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The Upside of Being Let Down

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  67 reviews
The fact that AJ's sister is a stripper has been the bane of AJ's existence for as long as she can remember. Every guy that has showed interest only wanted to get closer to her sister. After being kicked out of college, and subsequently out of her apartment, AJ heads to the strip club for some sisterly advice. Instead, she lands in the apartment of a cute stranger who ...more
Published January 7th 2014 (first published January 1st 2014)
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What kind of book is this?! I can't believe that I added this on my to read file. Who wrote this? A sixteen year old high school who's suffering from peer pressure and was either way too scared or too strong to be a bully?!

The blurb was so interesting I almost fell in love with Bryan and AJ. But holy shit did it fooled me! I gave up reading at 42%. This is gonna make my head hurt I'm gonna have to murder someone.

AJ was homeless, kicked out from college and wasn't able to talk to her
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 3 1/2 stars.
AJ got kicked out of college and heads to the strip club to talk to her stripper sister. While there she catches the eye of Bryan who recently broke up with his cheating girlfriend. After an altercation at the club she discovers she is also kicked out of her apartment. Good guy Bryan steps in to help again.
I can't decide how I feel about AJ. She is a little crazy and she doesn't treat Bryan very well. Her character
I received an ARC from the authors in exchange for an honest review and I'm really not sure how I feel about the story. This book was originally published in January 2014, but has been revised & extended by Karolyn James with Ana Fawkes. The main characters, AJ & Bryan meet after AJ has been kicked out of college & her flat & he offers her a place to stay. She a rather odd character, completely hung up on the fact that her older sister is a stripper & she feels that everyone ...more
Jojo Bungenaar
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I received an arc in exchange for an honest review!

First of all I have got to say that I did enjoy this book It took a while for me to get into it but I did eventually! At first I thought that AJ was a complete bitch and that Bryan was just a nice soppy but nice guy! As the story progressed I got to learn more about the characters and started to understand why they acted the way they did.

It was also quite refreshing to see the bond that AJ and her sister have throughout the book.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I am so glad that I got mad at the main characters and decided to skip to the end - only to find out that the book is continued in more books! Glad I didn't waste my time. Really mad that I read a third of it - wasted my time on poor writing and unlovable characters.
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
AJ was kicked from college and from her apartment because she was never presented to classes and had no money to pay her half to her roomie. She needed her sister Wicked, the stripper, for advice and while waiting at the club for her sister she met Bryan. She was involved in an incident with a bold man and his drunk woman and Bryan helped her to get out of the mess while he stayed there to deal with the situation. She lost her phone during the fight and Bryan found it. He was interested in the ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Was given ARC by author for an honest review

First you should know that this is book one of a 3 book series and ends with a cliffhanger.

The story begins with us meeting AJ also know as Aubrey. She was having a really bad day. She had just been kicked out of college for not attending classes, kicked out of her apartment that she shared with a fellow college student because she no longer attended college, couldn't go home because her home life sucked thus the reason for moving out and going to
April Symes
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
AJ was having a bad week- first kicked out of college--She had gone to see her sister, Wendy who is a stripper but her sister was unable to see her and told her to sit at the bar until she got done with her set. While there , she ran into this handsome man, name Bryan. There was this instant chemistry but he was with friends and went off and while waiting on her sister she got into small tussle with a girl and her boyfriend. Her night went from bad to worse when she got tossed out of the bar and ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Difficult life struggle

Be forewarned, this is not a stand-alone and ends in a cliffhanger. It is the first installment of a trilogy.

The Upside of Being Down by London Casey is a collaborative writing of Karolyn James and Ana Fawkes. Im finding it difficult to write a review, it evoked a lot of emotions from me, centering around the main characters. The other part is that I found several errors which threw me out of focus.

