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The Year We Fell Down

(The Ivy Years #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  24,504 ratings  ·  2,544 reviews
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-b
Paperback, 268 pages
Published March 21st 2014 by Rennie Road Books (first published March 20th 2014)
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Colleen Hoover
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was so good, I thought about plagiarizing it, but then I thought, "Nah. Better not."

Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-audios
4.5 stars!

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The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?

The Year We Fell Down is the first book in Sarina Bowen’s The Ivy Years series. It’s also the first Sarina Bowen book I’ve read. After reading, I can say for certain I’m a fan! I absolutely adored this friends to lovers college romance. Corey and Hartley were fantastic characters and their story touched me.

Corey Callahan’s entire life changed after a hockey accident left her in a wheelchair. This
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Navessa by: Ellie


Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hockey Lovers, NA Fans, Sarina Bowen Fans, Romance
Update May 2016
This was the start of my love affair with Sarina Bowen's writing and series. As you will see, it had a major impact on me with how our gal handled life and growth through adversity. We read so much and some books are for pleasure, for introspection, for things we don't even know why...
This is a book to read for all of those things... Do it and I promise you won't be sorry.

May 15, 2015
4.5 NA Gold, Pause to Make You Think Stars
* * * * 1/2
Every day we have moments... it is up to
Pearl Angeli

2.5 Stars

My problem with The Year We Fell Down is, I couldn't connect with the romantic aspect. The characters are actually likeable and I have no problem with that, but the way the romance was delivered, it was kinda off. I love friends-to-lovers tropes, unfortunately this one didn't get me. Perhaps it's just me but I feel no chemistry between the two.

The story centers around Corey Callahan, a college girl who became handicapped after an ice hockey accident. She met the gorgeous ice hockey
Spoilers Alert***********

This book was very painful to read!

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I could not enjoy this book as much as I wanted to, because the author left for "too long" at about 75% for the hero to realized how bid of a mistake he was making by sticking out with his girlfriend. I waited and waited for him to "WAKE UP ASSHOLE" but I never got that sense from him showing the reader "his true affections" for his best friend heroine...At a very crucial points where heroes POV was to be expected to have some clari
Re-read January 2020

RATING: 4.5 Updated to 5 'Sweet' HEARTS!! <3 :D

Every time I re-read this story, I fall in love with the characters, the world, the romance, and feel all the emotions all over again.


The Year We Fell Down is a delightful friends to lovers romance, taking all of us on a journey full of laughter and heat without weighing us down with unnecessary drama and conflict.

"The thing is, we're all fragile. It's just that most of our friends are lucky enough not to know it yet."
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel Reads Ravenously by: Geri Reads
4.25 stars!

“Everybody has their shit to shovel, Callahan. Everybody. Now, yours is right up front where everybody can see it. I don't envy you that. But everybody has some, whether you can see it or not.”

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After losing mobility in her legs after a tragic hockey accident college freshman Corey starts college in a wheel chair. While she isn't completely paralyzed, she uses a wheel chair and has been taking physical therapy to slowly start walking again. Corey and her roommate are placed ac
Whitney Atkinson
I read this book because Tammara Webber (author of one of my favorite healthy romances) recommended it. And the sex scenes in this book were definitely good--a lot of consent and communication--but everything around it and the entire rest of the book was messy.

Firstly, this book is ableist. I haven't been able to locate a review from an ownvoices reviewer, but I was bothered by the language of this book a lot. It's as if it's written by an able-bodied person for other able-bodied people. In oth
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

"The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?"

This was a very sweet friends to lovers read! Very uplifting, very inspiring.

Callahan (Corey) is a hockey player. It's in her blood. It's her life, it's her love. Until one day, it's not. A tragic accident on the ice leaves her unable to feel her legs.

Corey is starting her freshman year of college, moving in to the wheelchair accessible dorms when she meets her neighbor Hartley (Adam)
Aestas Book Blog
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it


I love New Adult romance but I also love books that have really unique storylines so when I first heard about this one and saw that it fell into both those categories, I knew I had to read it.

"I never dreamed I'd show up for college in a wheelchair."

The heroine of this story, Corey, expected to start college as a varsity hockey player but an unfortunate, life-changing accident had her starting school in a wheelchair instead. Determined not to let anyth
Geri Reads
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

Why oh why did it take me so long to read this one? The blurb alone has my name written on it. I loved the heroine, loved the hero, loved their friendship, the banter, many things about this book worked for me.

After a devastating accident, Corey is starting her freshman year at Harkness in a wheelchair. She was a varsity hockey player in high school but an accident during one of her games left her paraplegic. During her first day at Harkness, she meets Adam Hartley, star
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***4,5 "Hell and damn" stars from me***

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!!!

Well, Corey Callahan several months ago had an accident on ice that stucked her in a wheelchair. She used to be a hockey player and now, she
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

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DNF @ 9%

Before you guys all get mad at me for jumping ship yet again before the 15% mark, this is actually a reread. Not that I-- or anyone-- should be forced to justify a rating, but this is a book I actually have read cover to cover, and the first time I read it six years ago (back in 2015), I remember being pleasantly surprised and giving it a 3.5. Well, I don't know what twenty-something Nenia was thinking when she read this book, bu

The Year We Fell Down was a unique story about two college students trying to navigate college life with their injuries. For Adam his injury is just a temporary thing, but for Corey it's now her life and she has been trying to come to terms with the fact her life will always be different now.

