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 ...more
“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 ...more
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Off the Map series recommended reading order:
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)
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 ...more
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, ...more
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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) ...more
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
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 encounter isn’t the...more
***Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.***
At it's heart, Upside Down is a journey of self-discovery and what it means to come to terms with the darkest and most broken bits of ourselves. This is a tale of heartbreak, loss, and all the hurt that comes along with being human. Lia Riley does a beautiful job in constructing two remarkable characters who have their own dark terrors to fight within themselves and how that effects their everyday motivations and interactions ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 gave ...more
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.
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 ...more
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…
The Feels: 4.7/5
Backdrop (World Building): 4.5/5
**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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more