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Open Ice

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  146 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
All his life, crowds have been cheering for Nick Taglio.
He’s been skating since he could walk, scoring goals since he picked up a hockey stick. He’s only a sophomore but he rules the ice, because Nicky Tag’s a fighter. Which means you have to take some hits; concussions come with the territory. When he gets another head injury, his doctor, his parents,
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 8th 2005 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Apr 05, 2014 Nick rated it it was amazing
Open Ice by Pat Hughes

Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrr GOAL! Nick Taglio is the leading goal scorer of the New England Hockey League (NEHL). This story is about a 21st century 16 year old boy who doesn’t just view hockey as his sport, but sees it as his life. He lives in Shore Haven, Connecticut with his dad, mom, and two younger brothers, Brian and Gabriel. Nick Taglio is a strong, muscular teenager with dark eyes and spiked hair who loves the game of hockey. He has a hot temper and smart mouth and is determ
Feb 21, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is like okay but like if you are under the age of ten you should not read it because it has ALOT of language and some inapropriet things
Maol Mhuire O'Duinnin
Dec 03, 2009 Maol Mhuire O'Duinnin rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'm not well-read on juvenile/ young adult books these days, but I found this one easy to read and interesting enough to keep me turning the pages.
The main character, Nick Taglio, or "Tag," is a hockey star in high school. The book starts when Nick gets hit from behind by an opposing player during a game, which results in him getting a grade 3 concussion, which is the worst kind. Turns out that Nick's had several concussions so far and that this is his last--his parents and neurologist won't let
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This book takes on a complex and controversial topic 13 sports concussions. The author meticulously portrays the science and consequences of repeated head injuries. This information may have been groundbreaking when it was published in 2005. But sports medicine has made huge gains in concussion awareness and treatment since then. The info still stands, but the emotional responses already seem dated and frustrating.

As for everything else about the book, especially the portrayal of relationships,
Int'l librarian
This book takes on a complex and controversial topic – sports concussions. The author meticulously portrays the science and consequences of repeated head injuries. This information may have been groundbreaking when it was published in 2005. But sports medicine has made huge gains in concussion awareness and treatment since then. The info still stands, but the emotional responses already seem dated and frustrating. As for everything else about the book, especially the portrayal of relationships, ...more
Matt T
Oct 15, 2009 Matt T rated it it was amazing
This book is about a star sophomore hockey player. He suffers an injury that can threaten his future on and off the ice, but he really loves the game and would do anything to play. His battles with his doctor, his parents, and the injury also affect his personality and relationships.

I really connected to this book because I am a junior and I also play hockey. I strongly felt what he was going through as a teen and as a hockey player. The author did a great job of showing how Nick felt, and it ma
Nov 11, 2010 Barbie rated it really liked it
Open Ice

Sports, injuries, break-ups, and little brothers. What do they all have in common, well nothing really, except in the book Open Ice. Personally I thought the book was great, it was entertaining, and creative. Also it contained one of my most favorite sports, hockey.

In the book Open Ice a Boy named Nicholas Taglio is devastated, when his hockey playing dream goes down the drain. You see Tag was the all star of the team, the guy to beat, the M.V.P. but then it happened, he woke up in th
Aidan Boote
Jan 19, 2017 Aidan Boote rated it it was amazing
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Benjamin Kim
Sep 10, 2009 Benjamin Kim rated it really liked it
The most tragic experience an athlete can face is an injury. Whether the injury is offseason or during the season, it is something that all athletes fear. This is especially hard on Nick Taglio, the hockey all star, who played his whole life until he had his series of concussions. By keeping his head down and looking at his moves, being checked in the back caused him to have concussions. Each concussion caused Nick to be closer and closer to ending his hockey career. This book was a fantastic bo ...more
Matthew H.
Nov 20, 2008 Matthew H. rated it liked it
Nick Taglio grew up playing hockey. It was his passion. Nick plays on the high school hockey team when he is crushed by another player receiving his 4th concussion. His doctor gives him the life changing news that he cant play hockey. He is devastated. Nick will do anything to keep playing hockey. He tries to defy the doctors advice as well as his parents. After giving up hope Nick has to make a social adjustment. He is jealous that all of his friends play hockey and he, being the best player ou ...more
Zach M
Nov 19, 2007 Zach M rated it really liked it
The title of my book is "Open Ice" and it is by Pat Hughes. This book is about a kid named Nick Taglio. His whole life revolves around hockey. All of his friends are on his hockey team; hockey is the only sport he plays. When he gets his fourth concussion the doctor tells him he can’t play hockey any longer. He begged and begged his parents to let him quit but they stood behind the doctor saying no. Nick had to quit. Nick has to learn how to live a different lifestyle, make new friends, and not ...more
I started reading this book twice before, and I nearly gave up on it this go round, too, but just as I'd decided to turn it back in to the library, it got very interesting. Go figure.
What I liked about this book:
- the fact that it's about hockey
- the teen angst
- the [i]bildungsroman[/i]

What I didn't entirely like about this book:
- the plethora of swearing (this didn't bother me [i]too[/i] much, but the sheer volume of it did get annoying)
- Devin. She was the main reason I stopped reading b
Ashley dillon
Sep 23, 2009 Ashley dillon rated it it was amazing
Nick 'Tag' loves hockey so much, that the many concussions hes gotten from the love of the sport, dont even matter to him. But after a grade 3 concussion that puts Nick at the worse hes been, hes told he cant play anymore. Just imagine giving up something you've spent 11 years working at, and that you love with a passion. It wasnt easy fer Nick at all and this book shows that. Ill be honest, Im not a big reader when it comes to books on sports, but my best friend plays hockey and i was curious t ...more
Patrick D
Nov 20, 2007 Patrick D rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teenage hockey players
This book is about a teenage boy named nick taglio that plays hockey. Nick plays hockey for his highschool team. he is a center for his team. One game Nick gets blindsided by an opposing teams defensemen. Nick is sent to the hospital and is told that he can no longer play the thing he loves. this book is about his fight to regain the ability to play hockey and how his social life ie being messed up from this tragic accident.
I liked this book because I like to play hockey. also it is just a goo
Aug 25, 2008 Nora rated it liked it
Recommends it for: high school
Shelves: teen-fiction
Huge surprise- this was a great book. I read "Open Ice" because I read so many girly books, and was hoping to balance the piles a bit. But rather than a Matt Christopher/formula sports story to read and forget, I found a layered story I'm still thinking about.

