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- Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC (March 20, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 20, 2014
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- Language: English
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Let me start by saying the premise of this book is good. It definitely snags your attention. Popular jock with a leg injury and a newly permanently disabled heroine. Interesting right? But the inconsistency and unlikable characters ruin that premise.
Corey is still recovering from (what we find out later rather lackluster ) injury and is wheelchair bound and dealing with her new reality. Adam is her across the hallway neighbor with a broken leg and a steady girlfriend. His girlfriend is written as a horrible person btw and Adam just thinks he's the luckiest guy to have her. Corey, of course, wants Adam in the worst way and pursues him by being the "cool girl" who plays video games. Adam and Corey hookup while girlfriend is in Europe openly cheating on Adam. Adam aggressively pursued this hookup and Corey thought it was the start of something...nope. As soon as girlfriend returns stateside Adam runs to her and continues to stay with her in a relationship. We're even treated to an intimate scene with these two while he thinks about Corey (sarcastic) yay! Corey is heartbroken and distances herself, much to Adams dismay because every guy wants that cake and to eat it too. Eventually he gets jealous and sad enough to dump his girlfriend, him and Corey hookup the next night and skip off to HEA land. The end was super confusing because the ex-girlfriend, who was an absolute cow the whole book, walks up and compliments Corey's dress and that's the end... No joke there's minor plots points I left out but that is the main storyline in all its character lackluster inconsistent glory.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Corey is a unique heroine in not her ways she's sporty, uninterested in appearances, and is self reliant to the point of it being a problem. I loved her. But even more I loved Hartley. He's not a true alpha male but he's definitely all dude. But that's selling him short, he's incredibly intuitive and caring and I wanted to rip him out of my iPad and snuggle him.
For me, some of the best parts were the scenes where the two solved problems, not just physical but mental. As someone who has had to relearn how to walk, use stairs, and go about daily life, the scenes of Corey coming to terms with her new normal rang true. Physical therapy sucks. Hardcore. But it is a necessary evil and I liked that the book went into that.
I could have read 5 more books with Hartley and Corey, but as it is this one will go on my reread list.
An enthusiastic 5 stars.
I absolute adored the friendships in The Year We Fell Down. Corey becomes fast friends with her roommate, Dana, and of course with Hartley. She also eventually puts herself out there more and meets some other people when she realizes that pining after her taken neighbor is not the best use of her time and emotions. But their friendship was sooo great! Hartley is so open with Corey and they actually discuss things that she's too embarrassed to talk about with anyone. His birthday gift for her was the absolute best! I cannot believe he did that for her!
The Year We Fell Down is a feel good read that's low on drama. There is a little bit, as Corey tries to get over Hartley because he has a girlfriend. But nothing ever gets melodramatic or over-the-top. There's no stupid fight at the end that rips them apart for a few pages either. This is a very sweet friends to lovers romance, and I just adored Corey and Hartley and how they help each other out and care about each other.
Hartley is a junior hockey player but not playing this year due to an leg injury. He’s not happy about missing out but enjoys the benefits of a handicap accessible room. He’s even noticed his neighbor in the wheelchair and find they have a number of classes in common among other things.
What forms is an unlikely friendship born out of necessity and solidarity with being the ‘handicapped’ folks in the bunch. But while Hartley sees them as just friends, what’s Corey going to do with all these love emotions swirling around? What’s going to happen when Hartley’s leg heals and Corey remains unable to walk without assistance?
This was a really sweet story with all of the angst that you can imagine from young love and college life. I’m looking forward to reading book 2.
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Corey is an amazingly strong MC. She's been through the wringer and back but she doesn't let it beat her down. Determined to forge a new path in life, she enrolls at Harkness and meets Adam Hartley on the first day. Adam is hot but he has a really really really (yes it deserved three reallys) annoying cow of a girlfriend. The only bright spark was the fact that she was going on a sabbatical to Paris for a semester so we didn't have to put up with her too much. Yay.