AJ is an unhappy, and pitiful woman in her twenties. She manages to get
Sue Zawisa
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this as a gift for an honest review.
I was completely captivated with this story. The major players here are Bryan, AJ and her sister Wendy. Wendy is AJs older sister who happens to be a stripper. Bryan and AJ meet at the club where Wendy works. He steps in when a skirmish involving AJ takes place. He tells her to leave and after she is gone he finds her phone on the floor. It seems to be his lucky day, because he really wants to see her again.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*


This is the first in a trilogy series chronicling the relationship between AJ, sister of a stripper, still searching for what she wants and Bryan, sexy, solid and oh so dependable. Meeting at a bar may sound like an average start to a romance but, like the rest of this story, is quirky in its own unique way. Strippers, vomit and eviction are hardly the usual start to a courtship but then romance isnt what this is supposed to be. Couch surfing and a bit of friendship, yes, but
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
what happens when two people meet? a lot or nothing. in case of Aj and bryan there is a lot happening. one is kicked out of school, trying to talk to her sister, who's a stripper, gets her thrown out of the strip club. it was there she met bryan, one of the few men there who didn't ogle the female goods on display. as she arrives at her flat she discovers she kicked out of that place as well. there goes the understanding flatmate ...
lost and not knowing what to do and where to go she gets even
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book in return foe an honest review. This book is the first of a new YA trilogy that all readers should enjoy. This is the story about A. J. and Bryan and their similar messed up lives. AJ is kicked out of college as well as her apartment when her student aid is stopped as she never went to class. She is confused as well as her that her parents didn't care about her or that boys only dated her to get an "in" with her beautiful stripper sister. With no place to go, she accepts ...more
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
AJ had spent most of her life living in her sisters shadow. Everyone tried to use AJ to get to her sister Wendy the stripper. She loved her sister very much but there had to be some jealous that lies beneath. When AJs world started falling apart the one person she ran to was her sister. AJs sister was very busy with work so of course AJ found some trouble to get into. AJ was a capital B, she did not care to put you in your place and bring you down a few notches if needed. She had this wall built ...more
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story is about a young girl whose name is AJ. We first meet her at a strip club where she is meeting her stripper sister. Whilst waiting at the bar for her sister to finish her shift, she meets Bryan. Bryan is there as a Designated Driver for his mates and sees AJ when he goes to the bar.
AJ is a crazy girl who trying her hardest to make sure that she doesnt get hurt after having been used by previous boyfriends trying to get to her sister. Bryan is a guy who has a penchant for trying to
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wendy and Aubrey are sisters, Wendy is a stripper and Aubrey is attending college. Wendy has taken on the name Wicked as her stripper name and Aubrey not liking her name has decided to go by AJ.
AJ goes to the club where her sister dances to talk with her and while waiting for her she meets Bryan who is there as the designated driver for his buddies. Bryan rescues AJ from an angry guy after she had thrown her drink at him for making passes at her. AJ hasn't had the best of luck with guys most
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is the first book in a series (trilogy I think). I really tried to like AJ and be understanding but I just thought she was a bit of a horrible person. I get the whole scared of your feelings and not knowing where your life is going, but she was just a bit too much of a mix of woe is me for me. Plus the whole 'my sister is a stripper' so my life sucks, never quiet made sense. By the end I don't know who I liked least her for using Bryan while constantly complaining about always being used ...more
Lorena Tucholke
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, this is my first book by London Casey... I liked the book has lots of potential, the story is developed enough and the characters are pretty interesting.
AJ is a freak and a little immature but that is part of her appealing. She is crazy enough to do crazy things. It's entertaining to see her kick Bryan from his bed.
Bryan.... well i like how he is, I liked the for once a man wants to do the right thing but not for him but for somebody else. I know he doesnt have the alpha male appealing,
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was supposed to receive this book in exchange for a review, however, the authors had a mix-up so made it free for a limited time instead. That's ok, they will still get my review anyway! What do you do when everything comes crashing down at once? Kicked out of college, kicked out of your apartment, no job. Your sister is too busy to help, your now ex-roommate won't even give you the time of day. Serendipity. Seriously. The once in a lifetime meet that ends up being more than you could ever ...more
Linda Levine
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Complicated

What do you do when you get kicked out of college and your apartment? Well, you could hook up with the guy you met at the strip club where your sister works. There shouldn't be any issues with that, right?

This is the story of what happens when you make that choice. When you take that road and have to deal with the consequences. It can be quite an adventure.

