Title: The Upside of Falling Down
Author: Rebekah Crane
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published date: 30th January 2018
Published by: Skyscape
Available edition(s): Kindle
Date read: 1st March 2018
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Summary: 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?
I received a free ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is adorable. Yes, adorable. It’s a fast read, and an uncomplicated book. However, that’s not enough to make me rate it 4 or 5 stars out of 5.
The book focus mainly on Clementine, as she tries to get her life back after a tragedy took away her memories. There are other characters introduced throughout the book (the nurse, Kieran, Siobhan, and that store owner (I forgot his name, darn), but aside from Kieran, all the other character just felt like props. To help with Clementine’s character development (not that there’s a lot of it), and I hate when that happens.
While the book was okay, I just couldn’t connect with Clementine. I thought I would, after some time, but I was kind of charmed by Kieran, so I continued reading. And I found out I was wrong. I couldn’t connect with Clementine at all. In fact, I was annoyed by her. I find her whiny, and insensitive (and being a victim and sole survivor of a plane crash only let you get away with so much). I hate the way she treated the people who cared for her, like the nurse who trusted her but she ran away instead, or her dad who flew all the way to Ireland, and waited there as she lived with Kieran and Siobhan. That was really selfish of her, and I can’t help but feel sorry for them.
I know what you’re thinking. I said it was an adorable book, but I’ve been talking about how annoyed I was with it (or just Clementine, to be specific).
I find the Ireland (or small town in Ireland) painted by Rebekah Crane adorable; the town, the sheep, and the eccentric shop where Siobhan worked at. I find the male nurse that attended to Clementine, and Siobhan’s boss (I forgot their name) sweet. And I guess, ignoring the annoying part, the story was sweet.
Overall, this book is half adorable and the other half a mixture of annoyance and frustration. There’s also a bit of mystery tucked in, although some people might be able to guess it from the beginning. All things considered, the book’s not that bad.
I rate it 3.5 / 5 stars.
So, that’s dealt with, haha. Have anyone read this book yet? What’s your opinion about the book? Do you like Clementine or do you find her kind of annoying like I did? And what do you think about amnesia-related story?
I’d like to know what you think, especially for the last question. Haha