just be themselves, when together. They also had great chemistry, and I was treated to some great banter too. • Becca's mom owned a bakery and there were so many baked goods in this story. I will never turn down cakes or pastries in a book. • The ending was too precious, and left me a huge grin on my face. You know what I wish? Though I appreciated the family drama and thought it added some substance to the story, I wish we had had a little of less of that, and bit more time exploring the relationship between Becca and Brett, because the moments I did get were sweet and swoony, and I absolutely wanted more of them. Overall: This was an adorable romance. The progression from fake to real felt natural, and I loved getting to see that bond evolve over the course of this book. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
    January 1, 1970
    *Receieved an ARC from publisher via Edelweiss+. Thank you!*
  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5Cute!
  • Kilikina
    January 1, 1970
    This cover is adorable!!
  • Tilly
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars I really enjoyed this very cute YA contemporary romance. It was so pure and sweet!Firstly, I think I am probably a little too old for this book although that didn't stop me from loving it and reading it in 24 hours.The main characters Becca and Brett were brilliant. Characters full of heart and goodness. Not a player in sight! The back story of Becca was good, although I believe it was resolved too easily and that the scene with her dad was a little unrealistic. I loved the side 3.5 stars I really enjoyed this very cute YA contemporary romance. It was so pure and sweet!Firstly, I think I am probably a little too old for this book although that didn't stop me from loving it and reading it in 24 hours.The main characters Becca and Brett were brilliant. Characters full of heart and goodness. Not a player in sight! The back story of Becca was good, although I believe it was resolved too easily and that the scene with her dad was a little unrealistic. I loved the side characters including Cassie and Becca's mum and wish there were more scenes with them in. I hope this series continues with a second book about Cassie. Fingers crossed!The book involved fake dating to real dating which I have read alot of recently, so the idea certainly isnt new but I did enjoy it. I also think that it was rather unrealistic in how some pretty major problems got resolved so easily. I think the author could have taken more time on the deeper aspects and less on talking about "Jelly Bells" (yes, I get they like them but just mentioned too much!). Although I did have some problems with the book, it was a very cute YA romance that I am sure will be a success. I really enjoyed reading it as I was in need of an easy read, but I do think there are slightly better similar books out there. Thank you to Harper360 for gifting this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Totally adorable love story that has a great backstory about romance books and how they fit into life when you’re down, sad, and need a break from reality. I could completely relate, even though I’m an old lady ;)
  • Minja
    January 1, 1970
    i can't!! this was so cute and Becca is so me?
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    This was super cute and adorable. :)
  • Finding Welsh Kings
    January 1, 1970
    I don't usually read books like this but I HEARD FAKE DATING AND I WANT IT.
  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.As soon as I heard about this book, I knew it was one for me, and I immediately pre-ordered it, and when I was sent a review copy from Harper360, I dove straight in. The fake relationship trope has always been a favourite of mine, and will probably be in the future too.In The Upside of Falling, our MC, Becca, adores reading romance books, but is jaded against actual relationships or love, after seeing her I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.As soon as I heard about this book, I knew it was one for me, and I immediately pre-ordered it, and when I was sent a review copy from Harper360, I dove straight in. The fake relationship trope has always been a favourite of mine, and will probably be in the future too.In The Upside of Falling, our MC, Becca, adores reading romance books, but is jaded against actual relationships or love, after seeing her parents disastrous relationship. She's 17, and has never been in a relationship, and when an old friend, turned quasi enemy, makes a dig at her, Becca decides to make up the fact that she's been in a relationship for sometime, but has been keeping it quiet. She doesn't know why she says it, nor who she could say is her 'boyfriend', but when Brett overhears her statement, he jumps in to play the role of boyfriend, and soon the two of them are in the deep end acting like a couple. Brett is football captain, and well known and popular around the school; the opposite of Becca. On paper, they really shouldn't work, but somehow they seem to find a way to grow close, first as friends, and later, as more.I really enjoyed this book, and it was such a quick and nice read. Becca and Brett both had their issues, and weren't perfect, which made them more likeable and relatable. The only real issue I had with this book, which left it as a 4 star read, was the way that nothing really seemed to happen. It was fast paced, but didn't really take much time for everything to progress, and the plot was cute and fluffy, but that's about it. I would've liked a bit more depth, and bit more delving into Brett and Becca's lives and the lives of those around him. All in all, a really good debut, and I am looking forward to seeing what Alex brings out next.
