REVIEW - Upside Down by Lia Riley

Thank you to Piatkus / Little Brown for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying goodbye to painful memories and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll pretend to be a carefree exchange student. Everything is going to plan until she meets a surly 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 slunk back 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. A single semester abroad won't cover something this serious. 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.

Upside Down really did touch me, mostly because it touched on the subjects of anxiety, panic attacks which is something that has personally affected me.  It deals with these subjects very well, Natalia our Californian living down under has a whole bucket load of issues ranging from anxiety to OCD but she hides behind a mask she has built, a mask that shows her as being carefree and happy but following tragedy in her life that mask is getting harder to wear.

Moving to Australia for six months on a student exchange scheme she plans to try and forget her life back in California and she is on track until she meets Bran.

Bran is not having the best of times at the minute but as soon as he sets eyes on Talia he cant stop thinking about her but she is only in Australia for six months, will they be able to have a relationship and stop at the end of those six month or will they give love a try and make it work.

Upside Down really is a gorgeous young adult story, the chemistry between our young characters is just beautiful and as I said above to write about anxiety etc is a difficult thing to do and Lia has done a fantastic job here.

Upside Down is awarded 4 out of 5

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