Corey and Hartley hit it off and become firm friends, though her lingering crush is developing into something much deeper. They bond over their disabilities (hers permanent, his temp) and their love of hockey.
There are some great side characters in this novel too - Dana, Bridger, Daniel in particular.
The plot wasn't overly original and there weren't any major shockers - I was pretty much expecting the reveleations that come out in the second half of the book. I knew there was some reason why Hartley was putting up with that idiot Sasia, and there were enough hints on the family drama to give it away. The beauty is in the exemplary execution of the story and the flowing, fluid writing style.
I really connected emotionally with both mains and I felt Corey's pain and heartache and Hartley's fear of rejection.
Hartley lost some bonus points from me after Sasia returned from her Paris trip. He knew she was screwing around with some other dude but was prepared to overlook that? ( I know they had a 'deal' but still) Also, he just spent the night with Corey and then allows Sasia to kiss the face off him in front of her? So not cool. I was hopping mad with him, but he redeemed himself in spectacular fashion so I forgave him.
The disability storyline was sensitively handled and Corey had a very pragmatic approach to her limitations. I'm not sure how realistic that was though, but I can't comment as I don't have a disability or know anyone that does. I would have expected it to take her longer to come to terms with her changed circumstances and at least experience some prejudice, but neither was the case here. I thought for sure that Sasia would throw that at her when Hartley dumped her, but that didn't materialize.
All in all though this was a fanstastic read. If the two books I've just read by Ms. Bowen are any indication, she is fast becoming a new favorite author. I love character driven books that aren't afraid to tackle sensitive moral or emotional topics and ones that delve deep into the psyche of the characters. Ms. Bowen has shown clear talent for snuggling deep under her characters skin and we gain well developed, complex characters as a result. I will definitely be checking out more of her work.
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars
The year we fell down is a heart-warming College Romance.
Cory is starting her year at college in adapted dorms from an accident that has left her in a wheel chair and the inability to walk again. Prior to the accident Cory was a hockey player, active, outgoing, you
Hartley is a popular guy and also starting his year in the same dorms due to an accident that has temporarily left in on crutches.
Hartley and Cory have the opposite rooms from each other and it was such a heart-warming journey seeing them go from friends to more and I must admit I was so rooting for Cory at one point I didn't thin they would get there after all Hartley did have model looking Stacia as his girlfriend at the beginning of all of this.
Definitely a recommended read for those lazy days, afternoons in the garden or holiday read. Very little angst one hot moment and plenty of swooning.
I listened this in audio and recommend it, the narration was dual and both narrators good. and expressive bringing the characters to life.
Another great college/sports (hockey) YA romance but for a change, it includes a main character with a disability.
Following an ice hockey accident, Corey Callahan has lost the use of her legs but that doesn't stop her from trying to land the boy of her dreams and to continue to play a sport. She is young but determined and her relationship with Adam Hartley was extremely sweet. Adam, currently sporting a broken leg, is also unable to play ice hockey at the moment but his injury isn't a long-term one. Together, in the "gimp ghetto" of McHerrin Hall they bond, become friends and fall in love.
Very well written and enjoyable via audiobook. Saskia Maarleveld is one of my favourite narrators but her male counterpart's performance by Nick Podehl wasn't as enjoyable. His squeaky voiced portrayal of Corey just grated for some reason.
I'm already looking forward to reading/listening to the next instalment.
Corey is trying to live a normal life after an accident which left her with a spinal cord injury. Adam is recovering from a nastily broken leg.
What starts out as friends develops into something more. But that’s not the real story to my mind. The way that Corey handles her disability, whilst still mourning her previously able life, is inspiring. She finds an outlet for her competitive spirit, finds ways to adapt to college life and gains a group of amazing friends in the process. A real feel good book.
It's a story of tragic loss through both physical injury, and the mistakes of a parent many years ago. And then the transformation of two lost souls when they come together through the chance accidents that left them both struggling physically and mentally.
What a beautiful book that bucks the stereotypes that many people conjure up when they see crutches or wheelchairs.
