The Upside of Falling, Alex Light

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I confess I snagged this book solely because of the cover

I spent some time reading reviews and people really didn’t love this one, and I don’t know, it’s cute once you get past the 10 car pile-up of cliches. I mean, wowzah! We start with the ultra-swoony descriptions of Brett, the football star, who does nothing but practice. (He doesn’t once the book gets going, there are just a few games.) Then we have Becca’s anti-love stance. Hurt from the abandonment of her father, she wants nothing to do with love. She’s a huge book nerd, thus making them complete opposites. Add a fake boyfriend and you’ve got The Upside of Falling.

Becca and Brett cute together. I liked the little added details, such as her mom’s bakery. They are good kids, and although it seems like they come from different worlds, they’re good together. It’s a fun book, and once you get past all the cliches, you will find a quick read that’s entertaining and sweet.

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The Upside of Falling is available on Amazon for $9.99

 

Blurb:

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 had a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. As captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in his 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 the mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not having a meaningful relationship and she can keep up the ruse that she’s got a boyfriend.

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 what is pretend and what is real begins to blur, they’re forced to answer the question: Is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?

 

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