The Upside of Falling Down

The Upside of Falling Down

For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she...

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Title:The Upside of Falling Down
Author:Rebekah Crane
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The Upside of Falling Down Reviews

  • Malina Skrobosinski

    I loved Rebekah Crane's

    , so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this one just as much. Rebekah has such a knack for making you fall in love with even the most unconventional of characters. Her ability to mix witty banter with sensitive topics gives you that heartwarming feeling in the end.

    In the Upside of Falling Down we are introduced to Clementine Haas, an 18 year old from Clevelan

    I loved Rebekah Crane's

    , so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this one just as much. Rebekah has such a knack for making you fall in love with even the most unconventional of characters. Her ability to mix witty banter with sensitive topics gives you that heartwarming feeling in the end.

    In the Upside of Falling Down we are introduced to Clementine Haas, an 18 year old from Cleveland, Ohio who has miraculously survived a plane crash, being the only survivor, waking up in a hospital in Ireland. Only Clementine has no memory of the accident, she has no memory of her past, she doesn't know why she's in Ireland either. As Clementine awaits the arrival of her father, a father she can't remember, she is feeling an overwhelming sense of panic. She feels trapped, trapped in a world that isn't hers... of this Clementine Haas... someone's life that she can't recall. Her nurse, Stephen, agrees to take Clementine out to the courtyard of the hospital for some fresh air. This is where Clementine meets Kieran. A peculiar young man who has a strange affinity for orange Jell-O. This is where Clementine's life is left behind and Jane's life begins. For fear of Kieran finding out who she really is and that she is the survivor of the plane crash, she lies, she tells Kieran her name is Jane. As a friendly game of "truth or dare" unfolds,

    dares Kieran to take her away from the hospital. She creates a phony story as to why she's there in the first place and asks for his help. Kieran agrees to help. From this point on Clementine is forced to keep up the lie and the life of Jane. She's introduced to Kieran's twin sister, Siobhan, who is pregnant, and has a strong dislike for Jane. She meets Siobhan's boss, Clive, an eccentric shop owner who has a hidden love for Jane Austen novels. Soon, Jane has found her place... she falls in love with Waterville, Ireland, with Clive and his mohawk, and Siobhan and their love/hate relationship... but most of all, she's fallen in love with Kieran. So, how can she leave this behind? She knows that she has to return to her father, to her life as Clementine, even though she still doesn't know who he is and ultimately who she is.

    Could you imagine? Waking up with amnesia, not remembering anything from your past? Being reborn again? What a flood of emotions that would bring? Fear, panic, sadness, confusion, frustration, but mostly the feeling of isolation. Even though you really wouldn't be alone, I can't help but think it would be a very lonely thing to go through. You have to reestablish yourself all over again. You can't just simply reenter your life like re-spawning in some video game. Rebekah Crane presents Clementine as a strong young woman... I would say mature well beyond her years, and it's not until later in the novel when Clementine finally finds herself that you truly understand where this strength comes from. All things considered, I will admit, this was the only part of the novel that I had a hard time with. I felt that the character that was being portrayed should have truly been older than that of someone who was 18/19 years of age.

    The way the story unfolds in the end at first seems to almost have this poetic justice about it, and although I saw it coming, my heart ached for Clementine. I didn't want her story to end there, carrying more guilt than she already felt. Everything unravels and it all begins to fall down around her. But I promise... with this story, there is an upside to falling down.

    I want to thank NetGalley, Skyscape and Two Lions, and Rebekah Crane for allowing me the chance to read this novel in exchange for my review. It was truly a pleasure!

  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    „Its not the current that will drown you. It’s the exhaustion from fighting it.“

    Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Clementine wakes up after surviving a horrible plane crash.

    She is the only survivor.

    But when she wakes up she has no memory of her old life before the crash.

    Beginning to panic, she escapes the hospital and leaves to find her memory, adventures and a little bit of love ❤.

    Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Even though I really liked the main character Clementine, i loved Kieran. He always supported her and let her be the on

    „Its not the current that will drown you. It’s the exhaustion from fighting it.“

    Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Clementine wakes up after surviving a horrible plane crash.

    She is the only survivor.

    But when she wakes up she has no memory of her old life before the crash.

    Beginning to panic, she escapes the hospital and leaves to find her memory, adventures and a little bit of love ❤️.

    Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Even though I really liked the main character Clementine, i loved Kieran. He always supported her and let her be the one she wanted to be. He was adorable.

    His nickname for her was “Bunny”, how cute is that? 😍

    Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    This was a really sweet and funny love story.

    It had some cliches, but it was still original in his own way. I really liked it. It made me smile 😊

    Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    I really liked the writing, it was poetic in some way.

  • Hristina

    As it turns out, all one needs to do to get me interested in a book is mention Ireland somewhere in the summary.

    Actual rating: 3.5

    This is a solid book in my favorite genre, it's no surprise that I enjoyed it. It's well thought out and well executed. I liked the characters best of all, and the plot was very intriguing. The only thing that doesn't sit well with me is the ending, it felt rushed and it didn't seem believable.

