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NA/YA Book Review: The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy years #1) by Sarina Bowen

I received this book for free from author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

NA/YA Book 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
Published by Rennie Road Books on March 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 268
Format: eBook
Source: author
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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.


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Warning! the book may be categorized as NA or YA, depends on how you look at it. There might be some scenes not suitable for younger audiences,..but they’re not explicit though. just be warned! 🙂


    Let me first start this review by stating this is not one of those “cheating” NA books. I think. I’ll explain a bit more later.

    So! The Year We Fell Down. Boy, wow. I love the authenticity and realness of the story, the characters and the problems each character faces in the book. It has that same theme all NA books seem to have. That ” coming of age” moments each main character go through as they not only face college, but it is during these years that they seem to find or discover their true selves. Which I agree to a point. Since, college is when most teens first live on their own, or at least not overshadowed by the presence of their parents on a daily basis. This is the time when they commit mistakes, learn from them, and well, make the first baby steps toward maturity… Kind of like a “pre” steps before adulthood. 

    The Year We Fell Down is about a girl named Corey Callahan. Promising hockey player in high school, with a famed hockey coach dad, who experienced such tragedy on her young life that caused her to give up on her dreams. She got into an accident that led her to be paralyzed knees down. But! She was able to coerce her parents to let her go to the same college her brother went to, as she already got accepted before the accident happened.

     On the other side of the coin is Adam Hartley. There’s not much to this guy except he is a cool, kind and well, handsome hockey player. Oh! and he’s currently on a cast but not with a utilitarian reason, he was just stupid and drunk that caused him an accident. His issue? he grew up without a dad, he knew his dad but his dad never supported them.. subconsciously, he never knew he was making decisions based on the goal of making his dad see him and be proud of him…leading him to make decisions he thought he wanted but he really didn’t.

     Come the time they meet and become neighbors due to their… situations. They become close. Corey might have fallen for him. But he has a girlfriend. No cheating happened in the making of this story. haha! I mean IN this story. not making of this story. Anyway!!!! I loved how comfortable and how easy their friendship was. I most especially love Corey. I think people who’ll read this book will learn, or at least be reminded that we shouldn’t be insensitive toward others, and really, before we complain, we should stop and take a look around our surroundings.., and then look at ourselves, and we will see that even if we are in the darkest or maybe unfortunate situation, we should realize we are still blessed and in a better situation than others are in. That’s the exact lesson Hartley learned from Corey, and what Corey learned as she goes through her not so much wheelchair-bound life (cause she can use the crutch too!)

      So, whilst this book can make you squirmy and tingly with feels, it will also give you some life lessons that’ll probably change some of your perspectives in life. 

Thank you Sarina Bowen for the copy of this book. 🙂

note: A copy was received in exchange of my own, honest opinion 😉

4 Stars

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