I love a good amnesia story, and The Upside of Falling Down was a pure delight. Clementine wakes up in a hospital in Ireland after surviving a plane crash, and she cannot remember anything about her life. She doesn’t know what she’s doing in Ireland or why she was on that plane. She panics when she learns her father has arrived from America, and she convinces a nice young Irishman that she’s been mugged and just needs somewhere to stay for a couple of days.
This book was packed with wonderfully nice characters. I loved Clementine’s male nurse at the hospital, and of course Kieran, the boy she ran away with, was super adorable. Plus his sister’s boss at a eclectic book story is pretty great as well. Clementine, “Jane” after she’s assumed a new identity, is unrealistically lucky that she’s not taken advantage of. But with suspension of disbelief firmly in place, this book is super cute.
Jane becomes rather enamored with Kieran although intrigued about his life. He’s determined to finish school doing something he hates to prevent being cutoff from his father. This story has kind of a he saves her, she saves him kind of vibe. It sucked me in right away.
Kieran’s pregnant sister offers a good bit of conflict, and things get rather interesting at the end of the story. If you’re looking for a light and fun, while still kind of deep, young adult read, this is a really great one.
Rating: 4 Stars
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.