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It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s alwa
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Sally This was originally a Wattpad story, so you could read it on there. I know Wattpad stories that get picked up by publishing houses usually have some r…moreThis was originally a Wattpad story, so you could read it on there. I know Wattpad stories that get picked up by publishing houses usually have some rewrites and edits done to them, so I’m not sure how different the Wattpad version is. I only read the published version.
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Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
Jul 04, 2019 marked it as anticipated-releases
FAKE DATING TO REAL DATING IS ALL I EVER WANT FROM MY CONTEMPORARY ROMANCES
Christy
3.5 stars

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Fake dating is a troupe I always love. The Upside of Falling had that, along with a bookwork heroine, a sweet and popular hero, and at the cutest romance!

Becca is seventeen and doesn’t have experience with guys. In fact, after going through her parent’s messy divorce, she doesn’t believe in a forever kind of love. She’ll take romance in her books, but she’s not here for it in real life. 

I mean, there’s a reason all books end right after the couple gets together. No one wan
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Heather
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
A quick, super cute ya contemporary.
Enjoyed it!
sam ☆
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Was it adorable? Yes. Did I love it? Not really. Should y’all give it a try? Sure why not. If you need something to binge then pick this one up.

2.75⭐️
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Full review is up on my blog :)
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Lia Carstairs
Never before have I read stories from Wattpad, but reading this really makes me want change that.🥰

And I think I've finally been cured from my slump.
Thank you Brecca—or maybe Brett and Becca. Which sounds better?🤔

What I really loved about The Upside of Falling was that there wasn't really that annoying school drama that involves the popular ex-best friend who wants to ruin the MC's life after seeing that she's dating the popular jock.
It was a nice change.🙌

Brett was such a sweet guy and Becca was
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Fall-Out-Book-Nerd
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
I was sent an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

I liked this book but it definitely hasnt become a new favourite. I think this is what I would consider a light, fluffy, probably summer read. It's a cute contemporary that can be read by the pool in one day. I'm looking forward to reading it again because there were some super cute moments which I was grinning at.

I felt like this could have been a little longer and there were more fake dating leading up to the romance b
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Larry H
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sometimes pretending to fall in love can be as difficult as actually doing so! At least that's the concept of Alex Light's new book, The Upside of Falling .

Becca doesn’t believe in love. Well, she knows it exists but she doesn’t think it’s worth the risk. Someone always ends it and someone always gets hurt, right? But she loves to read romance novels, because between the pages of a book things are safe and the heartbreak is contained. Lives aren't ruined like they are in real life when love g
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Lerizza Mae (books&teacups)
Mar 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF at 25%

This book is so full of cliches and have such a predictable plot that six chapters in I'm already skipping pages until the last chapter. I know that I said that I liked the MC during my last update, but that was chapter 1. I should've read more of the book before I posted any updates. Another lesson for me.

I admit that I find the MC more tolerable than others and I would've liked to read more of it if not for the things I mentioned above. I also think the characters are a bit one-dime
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I successfully wasted 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 of my life by picking up this book.
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Lets get one thing straight, I loved "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" and after that I became a sucker for this whole fake-dating trope. But this book? Well this one is just a weird and unrealistic retelling of To All The Boys. And I just want my lost time back!!

The whole plot is, Becca our MC doesn’t believe in love (cliche!) and Brett our handsome Love interest is looking for a fake girlfriend to impress his da
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Syndi
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am very careful picking up YA romance. Because YA is not my favorite romance story. And I am very satisfied with The Upside of Falling. This is a very cute cute romance.

Brad and Becca is just that typical high school sweetheart. A jock who kissed a nerd on a school hallway to save her face. Then along the way they develop more than just friend. This is really PG story. And yet I keep smilling listening to the audiobook.

I am very satisfied at the end.

4 stars
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
2.5 stars
Not bad, but definitely not memorable for me. The Upside of Falling is a fun fake dating story, but it all felt a little rushed so I didn't connect with the characters (and by extension the relationship) as much as I wanted too. But I did like the focus on family we got and there were plenty of cute moments to make this a super quick story to read.

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

Candace Robinson
My favorite sort of contemporaries are ones that are cute with humor! This was a fun story with a super adorable dose of romance. Of course there were factors that came along that broke the leads apart, and I did get stressed out during those aspects. But I can understand why, especially with them being teens.

Brett was swoony and gentlemanly, while Becca was an awesome girl who loved to read. Just my kind of characters! Also, there was a bakery and talk about desserts, and that alone would have
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Emma
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
The fake dating trope is one of my favourites and so I was very happy to read a story that featured it. I think it was pretty well done, but to me it felt like things were happening very very quickly sometimes. I appreciated how the book tried to also focus on family relationships, it added something more to the storyline.
I just wanna say that Becca reading to Brett was the cutest thing ever.
Overall it was a cute and quick read!
Esmée
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m officially too old for this...
Meags
3.5 Stars

The Upside of Falling is an easy, breezy contemporary YA romance, following high schoolers, Brett and Becca, as they find themselves thrust into a fake-relationship and the public image upkeep such a farce requires.

