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Upside Down Inside Out

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,704 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
“Sparkling . . . it’s all systems go for a wonderful romance . . . a charming story told with large doses of love and humour.”
–The Australian Women’s Weekly

Eva Kennedy is in a rut. After seven years of working at her uncle’s Dublin delicatessen, her artistic aspirations have slipped by the wayside and her latest relationship has fizzled. Whatever happened to the Eva who
ebook, 432 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published March 31st 2002)
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Eva Kennedy decides to take a break from her job in Dublin as a delicatessen and goes to visit her friend Lainey in Australia. Whilst she is there Eva is hoping to forget about her failed relationship she had with Dermot. For a bit of fun Lainey ends up creating a new identity for Eva whilst she is on holidays which is fun until Eva wants to tell people who she really is and never seems to find the right time.

Joseph Wheeler has a rather stressful job in London and feels the need for a holiday so
Kerrie Paterson
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice light "comedy of errors" style romantic comedy. I didn't think this was Monica McInerney's best, but given it was written 8 years ago, her writing has obviously gotten stronger over the years. An enjoyable read.
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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Aug 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Gwen
A cute, fun, and easy read - perfect for summer. Shopkeeper Eva leaves her native Ireland for a vacation visiting a friend in Australia, where she meets Englishman Joseph, who's a successful designer on a work-related vacation. Sparks fly (of course) and they fall for each other. The only problem is, due to some misunderstandings (and some lies Eva and her friend had made up to fool another person), Eva believes Joseph is a backpacker staying in hostels and working his way around Australia, and ...more
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
honestly, i find it a bit "refreshing" to be reading romantic novels again. haha. and this one is definitely one of them. the book has the formula of a romantic novel but what i like most about the book is not the love story, but somehow it made me reflect a bit about my life in general. in the middle of reading this book, someone made a remark about "missing half of our life.." (i wish i could tell you the whole story about it but i do not think its a wise idea.) and somehow, i connected the st ...more
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh.... this book was so boring to me. I kept reading... hoping that it would pick up, but it never did. Even the ending bored me. I also didn't really love many of the characters. Eva's inner-dialogue drove me mad and their reasonings for carrying on lies were pretty lame, in my opinion. The story never grabbed me and I had to force myself to continue reading. When I finished I found myself wishing I'd spent the time taking a nap instead...
Jan 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Fairly predictable romantic comedy of errors. At times I grew exasperated at the continual obstacles that always seemed to pop up at the worst times. Nonetheless, the book really redeemed itself with an ending that made me smile. In typical MnInerny stly there is plenty of bouncing back and firth between England, Ireland, and Australia.
Jan Q
Absolutely loved it. The only bad thing about Monica McInerney's books is that they end & you want them to go on & on.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I give this book a 1 star for many reasons.
1) I saw it at a thrift store, bought it for a few cents, hoping to be a great book according to the book description.
2) Nevertheless, I still remember how I felt when I bought it: doubtful. I did not pay attention to my sixth sense saying "do not buy it, it is boring"; but I did it anyways, I just wanted to give a shot to a type of literature I don't normally read.
3) I tried to read it for the first time in 2014, but the first few pages did
Aug 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review of Upside Down Inside Out by Monica McInerney

Eva and Joseph, both off to Australia for seemingly different reasons, are destined to meet, but will the strong chemistry be enough to withstand the secrets they both hold? Monica McInerney takes us on a delightful journey with two people, both away from home and away from the realities of everyday living. McInerney gives us Eva and Joseph, who find themselves drawn to each other and liking how things are going until they are forced to face
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook of this, and I have to say the narrator did a fantastic job keeping track of all the necessary accents: Irish, English, and Australian. That alone made it worth listening to.

This is a comedy-of-errors, of sorts. If nothing else, it certainly reinforced to me the fact that you should never, ever, ever tell a lie, not even a little white lie, to people that you like and want to be able to contact someday after meeting them in person. It turns out that little white lies
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't the best book that i have ever read, but oh how i enjoyed it!

