Book: The Upside of Falling
Author: Alex Light
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: 18th February 2020
Purchase Link: Book Depository
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?
I have been reading quite a bit of contemporary lately and I’m trying to get my hands on my more so I was absolutely pumped when I saw this was on the Harper360 YA newsletter! I was even more excited when I found this on my doorstep a while later!
I loved that the story gave both Brett and Becca’s points of view! It’s a small thing but I hate not knowing everything behind the scenes and having to wait until it’s explained by the character later. Furthermore, I adored that this wasn’t just a story about Becca and Brett’s relationship! I loved seeing Becca with her friends and healing a few rifts as well! There is definitely room for another book from a different characters POV with how this one ended.
One thing I didn’t like was the thing Brett’s father which I won’t get into. I understand how and why it was there but I wouldn’t find myself ever excusing that so that was a no-go for me.
I loved how Becca dealt with the issue of her father and that I liked a lot more! It was exactly as it should have been and she shouldn’t have been the one to initiate at that as well. It was great!
Overall, the book was a great, light and easy read and I can easily see myself reading more from the author! I hope there’s another book with the other character’s (you’ll know who if/when you read it ;)) POV as there’s so much that can be built upon and strengthened.