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  • Caitlin Reads
    January 1, 1970
    This book is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han! It features one of my favorite tropes - fake dating. The Upside of Falling was the first book I have read by Alex Light and I really enjoyed it. The main character, Becca, was really likable and a bookworm like me. I felt that the character of Brett could have been developed a little bit more but overall he was enjoyable as well. The kind of guy I would have liked in high school. This was a really cute young adult romance. It was well This book is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han! It features one of my favorite tropes - fake dating. The Upside of Falling was the first book I have read by Alex Light and I really enjoyed it. The main character, Becca, was really likable and a bookworm like me. I felt that the character of Brett could have been developed a little bit more but overall he was enjoyable as well. The kind of guy I would have liked in high school. This was a really cute young adult romance. It was well written which made for a quick read. I will definitely look for more of Alex Lights work in the future! Received an ARC from publisher via Edelweiss+.
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  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    There was something equal parts enjoyable and equal parts off about this one. I can't put my finger on what I didn't love. It might have been the tone. Not really sure. All in all it was a very quick read though.
  • Janani(ஜனனி)
    January 1, 1970
    the more i read books about fake dating the more i want someone to fake date me. i'm hopeless and awkward and desperate for love! but if someone showed a teeeeny tiny interest on me, i would run away in the opposite directionanyway, let's get on with it.1) this book was first on wattpad before with a different title. maybe it's because of that the flow was so good. i mean i could've finished it on one sitting. i have this thought going on around me. wattpad stories relate more than the actual the more i read books about fake dating the more i want someone to fake date me. i'm hopeless and awkward and desperate for love! but if someone showed a teeeeny tiny interest on me, i would run away in the opposite direction😂😂anyway, let's get on with it.1) this book was first on wattpad before with a different title. maybe it's because of that the flow was so good. i mean i could've finished it on one sitting. i have this thought going on around me. wattpad stories relate more than the actual stories? i don't know why i'm thinking like that.2) this book was having such a vibe of TO ALL THE BOYS. i love that series so much. maybe that's the reason i enjoyed this one? also Brett is less much of a jock than Peter. also the BAKING. omg, kill me with CAKES, JELLYBELLS AND SUGARS.3) i've realised that my ideal date would be an amusement park. i thought i would love a visit to bookstore or library. but I JUST LOVE AMUSEMENT PARKS SO MUCH.4) as is said beforw, the vibe of to all the boys is soooo strong. some selection of words seemed like such a rip off and yet i was grinning madly. Becca is a relatable character. the way she uses books to escape the reality. LOOK AT THE MIRROR.5) on the whole, it was a sweet, feel good contemporary with fake dating trope and some sugary level awesomeness. i need to mention this. i need to call out Becca on something. sure, you can be disappointed in books because they give you fake fantasies of happily ever after. THAT'S WHY YOU EAT THE SHIT ANYWAY. but why do you have to throw them in FREAKING RIVER? that's soooo hurtful. books helped you to cope up. but then what you did? tearing their limbs off and throwing them into a river? THIS IS A CRIME SIS.
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  • Ciara
    January 1, 1970
    This is the lowest stakes story I have ever read. I have a hard time connecting with Brett’s character who is really nice but also a white guy who has everything who is dealing something for the first time in his life and honestly it’s happening adjacent to him really and he’s not doing a very good job of dealing. Also when spoiler mcspoilly spoiler (which by the way I don’t have to refer to in direct terms because once you get to the mere idea of spoiler happening it’s so predictable you’ll This is the lowest stakes story I have ever read. I have a hard time connecting with Brett’s character who is really nice but also a white guy who has everything who is dealing something for the first time in his life and honestly it’s happening adjacent to him really and he’s not doing a very good job of dealing. Also when spoiler mcspoilly spoiler (which by the way I don’t have to refer to in direct terms because once you get to the mere idea of spoiler happening it’s so predictable you’ll know it’s going to happen) it was so obvious so I don’t really get the blow up about it because it’s like they already knew what was going on. We don't get details about the parents’, either Becca’s or bretts, relationships and what was really going with them because I wanted to know, we just get told a generic overview. It was quick, super light and as everyone said very rushed, I feel like all this stuff happened over the course of 3-4 weeks. Also what was up with jennifer or Jessica (I know the name started with a J) like that whole situation was just weird. This whole story was underdeveloped and the fact that they started off is a fake relationship was just glossed over, like it’s not even a real plot point just a reason to throw these two together. Overall I like to all the boys I ever loved better, this story is just very underdeveloped. I would recommend if you either don’t have anything else to read or need to find a quick read about nothing. I didn’t hate the characters or anything but this story just wasn’t that great.Also, Mini actual slight spoiler here, I don’t think anything is this book offended me more than her attempt to destroy her books by damaging them AND causing pollution at the same time, that actually made me really mad
