The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen — Jenn’s Review

the year we fell down

WHY I READ IT

The blurb caught my attention, and Sarina is a new author to me.

WHAT I RATED IT

5 stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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 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.

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JENN’S REVIEW

Bursting with happy feelings from this book!

Corey Callahan is heading thousands of miles away from home to start her freshman year at Harkness University, but Corey isn’t your typical freshman. Eight months ago, she was in an accident that took away the use of her legs, putting her in a wheelchair.  Corey won’t be in the typical freshman dorm, but in the handicapped accessible one across the way.

Adam Hartley is starting his junior year at Harkness, but instead of living with his best friend, Bridger, he will also be in the Handicapped dorm, thanks to a silly accident that caused him to break his leg in two places.  Fate placed him across the hall from Corey.

Adam and Corey bond instantly over their shared love of hockey and their inability to climb stairs. What started out as friendship for both of them, very slowly started to build to more, at least on Corey’s end. The problem? Adam has a girlfriend.

I usually avoid books with love triangles; however, even with Adam having a girlfriend, this book never seemed like one. Adam’s girlfriend, Stacia was out of the country for the majority of the book and when she was around, she was pretentious and obnoxious. You knew that eventually, Adam would start to see the light. Unfortunately for Corey, she has to watch Adam with Stacia and it becomes too much for her to handle and almost breaks their bond permanently.

This book was light, sweet and funny. I found myself laughing out loud constantly, and swooning over the sweet things Adam would say to Corey, even just as friends.  I loved how Adam took care of Corey. He didn’t baby her and allowed her to test her strengths, all while supporting her. Corey was an inspiring female lead. She was strong and in a short eight months, had come to terms with how her life has changed.  Even with all of her self-discovery, she was still human and allowed herself to get frustrated and hold the occasional pity party.

Once I started the book, I didn’t want to put it down. While I was certain that Adam and Corey would find their way, I just wanted to stay on the ride with them. This was a definite 5 STAR read for me!

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