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The Upside of Falling

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  45 reviews
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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: February 18th 2020 by HarperTeen
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    Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    Jul 04, 2019 marked it as anticipated-releases
    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
    Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
    *Receieved an ARC from publisher via Edelweiss+. Thank you!*
    Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it


    Jun 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
    This cover is adorable!!
    May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Read this story on the Episode Interactive app and then again on Wattpad, when it was first under the name “Rivals.” So excites to read again with the new updates and new name, as Alex Light is a phenomenal author. Can’t wait to pre-order!
    Samantha (WLABB)
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
    That was pretty cute and adorable. I never fail to fall for a bookish heroine and we also had lots of baked goods.

    Full review to follow.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

    Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I mean, there’s a reason all books end right after the couple gets together. No one wants to keep reading long enough to see the happily ever after turn into an unhappily ever after. Right?

    Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Harper TEEN and Alex Light for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    The Upside of Falling is an adorable book that plays with the fake relationship trope, which is easily one of my favorite tropes. So when I saw that there was a new book coming out with this front and
    Caitlin Reads
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This book is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han! It features one of my favorite tropes - fake dating. The Upside of Falling was the first book I have read by Alex Light and I really enjoyed it. The main character, Becca, was really likable and a bookworm like me. I felt that the character of Brett could have been developed a little bit more but overall he was enjoyable as well. The kind of guy I would have liked in high school. This was a really cute young adult romance. It was well ...more
    Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book is just so pure! I had a blast reading it, even if I felt attacked by the main character for being a lonely romance-novel lover. Both characters were a great study in how to deal with a parent’s divorce/affair and how those things affect their children and their relationships. Adorable, funny, and heartfelt, “The Upside of Falling” is a great read for anyone who wants to escape their life for a little bit.

    I read it in one sitting and kept annoying my friends around me about how cute it
    Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I’m so excited to read this! It was such a great book on Wattpad and Alex has improved so much on her writing since then so I’m sure it’s going to be absolutely phenomenal.
    Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Such a fun, cute read! Really enjoyed it and it was just so easy and wonderful to read!
    Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I've read her story on the Episode Interactive App and then I also read it under the name 'Rivals' at least 3 more times on Wattpad if not more! I absolutely loved it, it was so cute and her writing is phenominal as always! And I can guarantee you that I will love the book even more! ;) I've watched her grow as an author and seeing where she ended up, warms my heart! <3 You did an amazing job, and you should be so proud of yourself. I always adored Alex-Light's writing style and her way of ...more
    Eileen (BookCatPin)
    Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I was hoping for a quick and fun read over the holidays when I picked up The Upside of Falling and quick and fun was what I got~ The story was well-rounded leaving me completely satisfied.

    The Upside of Falling had a little bit of everything- family, friendship and romance. I really liked that the story was told in dual POV. We got to see more than one side and how similar issues can have very different outcomes. The problems the story dealt with were not too heavy or dramatic and they had good
    Tina Christopher
    Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: contemporary, ya
    Cute and funny, nice mix of rom com and teen-awkwardness and more serious subject of dealing with divorce. Ending a little too easy, but still delightful read.
    Perfect for fans of Jenny Han - fake dating, clean.
    Lindsay Zewronek
    Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This was really cute!
    John Shannon
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The male romantic lead is an empty headed rich jock named fucking Brett and I still enjoyed most of what's going on in here.
    Sep 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
    FAKE DATING. My favourite trope. GIMME!
    Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    It is really a very cute book.
    Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    There was something equal parts enjoyable and equal parts off about this one. I can't put my finger on what I didn't love. It might have been the tone. Not really sure. All in all it was a very quick read though.
    May 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I can’t wait for this book to come out!!!! Rivals was so cute !!
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    If you want a light and fluffy, easy-to-read, and honestly rather simplistic YA romance, this is definitely an option. If, however, you want more realistic and organic character development, with protagonists who aren't overidealized, shallow, underdeveloped, or cliche-feeling, then you might be a bit frustrated with The Upside of Falling. It isn't a terrible book but the writing lacks nuance, skews very young, and you
    Φενια Καπα
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I probably found out this book right about 3 years ago when it was only published in digital format on Wattpad and episode ( back then under the name Rivals ) , and as soon as I started reading the first chapter I was instatly hooked and utterly starstruck be the main love interest and protagonist Brett . From a shy socially award senior ,Becca turned out in a funny turn of events to date ( even as a cover up ) the hottest yet kindest and most popular boy in school that any girl would kill to be ...more
    Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    Words aren’t like that. They build an entire world around you. It’s not something you look at, it’s something you’re inside.

    This book was just...cute. I love a good fake-dating story. Becca was super adorable with her pro and con lists and her ridiculously large romance book collection. Both her and Brett were just waiting to finish their last year in high school before getting out of their
    Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Mmmm I’m not 100% of my rating yet but we’ll see if I come back to change it.

    This was my second time reading this book, but the first time I read it was when it was under the name ‘Rivals’ on Wattpad and it didn’t have a publishing deal!

    I adore this book. Becca and Brett are (not so) perfect main characters and I love reading about their story.

    The only reason I didn’t give it a full five stars is because of the progression of the story. I know that it’ll be different in the published edition,
    Michelle (Love, Stars and Books)
    (I received an eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

    Book review: The upside of falling by Alex Light (3.5 stars)

    The upside of falling by Alex Light
    Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
    Rating: 3.5/5 stars

    (DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

    This book gave me To all the boys I’ve loved before vibes and had the fake dating trope as well! The story is told in alternate POVs between Becca and Brett. I found this book pretty
    Shirley Freeman
    After her parent's divorce and her best friend's betrayal, Becca has chosen to go it alone. She always has her books for friendship and comfort. Brett is a handsome, popular, football star who appears to have it all together. On impulse, Brett pretends to be Becca's boyfriend when she is being teased. Becca and Brett set up a fake-dating arrangement to take family and peer pressure off both them. But of course they become good friends with more in common than they realized. A light-hearted and ...more
    Dec 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2020-releases
    - author is a wattpad sensation
    - fake dating trope
    - fun & flirty
    - comparable to To All the Boys I've Loved Before and The Kiss Quotient
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
    Super cute YA book! Fake relationships are one of my favorite tropes in books and movies. It was a little too similar in the beginning To All the Boys I Loved Before which threw me out of the story a lot. It was a solid debut and I look forward to reading more by this author.

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
    Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, own
    I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.

    Becca is an enigma. She doesn't believe in love and gave up on it years ago when her dad left, giving up on both her and her mom. But she's got a high level addiction to swoon-worthy romance novels. But when her ex-BFF teases her for her lack of boyfriend, she impulsively invents one. And to her shock, Brett, the super popular football star inserts himself into the position of boyfriend on the spot. So they decide to
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    Alex Light 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. She's been writing for three years, her journey beginning in the online communities of Wattpad and Episode Interactive. THE UPSIDE OF FALLING is her first published novel, hitting ...more