In Review: The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen

Posted May 27, 2014 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 5 Comments

In Review: The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina BowenThe Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen
Series: The Ivy Years #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: March 24, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 270 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves wants 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.

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In Review My Thoughts

I’m so fortunate I came across this book on another reader’s Goodreads feed. There are so many books out there that it’s easy to miss some real gems. I’m glad I didn’t miss this one. It was beautiful, heartwarming and a little sexy, with characters I won’t soon forget.

Corey was my favorite type of heroine. She was tough – a hockey player until an accident left her paralyzed from the waist down – and determined. She didn’t whine or feel sorry for herself. She accepted her new circumstances, unbelievable as they were, and went about living her life. Sure, she got a little down every now and then, but can you blame her? Navigating her first year at college would be hard enough, but doing it in a wheelchair after her life-altering accident would be that much worse. But all’s not lost. She has a great roommate and the hot guy on crutches across the hall has caught her eye. It really could be worse.

The hot guy across the hall is Adam Hartley. They find common ground in their situations, even if his isn’t permanent. They build a fast friendship and there are some serious sparks flying between them. The only problem? He has a girlfriend who is a completely heinous human being. While she’s abroad, Corey and Hartley’s friendship starts flirting the lines of something more, but what will happen when Stacia returns?

Yes, there’s a love triangle in this book. It didn’t bother me one single bit. I mean, I felt bad for Corey when Stacia was around and stealing Hartley’s attention. I could feel Corey’s heart breaking and my own cracked a little in sympathy. I hoped it was only a matter of time before the heinous trophy girlfriend was out of the picture and Corey and Hartley could move forward with something true.

I loved these characters and this story. I felt the feels and shed a couple tears. Sarina Bowen has a wonderfully fresh voice and I applaud the diversity she brought to new adult lit with a paralyzed character. I’m very excited to read her upcoming book, The Year We Hid Away.

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About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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