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Upside Down

(Off the Map #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,588 ratings  ·  374 reviews
If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surf
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Grand Central/Forever
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4-4.5 stars!!

“Who doesn’t want to be different? Be perfect to somebody? To matter?”


This book took me by surprise in the BEST of ways! The blurb made it sound like a typical NA book and I went in with the ‘let’s get this over with’ mindset. Now that I’m finished with the book, I can definitely say that the NA world needs to watch out for Lia Riley, a fresh, new voice in the genre. This is an author who has a talent for effortlessly incorporating humor, wit, and realism in a story. This is an
Lia Riley
Feb 09, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)


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Off the Map series recommended reading order:
Upside Down
Inside Out
Carry Me Home...can be read as a stand-alone but references/unveils secret from main series
Into My Arms...a standalone novella featuring secondary characters Beth and Z (Inside Out)
Whitney Atkinson
TW: OCD, Anorexia

I wanted to love this so much.... But it felt like I was reading an unfinished story. Even though it's the first in a series, it was just lacking so, so much. That being said, I think I have a pretty even balance of things I liked versus disliked in this book.

First of all, I loved that it was an ownvoices book about OCD. I don't have OCD, but I have faith that it was represented accurately, and I thought that the scenes where she struggled with her rituals were very compelling a
Pearl Angeli
Sep 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
(A digital copy was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

I've started reading this book last year but had to put it down because it simply failed to appeal me. And after continuing it, I realized that it still doesn't work.

The synopsis of this book is really promising, but when I got into the story I realized that it did not meet my expectations. The author's writing style is strange that I could not easily get the whole point of the story. I could not relate to the characters,
Jacqueline's Reads
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books, arc

I will be hosting a paperback giveaway on my Facebook page - > HERE

4 Down Under Stars

Upside Down is part of the Off the Map series. Upside Down can be read as a standalone, but the characters do continue into the series.

Upside Down reminds me a lot of Jessica Sorensen reads. It’s emotional, there’s a lot of angst, and it has young characters and a lot of drama. And you kind of want to pull your hair out sometimes.

It’s really addictive. You will want to read it in one sitting.

Natalia (Talia) is
DNF at 27%

I'm terribly sorry, but I just couldn't do it. I just hated the writing! I found the author's sense of humor not right up my alley; I wasted quite a few minutes to get a joke, mostly I was too busy with rolling my eyes at the imaturity of them. I just couldn't understand them.

I also couldn't connect with the main heroine, Talia, who was getting on my nerves constantly.

Review Copy provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest review
Giselle *Hopeless Book Lover*
Giselle's Review:

I. Loved. This. Book.

Lia Riley ’s debut novel, Upside Down, in a couple of words, can be described as: hilarious, sassy, witty, sensual, intense, and phenomenal. I guess that’s more than a couple of words, but I’m just seriously fangirling over this novel! 


Natalia Stolfi needs to get away.  So what better place to go then Australia? In Australia, Talia meets Brandon Lockhart and lets just say that their first encoun

Kelli C
Upside Down is my first book by author Lia Riley and it was a good story told with heartbreak, romance, and humor abound.

Talia Stolfi lost her older, perfect sister tragically. She has lost the entire sense of family completely in the aftermath. All that is remaining is her guilt and her "rituals" that threaten to take over her life. She is escaping to the land down under in hopes to take a breath and forget the bad that waits at home.

In a new land of unknown with casual flirty fun friends is li
Jennifer Blackwood
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay, first off let me start by saying that if you only read one NA contemporary romance this year, it needs to be this one. This is a spectacular debut by Lia Riley.

The main character, Talia, is running away from her problems. Her sister died in a car accident—one that happened when she was rushing home to check if Talia had left her hair straightener on. Talia (and her mother) blames her sister’s death on Talia’s OCD tendencies. With Talia’s life going to shit, she decides she needs a break f
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 14, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-released
New book for the TBR!!

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the
Megan Erickson
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-new-adult
Breaking my rule again and rating a book because DAMMIT THIS WAS THAT GOOD. Five stars. All the stars. SO MANY STARS.

