‘The Upside of Falling’: An Adorable 2020 Debut YA RomCom

July 7, 2020 3 Comments

STORY | Everyone knows Brett Welles is the cool kid in school. He’s got the megawatt smile and status to back this up. When he overhears her talking to her ex-best friend about being in a relationship, Becca is shocked when he steps in and claims to be the elusive boyfriend, rendering her faux claim moot.

Together they create a plan where this pretend dating gig will benefit them both, only neither of them plan on pretend becoming very real.


The Upside of Falling by Alex Light | Book Review


REVIEW | Until the cover design for this one was revealed, I had not heard of Alex Light before now. She’s a popular scribbler on Wattapad which makes this her first traditionally published novel. The Upside of Falling has more than one faucet, but like its illustrated cover design would lead us to believe, it’s a fun read.

There’s more beneath the cover than its whimsy, but it never becomes “too much” or feels as if the perception outweighs the actual. This is one of those stories you cannot help but like. It’s got one of the most commonly used tropes ever, but to this day I haven’t tired of the faux romance/dating trope, and I don’t see it happening soon either. In short, this is one of those books you cannot help but be happy while reading. There’s something about the affect it has on the reader that makes this possible.

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The characters of Becca and Brett are fun, and it’s interesting to read about their family dynamics in an otherwise upbeat and sweet little novel. Becca clings to her romance novels, and believes this to be as close to happy as she’ll get. Brett on the other hand doesn’t have such a cynical view on love stories… until he does. I like that while we hope it does, not everything is “rosy” by stories’ end. Just because you want something to go back to normal doesn’t make it so, and our story demonstrates this very well.

If you like light-hearted stories that uplift rather than depress, this is just that. It surprises me in some of its conclusions, but I can also respect the change up, and as a happy end girl, hope that these revelations make for a HEA for Becca and Brett as they discover The Upside of Falling.

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Author: Alex Light
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: 2020
Source: Bought
Genre: Fiction; YA Contemporary
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Rating: ★★★★

Content: There’s profanity, including a few uses of the f-word and some suggestive content; and there is also suggestions of an affair.

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  • […] BOOK REVIEW | ‘The Upside of Falling’: An Adorable 2020 Debut YA RomCom […]

  • Dedra @ A Book Wanderer July 14, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    This one sounds cute! Kind of reminds me of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. <3

    Dedra @ A Book Wanderer recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Smile
    • Rissi JC July 23, 2020 at 7:22 pm

      It’s super cute, Dedra. A simple story, but for me that is what makes it so sweet. :)

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