Title: Upside Down
Author: Lia Riley
First Published: 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Length: 384 pages
Buy on: Book Depository
Rating: ★★★★½

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     “If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

     Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

     Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime … or if they were meant to live a world apart.”

     I am absolutely in love with Upside Down, and the rest of Lia Riley’s ‘Off the Map’ series. As Lia Riley’s New Adult debut novel, I give it/her two thumbs up! This book gave me every feel I’ve ever felt, and then some. Upside Down is fairly fast paced (I read it in one sitting – about 3.5 hours) I’m not one for *much* New Adult, but after reading this I think I’m ready to venture deeper into the NA world.

     Lia Riley tells a poignant and heart touching story about two individuals who both had bad experiences as young adults, that molded them into who they are today. Despite their differences and flaws, they are perfect for each other.

     From the moment Bran and Talia meet, you can feel the tension between them. And, no, I’m not just talking about sexual tension. The way they meet is quirky, and absolutely hilarious. Bran is dressed up as a koala, and is getting his butt kicked – in the middle of the street. Talia intervenes, Bran is a bit of a dick to her, and they part ways…Only to be reintroduced to each other via Talia’s “not-a-date” Jazza.

     If you need a book to compare it to, I’d say it’s a little bit like Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster(I’m stressing that — they’re not identical books, but the feel of it is similar!!) Upside Down is breath taking, heart-stopping, and full of emotional intensity. Are you a fan of New Adult novels? Please, check out Lia Riley’s Off the Map series, you will not regret it.

     Have a great day!


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