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Upside Down

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,658 ratings  ·  571 reviews
Jordan O’Neill isn’t a fan of labels, considering he has a few. Gay, geek, a librarian, socially awkward, a nervous rambler, an introvert, an outsider. The last thing he needs is one more. But when he realizes adding the label ‘asexual’ might explain a lot, it turns his world upside down.

Hennessy Lang moved to Surry Hills after splitting with his boyfriend. His being asexu
Paperback, 1st edition, 258 pages
Published March 21st 2019 by Blueheart Press
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Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, meh, mm-romance
I so wanted to love this book. But.....

Well, let's start with what I really liked - the way the ace spectrum was represented. I learned more details of the ace community and how much they often internalize all of society's "normal behavior" than any other book I've read. And I really, really enjoyed that. One of my GR friends was posting updates about how much this book resonated with her, and how she seemed to finally find a book "about her". I love that! I was giddy for her!

This book needed to
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Josy by: Simone
All the motherfucking stars!!!

It's been a few days since I finished this book and I am still not sure how to adequately describe how much reading this book means to me. I was thinking about what to say because I kinda need this review to be perfect to express my gratitude to NR Walker for writing this book and for putting herself out there.

First, though, for all the readers who need to have sex included in their books, I want to stress that you won't find that in this book. While there are ace p
C.G. Drews
You know what's nice? Just getting to read about two asexuals finding utter comfort and life satisfaction being together and in love without the pressure of sex 😭Very much approve. It dealt with internalised acephobia too, and also just covering so much ground of what it means to be ace. And the characters were so very Soft? But also dynamic. Jordan with his swearing and drama and gushing. Hennessy with his quietness and wary side but also deep calmness.

And I admit one of my favourite parts was
I loved this book so much, I just didn’t want it to end! Upside Down is about two gay asexual men, trying to navigate a relationship. Jordan is OTT, geeky librarian who meets his total opposite, Hennessey, and they fit perfectly together. Hennessey is really sweet and crazy about Jordan. Of course, crazy Jordan keeps Hennessey on his toes and a smile on his face.

If you are looking for something sugary sweet with no angst, this is it. Upside Down will most likely be one of those books that I wil
I've reached the point where I listen to this audio as someone else would a favorite playlist. It plays in the background and I still know all the words and exactly what is happening, but I'm also doing other things. But I'm still invested in it and feel all the feels. It's the ultimate comfort read for me.

First reread of 2021 and I am irrationally, ridiculously happy.

Reread #????
Oh look, this book is still my favorite comfort read 🖤

Original review:
"Because it can be life-affirming and scary
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I loved: the characters (main, secondary, and tertiary), the subject, and the way N.R. Walker integrates information about asexuality without making it preachy. The internal struggle Jordan has is intimately familiar and really well done, realistic, and relatable.

There's very little tension or angst, and there is nothing more sexual than hugs and kisses, and I found all of it perfect for the characters and story. The only thing I didn't like was the pacing, which I found to be a bit too sl
First of all, everyone should have an Angus and a Merry and a Michael. Those three are the very best friends a person could ever ask for, and even though they are fictional, they totally felt real. To me.

Where do I even start with this book?

It's funny. Laugh out loud funny in parts, small chuckle funny in others, and giggle-snorts funny in yet other parts. Jordan is a hoot. Zero filter, blurts out whatever comes to his mind, and loves the word fuck in all its many variations.

It's about self-di
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
3 stars Too much lecturing about the subtleties, nuances, and struggles of being asexual. It detracted from what could have been a powerful message wrapped around an entertaining story. Instead it became a little like a preachy after school special.
This will be a new comfort read for me, I can already tell. It was such a validating, warm hug. And when Hennessy told Jordan "you're just as asexual as you need to be" I cried so hard I had to put the book down. ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely lovely... a beautiful host of friendships, love and loyalty. The romance was sweet and pure and really celebrated the asexual story. Beautifully written and so much fun. Loved it
3.5 Stars

In this Aussie-set story, we get to follow very sweet and very quirky Jordan O’Neill as he come to terms with his asexuality, all while falling in love with a man named Hennessey, who Jordan’s been dreamily watching from afar on his nightly bus commute home from work, and who, as fate would have it, runs the new support group for asexual people that Jordan begins to attend.