Two people who have felt rejected and abandoned try to make it work. They seem so young at times. It is a little
Lynn Lim
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just read this amazing book by London Casey (aka Karolyn James) and Anna Fawkes. They did a wonderful job telling the story of AJ and Brian; two emotionally messed up people.
The writing in this story was very different from what I am used to while reading a Karolyn James story, for this reason, it took me awhile to get my head in and around the story. Once I accomplished this, the story took off for me. I liked the way the authors described AJ as sort of a witch, and Brian, he was just too
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I bought this book after seeing so many good reviews which is something I normally dont do. (Read others reviews before I read a book). Really wanted to love this book but I am not sure I truly felt a connection between the characters. Though I loved the concept of the storyline. Even when the scenes were suppose to be steamy it was almost mechanically feeling or awkward. I found myself rushing thru the book to finish it hoping it would get better. I couldnt relate to AJs attitude. She was so ...more
Sandi Ramirez
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
YES YES YES This is a wonderful new collaboration from two authors that i love to read and i have to say working together they are wonderful as one!!!

AJ was a college student. I say was as she was just kick out of school for missing her classes and lost her grant money so her roommate kicked her out without a word. She goes to see her sister Wicked (a stripper) to let her know what happened and see if she can stay with her and happens to meet a guy name Bryan...(well sorta meets him).

This is a
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review

what an interesting story ~ very complex characters dealing with the lows that life can sometimes deal you.
AJ is a girl that life seems to try and beat down ~ her sister is a stripper and she was given a lot of grief in school because of this as well as guys using her to get to her sister. I wasn't really feeling her in the beginning of the story but she grew on me
Bryan hasn't had an easy life either. his dad's an alcoholic and his mom left when
Ida Haden
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not expect the story AJ and Bryan to be so complex. Both have a huge chip on their shoulders. Both overcompensate because of said chips. Bryan... just when you thought things are going smoothly, his past pops back in, leaving a mess behind. At times, I feel like shaking AJ and ask her WTF?!?! But, on the other hand, I just want to hug her and say it's all right, things will get better.
The love-and-hate relationship between AJ and Bryan is, well, full of angst and I just can't wait to read
Jenn Allen
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I will be completely honest here, I did not like AJ from the beginning. She's rude to almost mean with how she handles things. Now, saying that, this girl has had a rough life and things aren't getting better. She's on the defensive all the time. She slowly grew on me, but it was definitely a slow road to travel. Bryan on the other hand, I do like him. He hasn't had a perfect life either but he works hard at making things better. There are sparks and it's a bit of a roller coaster for them as ...more
Heidi Hadley
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
I had the privilege to receive this book as an ARC to review.

AJ & Bryan have such an instant connection, but they're afraid to act on it at first because of their troubled pasts. AJ not wanting to get attached because of everything she feels is going & has gone wrong in her life. She doesn't want to add to it by letting anyone get close to her, scared she'll bring them down as well. Bryan is trying to respect her wishes because of a recent relationship that has gone wrong. After a stupid
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

AJ, (Aubrey) gets kicked out of college and her apartment the same day. She decides to talk to her sister, maybe get a place to stay at least for the night. She goes to the club where her sister, Wicked, works. Her attitude causes an altercation in the club, and she has to leave before she can talk to Wicked. Bryan, a customer at the club finds AJ's dropped cell phone and returns it to her. When Bryan returns AJ's phone and
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read. I started and couldn't put down.
I just hated the way AJ treated Byran sometimes. She was mean to him to push him away. But she really wanted him.
She asked him not to "ruin it" so he went so, then she would get mad. She was so proud she just wouldn't let herself relax and just enjoy anything
I felt that AJ would never be happy. She gets what she want and then finds a way to destroy it.
The ending was a surprise. I did not see that coming at all!
I hated the cliffhanger,
Lenna  Wright-Berry
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I have read other stories by L. Casey and I was sucked into them, unlike this one where I was concussed all through this. AJ aka Aubrey, has been used A Lot by men just to get to her older sister, a stripper. Also in a way by her adopted parents that abusive towards her and her sister. She has a short term personality, liked she's hot one minute and cold the next. Bryan has been used and hurt also by his ex slit of a girlfriend and his drunken father. But when he sees AJ for the
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