Book Review: The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

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 a 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?


Book Review by Nicole Yao:

General Thoughts:

This book left me a feeling of bittersweet for more than one reason. We follow Becca and Brett as their worlds collide. Their impromptu lie, some fake dating, a budding friendship, and the sweet deliciousness that are Jellybells. Told in the light-hearted writing of Alex Light, Becca and Brett save each other from their crumbling reality while slowly finding love along the way.
I went into this book expecting a light fluffy read about two unlikely people falling in love – yes, I did get that BUT this story was so much more. Alex Light opened the topic of divorce in its various stages and how adults and children cope with it. We, as the reader get a glimpse of both the aftermath and the early start and possible healing told in alternating chapters. We see different coping mechanisms, PTSD, social circumstances and through it all, we slowly realize there are many ways to deal with the same situation. Life can be complicated. It can get messy but, it’s ok to depend on others to help us pick up the pieces.
Aside from divorce, this book also tackled coming of age, what it means to fall in love, social commentary, family dynamics, friendships, and forgiveness.
The only thing I can complain about in this book was its length. I found it too short and it left me wanting more but still, I would recommend this book to everyone whether you’re a teen or an adult. I think this book opens good discussions about topics we, as a society, sweep under the rug, lock behind closed doors and never speak of – which is understandable but also not what we need in this new decade.
They say books can help us prepare for situations because through stories we get to experience stressful events in a safe environment. While I would never wish divorce on anyone I can’t deny its existence and impact. This story can be beneficial for people who are going through a divorce or their loved ones and friends.

In summary as a general book over view:

(Because when in doubt make a pro’s and Con’s list)

Pros:

  • Good social discussions
  • Good themes
  • Fluffy fake dating
  • Multifaceted characters
  • Accessible writing style

Cons:

  • Book length
  • Becca was a bit annoying as a character

My Star Rating:

I gave this book 3 out of 5 Stars.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Alex Light lives in Toronto, Canada, with her dog, two cats, and an endless love for winter. With a BA in English Literature, she has the perfect excuse to read too many books when she isn’t busy writing her own. She’s been writing for three years, her journey beginning in the online communities of Wattpad and Episode Interactive. THE UPSIDE OF FALLING is her first published novel, hitting bookstores February 18, 2020 with HarperTeen.

ABOUT NICOLE YAO


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Nicole is a combination of well-worn sandals, over-steeped mint tea leaves and sand found in tropical beaches given a breath of life by baked goods and delicious dishes. When she isn’t reading she can be found hopping into whatever newly found rabbit hole that catches her fancy. (Be warned she may obsessively talk about said rabbit hole when you cross paths)

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