Upside Down

Upside Down

by Lia Riley

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If you never get lost, you'll never be found...

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . of if they were meant to live a world apart.


"Upside Down gave me all the feels. Romantic and poignant, the journey of love and acceptance lingers long after the book is closed." - Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn # 1 New York Times Bestselling Author.

"Lia Riley turned my emotions Upside Down with this book! Fast paced, electric and sweetly emotional-- I couldn't put it down!" -- Tracy Wolff, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455585717
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Series: Off the Map , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 128,790
File size: 514 KB

About the Author

After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, LIA RILEY scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

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Upside Down 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Refreshing New Adult, heard it was good but was cautious as this genre often disappoints. Loved it. 
Sofia_NW More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of New Adult books but after a while they started to come off as the same. Upside Down by Lia Riley was different. The setting was in Australia and the characters weren't perfect. Tallia and Bran weren't your usual couple. Tallia suffers from OCD and Bran was self described bastard (but he really wasn't). I thought they were cute and funny. Overall I really liked the story. It had its up and down moments but I think it really came together in the end.  I would recommend this to fans of New Adult books but who want something different in the genre.  I received a copy of this book from Netgalley to give an honest review
BookMama_1 More than 1 year ago
This is my first read from author Lia Riley. This is a good story with plenty of heartbreak, romance and humor. The book is written very well, but it took me awhile to get into it. I felt as if it started out slow and then finished off pretty quickly. There were some situations that I felt could have been expanded on. The characters were both lost and trying to find their way. Talia is the emotionally exhausted and Bran is the bastard. Generally it seems these two characters wouldn't work well together and there were times where I told myself they would each find someone else and other times I begged them to stay together because they were perfect for each other. I felt all over the place in this book and maybe that's why it didn't click so well for me. Plenty of adventure and finding themselves turns into schmexy scenes with a few bumps in the road. I guess I wasn't expecting them to work through those bumps so quickly. And the ending didn't leave me too anxious to see where their relationship goes in the second book. This may not have been a favorite of mine, but it will not deter me from seeking out more from Lia Riley. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Books like Upside Down are why I love reading new adult romance so much and Lia Riley's voice is so fresh, her story so unique and well-written that I couldn't help but fall in love with it, too.  The characters are really what make this book. They weren't perfect. They were real. Talia was a woman living with OCD, the loss of her sister and all that has happened in her life as a result of both. She escapes to Australia for six months in the hopes of finding herself and leaving the bad behind for just a little while. Little does she know that a person she meets there will change her life forever. Surfer boy Bran is running away, too. He's fresh out of a bad relationship (among other things I won't mention because spoilers), the last thing he's looking for is something serious. Both Talia and Bran are looking to leave real life and painful memories behind for a little while and just get lost in each other. But, of course, things never go as planned and their fun begins to turn into something more along the way. Something real and beautiful, even if it's not what either of them was looking for.  There's not one little thing that I didn't love about this book. Lia did a fantastic job writing these characters – Talia specifically. I don't suffer from OCD, but I have known people who have. Lia's portrayal of a woman living with OCD was so spot-on, so perfect. She captured the helplessness that comes with it and the fear of what they believe will happen if they don't live just how the disorder pushes them to. Talia was an incredibly complex character. Lia made her unforgettable. Bran was spectacular in his own right. The reformed playboy trope isn't unique in new adult literature, but Lia makes him stand out. He had a painful past and it's not tough to see why he reacted as he did.  Together, Bran and Talia were magical. Their chemistry was intense. The sexual tension between them was strong. They played well off each other and challenged each other when it was needed. They were passionate and obviously cared for each other. Some of their scenes warmed my heart and others broke it. This book was made of feels and I was hooked from the start. While this book doesn't have what I would consider to be a cliffhanger, I would be lying if I didn't admit I'm a little nervous about what will happen in the next book in this series. I love these characters and they deserve good things. I don't want to watch either of them go through pain again. So, I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.  Upside Down is a gorgeous debut novel by Lia Riley. This lady is definitely on my radar, and soon will likely be on my auto-buy author list as well. This truly is new adult at its best. Don't pass it by. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Bookeroo More than 1 year ago
Talia is a mess since her sister died. She has extreme OCD and too many issues to count. She decides to go to Australia to try to get her head back in the game with school and to take a break from all the stresses in her life. No guy has ever seen past her issues to the root of who Talia really is…until she meets Bran, who has his own set of issues. Their chance encounter seems to end badly, but when a new friend introduces them, things seem to slowly take a turn for the better. I was completely involved in Upside Down from the very start. When I entered the Goodreads giveaway my first thought was, "This looks like it will be a good book". Little did I know how much I would enjoy it! I loved the hero and heroine! The fact that they each had their own set of issues made me love them that much more. I loved their interaction and the way they responded to each other. It was endearing that Bran wanted to sexually please Talia, but hold off on actually having "sex", thinking it would mess everything up. It was adorable that Talia kept getting flustered when he wouldn't go all the way. Ms. Riley's writing style really worked for me too. I adored the fact that both the hero and the heroine each got the chance to tell us their own thoughts throughout the book. It makes the story feel so much more realistic and heartwarming. My mouth will be going a mile a minute recommending Upside Down to everyone I know! Ooh my, I can hardly wait for book two in the Off the Map series!
