Parents' Guide to

The Upside of Falling

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fake dating turns real and opposites attract in fun romance.

Book Alex Light Romance 2020
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age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

It's good

Beautiful book!!!!! My kids and i have read this book and all three of us love it ❤️
age 11+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (20 ):

While the plot is fairly predictable, the main characters' chemistry and vulnerability help make this teen romance an enjoyable, fun read. The Upside of Falling takes the school social scene that many readers navigate daily and adds a hopeful twist: that friendship and honesty with each other can be the foundation for a romantic relationship. Becca's character has much more depth than Brett's, almost to the point of it seeming implausible that he was aware of Becca's uncomfortable situation to begin with. Every relationship here is aspirational: Everyone is earnest and fundamentally good, everyone is trying their best, no one is out to hurt anyone else. That sweetness can be a little trite, but it's also the reason readers will hope these two fakers overcome their obstacles and happen for real.

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