Right away, I was sucked in to Lia's writing. There is so much voice mixed with humor mixed with real life issues. I want to be Talia's friend. I want to hike with her while she complains about heights and drink coffee with her while we ogle cute Aussie boys. Her characterization is flawless.

And then there's Bran. Who is such a unique character. He's not close to any sort of typi
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where to even start with this book? Beautifully written, Australia, hot surfer Bran, unique heroine Talia. Yep, it's all just a whole lot of awesome! Loved it! ...more

Absolutely, positively adored this book. I wasn't sure going in what I would think. New author, first book...add in the fact that it's new adult, and the scale could have tipped either way. Happy to report that it tipped toward the good book feels.

I immediately connected with the main character, Talia, and as soon as Bran came on the scene, I was hooked, koala and all. I have a thing for surfers. I'm from the bay too, and Santa Cruz is close to my heart in a lot of ways. She couldn't have done t
A.J. Pine
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Study abroad in Australia? Check. Complex hero/heroine who have their own stories in addition to their romance? Yep. UPSIDE DOWN has that too. Hot broody hero who surfs? Yeah, that's quite the bonus.

I laughed a lot reading this book. Lia Riley's humor is quirky, original, and spot on. But I also had so many feels. Like all of the feelings. Both Bran and Talia have tragedy in their pasts that they are running from. But when the two run into each other (in the best sort of way two characters can m
Rachel Gilbey
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this whole trilogy in a competition a few years ago, and for no real reason other than fear that if I read the first I would need to sit and read the rest straight away, as I suspected if they were good they would be addictively good.

Fast forward a couple of years and Upside Down is winking at me on my bookshelf and being a bank holiday weekend, I figure if I can't lose myself in someone else's relationship fora weekend then I never will!

Let's just say I'd rather be reading Sideswiped al
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gifted-by-author
☆I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!☆

Before my review, some useless rambling from me…

Originally, when Lia Riley approached me with reviewing her book debut, Upside Down, I’ll admit, that I was initially reluctant to accept it. While I do love meeting new and upcoming authors, I also cringe at it for fear of the unknown and not knowing to expect from them. So hence, I pondered on it for quite a bit.

Luckily for me, what ultimately ga
Trigger warnings: mental health, death of a sibling (in the past), car accident (in the past), mentions of abortion and stillbirth, implications of eating disorder and alcoholism, shitty parenting.

1.5 stars.

So here's the thing: if this hadn't been set in Melbourne, I...probably would have enjoyed it a lot more than I did. But it was set in Melbourne. And as a result, I nitpicked the entire thing from start to finish because there were so many glaring inaccuracies that filled me with rage.

Maf (Bookworm Wanders)

I started this book with high expectations because the idea of a girl going to study abroad reminded me a lot fo Anna & The French Kiss and since it's my favourite book I was like "hell yeah!" then I found out it's set in Autralia and my excitment reached a new height because do you know how many books are set in Autralia?! I can only remember 2 books set in Australia and both are Young Adult so a New Adult in Australia made me really excited my expectations were definitely set high for this one
Shannon Moore
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it
3-3.5 Stars. I actually did enjoy this book, but some of it seemed just sort of average. There were parts I loved, some I wasn't crazy about, and everything in between. My biggest problem was the fact that some of the plot either didn't make sense, or didn't fit. It was like all of a sudden there was an open spot and the author had to fill it with something , so we had conflict. A lot of this referred to Bran's character and I wasn't a fan of how his personality or reservations could switch on ...more
Claire McEwen
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's the kind of writing that is so good, I was genuinely sad when I finished it. I just wanted it to keep going! Lia Riley perfectly captures the turbulence of the college years, the intensity of first love and the terror of putting your heart in someone else's hands. Yet somehow she does it all with a dry sense of humor that had me laughing out loud! I really appreciated that her characters are not perfect - they struggle with their own flaws and have to make some kind of pe ...more
Tracy Stengel
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Engaging characters, unique plot line. I couldn't put this down! ...more
Can you go to the bottom of the world to find your way up?

