The Upside of Falling Down

The Upside of Falling Down

by Rebekah Crane
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The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.

They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.

With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.

Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612187228
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 185,450
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rebekah Crane is the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland and other young-adult novels. She found a passion for this genre while studying secondary English education at Ohio University. She is a former high school English teacher, a yoga instructor, and the mother of two girls. After living and teaching in six different cities, Rebekah finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to write novels and work on screenplays. She now spends her days tucked behind a laptop at seventy-five hundred feet, where the altitude only enhances the writing experience.

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The Upside of Falling Down 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RamblingReader1 9 months ago
The Upside of Falling Down was a cute, quick read about Clementine Haas, a girl who wakes in Ireland to discover that she's the sole survivor of a plane crash. Despite the "luck" that everyone swears she has, she doesn't feel very lucky because her entire life has been taken away from her. Clementine wakes to find herself a sole survivor, yes, but she also isn't Clementine anymore. Amnesia has taken away her memory and identity, leaving her with only one choice: to create a new one. With the help of a charming and kind stranger, Kieran, with a penchant for taking "dares", she starts her journey in figuring out who she is, who she can be. Instead of Clementine, she's now Jane. I thought Jane/Clementine was very likable. She tries to make the best of a seemingly impossible (and surely overwhelming) situation, and is on a quest that most readers can relate to- to figure out who she truly is. It's an interesting premise to think about, whether you'd still be the same person if you were stripped of the life you had built prior to that day. Crane makes this traumatic experience engaging and even fun through Jane's interactions with Kieran, his very pregnant and very prickly sister, Siobhan, and the quirky shopowner, Clive, who becomes one of her new friends. Kieran's zest for life and adventure push Jane and the reader to think about what fear is and how we might let it shape or limit our lives. There's also a budding romance and tension between Kieran and Jane, though its pace moves slowly for reasons that the reader won't immediately expect. The two characters have a nice chemistry, seeming to be similar in the sense that they're each lost in their own way. The book seems meant to be a standalone, so it all wraps up at the end in a neat little bow. Overall, I enjoyed the story, and it's perfect for fans of "chick lit" who want a quick fun read.
The_Book_Prophet 12 months ago
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my overall rating of this book. I thought that the idea of the sole plane crash survivor with amnesia would make for a very interesting book – thus why I requested this on NetGalley. “No matter what people want to believe,, life is locked in the past. It’s all we are – a timeline of events that make up a person.” I was half-expecting to re-gain her memory by the halfway point of the book, but I’m happy to say that that didn’t end up happening. I was actually very surprised by the twists and truths that were unveiled by the end of the book. With contemporaries, I usually don’t find myself surprised all that often so it was nice for that to happen. I sympathized with Clementine, but also she was kind of a know-it-all (ironic, right?) and was always confronting people and telling them off for things they’ve done. All of the characters kept on saying that she makes everyone she meets fall in love with them, and although that was true with the characters in the book, I could never find myself falling in love with her character. Maybe it’s due to her amnesia but she felt detached and really not all that different from most other YA heroines. She wasn’t likable, she made choices that had me rolling my eyes throughout the novel, and I didn’t find much character development like I had expected. “That’s the truth about lies – when they linger, they slowly trick you into believing they’re the truth.” I did like the inclusion of diversity which I hadn’t been expecting. Although I’m pretty sure everybody is white, there are two gay characters (that actually don’t end up together ohmygod, who knew that could happen?), and the main character has PTSD from the plane crash, as well as amnesia like I mentioned. I don’t have either, but I think they were written well from my knowledge. This is the thing that I was the most nervous about but the author did her research and wrote it nicely. Something I didn’t really like was the romance. It was all built on lies from both sides and I honestly didn’t find them to have anything in common. Kieran left money for Clementine every morning and that’s about all that had her