As these things tend to go, the ruse only last so long before bookish Becca and jockish Brett develop serious feelings for one another, helped along by their easy interactions and the common ground they increasingly find themselves sharing regarding the troubles associated wi
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Thank you Alex Light from writing this wonderful YA Rom-Com!

I loved this quick, romantic read. Brett, the popular jock and a overall very nice and kind guy and Becca, a nobody bookworm come together in a situation and their fake relationship starts. But, just because it's fake doesn't mean it can't become very real. As they go through tough times and go through their lives together they realize, maybe there truly is a upside to falling.

I've almost always been against romance novels. Alex Light's
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Kiera
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ya
Really enjoyed this cute read. Fake dating is one of my favorite tropes!! My full review will be on my blog May 16 at 9 am PST!!
Joshita ❤
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
My rating: 2 (Although I seem to be debating with myself about why am I even giving it 2 stars)

Of course, the girl was a nerd and cynical who wasn't popular.
Of course, the boy was popular and played football!
Of course, the girl had an ex-best friend who became popular and left her alone.
Of course one of their parents was divorced or getting a divorce.
Of course, the story was like every other Wattpad book


I was hoping to get a good story with the fake dating trope. After 'To all the boys
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Beth
This was a cute little read!

I have to agree with some over reviews, there are a lot of cliches in this book with nothing particularly new about it.

I do have to say that some of the topics in this I appreciated, in particular a character figuring out how they identify!
Yoda
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was refreshing to read a book without unnecessary drama, the characters were nice and well written. There was a core group of people you got to know, sometimes YA books have way too many characters to keep track of, that was not the case here. I loved the main characters and their dynamic and how they genuinely cared about each other. Drama was not prolonged and book was fast paced. It was fun and quick read, definitely recommend it to any YA contemporary readers.
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: april-2020
It was kind of very insta-love and a lot of things said were cringe in some parts but two broken families make some good angst.

Full review to come.
Stacee
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had seen a few reviews that this was pure fluff and I was really excited to get into it.

I liked Becca and Brett. She’s a bit stand off-ish and he’s fairly popular. They’re both smart and loyal and not nearly as different as they think they are. There’s a core group of characters and they’re all so supportive. And it was fairly refreshing to see parents so present, regardless of the thread of their story.

Plot wise, it moved fast. There wasn’t any real time reference and by the end of the book
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Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
4.5/5 Stars

This is one of those books that will leave a perma-smile on your face. It's that stinkin' adorable. I knew the moment that I read the synopsis for this story that it was one that I had to read.

I adored these characters so much. The author has written these characters with depth that shows throughout the story. Both main characters have some really solid character development. I really loved their individual personalities. They both stood out and had their own distinct voices. I liked
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abigailscupoftea
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I LOVE fake dating trope books! This story was so cute! I highly recommend to fans of Jenny Han and Kasie West.
Alaina
THIS WAS SO CUTE!

The Upside of Falling was kind of like a second chance at love. In it, you will meet Becca and Brett. They start everything off in a fake relationship but they realized rather quickly that they stopped pretending. Things got real and their friendship blossomed to a really cute relationship. The one thing they were missing: drama.

Things happened and they broke up. While they were giving the other space to figure things out, they just know that they didn't really want to stay away
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Becca da Romance Queen
I CANNOT STOP SMILING!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING!!!<3

"'You're falling in love?" he asked. "I am," I said, wiping a tear off my cheek, "and it's greater than any book I ever read.'"

AHHHH THE QUOTES IN THIS BOOK WERE SO GOOD!! "You're falling love?" Yes, if you couldn't tell *rolls eyes* "With who?" NOT A WHO, THIS DANG BOOK!!!

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light is literally so cute and so gooooooodddddd! Trust me on this one! IT WILL LEAVE YOU SWOONING! If you couldn't tell, this is mos
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Zahira⚡️
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
3,5⭐️ a bit cheesy but so fluffy and adorable! I’m always looking for a fake dating story✨
Zia
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 closer to 3. I really didn't care for Becca and Brent (I think, I forgot his name yikes) I'm also not a big fan of fake dating. It wasn't the worst thing ever and I do recommend it to anyone who does like fake dating it just wasn't for me.
Emma L.
*** This review includes some spoilers ***

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5 stars).

I've just totally accepted that books, shows, and movies about fake dating just 100% do it for me. Since I absolutely one hundred percent loved this book and the audiobook was amazing. And I definitely have some opinions:


I basically was like I need a nap and why not listen to a book and suddenly the nap turned into me lying in my bed buried under soft blankets and napping for 4 hours. That's what I call iconic and I was suppose
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Jenny Jo Weir
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, super-sweet-guy
This book is bitter and sweet. It deals with serious issues of abandonment and heartache, but it also teaches about loyalty and love. I enjoyed the different reactions to certain events and how the characters navigate through though times, coming through them stronger in the end. A wonderful book in my opinion.
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Alex Light is the author of the YA rom-com THE UPSIDE OF FALLING. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her dog, two cats, and an endless love for winter. With a BA in English Literature, she has the perfect excuse to read too many books when she isn’t busy writing her own. Her other work can be found online on Wattpad and Episode.

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