Lauren2LC More than 1 year ago
What is Normal?? What is Love? These are the two things that Bran and Talia have to face and deal with. For Talia, she has some quirks that in some peoples minds aren't normal but what is normal? OCD for some seems so wrong and easily controlled, but that is coming from people who have never suffered from these inflictions which makes them ignorant and inpatient. Talia has suffered with this her whole life but it got so much worse with the loss of her sister and the dissolution of her family. What she needs is a fresh start. So what better way than to go to Australia to begin Talia v2.0. Bran has once loved and lost. And being brought up in a household with no love has caused Bran to doubt and not believe in love anymore. So what better way to do this than sleep your way through Australia. At one of Bran's low points he meets a beautiful unique American. The last thing he wants is any feelings for her but there is something about her that he can't stay away from. For Talia she thinks Bran is a jerk but he also has noticed her quirks and has not judged her or treated her differently. If anything its what intrigues him more. Quickly a pseudo awkward friendship starts between these two but escalates to more with a bit of heartache caused by the unfortunate genre favorite angst of assumptions and miscommunications. Bran starts to let Talia in but he still keeps her at arms length and hides stuff from her. Which causes a bit of an issue between them especially with her departure date back to the USA looming closer. These two are a bit of a hot mess but they work because even though Talia has lived through a lot she still believes in love while Bran takes Talia as she is and thinks her imperfections are perfect for him. These two go through some young drama with the help of Talia's neurotic crazy mother which helps us understand the reason Talia has some issues to begin with. At the end of this book we could be satisfied with its pseudo HEA but we all know being young and in love is a bumpy rode, so there's more from these two that they will have to go through in books 2 & 3.
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So much more than your typical romance story. Interesting personalities and descriptions and storyline make this a great page turner. Cant wait to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5. Very good. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the others!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ohhh I loved this book. The story was great and I didn't want it to end. Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. I loved Bran and talia. I can'twait for the next one.
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OldVictorianQuill More than 1 year ago
‘Upside Down’ was the perfect blend of new adult contemporary romance, humour and real life which had me unable to put it down. However, it was the added psychological elements, brought about by heroine Natalia’s OCD tendencies, that really made this book stand out in its genre. When we first meet Natalia, I could feel straight away that there was more to this girl than what we were first presented to. I admired her strength when it came to choosing to leave behind her life in America to visit Australia, especially when she knew that it would be hard on her family. It sounds strange, but for me I liked that she did the right thing by her, and didn’t allow herself to be held back by a guilty conscience of leaving her father. The added heartbreak of her having lost her older sister Pippa two years previously, just made Natalia’s escape to another country seem all that more important, and I really admired her for putting her fears behind her and doing what she wanted to do. The characters were really well developed throughout this novel, and just looking at the person that Natalia became at the end of the story, in comparison to the troubled girl at the start, we can see that realistic development of a young person that happens when they travel alone for the first time. Now Bran was the perfect hero, with the perfect mix of snarky bad-boy, but passionate, thoughtful lover. The spark between him and Natalia was just brilliant to read and I loved seeing the progression of their relationship, especially as their trust in each other grew, and they began to share dark secrets from their past with each other, without the fear of judgment. To see Bran as fearful was a brilliant change from other books in this genre. It’s all too often that we see the girl become scared of her feelings, and start to doubt herself, but I loved seeing Bran distancing himself and being fearful of love again. The added drama of his relationship with his ex-fiancé and the self-doubt this causes Natalia, made for some really emotional and heartbreaking scenes, which had me really hoping that their love would overcome all obstacles, even when their future seemed bleak. I loved the family elements that were woven throughout the novel, and I laughed and raged in equal measure in the chapters where we see Natalia’s hilariously misguided mother, who at first was great comic relief, turn into a spiteful, cruel and condescending woman, who blames Natalia for Pippa’s death, something that beats Natalia back into the downtrodden and broken girl she was before she met Bran. This was a fantastic novel, which really made me feel every emotion of the characters. The only thing that keeps me from giving it 5 Stars is the way that OCD was depicted. It’s clear that Natalia doesn’t have a very serious form of OCD, however, I felt that the true impact of her OCD tendencies in small everyday situations wasn’t emphasised as much as it could have been. It’s the little things like her wanting to run back to her dorm room and check that her hair straighteners or oven was turned off, that I would have loved to have seen, and how this more serious side of OCD may have affected her relationship with Bran. Nevertheless, I enjoyed every minute of this novel and there was a real feel-good factor throughout that made this the perfect book to escape into for a few hours. 4 Stars! *Review copy was provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg, I read this whole book in a day. I couldn't put it down! It has everything; love, adventure, romance, heartbreak...and some pretty steamy scenes between Talia and Bran! I can not wait to keep reading the rest of the series to find out what happens.