My Rating – 3.5 Stars Expected publication: February 18th 2020 by Harper Teen

Plot: 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 always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse. Acting like the perfect couple isn’t easy though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between real and pretend begins to blur, they are forced to reflect on their story .

*Received an ARC from publisher via Edelweiss+. Thank you!*

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?

Ever since the release of the epic fake dating rom – com , To all the Boy’s ve ever Loved has been published we have seen a bunch of fake dating trope YA fiction . Not every book manages to stand out and this genre requires great efforts from the author from making it repetitive and boring . Recently , I had read David Yoon ‘s Frankly in Love and I was floored by the lucid writing and great cultural representation of MC. Coming back to The Upside of Falling , this one doesn’t go in the complications of fake dating and keeps the story-line very simple and characters cute . The book is based in high school with all the high school tropes inserted . The Book details two characters starting a fake-relationship and then moving to falling in love in real sphere . The characters are naive and full of heart and goodness. Becca is a girl I start to adore , maybe it is her love for the books and being a genuine soul . Brett has a major character development throughout the story . We see the characters growing up and falling in love with maturity , inspite of numerous cliches and cringe-worthy moments .

The writing was lucid and story had a uncanny resemblance to Wattpad Stories. Nevertheless , I enjoyed the cute story about the two characters on the path of discovering oneself . If you are looking for a fairly fluffy and happy YA romance, especially with the fake dating relationship trope, you won’t be disappointed.

17 thoughts on “ARC Review – The Upside of Falling – Alex Light {YA Rom- Com}

  1. The fake dating trope is one that can be easily exhausted unless it’s carried out tactfully like in the case of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I hadn’t even realised that there was a spike in fake dating tropes in YA nowadays, but this book sounds like the one to read when you’re feeling all gloomy and brooding, so I’ll look out for it (in case I get all down in the dumps). Great review!

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  2. It sounds like a cute book, but it also seems a little bit cliché. Maybe it is that it has wattpad written on the cover (and I don’t if it’s actually from wattpad though), and I don’t usually like books from wattpad. I mean, maybe I give it a chance, but I’m not sure. Whatever, awesome review!

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