Review: The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen

Posted April 19, 2015 by Wil in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Understatement of the Year by Sarina BowenThe Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen
Series: The Ivy Years #3
Published by Rennie Road Books on October 15th 2014
Pages: 300
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What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexuality from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.
Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.


Warning: unlike the other books in this series, this heartbreaking love story is about two guys. Contains sexual situations, dance music, snarky t-shirts and a poker-playing grandmother.

Wil’s Review

Whoa, I loved this book so much, more than I expected I would, especially since this is not a genre I read often. So far I’ve really liked all the books in the Ivy Years series (this is book 3), but this one by far has been my favorite. As a heads up this is an M/M book, if this is not your thing look away, but if you have an open mind and are up for a beautiful love story then this book is it.

“Getting along together was never the problem with you and me,” he said. “We’re both easy. It’s just the rest of the world that’s hard.”

Kudos to Sarina Bowen for stepping out of the box and adding this story in the series. Off to read book 4 The Shameless Hour!



Christina’s Review

I don’t even know where to begin with this book….. To say that it gave me all the FEELS, would be the understatement of the year. You feel this book deeply. Every emotion that it gave me, I felt it with so much passion.

Rikker, is simply amazing. He has been through so much in his life and my heart broke for him. All of the times when he was by his self, out casted by everyone around him… I wanted to reach in this book and hold his hand, hang out with him, hug him and tell him it would be ok and just be his friend.

Graham, oh how my emotions were all over the place with him. His self hatred of himself broke me. My heart broke into hundreds of pieces. By the end of the book, Sarina, had glued all of those tiny pieces back together again. He had so much growth as a Character. At the end, I was so freaking proud of him!

Bella is awesome!!! I want to be her bestie in real life!

Lastly… I want to talk about Big D. My hatred for him is so strong, that I literally wanted to hunt him down and hurt him. I have NEVER hated a character as much as I hate him. He is an example of some of the people in this world who break my heart. To hate someone simply for loving another human being… I don’t understand it.

Because of my hate for Big D, I wanted to give this book 4 stars… but I can’t. Because the beautiful thing is, is that Sarina wrote his character and it made me feel so strongly. That is the sign of an amazing Author. I laughed, I got angry, I was sad, I got teary eyed, and most of all I loved. I loved 2 boys who against all odds, worked through all the bullshit and loved one another… so incredibly much.



About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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