The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

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.

Hey! Here's my review. 

Looking for diversity in New Adult Romance? Here's a fabulous read with a strong female lead character who happens to be a paraplegic.  The issues of day to day life as a paraplegic are dealt with tactfully and realistically, as well as the issues of any new adult leaving home and going to college. 

I loved the dynamics between Corey and Adam and was hoping they would see the light and get together. This is the first book in the Ivy Years series. I'm looking forward to reading the next one. 


  • Where: Amazon
  • Format: ebook

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  1. Thanks for this Renee. Isn't the blurb compelling? The theme reminds me a little of The Fault in Our Stars. If you've read that would they compare at all? It's not my genre but I'm drawn to it from the blurb and your recommendation. :-)

    1. Not a tear jerker like TFIOS, dealing more with disability than terminal disease. I loved TFIOS too. I'd definitely give this one a go Virginia.


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