Title: Upside Down
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Blue Heart Press
Release Date: March 21st 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 180 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Jordan O’Neill isn’t a fan of labels, considering he has a few. Gay, geek, a librarian, socially awkward, a nervous rambler, an introvert, an outsider. The last thing he needs is one more. But he when he realises adding the label ‘asexual’ might explain a lot, it turns his world upside down.
Hennessy Lang moved to Surry Hills after splitting with his boyfriend. His being asexual had seen the end of a lot of his romances, but he’s determined to stay true to himself. Leaving his North Shore support group behind, he starts his own in Surry Hills, where he meets first-time-attendee Jordan.
A little bewildered and scared, but completely adorable, Hennessy is struck by this guy who’s trying to find where he belongs. Maybe Hennessy can convince Jordan that his world hasn’t been turned upside down at all, but maybe it’s now—for the first time in his life—the right way up.
This was a great book to read. It was fun and romantic. Jordan and Hennessy were lovely and the story itself was captivating.
What I liked the most about the book were the characters. There were both so cute. I was particularly fond on the nervous rambles they both had at a certain time. Sure, it was more a Jordan thing, but those fun and sweet moments were beautiful. I also enjoyed the internal struggle they had. All the doubts about themselves or if the other would accept them as they were. It felt realistic and made them more reliable. There were some bittersweet moments but there wasn’t really angst on it.
I liked the fact that they were asexual. It gives a lot of information about it, I hope accurate, that for someone like me, always learning something new about the subject, was interesting. It was not only the theory of it, what I found nice, but also the fact that gives the reader a perspective of how society sees asexuality and how does it feels like for someone living such reality.
I don’t think there was a thing about the book that I didn’t liked. The writing was good. It had a nice steady pace. The secondary characters were also very entertaining. It had some interesting twists and it was very easy to read. It felt shorter than it really was because I just couldn’t put it down. Definitely recommend it.