November 24, 2014

Title:  The Year We Fell Down

Series:  The Ivy Years

Author:  Sarina Bowen

Published:  March 2014

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

Ana will put The Year We Fell Down on her top shelf!!!

4.5 stars!  This was a really great friends-to-more story.  A story about two people who meet each other unexpectedly and under difficult conditions and find solace, friendship and safety in each other.  Lucky for us, they also find love!!

Corey is a hockey player who was hoping to start college as the fantastic athlete she is.  Unfortunately, an accident has left her in a wheelchair.  Let me stop here and point out the first thing I loved about this book.  Corey!  I loved her determination, the fact that she wouldn’t let anything slow her down and her tenacity.

As I read this book, Corey’s attitude turned what could have been a story about a girl with a disability, into a tale about a girl who wanted to live her life to the fullest.  She treated her disability as if it was just a small obstacle she had to overcome, not something that ever kept her from moving forward and I loved that.

Hartley (Adam Hartley) also started the school year with something unexpected, a badly broken leg that kept him from playing hockey as well.  He was swoon-worthy and funny and sweet…the only issue is that he was taken.  So now you’re wondering if this was a love triangle kind of thing.  And I’d have to say no…you’ll see why.  I will admit to yelling at Hartley (mostly in my head) to get on with it and see what was right in front of him but that didn’t stop me from loving him.  He was the perfect match for Corey in that he’s a risk-taker, someone who’s willing to try things and keeps life light for the most part.  She needed that as she started navigating this new reality of hers and that aspect of his personality complemented her so well.  I must also admit that what made him different was the fact that he saw her for the girl she was, not the broken girl in the wheelchair, and that definitely made my heart flutter.  And, while I wished that their relationship had moved faster, I also realize how wonderful it is that they had the opportunity to build a friendship first…the slow burn is always frustratingly good!

Overall, this was a great read with good characters, engaging storyline and pace and fantastic writing. And the best part?!?  The author has several other books available in this series right now! Give this one a try, I think you’ll enjoy it!

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