Published by HarperTeen on 18 February 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I received a complimentary ARC from Public Library in exchange for an honest review.
The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
This story is a sweet, teen romance and was very quick and easy to read.
Seventeen year old Becca Hart has stopped believing in love ever since her parent’s divorce five years ago when her father just upped and left. Now, Becca spends most of her time lost in the romance books that she loves to escape into. When Becca ex-best friend, Jenny teases her about not having a boyfriend, Becca lies and says she is dating someone. No one is more surprised than Becca when Brett Wells, the perfect, gorgeous captain of the football team comes up pretending to be her boyfriend. This starts their fake relationship. Brett spends most of him time preparing for his future and doesn’t have time for a girlfriend and thinks having this fake relationship will get everyone off of his back about not having a girlfriend.
Of course the more time Becca and Brett spend together getting to know each other and pretend, they start to find out that they are really drawn to each other. As Becca and Brett continue through their lives, they both start to realize that everything they always thought they had known is not actually the rosy truth and they may just need each other to help navigate through the storm. After all of the turmoil, Becca and Brett realize that their lives are much better with the other in it and they get a perfect fairy tale ending.
I enjoyed this sweet romance. It takes you back to your teenage years and all the drama that happened back then. I really liked both Becca and Brett. They had some fun dialog together but I really liked how they could talk about anything because to them in the beginning it was all fake so they didn’t have the awkward phase of getting to know each other. If more teenagers could do that it would save a lot of heartache in the long run. If you are looking for a fun, sweet, teenage romance, give this one a try.
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Reviewer: Sue is a retired IT Computer Programmer who loves to read just about any type of romance….Contemporary, Historical, Comedy, or Suspense. She tends to like sassy heroines and hot alpha heroes (although the occasional nerds are fun too!) with lots of fun witty banter. She lives in a small suburb of Cleveland, OH with her almost perfect husband. She has three adult daughters who all live nearby, with the oldest being married.