The Year We Fell Down

Sarina Bowen. Rennie Road, $8.99 trade paper (268p) ISBN 978-0-9910680-0-5
Bowen (Coming In from the Cold) imbues the first Ivy Years new adult contemporary with heart and soul. Ice hockey has always been college freshman Corey Callahan’s passion—until a serious accident leaves her unable to play, let alone walk unassisted. While moving into one of Harkness College’s two wheelchair-accessible dorm rooms, Corey meets hockey player Adam Hartley, a former teammate of her older brother. A drunken dare caused Adam to break his leg, which relegated him to the neighboring room and a season off the ice. Despite the disdain of Adam’s society-princess girlfriend, Adam and Corey hit it off quickly, bonding over their injuries and a shared love of an hockey video game—and soon Corey wants more. But does Adam? Alternating points of view, Bowen skillfully conveys the roller-coaster emotions of two damaged young adults trying to find their way through tough issues and makes us care deeply about what happens to them. This page-turner will have readers eagerly awaiting Bowen’s next book. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 09/01/2014
Genre: Fiction
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