The story follows Eva, a failed artist who has a break in Australia from her job in her uncle's delicatessen because of an ended romance and some rather large questions she has to answer; and Joseph, who is a successful business man on a business trip in Australia, questioning whether he's really living `The Dream'. Their paths intercept and they are swept up in an unusual, frustrating romance where the truth feels like it
Lauren Bowman
This book was a gift and has been on my shelf since 2011 and I just got around to reading it. Although it definitely was not what I normally choose for myself, it was a quick, easy read. Upside Down Inside Out was a delightful little story about two people pretending to be someone they aren't and then fall in love… the rest is kind of easy to figure out. There were a few plot twists, but nothing that couldn't be easily predicted. The beginning was a little slow, getting into the story took awhil ...more
Lauren K
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love a Monica McInerney read. In Upside Down Inside Out, Eva Kennedy leaves behind her mundane life inIreland to have some fun with her friend inAustralia. McInerney is obviously blessed to be familiar with both countries and call both home. So she is able to show how Eva experiencesAustralia as a traveller but not in an overly stereotypical way. It’s interesting how the voice of Eva and Joseph are integrated throughout the story and I couldn’t wait for their paths to cross- despite its ...more
Nov 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I'm not anti chick lit, it's just not my favourite genre. I picked this up at a 2nd hand book stall because part of it was set in Adelaide and the Clare Valley. Now I don't know how to rate it because this style of writing never does much for me. I read it very quickly and enjoyed it while I did, but I'm not sure I'd read it again. Funny but not laugh-out-loud funny, well written but not exceptional. I would have liked fewer characters who I got to know better, more detailed descriptions of peop ...more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went to Barnes & Noble to pick up my next read, and I have to be honest I ALWAYS judge a book by it's cover. So I felt like I needed a happy fun book and when I saw this cover I was sold. I mean come on ladies what is more fun than getting your dresses slammed in the car door? NOTHING!! This book really was cute and funny. Monica McIerney is a great Irish author. I think I really enjoyed it because all the characters are from somewhere in Great Britain so it reminded me of my time over th ...more
I've been on a bit of a McInerney binge and it's been lovely, like a dressing gown (although I'm more than ready to brush my hair and put on non-elasticated pants now).

I'd started trying to read "Spin the Bottle" before I realised it was a follow on to this one - so unfortunately I kind of knew how things panned out (but truth be told you kind of know from the beginning anyway.)

I also don't think it really matters which order you read them in - one book follows one friend, the other follows the
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit fans
When Eva Kennedy goes on vacation to Australia to visit her friend Lainey, she and Lainey create a new identity for Eva to pretend while she's on vacation. But, Eva doesn't plan on falling in love during her vacation either. Joseph Wheeler is the CEO of his own company and in Australia for a conference and a long overdue vacation afterward. When he bumps into Eva at a party she assumes that he is a backpacker traveling around Australia and Joseph goes along with it. Each wants to tell the other ...more
A.B. Shepherd
This is a bit of a light fluffy kind of a read. No real drama or pathos, a little bit of humor and a little bit of romance.

Eva is an Irish shop assistant who once had dreams of being an artist. She's at a crossroads in her life and takes an impulsive trip to Australia to think over her options. Joseph is a successful English entrepreneur who travels to Australia on a business trip. The two meet by accident, and each gives the other a false impression of who they really are. Twists and turns in
Lyn Richards
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what an amazingly addictive storyline. I simply couldnt stop listening to it.

Eva (Niemph), a self confessed shop assistant, heads off from Dublin to visit her lifelong friend Laney in Australia after a short lived romance finishes abruptly.

Joseph, a successful Industrial Designer heads off from London to Australia for a speaking gig at a conference.

