The Upside of Falling Down

6 CDs. 7:50 hrs. Brilliance. Jan. 2018. $26.99. ISBN 9781536670295.
Gr 7 Up—Eighteen-year-old Clementine is the sole survivor of a plane crash in Ireland. Overwhelmed by post-traumatic memory loss, she runs away from the hospital with Kieran, a handsome 20-year-old Irish lad. Hiding out in his small, touristy town, she encounters his angry, pregnant twin sister. Clementine, now calling herself Jane, and tries to build a new life when she fails to remember her old one in Cleveland. After two weeks, she plans to return to the hospital where her father is waiting, but she's falling for Kieran. Shortly after his sister's baby is born prematurely, the pair go to Dublin. There they encounter a series of revelations as they face their own lies. Narrator Alana Kerr Collins performs both American and Irish voices with emotional validity and dramatic intensity as needed.
VERDICT With occasional glimpses of Clementine's past and authentic love scenes, this will be especially engaging for fans of realistic fiction.

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