The Year We Fell Down - Sarina Bowen

The Year We Fell Down

By Sarina Bowen

  • Release Date: 2014-03-21
  • Book Genre: Contemporary
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 202 Ratings)
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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-delicioius-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 she 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 cannot play, or the brown-eyed boy who is afraid to love her back. 

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Book Reviews

  • Sarina does it again

    5
    By CT-Mom
    The entire Ivy League series are great books. Enjoyed put this started out abut even better, how it ended!
  • Hooked on Sarina stories

    4
    By Crfguhdyvghkiugvcxf
    This was the first Sarina Bowen book I've read and it made a fan. I enjoy an occasional NA book and anything with a sports angle has got me hooked. The characters were sweet and I loved how they started as friends. Thank you for a great HEA story.
  • Simply amazing!

    5
    By wild_ochid91
    This book is my go to reread when I'm in a book rut. This book has complex characters, a well fleshed out story line, secondary characters you can't wait to learn more about, steamy scenes, & that perfect HEA. I highly recommend this book.
  • I love LOVE it.

    5
    By sara.96
    how can someone write a novel like this so beautifully. i finished in 2 days (my fastest way) 😂 i enjoy it so much. it was a real college romance. and let's not talk about Hockey. just because of you Sarina i'm in love with Hockey, and their Hotties. ❤️
  • The year we fell down

    4
    By Cockadoodoodooo
    It was an enjoyable read. There were some spelling errors though.
  • The Year We Fell Down

    5
    By PJSPhotogirl
    This book is fantastic, filled with so much emotion & passion. Truly showed the side of someone with a disability & how they want to be treated the same as anyone else.
  • So Perfect

    5
    By elizabethbarone
    Beautifully written, raw, realistic. A wonderful ride. I can't wait to read more!
  • When we fell

    5
    By awog
    This amazing start to a 5* series begins with Corey starting college and moving in with her roommate. She meets her neighbor, Adam Hartley, who lives across the hall. Hartley played hockey with her older brother, and treats her like a little sister for most of the semester. Since they are both disabled for the time being, she is in a wheelchair and he has crutches for now, they share meals and such together. They get to know one another and become good friends. Is that all there is? Corey cannot help but fall for her friend who she has so much in common with. He is just so attractive and fun. Hartley, bless him, does not suspect a thing. He lovingly refers to them together as the "gimps" and takes it all in stride. When it all changes, can Corey be the priority? I found this story to be so terrific! Fun, inspirational, and hot. This is a keeper for the shelf.
  • Whooo yee!

    4
    By Lucky Player1142
    Let me tell you, I've always wanted to read this story since I first saw it, and I'm glad I did. It's a touching romantic story. It was just very REAL, and beautiful. Highly recommend it to everyone
  • Heartwarming

    5
    By CarolGN
    4.5-5 heartwarming stars It’s funny how, sometimes, the least expected things can create a bond like no other. Corey Callahan and Adam Hartley found that out in the worst way. 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. They bond over economics 101, balancing dining trays and rockey video game. They both know what they’re missing and together they find strength to keep moving forward. The problem is: Corey starts falling for this guy. The bigger problem is: he is taken. The biggest problem is: he is also falling for her, but he doesn’t know it (yet). I liked the story very much. The author was able to write something that (I think) is really hard to deal with every day, but still did it with lots o humor. The hero, Hartley, reminded me of Cameron from Wait for You. They both are funny, witty and seriously hot! I also liked the way that Corey thought. Of course it’s difficult to deal with the fact that she could probably never walk again and she really tells us how it is “I was perfect” I said “and I didn’t even know”. “No” he whispered into my ear. “no, no. Perfect isn’t real”. I took a deep, shaky breath, and the feel of his strong arms around me began to feel steadying. “There’s no more perfect, Callahan. Now there’s only really damned good”. But at the same time, she lets us know that there are people in worst conditions than hers and that she’s grateful that she can move around and was still able to go college. Together, Corey and Hartley are super cute! He treats her just like she deserves (well, like any girl deserves to be treated)… “Hartley? I… I can’t just be a hookup. Maybe some girls can pull that off, but…” He put two fingers over my lips. “You have me, Callahan.” His hand slid to cup my cheek, and I leaned into its warmth. “You’re the first person I want to talk to in the morning, and the last thing I want to see at night”. But, if I liked the book that much, why did I give 4.5 stars? Well, the answer is simple: it really is a good book. I laughed a lot and I cried too. However, there was something missing in the story… It’s sweet, but there was no “Oh my God! What’s going to happen now?” moment. So, yeah! 4.5 stars for lack of a “tam-dam-dam” .

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