I get a lot of email from fans of the Secret Society Girl series who want to know what they should read next. I often send them along to E. Lockhart’s THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE-LANDAU BANKS, which is about a high school student who takes down an all-male secret society. But it’s a very different kind of story, a sort of YA feminist fable, almost, with an omniscient narrator. Still, fabulous society intrigue, so if you like that aspect of SSG, then you’ll love Frankie. I also often recommend the novels of Stephanie Perkins, because I think she has great, really smart romances (also YA), and if you like the kind of guys I write about, you’ll love St. Claire and Cricket.
Now I have a book to recommend if you want to read about college life at Yale. THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN, which I had the pleasure to read recently, made me so nostalgic for
Yale Eli Harkness (As Sarina Bowen has named her Yale-esque campus). Life in the residential colleges, singing group rush, the athlete scene, the dining halls… you know that song “I Wish I Was Back in College” from Avenue Q? Yeah, that.
Today I have the pleasure of hosting the cover reveal. (But don’t worry, I’ll definitely be posting again when the book comes out next month!) And here it is:
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 can quite understand.
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.
Warm, funny, and often heartbreaking, The Year We Fell Down is New Adult contemporary romance. Contains: hot hockey players, too many pairs of crutches, gallows humor, Princess Bride references, and a slightly outrageous vibrator scene. (Sexual situations make the book suitable for ages 18+.)
The expected publication date is Monday, March 17th, 2014, on all of your favorite e-book websites.