This story was super sweet and charming, with very little in the way of angst and conflict. The little slice of mis
Wow, this was great! Hennessey and Jordan are adorable and funny! I couldn't NOT laugh at their antics. It's such fun to read about a couple having fun. :) Toss in asexuality and I am SOLD. I see a lot of myself in this story and it's good to know I am not alone (I've known that for a while now though) and it's nice to see a "romance" novel that doesn't focus on sex. They talk about sex but only to say they don't want to have any and that they hated being pressured in previous relationships to h ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
I waned to like this book. I love N.R. Walker. It just......

I could not stand Jordan. I would skip most of his rambling. I thought he was very immature and didn't find him funny. The beginning of the book was good, but got old fast.

What I did like was that I learned more about ASEXUAL. I would love to read more books with MC that are asexual.
I’m just going to give it all the ★'s. I mean, what is there not to love about this? I smiled like a lunatic the entire read. Gah!


I have been told in the past that I can’t read a book without sex. Well, hey you! I just read a book without sex and I L-O-V-E-D it! And even more? I didn’t miss it!

Well done Author. You took a subject that I wasn’t all that familiar with and familiarized me in the most sweet, romantic and hilarious way.

So yeah, I ride a bus to and from work every day and I have a cre
Update 29/03/2019: It didn't come through for me in her writing, but apparently the author is indeed on the ace spectrum. So this makes it an #ownvoices book.

I was barely in, and this story already made me cry by reliving the moment of my own realization and acceptance, which was not long ago. I was that girl... the one on the bus with the silent tears... lol ;) And then towards the end I cried again.... my highlights speak for themselves as to why.

But I don't want to
Too motherfucking adorable 😍

Jordan: A librarian who goes on rambling tangents when nervous is discovering his asexuality. Afraid of putting another label on himself he struggles with his sexual identity. That is until his friend Merry, like the hobbit, takes him to a support group.
Hennessey, like the cognac: is an asexual internet ninja. After breaking up with his last boyfriend, six months ago, runs a support group to help people similar to him. He wants to help people understand that there is
Kaje Harper
Jordan is the epitome of a sweet nerd, a guy whose mouth loses all brakes when he gets nervous, and whose rambling is as endearing as it is wildly-off-topic. Hennessy has finally shed an ex who couldn't live with an asexual boyfriend, and is ready to rebuild with someone better. Watching these guys figure out that they belong together is warm and fun.

This book kept me smiling, and sometimes chuckling, all the way through. Two asexual guys at different points on their journey meet up, first anon
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** 4 stars**

(A note to this review: I identify as (a heteromantic) asexual (ace) and will always be more lenient to any representation for my mostly unknown sexual orientation.)

I enjoyed this book. I did. However, it isn't perfect. I love N R Walker as an author and fellow Australian and yet to find a work of hers that I haven't liked.

My main problem with the story was how whimsical it felt - random people on the bus investing time into your budding relationship, how suited (in terms of persona
Fluff and Fun!!!

This was a DELIGHT to read!!! Jordan, our rambling librarian, is absolutely hilarious! Hennessy is sweet as can be.

So many feels here! I loved both characters and how their asexuality was portrayed. Although sometimes it felt a bit “lecture-like,” I understood the reason since one character is just coming to terms with this label, and ace characters are a minority in romances.

Expect awkward moments, word porn, f-bombs at the most inappropriate moments, sweeter than sin bus ride
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
N.R. Walker gets all the motherf@cking stars on this one. OMG. Who says romance is dead?

"He looked right up at me and smiled, all shy-like and timid, and I breathed the only thing worth saying. 'Motherfucker.'"

I'm not going to rehash the blurb here because you can read it above. There is so much else I'd like to say...