falling for him. Oh, and his Irish accent and deep bank account. Oh! I also loved the Ireland setting. This book and the two other books I’m currently reading all take place out of the United States which wasn’t supposed to happen, but I’m happy it did. I did enjoy this book while I read it, though. I didn’t realize the issues I had with it until I began writing this review because it was entertaining to read. The ending was pretty satisfying, though I think everything wrapped up a bit too nicely, too quickly. There was also nothing that stuck out to me about this book. It read as your typical contemporary romance and although it was very quotable, I felt like it was too quotable if you get the gist. My Rating: 3.5 Stars Overall, I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a book to pass the time and read on a rainy day inside. It had it’s problems but it was a decent read that kept me entertained.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
A book about new beginnings, The Upside of Falling Down is Clementine’s story about having to move on and live with uncertainty. She is the sole survivor a plane crash, but she also has retrograde amnesia – so when she wakes up in the hospital, she is basically a stranger to herself. Because returning back to a life she knows nothing about seems overwhelming, she runs away with a stranger to his house in a small village, so that she can try to remember and figure herself out before getting back to her life. The story is mostly about uncertainty and not knowing what comes ahead. For Clementine, who adopts the name Jane while she is amnesiac, she first tries to figure out Clementine’s life. But pretty soon, she realizes that she likes living as Jane, and discovering little parts of her personality along the way rather than trying and failing to be Clementine. Kieran, meanwhile, lets her figure her stuff out but she doesn’t tell him that she’s the runaway plane crash victim that the press is seeking out. While living in his town, she gets to know his sister (who is pregnant and prickly), Clive, who is different and owns it, and Kieran himself – though, he is pretty closed off to her. She seeks out his company because he makes her feel comforted, but she also starts falling for him, which is a problem because she had intended ‘Jane’ to be temporary until she remembered being ‘Clementine’. The romance is slow-building, and at times, I was amazed how no one was suspicious of her. But as the end explains, it all is connected. She learns to not run away, embrace what she doesn’t know, get over her fears, and let go of what cannot be changed. Kieran is a constant rock throughout, and lets her find herself, and gives her space, and he is book boyfriend goals. At first I was like, girl, how can you just go off with a stranger? But then, everyone was a stranger to her in the start – even herself. Only she is quite nosy at times, and gets into other’s business, which his sister Siobhan scolds her for quite often. Siobhan’s and Clive’s relationship is also adorable and I am happy for them, but I wish it had been given more development, rather than just declared towards the end. In short, a beautifully written contemporary new adult about finding yourself and letting go of fears, with a good romantic subplot. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Skyscape, via Netgalley.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I love a good amnesia story, and The Upside of Falling Down was a pure delight. Clementine wakes up in a hospital in Ireland after surviving a plane crash, and she cannot remember anything about her life. She doesn’t know what she’s doing in Ireland or why she was on that plane. She panics when she learns her father has arrived from America, and she convinces a nice young Irishman that she’s been mugged and just needs somewhere to stay for a couple of days. This book was packed with wonderfully nice characters. I loved Clementine’s male nurse at the hospital, and of course Kieran, the boy she ran away with, was super adorable. Plus his sister’s boss at a eclectic book story is pretty great as well. Clementine, “Jane” after she’s assumed a new identity, is unrealistically lucky that she’s not taken advantage of. But with suspension of disbelief firmly in place, this book is super cute. Jane becomes rather enamored with Kieran although intrigued about his life. He’s determined to finish school doing something he hates to prevent being cutoff from his father. This story has kind of a he saves her, she saves him kind of vibe. It sucked me in right away. Kieran’s pregnant sister offers a good bit of conflict, and things get rather interesting at the end of the story. If you’re looking for a light and fun, while still kind of deep, young adult read, this is a really great one.