I did enjoy this book but I honestly liked Adam and Corey way better as just friends. I didn't see any connection between them other than one of friendship and there wasn't enough of them together in a relat
Jennifer Kyle
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 ~ 4.5 Stars

"The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?"

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Corey Callahan is embarking on her first year of college after an accident leaves this former girl hockey player in a wheel chair.


Corey not only is gifted with a terrific dorm room but a wonderful roommate and across the hall is the guy’s hockey team player Adam Hartley…Corey is in lust!

Hartley has had surgery which has left him out for the season as well as maneuvering the cam
3 Grow A Pair Stars ------> 8===D (that's a symbol penis fyi)

Hartley, Hartley, Hartley, how would I describe you? Oh yeah.

Let me digress for a bit. So this story is set in college. Corey had a horrible accident leaving her partially paralyzed, and we start off by her moving to her wheelchair accessible dorm. There, across the hall, she meets Hartley, a hockey hottie who injured his leg. She is immediately enamoured with Hartley, but he is taken. Taken by a rachety ass beotch that is named Stac
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I've had this in my tbr pile for a long time, and thought why not? I'm glad I read it, but I'm also not going to be putting on my favorites shelf. I understood many readers frustration with how long it took for them to get together, but all-in-all that really didn't bother me that much this time. I think my biggest frustration was the lack of significant time with them as an official couple! We waited a long time to get to this little bit that was mainly focused on fami
Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports, freebie, college
4.5 Love Sarina Bowen Reads Stars

I love Sarina Bowen. I will admit, I am late to reading her books, but I’m slowly making my way through them and the Ivy Years series is slowly becoming one of my favorite NA college series. I’m reading the books out of order, but I’m making my way through them.

The Year we Fell Down has mixed reviews and because of that I didn’t want to read it. I think the reviews are valid and truthful, but it didn’t affect me like the way I thought it would. I thought I would
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"The thing is, we're all fragile. It's just that most of our friends are lucky enough not to know it yet."

The Year We Fell Down is a unique friends to lovers new adult romance.

Corey Callahan, had planned on starting college as a part of the hockey team, but things don't go as planned. An accident during her senior year of high school changes everything.

Some people say that after a life-threatening event, they learn to enjoy life more. That they stop taking everything for granted.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

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.
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Kindle/iBooks/Kobo/B&N/Google freebie, y'all! 3/30/18







The writing in this one isn't as polished as some of the others I've read by Bowen and I admit the hope fairy bit was a little too reminiscent of a certain dancing goddess or whatever the fuck it was.

But I really love the way she develops a character. They all seem so real to me. Just down
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so nice. Like I really enjoyed reading every bit of the story. The characters were well developed and the plot was nicely laid out.

The main characters were awesome. I like how Corey dealt with her issues, it was very 'real'. I also found it refreshing that the heroine was disabled and though she had to deal with some of the stigma that comes with it she didn't let that stop her. That is what I found so truly amazing about this book and it is also the thing I look for in my heroines
Emer (A Little Haze)
Read as part of the ABN Summer Reading Challenge recommended by Nkisha.

I don't really do NA anymore because I've gotten tired of all the problematic crap with girl hatred, alpha male BS, clichéd broken pasts that can only be cured with sex, lazy stereotyping etc etc. But this title was on a list of recommended reads with my book group this summer and I'd gotten it as a kindle special offer freebie sometime ago and I gotta admit that I enjoyed it! I switched off my brain from all the problematic
Oh, how much I loved it!!!

The entire storyline was beautiful!!

Him on crutches, her in a wheelchair and a HEA. The h was such a strong and tough character. She holds her head high and surges ahead. She was funny and strong, others might have succumbed to depression, not her. And the H was perfectly matched.

Well done!!!!

It's one of those feel-good novels. College coeds falling in love without angst and drama. Beautifully written, great dialogs, wonderful characters, superb story!!
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really need to start paying closer attention to hockey players.....
Another fantastic series filled with good looking hockey players!!! Cory has suffered a horrible accident that has left her a paraplegic, so when she starts college she is given a accessible room... With quite an amazing roommate Dana, I needed to give that girl a huge shout out!
Anyways... Across the hall is Adam Hartley The captain of the hockey team that just so happens to have broken his leg and also needs an accessible room
Norah Una Sumner
3.5 stars

Quick and interesting read. Still, Adam's story is...yeah, unbelievable for me. Corey is cool, though. I don't know what else to say about this book - it was an entertaining read. Yes, it had its "drama-llama" moments and some really weird relationships but I still enjoyed it. This is definitely one of those rare occasions when I don't like the hero of the story. I am getting a bit tired of the amount of unnecessary drama in NA books to be honest but I am still looking forward to readin
Melissa (Ever So Mela)

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This could have been great. It could have been perfect. Heck it was probably gonna get at least 4 stars outta me until it hit that 50% or so. Then it just sucked balls. But I digress. Let's start with the good.

Corey :
At times it was really hard to read this because the main character goes through a lot and it's really difficult to read about her struggles. And I mean that in a good way. The author conveyed her difficulties perfectly but also showed he
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
Great book! It was unique. I loved Adam and Corey

Review to come in 2018
Stacey is Sassy
I was scared to fall down…

I was scared to read The Year We Fell Down…because I don't normally like New Adult. I was scared to write this review…because I have opinions. I was scared to offend, misconstrue and write politically incorrect feelings and thoughts…because mine may not be the same as others. I was scared to point the finger at a character and identify her as diverse for having a wheelchair…because I don’t like to be pointed at.

I have a scar on my forehead, and I’ve had a blood clot rem
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