    *

    As it turns out, all one needs to do to get me interested in a book is mention Ireland somewhere in the summary.

    Actual rating: 3.5

    This is a solid book in my favorite genre, it's no surprise that I enjoyed it. It's well thought out and well executed. I liked the characters best of all, and the plot was very intriguing. The only thing that doesn't sit well with me is the ending, it felt rushed and it didn't seem believable.

    *Copy received from NetGalley

  • Flor

    I recieved this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exhange for an honest review. Thank you.

    "She may not know it, but she is a walking story. And me... Im full of scars with no stories." A great combination of a cute love story and a self discovery story.

    We follow the story of Clementine an American girl in Ireland who just happens to be the only survivor of a terrible plane crash who has lost her memory as a result of this accident. She no longer knows who she is, she feels alone and with

    I recieved this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exhange for an honest review. Thank you.

    "She may not know it, but she is a walking story. And me... I´m full of scars with no stories." A great combination of a cute love story and a self discovery story.

    We follow the story of Clementine an American girl in Ireland who just happens to be the only survivor of a terrible plane crash who has lost her memory as a result of this accident. She no longer knows who she is, she feels alone and without anyone who understands her, so she decides to move on and start a whole new life with the help of a charming and kind Irish guy named Kieran (who calls her bunny in a very cute way) that will help her to discover the upside of falling down.

  • ✶Rachelle✶

    I was raised in the Buckeye state, so whenever I hear about a book that takes place in Ohio, or where the main characters are from Ohio, I'm all over it. Cause let's be real here, hardly any books take place in Ohio. There's really nothing there, and it's pretty boring. I mean, Cedar Point is awesome, and there's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, but otherwise ye

    I was raised in the Buckeye state, so whenever I hear about a book that takes place in Ohio, or where the main characters are from Ohio, I'm all over it. Cause let's be real here, hardly any books take place in Ohio. There's really nothing there, and it's pretty boring. I mean, Cedar Point is awesome, and there's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, but otherwise yeah...not much to see. The MC of this book is from Cleveland, but she travels to Ireland (which is basically my dream destination), so I was all over this book when I saw it on Netgalley.

    I gotta say though, other than the setting of the book (and Kieran, obviously), I wasn't a huge fan. I understand the trials that Jane aka Clementine went though, and that it gives her a bit of leniency in her actions. But I just couldn't get past her personality. It got under my skin, and I wasn't able to connect with her at all.

    The opening was a bit confusing as well. I'm not sure if this was on purpose to give us a sense of what Clementine was going through, or if it was just confusing. We are introduced to a Stephen, but there is no background. He just kind of pops up and hangs out for a while. We find out who he is later, but by then I had already written him off. There also wasn't a lot of clarity between how much time passed between the plane crash and the first chapter.

    Overall, I thought there was a lot of potential. It just didn't hit the jackpot for me.

  • Kim

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, ok ahora continuemos.

    Este libro estaba teniendo un menor rating hasta el último 10%, en el que mejoró bastante. Así que empecemos con las cosas buenas:

    - La historia comienza de una forma muy interesante, se estrella un avión y Clementine es la única sobreviviente. Plot twist: ella pierde la memoria. De esta manera sabemos que no es una historia aburrida, descubrimos la vida anterior de Clementine de poco a p

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, ok ahora continuemos.

    Este libro estaba teniendo un menor rating hasta el último 10%, en el que mejoró bastante. Así que empecemos con las cosas buenas:

    - La historia comienza de una forma muy interesante, se estrella un avión y Clementine es la única sobreviviente. Plot twist: ella pierde la memoria. De esta manera sabemos que no es una historia aburrida, descubrimos la vida anterior de Clementine de poco a poco, como ella. Me gustó mucho como pedazos de su memoria y su pasado comienzan a llegar de poco a poco y podemos saber qué realmente pasó

    - El final fue super satisfactorio, mientras leía no sabía porqué las personas se comportaban como lo hacían, pero el final estuvo perfecto. Todo se conecta, todo se sabe, todo se aclarece.

    AHORA VAMOS CON LAS COSAS MALAS:

    - Oh boy, la única cosa que me molestó de sobremanera fue la INCREÍBLE cantidad de veces que Kieran le dice Bunny a Jane... habían veces que lo decía 5 veces en una sola página. NO NO NO, empecé a molestarme y dejar de leer ese apodo porque era demasiado cursi y no tenía idea por qué no podían decir una sola oración sin decirse BUNNY STOPPPP. Además de las referencias a la Jell-o ok, enough is enough.

    - También me molestó la manera en que Jane se refería a Kieran, 'lo necesito, solo el me puede salvar, necesito que él me ayude', ok, ya sé que ella había pasado por mucho pero suficiente amiga, man up. Tal vez no estoy acostumbrada a que las mujeres protagonistas sean tan frágiles e inútiles.

    - Por último siento que la historia no tiene una continuidad, Jane está lista para huir, rota y sintiéndose terrible y luego dice.. 'te reto a que me lleves a surfear' WTF.

