Published by Harmony Ink Press
Published On: December 15, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Sports
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I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sixteen-year-old Emmitt LaPoint has secretly been writing letters to his hockey idol, John LeClair, for years. So it’s probably only fitting that Emmitt’s small Vermont town seems desperate to make him the next LeClair. After all, Emmitt is about to lead his high school hockey team to the state championship, he has a near-perfect GPA, and he’s liked by almost everyone.
But even golden boys have problems, and Emmitt has more than his share. His father’s back in town to breathe down his neck. He’s happily dating his coach’s nephew, Dusty, but almost nobody knows he’s gay—and that secret is getting harder and harder to keep.
When Emmitt discovers Dusty is keeping secrets of his own, he’s forced to decide exactly what kind of golden boy he wants to be.
The best part about this book was the overall feeling. The feelings of being a teenager and not knowing what do to with your life but also the feelings of knowing exactly what you want to do but not knowing if you’ll get there. This book talks about hope and dreams with the added mixture of family drama that nobody can escape from. If was a very realistically written book and it almost made me feeling like I was 16 again.
Even though there was such a mixture of emotions, this was actually a happy book. It made me feel good about myself and I felt happy for these characters in the end. They went through a dramatic growth period and ended up better after it. That’s something we tend to see a lack of in YA books right now.
It’s hard to describe the plot because there wasn’t really anything exciting about it. It just was. Things happened that made you worry for our main character. Was he going to get in trouble, is he going to be ok, but nothing like the action of a fantasy or thriller. Yet somehow the author kept me hooked. I think it was the characters that glued me to the pages of this story, keeping my eyes stuck until the very last page.
I feel like it was so close to a five stars for me. There was just a little something missing (probably the fact that my preferred genre is fantasy and I’m used to action) and that kept me from the full five stars. That’s ok though! The only difference (for me) between four and five stars is personal preference. That said, there wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this book.
I’d recommend this to those who are on the hunt for diverse reads (an LGBT relationship is seen during this whole story). I think the author did a great job at keeping this relationship an important part of the story while also not making a big deal about it. (I’m hoping that made as much sense as it did in my brain.) I also think a lot of contemporary lovers will really enjoy this one, especially those who are currently in their teenage years.
A feel good, young adult contemporary book that will make you feel for the characters. Perfect for teenagers who are stressed and unsure about what they can become.