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(Hockey Rivals #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Head-to-Head, Skate-to-Skate, It's Winner Takes All! What might have been a dream come true has turned into a nightmare. Brad's twin brother T.J. has gotten himself out of the fancy prep school his father picked for him and into the public high school Brad attends. Now T.J., the bright light in his father's eyes, is a shining new star on the hockey team where Brad once hel ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 16th 2011 (first published September 9th 2011)
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Diane Lynch
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hockey-fiction
I listened to the audiobook version of Face-Off. I typically prefer reading over listening to audiobooks because I have issues with the reader’s voice and not being able to go at my pace, which is usually faster. I scratched my eye and needed to keep it closed so the audiobook was a nice distraction for me. Maxwell Glick did an amiable job at narrating. I could easily tell which character was speaking even before he would say a name because of his change in dialects.

I really enjoyed Face-Off. Th
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Librarything in exchange for an honest review.

Apparently, this is a reissue of a book that was written when the author was only 16. I was very impressed with all the hockey lingo and thought it was very well done. The twins interaction and the difficulties with the parents were very real. I was moved by all the relationships and how they evolved over time.

I thought it was wonderful how the twins worked out a majority of their issues, but it almost seemed too easy for a
Darcia Helle
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, fiction, indie, ya-na
I don't normally read YA fiction but this one drew my attention for two reasons: I'm a fan of Stacy Juba's mysteries and I have been a huge Boston Bruins fan for close to 40 years. Knowing that this book centered around hockey made it a must read!

This is a great story that is so much more than a hockey read. We're shown the dynamics of a family experiencing both joys and difficulties. The four boys suffer sibling rivalry but also support each other completely. Juba's writing is engaging and I wa
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
T.J. McKendrick can’t do anything right to please his father, despite the fact that he attends a prep school and is top of his class and on several sports teams. His twin brother, Brad, feels that T.J. is the apple of their father’s eyes and despite all of his hard work, he can barely maintain a C average in his public school. Brad hates school, but is looking forward to the start of hockey season. That is until their parents inform them that they can no longer afford T.J.’s school and they will ...more
Masquerade Crew
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, sports

I don't often give a full five rating to a book I'm reviewing and especially when it's not in a genre I usually enjoy but I have to say Face Off had me drawn in from the beginning and I read it in all one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed it despite not being a teen and knowing nothing about ice hockey. (Although I do know a bit more about it now!) "The characters are well drawn and their relationships are believable and easy to relate to. This is mainly because Stacy Juba writes suc
Barbara Ann
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fast moving young adult novella centering around the issues of sibling rivalry, family relationships, the sport of hockey, coming of age, and divorce. The McKendrick Family is undergoing a crisis. Parents are constantly fighting and are on the verge of divorce. A.J. McKendrick is an out of work architect struggling to make ends meet, placing additional strain on the marriage. High school juniors and fraternal twins, Brad and T.J., strive to shine in hockey, but T.J. has the better grades. Dad pl ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Face Off is the story of twin brothers who are dealing with high school, hockey, family, and growing up. It is a hockey story, but it is so much more than just a sports book.
Brad and his twin brother T.J. were attending separate schools until financial difficulties forced TJ to attend public school with his brother. The two boys are very competitive with each other and the sibiling rivalry is intense. Throughout the book, the boys learn how to be teammates and brothers.
I am a huge hockey fan, s
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The thing I really enjoyed about this book is that it wasn't my typical hockey book. Most times I go for hockey romances but this was different. It was intriguing to see a book that does involve hockey without the romance. But at the same time I enjoyed the switch up. It's always nice to take a step outside your comfort zone.

The relationship between the two main characters was strained and awkward. Certainly not the idea you get whe
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Face-off is the first book in a series about two brothers named Brad and T.J. They both play hockey, at different schools, but they don't often get along. When, T.J. has to leave his private school, Brad is mad that he will be playing on the hockey team. But they need to work through their problems and learn to be good teammates and brothers.

I received this book for review and although I enjoyed it, I think it is more for younger readers because it is only 95 pages long. The characters in this b
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. You don't have to be a young adult or hockey fan to enjoy this book. It is an easy reading book that teens and adults will enjoy. Readers will be able to identify with divorcing parents and sibling rivalry. I appreciated the sections of the book that showed the twins assisting their younger brother, Chris, with the problems he encountered dealing with his anger and resentment of his parents constant bickering and their separation.The twins even solved their sibling rivalry w ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Entertaining Y/A quick read.

This review is from: Face-Off (Kindle Edition)
Really good YA short read about a family of four brothers, the twins in particular. TJ and Brad are juniors in separate high schools, one in private and one in public school. Mom and dad are yelling at each other all the time and financial problems cause TJ to leave his school and start attending public school with Brad. This is not really the beginning of problems, but you get the idea. Wonderful dynamics between the brot
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won this as a first reads on goodreads. I really enjoyed this book. It is a reissue that reads just as good now as it surely did then. It is about twin brothers who play hockey. Now I know nothing about hockey but I did learn a few things. This is a book about a family going thru a lot of stuff. Hockey is the twins escape. They like a lot of siblings have their arguments and basic sibling rivalry. They learn to work together not only in hockey but in their family as well. They think the other ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When T.J. has to switch high schools, Brad suddenly has to share his school, his friends, and his hockey team. This is a story about sibling rivalry with realistic family relationships. The hockey parts were easy to follow, even for someone who does not know much about hockey. Readers middle school and up will relate to struggles with family, friends and school. An enjoyable story, and you could really see how both brothers were affected by the situation.
The audio is excellent. The narrator is p
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I get a charge out of a hockey story as long as it is soundly written. I am please to say Stacy has competence in her storytelling. I appreciate the characters and what they experience. I dig the witty banter among brothers and friends. My heart went out to those boys when at home. Another pleasing story that keeps you thirsting for more. I will be awaiting the arrival of Offsides. It will be fun to see how things play out.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I was surprised and pleased with how strong this YA book was. Obviously I read it because it was about hockey, but it's a very nuanced and thoughtful portrayal of a brief period in a family's life. Well done. Looking forward to the forthcoming sequel.
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Middle school students and hockey players
Great book for Minnesota shelves. Twin brothers have to find a way to cope with being on a team together and the separation of their parents.
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Hockey Rivals (2 books)
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“Groaning inwardly, T.J. turned to find the grim face of his father looming over him. Six feet tall with graying chestnut hair and piercing blue eyes, Thomas Jason McKendrick was a commanding figure whose mere presence was enough to make anyone who crossed him shudder.” 0 likes
“Because T.J. was fussy about his appearance and always spent at least ten minutes perfecting his hair before he went out anywhere, where his friends had nicknamed him G.Q., but while his vanity was a source of amusement to his friends, to his brothers, it was a source of provocation.” 0 likes
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