Mini review: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

Publisher: Self-published
Where did you get the book: Purchased
Release date: Out now

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

What now?

theyearwefelldownShe 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.

After reading and adoring The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan (review can be found here) I found myself in a book hangover. So who best to provide the cure than my book friends who recommended The Year We Fell Down.

The only big issue I have now with my book friends is that I’m currently wading through another book hangover. I loved this book. Loved. Loved. Loved. It took me by complete surprise with its sweetness; its slow-burn romance; and an awesome friendship between the heroine and the hero. Corey is a former hockey player who is now paralysed after a bad hit. Carter is a hockey player with a badly broken leg. The two of them live opposite each other in the adapted dorm rooms to accommodate them, and they bond over hockey and computer games. Their friendship/attraction is always present but is carefully hidden between banter. I loved it. The book also features great secondary characters with humour, and a good dollop of loyal and engaging friendships.

I give it an A

3 thoughts on “Mini review: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen”

  1. Yes, what Aztec Lady said. My favourite (by a whisker) is the novella, Blonde Date, followed by The Year We Hid Away and then The Understatement of the Year/The Year We Fell Down but they’re all GREAT.

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