Wow !!! What a book !!! This has been on my kindle for ages now and I really wished I'd read it sooner cause it was spectacular in both its story and writing. It was an original story that looked at people with a disability and how they managed within an Ivy League school looking at body image, accessibility and what others thing of ' the girl in a wheelchair '. What I really enjoyed about it was the upbeat vibe this book had, Yes the heroine had a life changing disability but it was all doom and gloom it was turned into a positive added together with a hot hockey player and a heavy dose of romance and it's a winner !!!
Corey loves hockey and she used to be pretty good at it but after an unfortunate accident she is left to take her life in a different direction. She decides to still go to her dream college but instead of hockey practice she has to struggle to find her way around the wheelchair friendly routes of campus. Her new neighbour, Adam is in a similar boat. He has to sit the hockey season out because of an injury. The difference is it was his own drunken stupidity that landed him on crutches. His friends are all playing hockey and his girlfriend is away travelling, leaving Adam with a whole lot of time he isn't used to having. The only void he can think of to fill the hole is to play hockey video games the problem is his ex room mate had the tv so now he turns to Corey and discovers a new kind of best friend.
Hockey romance book which is about two people who can't play. I loved this book and I am so becoming a fan of this author.
5 stars out of 5.
I loved this book and am looking forward to the next in series, the story, plot and writing were good. I loved the characters and enjoyed the banter which was very realistic for college students. Corey and Adams friendship is built on so many different things and you can't help but will them together. The romance is sweet, the sex is nice, not over the top or crude. There is angst but it's very well done. Overall I would recommend to any hopeful romantics, and anyone who enjoys seeing beautiful people from the inside out.
Overall, a good read though and the main characters were so fun to read! (when they weren't annoying me that is! ;) )
Oh Harley. How I adored this character but as much as I loved him, I wanted to shake him at the same time! We knew from the get go that Hartley had a girlfriend. An unpleasant, snobby, trophy girlfriend that, for the majority of the book, was out the picture, going to school in Europe, and spending her time "mixing" with the locals. What we didn't understand was why Hartley stuck with her. We soon discover Adam Hartley is a fun, smart savvy guy who seems to be adored by everyone. Aside from her physical beauty, you wonder why Hartley would waste his time on the frosty Stacia when it's Corey that is the perfect girl for him. All becomes clear as the book goes on, and you understand things are not always as they seem. As Hartley is so fond of saying, everyone has their s*** to shovel. Sometimes it's out there for everyone to see, but other times, it's a little more hidden. Things are not always as they first appear to be.
So let's talk about Corey and Hartley's relationship. This was the very heart of the book and why I loved this tale so much! Who doesn't adore a friends-to-lovers story, and this was really the very best of them. There was something incredibly real about their relationship. The bonding over their disabilities (Hartley has a broken leg at the start of the book) their competitive natures, their humour and their growing closeness, was such a joy to read. I particularly found the sex scenes between them to be really well written. The absolute honesty and openness they shared was so refreshing and not something you always get in NA books. I loved their "Mr Digby" discussions! So frank, but also filled with real care and love. Just brilliant. You rooted for these guys to get together. Your heart ached for Corey when Stacia came back into the picture, and you wanted to smack Hartley upside the head with the time it took him to get his backside in gear and see where his heart should belong.
The book was also filled with great secondary characters. I loved Corey's family, especially her brother. Dana was a wonderful best friend, as was Bridger - more of him to come in book two of the series - and Hartley's mum was also fab.
So in summary, if you are looking for a brilliantly written, sweet, funny, heartfelt, emotional friends to lovers story, look no further than The Year We Fell Down. For me, it's the perfect NA read.
One thing that really struck me was that naturally the reader initially wonders about the circumstances of the accident that left the protagonist disabled but by the time you know them, very near the end of the book, they aren't really needed any more... Corey has already grown beyond her accident and is building her life for the future in so many ways.
I found it a really life-affirming and joyous book, and it truly touched me.