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Any Way You Slice It

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Penelope Spaulding just can't catch a break. Between long hours at the family restaurant, homework, and her parents' plans for her future, it's hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, everything slips away...

Racing around the rink allows her to blow off steam after yet another fight with her dad about going to culinary
ebook, 170 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark
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Kristine Asselin Hi--I'm the author. There are a couple of mild curse words, and a very sweet first kiss--nothing more "adult" than that. I'm biased as the writer, but…moreHi--I'm the author. There are a couple of mild curse words, and a very sweet first kiss--nothing more "adult" than that. I'm biased as the writer, but I am very comfortable recommending the book to anyone who loves contemporary fiction age 11 and above. I hope you like it! (less)
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
This book has 'adorable' written all over it. I like that while it's cute and adorable it also deals with serious and important stuff. I love parents. I love that they have our best interest in their hearts. But as much as they love us- there are still some unavoidable agreements that bounds to happen.

So why am I saying this? Its because of our main character's situation. Her parents have a different idea for her when it comes to the career she'll be pursuing. It was amazing how much I relate
Kristine Asselin
Aug 13, 2015 Kristine Asselin rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Beth  (Curling Up With A Good Book)
Tiffany's Review:
Cute, cute story!!! Great book for teens. Penelope works for her dad at their family pizza restaurant. She loves to ice skate during her free time at the local rink. When the rec hockey team notices her one of the players decides she needs to be on their team.

The only problem is her dad has forbidden her to play hockey! And the player that asked her to join the team is her childhood friend that has turned into quite the cute teenager!

How will Pen tell her parents?! Will they
K.R. Conway
Apr 16, 2015 K.R. Conway rated it it was amazing
Cute, sweet story about a high school junior, trying to navigate her way through cute boys, hockey sticks, and a pizza-obsessed family. I read it with a smile across my face the whole time, loving the small town vibe, the crappy hockey team, and the throw-downs between pizza parlors. It really did bring me back to the good ol' days of the brat pack movies . . . which I now am dying to watch once again.

Soobie's heartbroken
That was so nice!!!!

OK, it's not going to be a masterpiece but it's a quick and funny reading. And it's about pizza and hockey, what more do I want?

The main character is sixteen-year-old Penelope. She goes to school and she works crazy hours at her family's pizza place, her dad would also like her attending a culinary school. One day, after a discussion with her dad about her future, she ends up at the skating rink, where she meets her old nemesis Jake who dares her to shot the puck inside the n
Wendy F
Sep 24, 2015 Wendy F rated it liked it
Requesting Any Way You Slice It was a whim for me. I actually saw this book when Netgalley advertised it on Twitter, and impulsively requested it, like a twitchy finger on the trigger. I think what made me interested, initially, was the idea of a girl aching to play hockey. Don’t get me wrong, in no way at all am I an athletic girl. I was never one to join a team sport. I was far too busy with my nose in a book to actually take time out to play anything. What I am, however, is a girl who loves ...more
Ms. Yingling
Apr 04, 2015 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
E ARC from

There are only two things I feel a need to say about this book:
1. I really, really liked it.
2. Bloomsbury Spark only publishes digital books.

So, basically, I read this fantastic book about a girl who wants to play hockey even though her father just wants her to go into the family pizza business, AND THERE IS NO WAY I CAN GET A COPY TO MY STUDENTS!!! Yes, I'm really annoyed to the extent of Caps Lock. Nowhere on Netgalley did it say that this was published only as an e boo
Jun 21, 2015 Frynsg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, nook-ebooks
For her first published foray into Teen Fiction arena Kristine Asselin really packs a punch. This is a well thought out, nicely paced romance. It doesn't really require you to love hockey either, the characters are believable and worth your time. My favorite character was Grandma. Quiet, but extremely supportive of Pen and her choices. Pen and Jake are meant for each other, but life always has a way of keeping the best couples apart. There's a lot in this book for any reader. Give it a go!
Laura Pauling
Apr 06, 2015 Laura Pauling rated it it was amazing
Adorable sweet romance about a girl balancing family life, sports, and a boyfriend! Tweens and up will enjoy this cute story. The story was well-written with lots of emotion and tension. I loved the relationship Pen (Penelope) had with Slice, the family restaurant. Lots of depth and great backstory to back up what the characters were experiencing.

