The Upside of Falling Down
Clementine Haas wakes up in a hospital in Ireland with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. A plane crash wiped out her memory, leaving her to figure out who she is, along with the details of her past.
After convincing Kieran, a stranger at the hospital, to ferry her away to a small town, Clementine takes on a new name and attempts to recall what happened to her while building her own life with new memories.
She spends three weeks painting a house, learning to surf, and convincing Kieran’s sister, Siobhan, to like her. She also spends the time falling in love with Kieran.
Clementine invests so much into creating a new life, but the truth could shatter it all. While Clementine is figuring out her likes and dislikes, her father waits back at the hospital with all of her memories.
The Upside of Falling Down has an interesting premise and doesn’t disappoint. The reader is thrust into Clementine’s mind, finding out when she does about some of the secrets of her past. The story teaches readers to be grateful for the memories they have, whether they be good or bad.