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  • Breanna
    January 1, 1970
    THIS REVIEW & MORE Paws and Paperbacks2.5 stars What is this book about? The Upside of Falling is about two teenagers who decide to fake being in a relationship for their mutual benefit. I mean, is there anything better than a fake-dating that turns into real feelings kind of book?What did I like? Obviously, given my track record with other YA contemporary books, I am trash for any story featuring a fake-dating trope. So the concept of The Upside of Falling was fantastic. I also really THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks2.5 stars ✨What is this book about? The Upside of Falling is about two teenagers who decide to fake being in a relationship for their mutual benefit. I mean, is there anything better than a fake-dating that turns into real feelings kind of book?What did I like? Obviously, given my track record with other YA contemporary books, I am trash for any story featuring a fake-dating trope. So the concept of The Upside of Falling was fantastic. I also really loved that there was no unnecessary drama that moved the plot backwards or in redundant circles. Everything that happened had a purpose plot-wise.What didn’t I like? The first major issue I had with this book is that it moves way to quickly. The plot was very, very rushed and not as flesh out as I would have like it to have been. Because of this, the story felt very superficial to me and the characters lacked depth. The book is only 280 pages which is where I think the problem lies. It really could have benefited from another 100 pages to help flesh out the story and slow down the plot.The other problem I had with the book was that I couldn’t quite figure out the point behind the fake-dating scheme between Brett and Becca. There wasn’t ever really a good reason given on either side: the choice to pretend to date each other occurs so suddenly and randomly which made the story feel very unbelievable and pointless.Overall thoughts: The Upside of Falling centers around two teens who decide to pretend to date each other to fool their peers. I love a fake-dating trope, and while the concept was good, the execution was poor.
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  • Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
    January 1, 1970
    Becca has locked her heart and thrown away the key. She doesn't want to know what heartbreak is. She's seen enough of it from her parent's divorce. But when she's cornered, she lies and says she's dating Brett, whom goes along for the ride. Both of them start a fake-relationship, but for it to be real, they need to spend time together. It's during these times they slowly start falling for each other."I can't believe I have a crush on a girl with such horrible ice cream taste."Brett and Becca Becca has locked her heart and thrown away the key. She doesn't want to know what heartbreak is. She's seen enough of it from her parent's divorce. But when she's cornered, she lies and says she's dating Brett, whom goes along for the ride. Both of them start a fake-relationship, but for it to be real, they need to spend time together. It's during these times they slowly start falling for each other."I can't believe I have a crush on a girl with such horrible ice cream taste."Brett and Becca were absolutely adorable! Like I mentioned above, their relationship felt so real to me. I loved how they handled all the different aspects of dating, while also staying true to themselves. This book also broke my heart, especially for Brett. He's going through a lot in the story, and it ends up climaxing in a way he never expected. I loved how the author maintained such an authenticity towards this situation--she kept it raw and real.Overall, The Upside of Falling has just the right amount of fluff with emotions to keep you entertained, smiling, while also tugging at your heart-strings.--Follow MeBlog ❃ Instagram ❃ Twitter ❃ Bloglovin ❃ Goodreads ❃ Pinterest
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  • Ana ☾
    January 1, 1970
    3.4 stars (maybe? I'm thinking about it)I honestly don't know how to rate this book, I really liked the story and it was so cute, like I-can't-stop-smiling kind of cute. But, at the same time, the romance felt kind of rushed. Like, not insta-lovey, but very close to being one. So maybe like a 3.4 stars? The pacing between them pretending to be in a relationship and them catching feelings for each other was too quick. I wish the author would have done it better because it did lower the rating a 3.4 stars (maybe? I'm thinking about it)I honestly don't know how to rate this book, I really liked the story and it was so cute, like I-can't-stop-smiling kind of cute. But, at the same time, the romance felt kind of rushed. Like, not insta-lovey, but very close to being one. So maybe like a 3.4 stars? The pacing between them pretending to be in a relationship and them catching feelings for each other was too quick. I wish the author would have done it better because it did lower the rating a little bit, despite the fact that the book is really really good.
