Upside Down (Off the Map #1) by Lia Riley

My sister, Pippa, would know what to do. She was the expert in easy affection. She’d blow through the kitchen on a Friday night, swig a sip of Dad’s beer, sling an arm around his neck, and torture him with wet cheek kisses. I’ve never been a hugger. My role was easy, the joke-cracking sidekick. But there’s no work for a sidekick without a hero. These days, if I wander into a room, Dad’s gaze automatically slides to the empty space beside me. Somehow, despite everything, I’m the ghost child. I don’t want to haunt him, so I keep to my room.

Talia feels as if she’s lost everything, after her sister dies everything pretty much goes downhill.

She decides that she has to keep her promise to love enough for the both of them and goes to Australia

Where she meets Bran

“It’s all good.” I flick on a megawatt smile because that’s what I do best, fake it until I make it. “Australia’s going to be great. Just think, tonight I’ll be passing the International Date Line. I’m going to Tomorrowland.” Leaving is the only way to move forward. If I never get lost, I’ll never be found.

Bran isn’t looking for love, in fact he’s doing everything he can to avoid it.

He’s been burned before and isn’t interested in jumping back in

Can these two get past their own insecurities and find a way to be together?

I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. I have to say that Bran’s character really got on my nerves. He was really back and forth and wishy washy til the very end. Though he did go through some growth, with the help of Talia and he helped her grow as well. I really liked Talia in that she was a bit different than the characters I normally read about, she is insecure but she hides it well and she’s very funny, she is also willing to step outside her comfort zone and is very determined with what she does. I like Bran and Talia’s dynamic together even though they both have some pretty big issues they have to face. In my opinion even though Bran seems as though he’s the stronger of the two Talia’s really the strong one who is able to hold them together when Bran loses his way. I can’t wait to see where the characters go from here and hope that they will change even more (for the better). This is the first in a series but it ends well 😉 .

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