It WILL hook your sports readers and keep them happy all the way through. But... it's about a sports star who is lonely when he can't be a sports star. It's crazy (to me) how competitive high school sports are. High school students have in
Kaitie Bennett
Dec 15, 2013 Kaitie Bennett rated it really liked it
I've searched hard for a book on this topic and I finally stumbled across this one by chance. After Nicky Tag receives yet another concussion while playing his beloved game of hockey, the doctors inform him that it he has become too vulnerable to the impacts and it's time to hang up his skates. The effects this has on his life are dizzying, as he tries to sort out school, relationships and the persistent symptoms. It's a well written novel that knows it's facts, and is very realistic in most eve ...more
Luke Moore
Feb 27, 2012 Luke Moore rated it it was amazing
I found Open Ice to be an extraordinary novel. I thought it would be just another book trying to relate to teenage sports, and suprisingly it did. This novel, by Pat Hughes, was right on the money with the teenage text and actions. Nick Taglio, the primary character is very relatable, seeing as I played hockey, and now lacrosse. The events in the book are very similar to those of real athletes in high school sports. It was a great read, time flew by as I read it. What a great book. dust
Apr 15, 2010 Eric rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd-term-reading
Open ice, is somewhat like every other sports book. Only the beginning is like the sport novels, the rest is about a teenager (nick), trying to survive not being able to play hockey, because he has received to many concussions from getting hit. Now Nick has to keep up with school, and his social life, which both right now is going down the drain.
Pat Hughes has done an excellent job, defying the rest of the sport novels.
Mat Anderson
Feb 12, 2014 Mat Anderson rated it it was amazing
This is my all time favorite book. Being a high school hockey player its easy to relate to. The book is very realistic to real life and what could happen as an athlete. A star athlete that was affected by a concussion who discovered the reality of being an ordinary person without hockey. Nick is having a hard time without hockey. He feels left out. Many athletes no matter what the injury is or sport they play could relate to Open Ice.
Megan  Nyberg
Nov 29, 2015 Megan Nyberg rated it did not like it
Totally unimpressed with this story. I love the concept and the overall idea of an athlete struggling with a career ending injury and all of the hardships that brings, but the book lacked substance. Lots of talking heads, choppy sentence structure, poor job drawing on emotions and senses of the reader, etc. It sometimes felt like the character was a Sophomore in college and not high school...mature content and language.
Nov 27, 2010 Christie rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, ya, cfya-1
When I was halfway through this book I was frustrated with it. Not that I am an expert on grammar but i felt there was tense confusion and I did not like all the conversation along wit the third person. At one point this was said in the book, "'Hi mom,' his mother said brightly." page 133. I liked the concept of the book, but I feel it could have been written better. I felt bad for Nick and I read Devin's MO from the beginning. I just expected more from this book.
Nov 26, 2007 Michael rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Teens
This is a teenangst novel, and a good one, but it is NOT a sports book despite the cover. The main character gets his fourth concussion on page one, and can't play hockey anymore. It is a book about not being able to play a sport that has always been the center of his life. The emotions are powerful, and the characters are gritty and real.
Jan 06, 2014 Greg rated it it was ok
I can't relate at all to the main character but his brother Brian and Lucas I sure can. Nick is a smart mouthed teenager and also an ego the size of Jupitar! Oh and he's a major perv. The book seemed to have a constant theme, blame everybody and refuse treatment for his concussion. Got boring really quickly, and I don't like sports and this is hockey and majorly represented in Open Ice.
I only bought this book because it was like 5 bucks so I wasn't really expecting a lot. It was ok but by the end I just wanted it to be over and I began scanning the pages. Not anything that I'd read again but it wasn't too bad.
Pattie Nauheimer Ekman
This book had an OK story, but the protagonist was a jerk. It's hard for me to love a book when I don't like the main character. I will recommend it for my hockey boys, as they may be able to relate the protagonist. Not because they are jerks, but because of hockey and concussions.
Feb 27, 2012 Bstrobes8 rated it really liked it
Overall i think that this book was enjoyable novel.The audience was directed to teens who either play hockey or follow hockey in general. Although it shows the life struggels of a normal american teen. So even if you dont like hockey there is a chance you still like might this story.
Aug 17, 2008 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Believably self-absorbed teen is injured one too many times in hockey and must adjust to life without it. Well-developed over all, but some figures seem stereotypical, including the girlfriend who dumps him because he's no longer the star hockey player.
Apr 06, 2012 SA rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
This was quite entertaining for a YA book focused primarily on hockey. I mean, I'm something of the natural audience for this, but it was better than I thought it was going to be. The protagonist was charming, and the plot, while predictable, had some nice depth to it.
Mar 15, 2013 Joyful rated it liked it
YA Lit. Has mature language and several sexual situations. I would recommend for older high school students.
Jan 15, 2012 Deanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I really liked this book and I love the fact that Nick was obsessed with Eric Lindros. He's like the love of my life.
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