Jun 21

The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn Review



Tucked away at the base of the Rocky Mountains lived a little boy with one singular dream: leave this broken and battered home and become someone.

Be somebody’s hero.

That boy was me—Colby Brooks. Except I’m not that same little boy anymore.
My dreams might still be the same, but my reality isn’t.

I’m smarter. Stronger. A man.

And I learned a long damn time ago, the only way to achieve my dreams was to avoid distractions—at any cost.

Focus. Resolve. Determination.

But all it took was one single night. One night and my entire life…changed.

One night had me colliding head first with the biggest distraction of my life; Rory Oaks.

Smart. Charming. Beautiful.

Rory changed everything.

Quickly, my one-track mind started to bend.

Each kiss faded decade-long dreams.

And with one single incident, I fly off course.


I’ve made no secret of how much I adore Meghan Quinn’s writing. Her romantic comedies just tick all of my boxes with their laugh-out-loud humor, witty banter and sexy romances. But what I love most about this author is how she never fails to surprise me with the emotional punch she builds into her stories. Having read the vast majority of her work, I even know it’s coming, and yet I’m still surprised each and every single time. It takes some serious skill as a writer to pull that off so consistently, and without question, Meghan Quinn definitely has it.

When I first read the blurb for The Upside of Falling, I was intrigued to say the least. I knew right off the bat that this would be something very different from the talented Quinn. I just had no idea how different it would be, and once again, this author has taken me by surprise. The Upside of Falling is not a romantic comedy. What it is, though, is a deeply moving, epic journey to soul-awakening love. Larger than life, grand on every measurable scale, this is a wholly unforgettable love story. Passionate and sexy when it needed to be, it was also raw and heart-breaking at times while still managing to be uplifting and hopeful. The delicate balance of this story was masterfully portrayed by Meghan Quinn in what is undoubtedly her finest work to date.

The Upside of Falling is only the beginning of this love story. It left me utterly gob-smacked and reeling, with my heart beating wildly in my chest and my mind racing with possibilities. To say that I’m anxious for the sequel in this duet is the understatement of the year. Days after I’ve finished it, I’m still thinking about it, still talking about it, still obsessing over it. I cannot wait to get my hands on The Downside of Love, and if it’s half as well written as The Upside of Falling, Meghan Quinn will have given her readers a truly remarkable, memorable romantic saga that will stay with them long after they finish reading it. If I could, I’d give The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn all the smooches, but since I can’t, five smooches from me are just going to have to do.

~ Danielle Palumbo