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    I mean, there’s a reason all books end right after the couple gets together. No one wants to keep reading long enough to see the happily ever after turn into an unhappily ever after. Right? Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Harper TEEN and Alex Light for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.The Upside of Falling is an adorable book that plays with the fake relationship trope, which is easily one of my favorite tropes. So when I saw that there was a new book coming out with this front and I mean, there’s a reason all books end right after the couple gets together. No one wants to keep reading long enough to see the happily ever after turn into an unhappily ever after. Right? Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Harper TEEN and Alex Light for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.The Upside of Falling is an adorable book that plays with the fake relationship trope, which is easily one of my favorite tropes. So when I saw that there was a new book coming out with this front and center, I knew I had to have my hands on it. And once I had it, I read it in less than 24 hours haha. I couldn't put it down.TUoF centers on Becca Hart and Brett Wells. Becca loves to read romance books, but has never experienced true love in real life. She lives with her mother and helps with her local bakery. Becca doesn’t have too many close friends, especially since her former best friend found herself in the popular crowd and left Becca behind. Brett Wells, meanwhile, seems to have everything going for him. He’s popular and captain of the football team. He’s smart and kind and his parents dote on him. However, he’s just focused on getting out of high school and securing a college scholarship to make his parents proud. He’s too busy to focus on normal high school things, like girlfriends, and has no problem with that. That is, until one day when he hears Becca telling a lie about having a boyfriend, he decides to jump in and be that boyfriend. Becca is shocked but goes with it as well and the two come to an easy arrangement. Becca gets to have a popular boyfriend, while Brett gets his parents off his back about having a girlfriend without all the drama and commitment. What could go wrong? “First you run away when I kiss you. Now you want to break up with me when we haven’t even been dating for a day. Way to break a guy’s heart, Hart.” He poked my leg. “See what I did there?” I’ve never read To All the Boys I've Loved Before (sorry!) but I have seen the movie twice and there’s definitely some similarities in terms of them coming up with ground rules, assimilating between their worlds and the fact that both of them, not surprisingly, might begin to feel real feelings. There’s a lot of wonderful themes in this book past teenagers falling in love for the first time, such as complicated friendships, how complicated relationships with parents can be and the feeling of rejection from those you care about. If I had to provide any kind of constructive feedback, it mostly boils down to two things: It doesn’t bring anything particularly new to the genre and I wanted more from it. Don’t get me wrong, I adored this book, but I didn’t find anything, outside of maybe the complicated family dynamics, to be new and awe inspiring. I wish the trope had been twisted more, but I imagine that was not the author’s intent. And when I say more, I feel at 288 pages, it was a little light. I would have loved to see this be a little longer, so the relationship between Becca and Brett could have been more complex. It hit all the right notes, but I felt like it was skimming toward the top. I feel we could have gotten a little more in depth with these two and given the book a little more weight. But overall, I adored this book. If you are looking for a fairly fluffy and happy YA romance, especially with the fake dating relationship trope, you won’t be disappointed. I certainly wasn’t. “I’m confused,” I said, “because one day we were strangers and then, bam, we were pretending to be in love. All these lines between what was real and what was fake started to blur and I can’t tell the two apart anymore.”“Just because we were pretending doesn’t mean it wasn’t real.”
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This book is just so pure! I had a blast reading it, even if I felt attacked by the main character for being a lonely romance-novel lover. Both characters were a great study in how to deal with a parent’s divorce/affair and how those things affect their children and their relationships. Adorable, funny, and heartfelt, “The Upside of Falling” is a great read for anyone who wants to escape their life for a little bit.I read it in one sitting and kept annoying my friends around me about how cute it This book is just so pure! I had a blast reading it, even if I felt attacked by the main character for being a lonely romance-novel lover. Both characters were a great study in how to deal with a parent’s divorce/affair and how those things affect their children and their relationships. Adorable, funny, and heartfelt, “The Upside of Falling” is a great read for anyone who wants to escape their life for a little bit.I read it in one sitting and kept annoying my friends around me about how cute it was. Though I must warn you that a character destroys some books, and even my bookshelves were shaking in distress. XD
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    I’m so excited to read this! It was such a great book on Wattpad and Alex has improved so much on her writing since then so I’m sure it’s going to be absolutely phenomenal.
  • Karleah Olson
    January 1, 1970
    “You’re the best girlfriend I never had, Becca Hart.”This is a cute, easy-to-read YA contemporary romance. It starts with a fake relationship (like To All the Boys, but it's not quite as endearing, though it definitely has a similar vibe) and predictably moves into real-feelings territory. It's not anything groundbreaking or particularly memorable, but it's a light, fluffy summer read for when you don't want to think about anything. I liked the focus on different family dynamics, and the main “You’re the best girlfriend I never had, Becca Hart.”This is a cute, easy-to-read YA contemporary romance. It starts with a fake relationship (like To All the Boys, but it's not quite as endearing, though it definitely has a similar vibe) and predictably moves into real-feelings territory. It's not anything groundbreaking or particularly memorable, but it's a light, fluffy summer read for when you don't want to think about anything. I liked the focus on different family dynamics, and the main and supporting characters were all pretty much nice normal people who made mistakes. I did think the ending was dragged out a bit, there were maybe 4 chapters at the end that all read like an ending, but then there'd be another one. Overall, this was an enjoyable, young, cute high school romance.
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