The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

Genre: Romance, Romantic Comedy, Young Adult


Rating: 4 Star read


After being teased for not having a boyfriend Becca Hart pretends she has a secret boyfriend. Brett Wells is one of the most popular guys in school but has spent more time focusing on the future than who to date.  When Brett overhears Becca’s lie he sees it as the perfect solution, he can be her mystery guy and keep people off his back for not dating.

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The Upside of Falling is one of those super cute books that you can read very quickly.  It is not thought-provoking, just two teenagers trying to figure out their feelings while dealing with some family drama.  

This is a fake dating trope, which I love.  However, the way the fake dating starts is a bit abruptly.  There isn’t a whole lot of explanation for it, and I felt like that could be fleshed out a little better, or that particular part would have been better told from Brett’s POV.  I enjoyed both Brett and Becca and like watching their friendship develop.  

As I mentioned, both characters are dealing with family drama and that adds a lot of the drama/climax of the story.  While Brett’s issue came to a satisfying resolution, I was not entirely satisfied with how Becca’s were handled. I would have liked a little bit more of an explanation. 

Overall, this was super cute and left me with a huge smile.  I do think parts of it could have used more details, but if you want a fun quick rom-com this is for you!

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