BOOK NEWS: Upside Down by Lia Riley

Upside Down is the debut novel from Lia Riley, released on August 5th, about 21-year-old student Natalia. Despite dealing with OCD, Natalia realises that some things cannot be controlled. Especially when she meets handsome surfer Bran....

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. She’ll try to forget about the mistake under the boardwalk and the terrifying moments of panic and OCD. 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 defences. 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.

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