Highly recommend!

Thanks for the earc from Net Galley!
Apr 21, 2015 Meredith rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love this book about a sporty girl finding a new love, on and off the ice! Add in a reality TV show and family drama, and this sweet YA contemporary is a perfect read!
Jen Malone
Jul 08, 2014 Jen Malone rated it it was amazing
Lucky CP here- so excited to have a first peek at this and can't wait for the rest of the world to discover it!
Jen Petro-Roy
May 02, 2015 Jen Petro-Roy added it
Shelves: ya, arc, ebook, 2015
Laura Martinelli
Jul 19, 2015 Laura Martinelli rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, ebook
I’ve had more “Dive into the Amazon Recommends pool and see what I can come up with recently (basically, cheap ebooks and I can binge buy books now!) and I’ve been buying spates of the cute, fluffy YA romances. And sometimes, I just need cute, fluffy YA with just a little bit of meat on the side to chew on.

One of the things that I did enjoy about Any Way You Slice It is that while there’s certainly some plot-related exaggeration to Pen’s relationship with her parents (mainly, her father’s insist
Michelle Rebar
Apr 30, 2015 Michelle Rebar rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED THIS! Hockey + reality tv + a bit of romance = AWESOMENESS!! Seriously, isn't it every girl's dream to be asked to play on a hockey team of underdogs who play with enough heart to fill the Stanley Cup? Well, it's mine, so darn it, this book made me all sorts of happy! Full review to come!

Update 4/30/15 Review originally posted on Michelle's Minions

Penelope Spaulding is never more at peace than when she's on the ice. As she speeds past everyone, she can clear her mind and forge
Dec 23, 2015 Shayna added it
Shelves: 2015
Today, I am super excited to be participating in Me, My Shelf, and I’s blog tour for the endlessly adorable Any Way You Slice It by debut author Kristine Carlson Asselin. Any Way You Slice It was one of my most anticipated debuts of 2015 (and actually 2014, before the release date was finalized), and it definitely did not disappoint. This book has all of the elements of a Shayna book combined into one and uses them all perfectly. There’s cooking, a badass female protagonist, sports (I don’t know ...more
Frannie Pan
Jun 15, 2015 Frannie Pan rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2015, arcs
Review @ Frannie in the Pages.

Penelope Spaulding's life revolves around her family business "Slice", the best pizza restaurant in New Hampshire. She's been helping there for as long as she can remember and her dad has already decided she'll do culinary courses and then take the reins of Slice.
However Pen, despite how much she cares about her family and their business, wants more from her life than staying behind a counter working on pizza dough.
So when her ex bestfriend Jake challenges her use h
Stacy Sabala
May 18, 2015 Stacy Sabala rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
Book Review- Any Way You Slice it by Kristine Carlson Asselin

Penelope Spaulding’s dad owns a pizzeria that he expects her to take over. In fact he wants her to go to culinary school. She doesn’t want to do either. Her favorite thing is when she is on the ice, skating as fast as she can. One day she is approached by an old estranged friend asking her if she would consider joining their hockey team. She wants to but her father refuses to let her even think about hockey. She is so tempted that she
Christina Marie
**This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review**

This was a fun little read. Definitely something that is easy on the palette, but engages the reader in an entertaining and humorous experience.

ANYWAY YOU SLICE IT follows Penelope Spaulding as she discovers her love for hockey, while working at the family pizza shop. Intent on balancing it all, while hiding her new hockey hobby from her parents, Penelope builds new relationships, mends old ones, and discovers a little bit more about
Apr 08, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it

The writing was simple, the main character was whiny, and it suffered from "my parents just don't understand"itis. Pen's parents are loving, caring, understanding parents, but for some reason her dad is painted as stubborn when it comes to college, insisting that his daughter go to culinary school, while her mother never says boo otherwise. The characterization on the parents fluctuate wildly.

