The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen
“The thing is, we’re all fragile. It’s just that most of our friends are lucky enough not to know it yet.”
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-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.
The only thing I love more than reading is hockey…so this book seemed like the perfect combinations of my two favorite things. Corey Callahan was the star hockey of her high school hockey team but now she is entering her first year at Harkness College wheelchair bound after a freak hockey accident.
I liked that this story contained all the best moments of a great romance but also added in real world issues that are often ignored by the majority of popular romantic reads these days. Beginning freshman year of college is challenging and scary enough without having to endure the hardships of a new physical disability.
Sarina Bowen beautifully captured Corey’s freshman year challenges. Corey and Hartley are perfect for each other and I love how they relationship developed so naturally. Of course there were some frustrating moments but it can’t all be perfect. 3/5 Stars.