The Upside of Falling (Blue Line#1) by Meghan Quinn
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.
For those of you who may not know, Meghan Quinn is known for her romantic comedy stories. She is great, wonderful and fantastic at them. She is also great at doing serious a great example of that is her book titled Dear Life. I love that Meghan decided to go serious again and with The Upside of Falling, she doesn’t disappoint.
Potential Spoiler Alert (You’ve been warned)
Losing a parent no matter what age is life altering. Colby lost his hero, his role model, his best friend, his dad. Planes. Planes is what he and his dad did together. Whether they building model airplanes, flying remote control airplanes, talking about flying the planes. It is his happy place. Those memories he holds dear to his heart. Aside from his dad, he also had his grandpa and they loved talking planes. Colby knew that one day, he was going to be a fighter pilot. He was born to fly in the clouds. He was going to prove his mom (if you want to call her that) and HIM (the dickhead from hell) that he could do it.
Focused on graduating from the AF academy with hopes of being accepted into flight school. Colby is determined and the last thing he wants or needs is a distraction.
When his best friend begs him to live a little and let loose, Colby gives in and attends a party that will change his life.
Rory, from the minute she saw Colby, she knew he was special. Although he is standoffish, he is handsome and confident and serious. The harder he pushed her away, the harder she would come at him. Rory is a spitfire and Colby didn’t stand a chance.
I loved how their journey started. I loved the pen pal aspect of their relationship. Getting to know one another the old fashion way. Colby is honest and upfront with his dreams. Rory can see how determined and disciplined he is. She is in awe of his focus and determination. Afterall, she had dreams and aspirations of her own. Due to circumstances beyond her control, she chose to postpone her dreams and she put her family first.
Dreams, fate and love can be hard. Rory and Colby are two peas in a pod. They are in every way made for each other. Watching Colby’s dreams come true and knowing his journey will take him away. Rory follows her heart and in the end ends up breaking both their hearts.
Yeah, this is how it ends. In utter freaking heartbreak. Colby is surrounded by pain and it broke my heart. I was hurting for him, I was angry for him, I was mourning with him.
From the get go, this book sucked me in. I felt I was living Colby’s life and in the end, I wanted to hurt a few people. To smack a few on the face and yell “WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING? WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING?”
Knowing that the second book in this series is just around the corner, I was able to calm my tits. I admit, I am a little nervous because I am not sure this story is going to go the way I want it to go.
I loved it! I hated it but I loved it more.
Meghan, you slay me!