Book Title: Upside Down
Author: Lia Riley
Series: Off the Map #1
Genre: New Adult
Source: Kindle E-Book(Library)

♫My Pick for Book Theme Song: Say Something (I'm Giving Up On You) by A Great Big World w/Christina Aguilera --Seriously, sometimes, I was just like say something to him already…

Ratings Breakdown

Plot: 4.3/5
Characters: 4.5/5
The Feels: 4.7/5
Addictiveness: 4.3/5
Theme: 4.5/5
Flow: 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building): 4.5/5
Originality: 5/5
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

**Upside Down generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

3 Upside Down stars

Upside Down tells the story of two young people journeying to discover themselves apart from the actions of the past defining them. The plot starts off on Talia’s adventure to Australia where she’s separating herself from a life she longer recognizes. Continuing there we meet Bran, with a past weren’t privy too but a disposition that makes you eager to know more about him.

Lex Martin
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You can’t see me, but I’m doing ridiculously goofy cartwheels for Lia Riley’s book, UPSIDE DOWN. I was lucky enough to get an early copy, and I can’t express how much I loved it. Her characters are gritty and real and dig under your skin until you realize there is no way you can put it down before you’re done.

Talia’s story, albeit heartbreaking at times, is underscored with beautiful and biting imagery, crisp writing and dozens of laugh-out-loud moments. You’ll fall in love with the brooding Bra
Mikki _At_A Bookish Escape
I have to be honest and admit that the cover sold me this book from the very beginning. Even before I read the blurb my eyes were all over that cover! Seriously!? Have you seen the beautiful covers for this series? Intense, passionate, tender and romantic. A perfect reflection of Talia and Bran's love story. I was shocked to find out that this was Lia Riley's debut novel. Wow!!! Absolutely AMAZING!!!! My bookworm radar is ready! I will be adding to my TBR list anything she writes! I loved every ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-wishlist-na
emotionally intense, messy emotions charge through the mine field of Bran and Talia's relationship. Equally excited and cautious about book 2

Upside Down is one of those books that grabs and holds your attention from the very first word. The dual narrative between Talia and Bran balances the story well and allows access to the way in which their mind works and what drives them.

Talia is a really complex character, she is quirky, unique and quite simply loveable. The insight into dealing with OCD a
Jae (Bookish Bluebird)
4 stars!
"Leaving is the only way to move forward. If I never get lost, I'll never be found."
Witty and heart-warming. Talia and Bran pulled at my heart strings. From the moment they met, I had an inkling that they'd have me grinning and giggling (which they did). It was instant chemistry between the two. I really enjoyed how their relationship grew. But there were many times where I wanted to shake either characters, I must admit. Both Talia and Bran are flawed, but it's how they owned up to
Joy N. Hensley
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Finally, a NA hero who's not a complete ass/Alpha male! I loved *everything* about this book! ...more
Dylan Quinn
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Upside DownI absolutely LOVED Lia Riley’s debut novel, Upside Down and found myself on an emotional roller coaster ride from page one. I laughed and cried along with Talia and Bran–two perfectly flawed characters who manage to find their ‘perfect for me’ partners despite having every reason to shy away from love.

After a tough year, California senior Talia Stolfi decides to use a study-abroad opportunity in Australia as the perfect excuse to escape. After losing her sister Pippa in a tragic car a

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First off, this cover is awesome. Judge this book by it's cover!! This New Adult genre just keeps getting better. When the genre just popped into existence a while back, I really didn't know what to expect. Young Adult had encompassed so much and I was just accustomed to it but I'm glad that New Adult has taken these books out of YA. New Adult books are quickly becoming my favorite and this book is a really good reason as to why.

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Lia Riley is a contemporary romance author. USA Today describes her as "refreshing" and RT Book Reviews calls her books "sizzling and heartfelt." She loves her husband, three kids, wandering redwood forests and a perfect pour over coffee. She is 25% sarcastic, 54% optimistic, and 122% bad at math (good thing she writes happy endings for a living). She and her family live mostly in Northern Califor ...more

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