Hey guys! So I just finished this super duper cute book by Rebekah Crane. This book is to blame for the bags under my eyes this morning. You see, it was about midnight and I wasn’t tired yet, so I figured I’d just start this, read the first 30 pages or so, and then go to bed. As it turns out, I read the first half of the book and didn’t get to bed until almost 3 am. Oh well. It was worth it.
This awesome YA novel follows Clementine Haas, the only survivor of a plane crash in Ireland. When she wakes up everyone is telling her how lucky she is, how incredible it is that she made it out alive. Unfortunately, Clementine Haas doesn’t even remember why she’s in the hospital.
After assuming a new identity under the name of Jane, she flees the hospital with nothing but the clothes she’s wearing after daring a charming Irish man to help her escape. Not one to turn down a dare, Kieran agrees and takes Jane to his home in Southwest Ireland. While there, Jane meets his pregnant twin sister Siobhan and her best friend Clive, along with the other residents of the small Irish town. Through Kieran, his family, and her new friends, Jane embarks on a daring journey of self-discovery and rehabilitation.
This book was like crack. Or chips. Or bread. Once I started, I just couldn’t stop. I really cared deeply about Jane, about whether she would ever get her memories back or how she would learn to live in her new predicament. The element of amnesia really added a lot of suspense to the plot. The author was fantastic at throwing us hints, letting us know that there might be more to Jane’s story than meets the eye, but not letting us know until the very last minute what all the details are. We are in the same situation as Jane, desperately trying to unravel all the elements of her story, wondering what will come next.
Jane’s voice in this story felt very true. I’ve never been in a plane crash or had amnesia (thank god), but her voice rang true as that of a survivor, of someone who has been through so much but still refuses to give up. Although a little dependent on Kieran at times, Jane eventually learns how to be strong on her own and stand on her own two feet (awesome surfing scene included), and by the end of the book, we have a balanced, well-rounded character.
If you enjoy romance, mystery, and awesome scenes of Irish countryside, this book is for you. It really made me miss Ireland, but with the sweet romance and interesting plot, I guess I can forgive it. If you’re interested, you can preorder it here The Upside of Falling Down
Final rating- 4/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