For anyone who has thought they were not normal for how they feel, this is the book for you. For anyone who loves to laugh, you have to read this book. For anyone who wants all th
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We all have them. The world is built on them. Good and bad. Big and small. Some label make us fit in, other set us apart. Many are chosen for us, some are chosen by us. No matter how much we try we can never run away from them, outrun them. And some have the power to change our world.

Jordan recently found a new label. One he wished desperately not to fit, but one that explained so much about himself and all his past relationship failures; asexual. But he had enough labels al
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glen Lloyd does a good job with the character voices and the emotional performance of the story, and I love the subject, the Ace rep, and the slow romance, but the pacing of this bored me to distraction too many times.

'Upside Down' has a far slower pace than most of N.R. Walker's other books and it did not translate well into audio for me. Ultimately, I feel like Lloyd just didn't punch up the material enough.

Overall the audio was only "okay" for me, but enough that I would give Glen Lloyd anot
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆

4 stars, maybe 4.25 for this audio version of one of my fave stories of 2019. I loved Jordan to bits, potty-mouth and all, and Hennessey, Merry and Angus were also good. I can't say that I've heard of the narrator Glen Lloyd before...but as his name didn't turn up any other results on Audible, I suspect he's either new or hiding behind another name. His take on Jordan was great, I'm more or less certain that he is Australian thank goodness, and if he isn't, he does a bloody good impersonatio
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, bbj
4.5 stars

Upside down is a standalone by N.R. Walker. Jordan O'Neill is in his own words gay, a geek, a librarian, socially awkward, a rambler, an introvert, lover of bad words and now, asexual. He really does not want more labels but it fits.

Hennessy Lang is new to Surry Hills after a split from his ex-boyfriend. He is asexual and runs an asexuality support group. Jordan attends a meeting and realizes that Hennessy is none other than “headphone guy”. They meet and sparks fly. They seem perfect
Sita the Reader
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-read
N.R. Walker wins this hand with aces.
(If that's a terrible pun, I'm sorry, but not really)

I don't think I'll ever get sick of this author's style. Her books, no matter which way she's going - and she's taken us places: robots, vampires, architects, ancient Greeks, the gym, etc etc etc; I think she needs to give her brain to science so we can figure out what's going on in there, after she's done with it because creepy and we need more books first but I digress (much like the Jordan in this book
Lelyana's Reviews

I had a giddy feeling every time some authors mentioned that their new character(s) are Ace (asexual).
I had a bad experience once with one book in particular, how in my eyes, the Happy ending relationship was never actually a happy ending for both of MCs.
But this is Nic Walker and I dig in as soon as this book appeared on my kindle. And of course, NR Walker never disappoint me. Like, every time.
Jordan and Hennessy are likeable and adorable two asexual young men that by fate, found each other.
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, 2019, 2019-favorites
5 stars.

This was one hilarious book and exactly what I needed to get back into reading. I've been kinda on and off with reading for the past year and it's been driving me a little insane.

The author is an auto-buy for me and I'm really glad she wrote a book about ace. It was represented so well and was really needed. I'm so glad I found it and read it.

I loved the secondary characters, the story of Jordan and Hennessy and how they met and them falling in love. There was enough humor for my lik
Courtney Bassett
Heartwarming and hilarious

I was laughing at this from the first page, and highlighted quite a few passages to share with my friends. I am a sucker for nervous rambling/no filter, which Jordan does often to hilarious effect.

The lack of sex didn’t bother me - it was very true to the characters, and integral to the plot and pretty much point of the book. There was still romance and so much cuteness as they were getting to know each other I could explode. Highly recommend.

**edited 2/9/20 to say th
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Upside down" is about Jordan, a 26 year old librarian, who's currently trying to figure out if he's asexual and about Hennessy, who is asexual, which was the reason why his last relationship "didn't work".

As you probably guess, these two start falling for each other. What you probably won't guess is that this book is the sweetest one ever written!!! Aaaaaah!!!!
Really, "Upside down" made me smile so much because these two are just so adorable that my heart exploded in my chest.

Jordan is the abs
Laugh out loud funny.
Sweet and so special!
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N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn't have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who she gives them life with words.

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