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The Year We Fell Down

Written by: Sarina Bowen
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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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 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 that does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play or the brown-eyed boy who's afraid to love her back.

©2014 Sarina Bowen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 2016-09-15

Great 1st book in a the series! Loving It!

I loved this book! This book was very different from all the other books I've been reading. I have read so many "injured athlete" books in the past but never where the girl is the athlete in question. This book made me think about so many things I haven't really considered before. It was so sweet and romantic and had so many real life problems. Book 1 has me completely sucked in! I am dying to start book 2.

The narration is great! Nick Podehl is great but I don't love his female voices and Saskia Maarleveld was perfect all around!

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  • bookbruin
  • 2017-11-18

Hope Fairies Everywhere Rejoice!

I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read/listen to this book! Sarina Bowen writes the most heartfelt, yet humorous and quirky, books. Thanks to the wonders of whispersync, I was able to switch seamlessly back and forth between the ebook and audiobook. Nick Podehl and Saskia Maarleveld do an amazing job narrating and I especially enjoyed Saskia's performance as Corey.

Corey was an amazing heroine. She was tough yet vulnerable and showed such incredible strength. She did seem more mature than the average college freshman, but given her history/past it made sense. I loved that she stayed true to herself, despite the heartache, and moved forward instead of wallowing in her own sadness. Her fortitude and bravery make her my favorite Bowen heroine to date.

Hartley made my heart hurt at times when he denied his true feelings, but I could also understand to a degree why he made the decisions that he did. At his core, he's a good guy. It just took a while for that side to prevail. The only thing that didn't sit well with me was what happened the night of his 21st birthday.

***SPOILER***

Just because his girlfriend was off with another guy and they have an "understanding", a little hook up is still a hook up. I know that he was grappling with his feelings for Corey, but it still felt like cheating to me. Also, if my timeline is correct, he broke up with Stacia and had Corey's virginity the next night. Even though they had been building up to this for months, it still seemed crazy fast. I'm hoping he at least changed the sheets in between! Corey was a very willing participant though and knew exactly what had been happening, so there really isn't any blame here. Just my own 2 cents ;)

*****

I couldn't wipe the goofy grin from my face once Hartley finally admits the truth and lets his sweetness show. I don't think that I have ever rooted for a couple harder to get their HEA. My hope fairy was definitely rejoicing at the end! I can't wait to read the next book in the series and I'm hoping we will continue to see Hartley and Callahan throughout the rest of the books too!

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  • Heather K (Dentist in my Spare Time)
  • 2016-12-21

Not my favorite Sarina Bowen, but still good.

I liked this one, but I've read better from Sarina Bowen. I'm hopeful that the series continues to improve. It was a little bland for me, but I saw potential there.

The narrators were good, especially the male narrator, but I thought the female narrator sounded a little old for new adult. I still think that they did a very nice job, especially with the voices for other genders.

All in all, worth the money.

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  • Keyanna
  • 2016-06-25

So good!

I fell in love with this book all over again. Fantastic narrators. They were perfect.

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  • Ulyana
  • 2016-06-24

Very uplifting, very inspiring

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You never know how strong you are ....until being strong is the only choice you have
This was a very beautiful and tender story...
It touched something deeply inside me and many times i thought that something get caught in my eyes!!!This was a story about fighting and courage and bravery...
Because you have to be brave to succeed to have this kind of life that had our heroes and especially, Corey!!!Corey was a fantastic heroine that didn't let her disability get in the way of living her life, despite what she'd been through. Her strength was admirable and I couldn't help but root for her to get a well deserved HEA!
It might have taken Adam a little longer to figure out how great Corey is.....but in the end he recognizes what's in front of him and goes after the girl.

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  • iamb
  • 2019-09-16

Not one of my favs by Sarina Bowen.

I love several of Sarina Bowen's books, but this was really lackluster. It had a great premise, but somehow it was rather boring and mildly frustrating. I went into this book knowing the H had a girlfriend from the synopsis, but I couldn't enjoy that the h never really acted like it or gave it too much thought. She thought about how she wanted him, and those thoughts didn't include that he was taken. That annoyed me. Also, this book did the same thing I see in almost every story of it's kind, making the 'other man/woman' so undesirable that non one would ultimately choose them. To me, that makes our h win almost by default rather than being chosen because she can't be let go. The ending just kind of came and went along and I feel no strong feeling about their future..They both seem very young. Not immature, just too young to believe they might really end up together.

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  • Annie V
  • 2019-09-11

A story of hope

I love the Ivy Years series by Sarina Bowen, and this audiobook! Hockey romance is a favorite of mine, which initially attracked me to this series. Even though the premise of The Year We Fell Down is based on a tragedy for Corey, it is a story or hope and potential. Hartley is so much more than a hockey player - he's intelligent, a loving son, and a wonderful friend to so many. Yet his baggage is his missing father. Hartley's mom is the mom we all want, and want to be - full of love for her son as well as his friends. Corey's parents are loving, but understandably smothering after her accident. To watch Corey work to attain the life for herself that she has always wanted, with the support of her family, is uplifting. I loved reading this book several times, and I'm glad I was able to listen to the audiobook, The narrators did a wonderful job, helping to immerse me in the story. I highly recommend.

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  • E Noble
  • 2019-09-03

Heartwarming

great characters! Bowen once again succeeds in portraying get real and heartfelt characters! must Read!

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  • T. Rose
  • 2019-08-28

Cute Story

Enjoy the story but the male narrator female voice was way to nasality but the rest was fine

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 2019-06-22

You won’t fall down with this listen

Book 1 in the series . Love how Sarina took a subject that most will not broach and wrote a beautiful heartfelt love story.
It’s a story that will show you to never give up. Everything is possible. You just need to try

Both Narrators performed it great. They brought the story to life. The emotions the narrators performed was perfect