The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

Posted April 14, 2017 by Ely in Reviews / 2 Comments

The Year We Fell Down Book Cover The Year We Fell Down
The Ivy Years #1
Sarina Bowen
NA Contemporary
Rennie Road Books
March 21st 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.

Angel and I have this thing for ice hockey lately, and while she’s been reading up a storm on the topic, I’ve been staring at pictures of Pat O’Kane. But the other day I was feeling a little down and slumpy and I just felt like a New Adult ice hockey romance. Enter The Year We Fell Down!

I honestly couldn’t believe this book existed. Not only is it by Sarina Bowen, who Angel has been telling me to read for months, but it’s about ice hockey and disability too. Can we just pause for a moment to thank the book gods?

So I definitely like Sarina as an author now. I like her writing style—it’s easy to read, but it’s not full of clichés or cringe-worthy moments. It was incredibly addicting too—I did not want to look away from my screen! I’ve heard great things about some of her other books, so I’m really excited to give them a try.

Now to the crux of the book—the representation of disability. I was actually pleasantly surprised with how disability was portrayed. Both of the main characters have a disability, though one is permanent and the other just temporary. I loved that the characters could understand and care for each other without them having to fix one another. Hartley is an absolute sweetheart, and I want him for myself! Corey was a great character too. She is never her disability. She’s this incredible person who just happens to have a disability. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that.

There isn’t actually any ice hockey in the book, but the rest of it more than made up for that. This is only the first part in a companion series so I feel like the next book will have more ice hockey fun included. I am so excited to get to the rest of the series now!

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2 responses to “The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

  1. Oh, I’ve actually been meaning to tell you about this book because of the disability representation, haha! Guess you don’t need my recommendation anymore. 😉 But I agree with everything. I actually have a friend who’s been reading all these sports romances, and now she’s started going to hockey games as well! I also know from her that Sarina Bowen is great with her fans. ^_^