The Upside of Falling by Alex Light | Book Review

The following is from Goodreads:

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 main character, Becca, was a total book nerd, and I felt that on every level. I wasn’t expecting that little tidbit of information, but it made me enjoy the story a lot more. Because that was essentially me in high school; I just didn’t have a guy agree to fake date me. I enjoyed Becca’s character, even if there was a part (I won’t spoil it since it’s towards the end of the book) where she did something that made me want to smack her.

As for Brett, he felt like the typical popular jock that is in almost every YA contemporary these days. I mean, I enjoyed his character too, but he felt a little stereotypical to me: football player, straight-A student, popular, you name it. But there was some depth to his character, like the situation with his parents putting pressure on him and other things that I won’t mention because spoilers.

I’m a sucker for any kind of YA contemporary romance, especially one where the main characters have some depth to them. And that’s what this book had. The main characters were flawed, they didn’t pretend to be, and of course I was going to pick it up and there’d be a good chance I’d enjoy it (spoiler alert: I did).

Going into this book, I wasn’t expecting any brilliant, earth-shattering story that was going to absolutely change my life. And that brings me to what I wasn’t a fan of in this book. I think it was mainly the writing that kept me from giving it a full five-stars. It was also originally published on Wattpad, which there’s nothing wrong with that. If anything, that’s amazing and a great accomplishment. But the writing felt a little simplistic to me. I could tell that it was a debut novel from this author.

But what I got was an enjoyable mix between a cheesy romance and a serious contemporary. There were some serious topics that the characters went through, which made the story more vivid. And that was what kept me reading, especially with the idea that this story is probably more geared towards a younger audience, and I’m not necessarily in that target.

I would definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a quick and fun YA contemporary. You would enjoy this, especially if you’re a fan of Kasie West or Becky Albertalli or Jenny Han.

So did any of you guys read this book? If you did, what’d you think of it? If you didn’t, would you pick it up? I’d love to talk about it in the comments below!

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

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