To make matters worse, the "history" between Pen and Jake seems ridiculously overblown, and the sudden
Apr 25, 2015 Courtney rated it liked it
Shelves: teens, netgalley
This was a fun book about a girl torn between what she wants and what her father wants for her. Penelope has spent the majority of her life living and breathing Slice, the pizza place her family has owned for generations. Her dad is determined that she will go to culinary school and take over the restaurant some day. Pen has no such aspirations. She loves nothing more than to race around the ice rink in her father's old hockey skates. While trying to break her speed record, she is plowed down by ...more
Katie O'Sullivan
Aug 11, 2015 Katie O'Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
A wonderful tale of first love and self discovery! This contemporary YA is written in first person POV of the 15 year old narrator, Penelope "Penn" Spaulding, the local "Pizza Princess" of her small NH town.

Her family owns the best pizza restaurant on town, that's just been chosen for a reality show feature, adding stress to the family dynamic. If that weren't enough, Penn is also fighting with her dad about not wanting to be in the pizza business for the rest of her life, or go to culinary scho
Lola (Reading by Lamplight)
Apr 16, 2015 Lola (Reading by Lamplight) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc
Ok, so the description of Any Way You Slice It is super long, but I still wasn't sure what to expect. I guess I thought the story line would be more along the lines of Penelope finding her independence from culinary school...and it kind of was. What I discovered was an adorable coming of age tale. The characters are easy to relate to. I love the references to a certain culinary TV station and a certain TV personality from said TV station. :) Hockey played a heavier influence than I had expected, ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Marianne rated it really liked it
The start of the hockey season is a great time to snuggle up with this delightful eBook. Penelope wants something her father has forbidden--playing hockey. She does NOT want something that her father requires--an education that will prepare her to take over the family pizza parlor. But she's not so good about telling her father what she really thinks. Pen's WANT and DO NOT WANT collide when...well that would be a spoiler. Oh and of course she also wants one of her teammates as a boyfriend (and ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Rainey rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 150-in-2015
*3.5 Stars*
Despite the predictability of the story's plot arcs, Asselin's ending had me almost in tears. The author takes a "typical" YA novel that could have been a flat romance story and turns it on its head by giving the main character Pen a passion for hockey and her family. The romance arc feels secondary to everything else.
Pen braves scorn and ridicule in order to try something new and wonderful, and it is inspiring!

When Pen and her dad are out on the ice at the end and the crew
Stacy Mozer
Any Way You Slice It kept me on the edge of my seat wishing I could eat a slice of pizza. It's about a girl named Pen who spends all of her time working in her father's pizza restaurant wishing she had something more. Then she reconnects with Jake. He convinces her to try hockey not knowing it is the only sport her father, a former player, has banned her from trying. Playing hockey fills a whole in Pen's life, but also goes against her father's wishes. Add to that a bully and a television crew, ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
There is just so much to love about this book. A female trying to make it in a man's sport always excites me. She goes after what she loves., even if her parents don't agree. Penelope wants to play hockey instead of following in her father's footsteps. of slinging pizzas but her parents have a different idea. This book has all the elements of a great book. A good plotline, great characters, A strong female lead and a romantic arc!
Kristy Acevedo
Jun 19, 2016 Kristy Acevedo rated it it was amazing
Penelope is an adorable, spunky girl who readers will root for whether she's on the ice, falling for Jake, working long hours for her family's pizza restaurant, or convincing her dad to let her choose her own path. Hockey, pizza, and romance? Yes, please!
Nov 15, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
New England, family-run pizza parlor, hockey, first love, BFFs, secrets, and a reality TV show--this book is fun and sweet and hits all the right spots for an unexpected romance with family and life complications.
Kirsti Call
Oct 22, 2015 Kirsti Call rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cybils
This is a fun story for pizza and hockey lovers alike! Kristine does a great job of writing a believable teenager who is struggling to make her dreams come true, despite parental obstacles. This is a great coming of age and first love story! Well written, well plotted and definitely a fun read!
Oct 26, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Great YA story about young love and the challenges of doing what you want vs. what your parents think you should do. Great for kids and adults, there's a great lesson in it for all age groups.
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THE ART OF THE SWAP (Simon and Schuster), co-authored with Jen Malone, is scheduled to come out in spring 2018.

She has also published sixteen nonfiction books with both Capstone Press and Abdo Publishing for the school library market. She tweets at @KristineAsselin as well as her alter ego @QueryGod
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