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 tequila, 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 which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who's afraid to love her back.
The Year We Fell Down begins when Corey starts college. She's going to have a lot of difficulties due to being a wheelchair, and working towards getting more movement in her legs. But she was tired of being home, and tired of being treated differently. So, she starts her first year at college where she meets Hartley. The hot boy next door who is a hockey player, just like she was, and is currently unable to play due to an injury. This two hit if off great, but Hartley has a girlfriend that's leaving for a while, and Corey just wants to get settled. Once, these two start hanging out a whole lot it turns to a lot more for Corey. But she doesn't know how Hartley feels, and she's unable to do anything about it with him having a girlfriend still.
This book was freaking awesome! It wasn't just a love story, or a story about friends to love, it was about hardship, and the struggles Corey went through daily just to survive, and how she just wanted to fit in with her peers. I truly adored this whole story. It had me captivated right from the start till the wonderful ending.
And the characters were truly amazing as well. I enjoyed all of the side characters, and I also really loved the two main characters.
Especially Corey. She was an amazing heroine. When things got weird between her and Hartley she didn't act like a lot heroines do and take it out on him, or whine and cry all the time. She took charge, and stood up for herself. It was beautiful.
And Hartley made some mistakes but he really made up for it towards the end. I really loved this whole story! It was a beautiful story, and the writing was wonderful.