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!