“What is the point of cheating death if a life doesn’t exist when you wake up?”
Could you imagine your life where you don’t remember anything anymore? Waking up with amnesia and not able to decide what to feel- fear, confusion, panic, frustration? Feeling alone? I certainly can’t imagine myself being in that situation and this was exactly what attracted me towards this book. I knew from the beginning that this I would end up loving this, and I am glad I was not disappointed 🙂
This story is about Clementine Hass who is the sole survivor of a plane crash and wakes up in a hospital with retrograde amnesia. She found herself overwhelmed with all the strangeness around her so she runs away with a stranger (Kieran) to his house in a small village and decides to live there until she remembers her past life. She chooses a new name, Jane, and a new life for her, but soon she realized that she is not going to remember anything soon and that she is being accustomed to being Jane.
WHAT I LIKED ------------------------------ 1. I loved the main character, Clementine. She has been portrayed as a strong woman with a stable mind and determination to achieve something. She is not afraid of uncertainties. After a certain time, she realized that she is nowhere near to knowing about her past, but even in that situation, she was ready to build everything for herself from scratch. 2. I loved the overall theme of this story. This is a book about new beginnings. This is about moving on with uncertainties. Life won’t always give you a fair chance at everything. There are a few times where you have to just move on. You have to keep digging the new possibilities. Rebekah Crane has done a wonderful job in depicting the overall theme. 3. I have found my new book boyfriend 😀 I LOVED Keiran! He was so adorable and cute. I liked how he was portrayed in the story along with Clementine. He was never shown as a bossy one or otherwise. He left her free to figure out her stuff and always made her comfortable. I like how he was shown as a person who liked to help everyone. But sometimes, Kieran was a complicated guy. While helping Jane, he was dealing with his own family crisis. He was trying to decide what he wanted to be, as his father had other hopes with him. And you know what is the cutest thing? He gave a nickname to Jane/Clementine – Bunny! Isn’t this adorable? 😍 4. The romance was slow-building and quite. In a way, perfect. I liked how it was not rushed. It took almost the end to build that perfect scene for the romance but it was worth it. 5. I really enjoyed the side characters, Siobhan and Clive, among others. I loved their contribution to the story and how they molded it. 6. I loved the setting of the book which was Ireland. Rebekah Crane has perfectly described Ireland’s places and it made me want to visit that beautiful place right away 🙂 7. I loved all the dares that Keiran and Jane did in the story, as I want to do them myself someday? 8. I LOVED the ending. It was NOT AT ALL what I expected. The last 50 or so pages were too intense and I was quite on edge thinking what would happen next. I loved how everything was wrapped up nicely in the end. 9. The writing style of Rebekah Crane was wonderful. It was kind of poetic which reminds with the writing of one of my favourite author John Green. One thing I appreciate most about his books are wonderful quotes and I can say, The Upside of Falling Down has plenty of them. The writing made this book a quick read and kept me hooked from first to the last page.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE --------------------------------- 1. Though I loved Clementine as a character, sometimes she was too nosy in other people lives and I didn’t like it particularly? I felt as if she overstepped her boundaries, a few times, considering she was a total stranger in someone else’s home. 2. I loved Siobhan and Clive as a pair and I really wanted to know more about them and their stories.
“There’s a moment bungee jumping, when you’re free – falling. The air actually feels thick. Almost like it’s keeping you afloat more than pushing you down. And you forget to be scared. You forget to be anything. You’re just… still and falling at the same time. At the end, when the bungee catches, you’re actually disappointed because it felt so good. It’s over too soon. It’s the upside of falling down. It’s why you jump in the first place… for that moment.”
FINAL THOUGHTS ----------------------------- Overall, this was a super cute, adorable and quick read about finding yourself and daring to accept the challenges. This is a great example of a perfect contemporary. This shows that it isn’t necessary to have a strong plot every time to make a story entertaining. You don’t need to have high romance and a perfect pair to make it swoon-worthy. Sometimes, just a simple story like this can also do the magic. I immensely enjoyed this book and thus I would highly recommend it.
“Yes, my limbs and my heart and my mind work, for the most part . But life should be about more than that , right ? The story. The moments . And I have lost mine “
You sometimes come across these books where the main characters are wandering in their own life , trying to find themselves and what defines them . Well this is that kind of book . And through the whole story the main protagonist Clementine Haas ( also known as Jane or Bunny ) tries to find her inner self (SHE END UP LOOSING HER MOMORY DUE TO A PLANE CRASH) . And through this book even I started questioning who I really was and what do I really want in life.
So now getting to the basics of the story and why Stop correcting “i” loved it and why it has become close to my heart. It took me a day to read this book and I seriously was ready to forgo my sleep to just know how it would end. This book takes us on a journey of Clementine Haas who looses her memory after a plane crash . She’s a lone survivor and unfortunately or maybe fortunately remembers nothing(nada) about who she was before the plane crashed.
This leads her to run away from the hospital before her dad comes and picks her up. Basically she is scared that she would not be able to remember who she really is which her from going back to the life she remembers nothing about. She ends up meeting Kieran (the main guy and the eventual/forever love interest) who helps her in running away and she ends up staying with him , where she tries to befriend his sister (which is a very tough job) and ends up making a good friend in a goofy/cool owner of a shop which was portrayed as a perfect place for the artists and hippies within us. This whole time you need to know that she is lying to everyone and not telling who she really is.
The book basically concentrates on Bunny’s struggle of finding who she really is. Is she still the same person who she was before the crash or does she want to be someone new. Though she wants her memories back she isn’t able to remember anything about her past, and the things she does come across they look like a story of a different person. Through all this Kieran becomes her rock ,the person she starts assigning her happiness with. Someone who eventually teaches her that she can be her own rock.
The author has used a few twists and turns which made the book romantic and intriguing at the same time. There are many quotes and adages used which give the perfect blend to the story. Its a perfect coming of the story with characters you would be able to relate too. This book made me constantly wonder and question who the real me was . It Focuses on how important memories are. And how important it is to live in this moment because we never know what would happen next.
And yeah one more thing so this book is centered in Ireland and trust me it would make you fall in love with its scenic beauty , the never ending rains, the huge mountains and the lovely beaches. Making you wonder when will you take a trip there.
So read this book if you want a perfect blend of Young Adult contemporary , coming of age and a sweet and funny love story .
And one question for everyone out there : what would you choose TRUTH or DARE ?
“His lips aren’t far from mine and I wonder if people are like food. Do I need to taste him to know him fully?”