Book Review: The Upside of Iris by Helen Rose

The Upside of Iris




For young Iris, the whole world looks upside down, and the only person who truly understands and appreciates her perspective is her new friend Charlie, who has his own unique trait: he cannot speak. His silence, her precociousness, and their acceptance of each other make the two a perfect match.

But happiness is fleeting, as Iris’s new stepsisters, skeptical and jealous (as conventional folks often are of those who dare to swim against the tide), manage to drive the two apart. Iris and Charlie are separated for the remainder of childhood.

Grown-up Iris never forgets about Charlie, though, and her love for him influences the charming art gallery she now owns. But despite the visually magical environment she inhabits, Iris finds herself doubting Charlie once again, thanks in no small part to those pesky stepsisters of hers.

Still, before she decides to give up hope altogether, she decides to do one small thing for the other lonely souls around her . . . with wonderful consequences.

The Upside of Iris is an illustrated love story for all ages, and for anyone who has ever felt misunderstood. It is a whimsical, touching reminder that perspective is truly everything, and that a change in perspective can make all the difference in the world.


Helen  Rose

Helen Rose loves gardening, books, and a quiet cup of tea. She has been an unintentional matchmaker for the lovelorn, finding romantic pairings in the most unusual of places. She spends a fair bit of time daydreaming, knitting, and enjoying the company of her cats—who she often does the knitting for.
Helen lives in a little village outside of London, England, but secretly wishes she lived in Paris.


I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. Mainly because for me, the story’s slow and yes I like the idea. But I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. This book doesn’t just give me spark, I must say.


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