The Year We Fell Down →

20896313Rating: 3.5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
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.

Gabrielle’s Experience:

“His gaze had the intensity of a laser. “But it’s not the same with you.” My heart faltered. “Why?” “Because, Callahan.” The brown eyes came closer. “I never loved anyone the way I love you.”

I first want to start off my review by saying I LOVE the cover of this book! For me, the cover of a book is what invites me in. The year we fell down cover made me super excited to read this book.

I received this book as an ARC to read and review before I realized I had already read the book. SO, I was pleased I had an excuse to read it again!

Corey Callaham has had a tough year. Feeling completely out of place and alone in her situation, she meets someone who understands the trials life has put her through. Despite the hardships in life, Corey never gave up. She sticks through it and comes out stronger in the end.

Adam Hartley finds himself in the same situation as Corey. Together, they help pick each other up through life’s downs.

A relationship blossomed through friendship; THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN taught me how to be a friend first, then a lover. Together, they fell and got back up.

Sarina Bowen captured my heart from the beginning. She did a wonderful job writing about love, the hardships of life and how to overcome them with friends.

Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo 

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