Selling Points: "ice hockey, teamwork and friendship, dating and relationships "
Publisher: Coteau Books
Pub Date: Oct/01/2012
Fiction Ages 14+
In her last year of high school, Jessie is finally playing AAA, the highest level of minor hockey. She's been made captain, and she's putting relationship disasters behind her by dating sensible Evan. So what if he's safely away at university where she can ignore his calls and texts? And so what if her old-news feelings about old flame Mark, and uncomfortable new feelings toward new guy Liam, refuse to be ignored? At last, Jessie really has things worked out. Even when guys and booze make an appearance at a team sleepover, Jessie does the right thing and leaves with the rookies…or tries to. A clumsy fall down stairs, though, leads the coaches to assume she's the culprit. Suddenly Jessie is fighting rumors that she was falling-down drunk at a hockey party, rumors her less-supportive teammates are happy to keep alive. Meanwhile, Jessie's eleven-year-old sister Courtney falls in with sophisticated older friends, and their parents seem oblivious to the problem. New Year approaches, bringing an important tournament, increasingly outlandish behavior from Courtney and what looks like a head-on relationship collision from three directions. It's time for Jessie to grow up, step up and fix things once and for all.
Quill & Quire - January 1, 2013
"Moves along at a good clip...and Jessie's personal problems are as fast-paced and intense as her big games."
Resource Links - December 1, 2012
"Will appeal to hockey loving girls especially...The steady pace makes this book hard to put down."
Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON) - July 10, 2012
"This book was a lot of fun to read. I would recommend this book for any collection especially for sports fans."