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5 Stars The Upside of Falling Down was an absolutely adorable, light-hearted read. It was a quick read as well, I found myself engrossed in Clementine's journey to find herself. This is a books that should definitely be adapted into a movie, it has the perfect rom-com storyline. After Clementine survives a plane crash, she wakes up in the hospital with absolutely no idea who she is. Afraid of who she'll be once her memories start to return, Clementine decides to escape the hospital. Enlisting the help of Kieran, a complete stranger, she assumes a new life as "Jane" in order to find herself. Shenanigans ensue, mistakes are made, and life may never be the same for any of them. While some of Clementine/Jane's actions were a bit incomprehensible to me, I did enjoy watching her find herself. I think my favorite part of the novel was the secondary characters. Von, Clive, and Kieran were all wonderfully developed, complex people. I liked that none of them fit into neat little boxes. Von and Clive were larger than life in the best possible way. I wasn't a huge fan of the romance with Keiran at first but I ultimately came to love him and Clementine together. The pacing of the book was excellent up until the ending. However, Crane somehow managed to tie up all the loose ends in the perfect way in the last few pages. I wish that the timeframe had been longer than two weeks. Even though I enjoyed the story, the fact that the entire story took place in around two weeks required a bit too much suspension of disbelief. The Upside of Falling Down was a satisfying, delightful read. I would recommend this one to YA fans who are looking for a good rom-com with excellent characters. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Happywhale More than 1 year ago
I was incredibly excited to read this book; the cover, the title and most importantly, the whole premise of the story, seemed really interesting to me. After reading and liking (but not loving) The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr, in which a girl has amnesia that makes her forget everything every few hours, I was intrigued to see how the Clementine's amnesia would be written into the story. Fortunately, the narration was no where near as confusing as I originally feared, in fact, the writing style was incredibly fresh and creative. Filled with flashbacks to the last moments before the plane crash, along with half formed memories from her life before the accident, the story remained engaging throughout some of the slower sections. I loved the characters in this story; sure, Clementine was a good narrater, but the real stars of the show for me were Siobhan, a young to-be-mother with pink hair and plenty of attitude, and Clive, a secretly Jane Austen obsessed punk and the owner of a local music shop. I loved the individuality of these two characters and looked forward to the snippets of the novel that they were featured in. Altogether The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane was a great read. Its sweet and and relatable narration, along with a somewhat surprising ending, made it an easy read and one that I would certainly recommend. 4 stars :). Note: I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
queenivanka More than 1 year ago
The Upside of Falling Down is a delightful and heartfelt novel about finding yourself and making your way out: it’s about creating new memories and moving on, about finding freedom and facing your fears until you don’t feel so afraid or lost or trapped anymore. The narrative is easy to get lost in, the voice of Clementine so believable and heartfelt. All that she went through, it’s like I was there, it’s like I was her. In her moments of distress, I felt lost and scared and deserted, too. In her joyful moments, it felt like the victory was mine. Rebekah Crane did such a marvelous job telling Clementine’s story: the story of this girl who was trapped in a foreign country, a stranger even to herself. I was convinced every step of the way, what someone in that kind of situation would have felt, would have done. Even with amnesia as an oft-used plot device, the plot was still original and very enjoyable! I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book, and how Clementine’s unique situation managed to still be relevant, to convey such genuine emotions. All the characters grow on you, even with limited appearances – all endearing in their own eccentric ways: Stephen and his lovely personality, sports-loving Mr. Haas, fiercely beautiful Siobhan, flirty jack-of-all trades Kieran, infectiously kind and Jane Austen-loving Clive, and daringly brave Clementine. It was only natural for me to root for everyone and their happy endings. With several nods to Jane Austen, plenty of humor, endearing characters, unbelievably raw moments and all these set in the beautiful cities of Ireland – I definitely recommend The Upside of Falling Down for everyone who’s looking for a great read.
bluegreen91 More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating and different story than I've ever read. It's a story of self discovery, freedom, adventure, loss, uncertainty, and friendship. While those could all apply to many 18-year-old women, it's especially significant to Clementine, the sole survivor of a plane crash that has left her with amnesia. The life that she discovers in the days and weeks after her rebirth, as she calls it, made it hard for me to put the book down. I cringed at her mistakes, applauded her victories, and felt her moments of both courage and self-doubt. This book moves at a good pace, with some unexpected reveals at the end. I really enjoyed this book and will look for more from the author. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.