  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

    RATING: 3.5/5

    *Thanks NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this*

    This is a story about new beginnings. Clementine/Jane is a young girl trying to figure out who she is after going through a traumatic event. Deep down she remains the same girl but some things have changed. She has the opportunity to start over and be someone else.

    I enjoyed this book, the plot is original and I appreciate that in YA. There is some character development by the time it wraps up, which is one of its best aspect

    RATING: 3.5/5

    *Thanks NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this*

    This is a story about new beginnings. Clementine/Jane is a young girl trying to figure out who she is after going through a traumatic event. Deep down she remains the same girl but some things have changed. She has the opportunity to start over and be someone else.

    I enjoyed this book, the plot is original and I appreciate that in YA. There is some character development by the time it wraps up, which is one of its best aspects.

    However, I did have some issues with it: (1) the romance, which started out great but ended up feeling forced and (2) the ending seemed improvised and abrupt. Usually if the ending isn't good, I'll end up lowering my rating even if I enjoyed the rest of the book. This is an example of that.

    Overall, ''The Upside of Falling Down'' gets a 3.5/5 rating from me and I do recommend it because it was enoyable.

  •  Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

    A girl whose memories are lost after a plane crash and the boy trying to find his own purpose fall in love amidst the charming Irish setting in Rebekah Crane’s

    Clementine Haas wakes in an Irish hospital to find that she’s the only survivor in a plane crash with no recollection of who she is. On impulse she convinces a sweet Irish guy, who she told her name was Jane, she met in the courtyard at the hospital to help her escape, by telling him that she was mugged and want

    A girl whose memories are lost after a plane crash and the boy trying to find his own purpose fall in love amidst the charming Irish setting in Rebekah Crane’s

    Clementine Haas wakes in an Irish hospital to find that she’s the only survivor in a plane crash with no recollection of who she is. On impulse she convinces a sweet Irish guy, who she told her name was Jane, she met in the courtyard at the hospital to help her escape, by telling him that she was mugged and wants to leave and start a new life. He takes her back to the small cottage he shares with his prickly and pregnant twin sister, Siobhan. Clementine’s guilt over lying to Kieran begins to weigh on her as she starts to fall for him. But something keeps Kieran from reciprocating romantic feelings.

    This book has a lot of cute in it but deals with some tough issues. How terrifying would it be to wake up in another country with no idea how you got where you are or who you you? Finding your identity and who you are is hard enough as a teenager without adding in the complexities of amnesia. That’s the unique part about this book. She has to find out who she is all over again while trying to gasp bits of her past and combine it with all the new things she experiences.

    Meanwhile, Kieran has his own identity crisis. His father has controlled him and Siobhan with threats and a lot of money. Until now, Kieran has always caved until the stern finger of his father but personal tragedy has left him shaken and on the cusp of something new, scary, and maybe even good.

    Throughout the story, Clementine remembers bits and pieces of the girl she used to be, putting together a puzzle of her past. All of this was a good mystery that kept me reading, wondering how Ireland ties into all of this. There is an Irish boy from her past. Could it be Kieran? Is it someone else?

    This novel is very high in concept. A plot such as this is something that sounds really intriguing in a synopsis. While I did like the book, I would have liked it so much more if there was a little more believability to it. The fact that a hospital patient with amnesia was able to escape from a hospital and remain lost despite being all over the national news was a little far-fetched. The love story was cute but it felt like it needed more foundation. The multiple coincidences revealed towards the end just added to the unbelievability and I felt disconnected from the story because of this.

    * I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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    ★★

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  • rachel • typed truths

    Trigger warnings for hospitalisation, mental illness, pregnancy/childbirth and death.

    had a promising premise but it didn’t deliver the story I expected. I was all here for magical realism and Ireland but the uncomfortable romance that replaced it was not my cup of tea. Maybe if miscommunication and lying were not one of my biggest turnoffs in romance, it wouldn’t have been so bad. I just struggle to see how people can ship two characters whose relationship is based on

    Trigger warnings for hospitalisation, mental illness, pregnancy/childbirth and death.

    had a promising premise but it didn’t deliver the story I expected. I was all here for magical realism and Ireland but the uncomfortable romance that replaced it was not my cup of tea. Maybe if miscommunication and lying were not one of my biggest turnoffs in romance, it wouldn’t have been so bad. I just struggle to see how people can ship two characters whose relationship is based on false impressions and straight up manipulation… and that is definitely why Clementine and Kieran’s relationship didn’t work for me. Kieran’s behaviour was simply unacceptable. The lengths he took to pull off that level of manipulation made me sick. I cannot believe that he genuinely believed he was doing the right thing and I wanted Clementine to have nothing to do with him. I was in complete agreement with Siobhan.

    The plot was also so goddamn unbelievable. I empathise with Clementine’s situation - meeting her father was a Big Step that she was not ready to take - but the plot preceding her escape from the hospital was kind of ridiculous. I couldn’t suspend my belief that far. It is probably a preference thing but I wanted to focus on Clementine working through her trauma, discovering who she wanted to be as a person and all of that, not a convoluted romance.

    Oh well.

    : Clementine has retrograde amnesia.

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