Its obvious from the beginning that Joe and Eva will cross paths, but there are so many interesting twists and turns in the story you simply can
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was exactly what I was looking for when I picked it up - a light romantic comedy to leave you feeling fuzzy and with a smile on your face once the last page was read. Although extremely frustrating at times - with all the obstacles and interruptions that kept popping up, especially in the last few chapters - it was an adorable story. The two main characters were very easy to love, and the author created a sense of chemistry between them that was impossible not to 'ship'. loved the relations ...more
A.E. Shaw
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012

That this book is abundant with carefully thought-out not-quite-cliches is no problem, considering that it's playfully written, light and easy throughout, and filled with people just likable and interesting enough to hold your care for its duration. Less intent on the romance and more on the storytelling than a lot of such books, which I found all the better. I would cheerfully look out other books by this author, in the hope of passing just as enjoyable a couple of hours as I did reading this.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I went on a tear and read most of this author's books over the past few months: this is the only one that didn't really work for me. I accidentally read the sort of sequel to this book first which might be the source of some of my dissatisfaction. I really enjoyed the follow up (Greetings from Somewhere Else) so I was annoyed that characters I found flawed but engaging and sympathetic there just came off obnoxious here. The plot also had contrivances and situations I found annoying. I would hear ...more
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just as good as "Greetings from Somewhere Else" which actually follows "Inside Out and Upside Down." I really enjoyed the store behind how Eva and Joseph met and wow, its a wonder they ended up together! Also enjoyed the relationship between Eva and Lainey which was the best part of "Greetings..." as well. And the reader is also introduced to Lainey and Adam's relationship, as well. The scenery and wonderful food was also deliciously described; I look forward to reading more of McI ...more
I've just finished this book and the most thing I've come away with from it is how funny the book was at points-all the made up stuff about singing with Enya and sculpting for bono were so funny and the humour made up for parts of the book that were maybe lacking a bit,like all the many different circumstances that kept joe and Eva apart and the very sugary ending!
I would definitely recommend though,it was an entertaining light read and mcinerney really does seem to have a talent for real humour
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite enjoyable - nothing out of the ordinary with this tale of sea change and romance. Just an enjoyable read for escapism. The characters are real, as are their dilemmas and this makes for a believable and relatable tale. After the story ends, we see more of Eva in "spin the bottle" as a secondary character...great to see what happens to a character once their tale of romance has been told. Kind of a glimpse into the lives of movie characters after the 90mins are up (and haven't we all wondere ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Wheeler is a successful businessman in London, Eva Kennedy is a deli shoppe assistant in Dublin. When they both decide to travel to Australia for a change of pace the problems begin , mostly as they each willingly and unwillingly take on new aspects of their identities as they reach Australia, as part of the plan to enjoy their vacations more.( Who doesn't want to appear more exciting and adventurous ? ) The adventures start when they start to fall for each other , but who are they falling ...more
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, I would have preferred to give this 2.5 stars, but two seems too harsh, so I gave it three.

Read this for a library summer reading club, otherwise I wouldn't have chosen a modern romance/comedy type of book. The travel aspect of it appealed to me though.

It was enjoyable enough, had some humour to it. The main character got on my nerves by the end though.

Made me want to visit Melbourne - great "armchair traveller" descriptions. Okay for a fluffy summer read.
Jul 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Upside Down Inside Out!! This is the second book I have read by Monica McInerney, and they both have been fun, easy reads. I really liked the main characters, Eva Kennedy and Joseph Wheeler, and finding out about how the meet and eventually fall in love. Near the end, I was a little put off how Eva and Joseph kept missing contact with each other, but other than that I didn't really have any complaints about the book.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful, entertaining read sprinkled with gentle humour and a large dose of romance as Eva and Joe, the two protagonists, weave their way through a complicated maze of untruths and misunderstandings. Set in Australia, England and Dublin, there are some picturesque descriptions of the three countries as well some eccentric characters thrown into the mix to make the book more interesting. Would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, fun summer read.
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Monica McInerney is the internationally bestselling author of eleven novels including Hello from the Gillespies, The House of Memories, Lola's Secret, At Home with the Templetons, Family Baggage, The Alphabet Sisters and Those Faraday Girls (which was named the General Fiction Book of the Year in the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards.
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