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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"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!
I fell in love with this book all over again. Fantastic narrators. They were perfect.
"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.
"Very uplifting, very inspiring"
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.
Fantastic story with characters with so much heart. Couldn't put this book down.
Narration: sooooo good.
"This left me with a smile on my face :)"
This was my audio read last week but I also own the e-book that I just haven’t gotten around to reading yet on my never ending TBR list. I haven’t read a good college story for a while so enjoyed being back in this setting.
Corey is just beginning her first year at College after a crippling hockey injury left her in a wheelchair eight months ago. Across the room from her is Adam Hartley, he is on crutches recovering from an accident. They already have one thing in common then.
Adam is gorgeous and fun to hang out with. However, as much as Corey enjoys spending time with him she is very aware of the fact that he has a girlfriend. A beautiful girl that is currently in Europe having a fabulous time without Adam.
Adam & Corey settle into a routined life at College, often hanging out together in their spare time. They just click. For Adam, Corey is just so easy to be with, he feels great when he is with her. Corey looks forward to her time with Adam, she is aware that her feelings for him may have surpassed friendship but she is keeping that under wraps.
When Adam’s fabulous girlfriend returns, albeit a bit late, he comes to the realisation that her beauty is only skin deep and that Corey is the most ‘real’ girl he has ever met.
Corey may have hopeful thoughts about Adam but no one wants to be with a girl in a wheel chair when there are plenty of other choices out there.
This was a sweet love story that I got completely caught up and was left with a warm feeling in my chest ☺
"Heartwarming,and refreshing new adult romance!"
Well written unique characters, heartwarming storyline, excellent pacing and perfect narration makes this an awesome first book of the series! Loved and rooted for the main characters to find a way to be together the whole time. Highly recommended!!
"Hockey...not just for boys...you know?"
I didn't like the guy narrator but the girl was all right.
If you're looking for something that's not too emotional with a little bit of angst, then this could be the one for you. It’s a tough subject, done well, but with no over the top emotional stuff. There is a lack of true depth to the characters, which left me feeling a little Meh about them overall. But that is my most definable objection with this.
"Heartfelt and Lovely"
Loved it! Of course, I already loved The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen. The Ivy Years series is a favorite comprised of fabulous love stories that are easy to lose yourself in.
I'm new to audio books, having only begun listening a month or so ago. Seeing The Ivy Years as an option made my day. I got lost, yet again, in this fantastic sory. The narration was great, both performers giving new life to characters I already loved. I especially loved Saskia Maarleveld's reading of Callahan. Awkward, fierce, sweet and love-struck Callahan needed something special. With Maarleveld, she' got it.
Overall, an awesome listen I'm sure to visit again and again. Now, on to The Year We Hid Away!
I listen to this before I go to sleep instead of reading a the book.
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