The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen
Book #1 in The Ivy Years
Genre: Sports/Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 20th, 2014
Angie’s Review – 5 Stars – A+
First of all, I have to give a big fat thank you to my co-blogger, Wendy, for raving about HIM. The book was amazing! It led me to the sequel, US, then diving into backlists to see if there was more M/M goodness from either Elle Kennedy or Sarina Bowen. Luckily, there was. Long story short – the M/M goodness steered me to a whole new series, starting with The Year We Fell Down.
The Year We Fell Down is one of the best New Adult stories I’ve read. If any character has reason to wallow, it’s Corey Callahan – a single incident stole her dreams and her future. Does it get her down? Sure. But she only lets it rule her for so long before she picks herself up, dusts herself off and moves on. She was a courageous character who purged things from her life when she knew she was moving down the wrong path even though it took every ounce of her strength, and she was determined to make a life for herself that fit her circumstances. I loved being inside her head. She had it together and while she may not have always made the best choices, she learned from her mistakes. And what I really loved was that while she was attracted to Adam, she wasn’t so overrun with it that she couldn’t think clearly. Adam Hartley was the sexy boy across the hall who I loved just as much as I loved Corey. He has a carefree façade, but you can tell there’s a lot going on with Hartley that he doesn’t share. I had a hard time understanding why he let himself get into the situation he’s in, but as the story unfolds, it all becomes clear and is just one more facet of the story to break your heart. Corey and Hartley were fun to read about whether they were in a scene together or with someone else.
I have to say that this author really has a way of writing an angst-y situation without that angst overwhelming the characters. Despite the serious subject matter, this was a fun, feel good story that had you rooting for both characters. It was a simple story about two people trying to make the best of their bad situations. The pacing was spot on, the length of the book was perfect, and the secondary characters wonderful. I can’t wait to read more about them!
It seems every time I write a review about a New Adult book, I start off by saying that the genre just isn’t for me – I have to take that back. As it turns out, I like my NA angst with a side of light-heartedness, and Sarina Bowen has perfected the recipe. I can’t wait to dive in and read the rest of this series!
At the time this review went live, this book was FREE on Amazon.
Series Reading Order:
1. The Year We Fell Down
2. The Year We Hid Away
3. The Understatement of the Year
4. The Shameless Hour
5. The Fifteenth Minute
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