ARC Review: The Upside of Falling Down | Rebekah Crane

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Title: The Upside of Falling Down

Author: Rebekah Crane

Book Details

Format: Kindle E-book

Hardcover: 239 pages

Publisher: Skyscape

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

Synopsis

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?”

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Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy from Skyscape and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

“I’ve accumulated one day’s worth of memories. That’s better than nothing.”

This book caught my attention with its premise of a plane crash survivor who might possibly be suffering from retrograde amnesia, as well as the Irish setting. Also, the romance sounded as if it would be fairly swoon-worthy. Who wouldn’t be wooed by a charming blue-eyed Irishman? However, I can’t say that I was completely impressed by the story as a whole. That’s not to say that there weren’t some things I enjoyed! So let’s start there.

The supporting or secondary characters of this story are possibly its strength. While not ethnically diverse, the novel benefits greatly from the presence of charming individuals with unique lifestyles and differing sexual orientations. I found myself more attached to the secondary characters than Clementine and Kieran, both of whom I thought were somewhat dull.

“‘My therapist says it all starts with telling the truth.'”

Ireland, specifically Galway, was my home during Spring of 2016 and so I was really looking forward to reading about some locations I may have visited. The nostalgia allowed me to enjoy the setting more than usual, but with my bias removed, I’d have to say that there wasn’t much visual or sensory detail given to the protagonists’ surrounding environment. My memory helped lend vibrancy to the setting, but without it, I’m not so sure Ireland was given much chance to shine. But again, I am ridiculously biased in this case.

Besides the setting, the secondary characters, and even the emotional weight attached to the idea of losing one’s memory, there wasn’t much that held my attention. The romance between Clementine and Kieran was not all that romantic, especially since it was built on impulse and a string of lies that were often unnecessary.

“We are electric together.”

Thinking back now, they didn’t really have much page time together. Clementine was alone or with friends for most of the book, trying to find pieces of herself, while Kieran was off doing something…else. The few times they were actually together weren’t all the memorable or even believable. By the end of the book, their connection just felt forced.

Clementine, as an individual, wasn’t all that bad. It was easy to sympathize with her insecurities and emotional conflicts surrounding her identity. Her thoughts, however, could be repetitive and cliché at times, and her dialogue with some of the other characters (particularly Kieran) felt stilted.

“I am a mighty creature!” 

Overall, the book was just kind of boring. There wasn’t much going on. It felt like there was limited movement in both plot and character development and the fairy-tale ending was underwhelming. I can’t say the book was badly written or was filled with any serious issues; it was a cute read, but there just wasn’t all that much to help the book stand out for me.

My Rating:

3 stars (new)


About the Author

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“Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, released in June 2014. Rebekah’s other accomplishments include: World’s Biggest Julie Andrews Fan and current girlfriend to Jane Austen (it’s kind of a one-sided relationship). She is also widely known for singing an impeccable rendition of Janis Joplin’s “Me and My Bobby McGee” and credits herself with single-handedly bringing back tie-dye.

Rebekah now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the writing experience.”

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