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Thanks a Lot, John LeClair

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  42 reviews
A Companion to Here's to You, Zeb Pike

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,
ebook, 204 pages
Published December 15th 2016 by Harmony Ink Press
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Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

These guys are such good guys, and so sweet together. I didn't love this quite as much as Here's to You Zeb Pike probably because Dusty captured my heart so completely in Zeb Pike and this story is from Emmitt's perspective. This is also part coming of age and part romance, but it's focused on Emmitt trying to come to figure out how he can be a star hockey player and be "out". Like the first book, there's lots of focus on family here too. I'd really recommend these two stories if you're
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's not just a companion book, it's a necessary follow up after Here's to You, Zeb Pike. Here's to You was about Dusty's family drama and his new found self, while Thanks a Lot exploring more about Emmit's life to the extent of his relationship with Dusty. So it's part coming of age, part romance.

I love how the author showing Emmit's background through his letter for John LeClair. We saw his development from 7yo to his 16yo, when was he first time realized that he's like boys, or a glimpse of
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This impacts my review in no way at all. **

Actual rating: 4.5 stars rounded up to 5

What I Loved

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
Michael Thompson
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I found this series! I love YA books and when I read the first book in this series, Here's to You, Zeb Pike, I fell in love with Johanna Parkhurst's storytelling.

As much as I loved reading Zeb Pike, I actually believe this is the better book! Maybe it's because I'm already so invested because the first book was that good.
This series has so much to offer our young readers about family, friendship, hope, love,...and even forgiveness.
And there's even a little mystery too.

This was an
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Clipping
Drinking Buddy: Raise the (Stanley) Cup
Testosterone Level: High Sticking
Talky Talk: Penalty Shot
Bonus Factor: Dear Mr. Henshaw
Bromance Status: Teammates

Read the full book report here.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

Thank a lot, Johanna Parkhurst.
What a wonderful sequel to the first book. The first book could have been a standalone but I’m really glad we got a second book.
I do have to say this is a book that would definitely be a great recommendation for teenagers. It speaks about acceptance and the importance of a community. How role models are important, especially in male sports, where homosexuality can still be a sensitive topic and hiding sadly still the best option to avoid the homophobic remarks.
Chris, the Dalek King
Since the moment he met former NHL star John LeClair, Emmitt has wanted nothing more than to play professional hockey. At sixteen, he hasn’t changed his mind. Even if it means that he has to keep his relationship with his boyfriend Dusty a secret from most of the world. For all that You Can Play says, there are no out professional hockey players and Emmitt doesn’t see that changing any time soon. But when his love of the game starts to put strain on his relationships–not only with Dusty but with ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review also appears on my blog alexreadsboooks

First of all, this book has two of my favourite things: hockey and LGBTAIQ* characters. Second of all, I love this book. It’s a companion novel to another book, Here’s to you, Zeb Pike, which I haven’t read yet and which tells the story of how Emmitt and Dusty got together, I believe. But even without having read the other book I had no trouble following this story. Part of Emmitt’s and Dusty’s history is explained through memories and
CR Daylex
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I received a review copy from the publisher for an honest review*

Not going to lie, this was a bigger dose of sugar sweet than I normally go for. That being said, I really enjoyed it and found it a pretty refreshing portrait of teen boys in a functional, non-angsty relationships ... who are grappling with the issues of coming out together.

I really liked that it followed an athlete and really delved into the world of hockey. I'm a hockey fan and so the title caught my attention right away. In a
Nina Rossing
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, young-adult, lgbt
Johanna Parkhurst writes the sweetest and most charming YAs out there! I love how she handles tough and sensitive topics with optimism and care, and how her characters find themselves - and realistic solutions to the obstacles they face - through the support of others. The characters don't necessarily get everything they hope for and want, but the ending leaves you with a bright smile :)
This was a very satisfying read indeed.

THANKS A LOT is a companion novel to HERE'S TO YOU, ZEB PIKE, but it
Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...
A few years ago (long after 1996) Johanna Parkhurst taught in the same middle school as my husband in the mountains of Colorado. When she had a book signing for this gem we drove to the town where she currently lives to see her and obtain a signed copy. Then I totally failed to read it. I fixed that yesterday and I am so glad that I did. It is wonderful.

The book is YA which I usually hate. It is a romantic, coming of age tale which I sometimes hate. But this one is smart, funny, sweet, and
A ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords Review. This review can also be found here.

Emmitt LaPoint loves playing hockey. Hockey has been his refuge from the world ever since he was little. He is the golden boy of Colby, Vermont what with being the captain of the high school hockey team and having a near perfect GPA but he is also gay.

Emmitt finds it hard to reconcile his love for Dusty with his love for hockey because as he knows it there are no gay hockey players in the NHL. But when things between
Les Joseph
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love YA books. Like a lot. And when they're also about 2 boys and hockey and family and friends? Well, to me there's nothing better. If you're not a fan of hockey, don't worry. Thanks A Lot, John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst has lots more going on than just some fabulous hockey scenes, though Parkhurst really nailed these with realism and action. This is a companion to the book, Here's To You, Zeb Pike, which I didn't read but will, but I wasn't the least bit lost and didn't feel like I was ...more
Avery (Book Deviant)
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5star, review-copy
See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant

I would like to thank the author and Julia Ember for providing an ARC of this novel!

Smart, fluffy, and important

When I started this book, I believed that it would be about Emmitt trying to win the championship with his boyfriend Dusty backing him up, with a little mystery thrown in. But instead I get something so much better. You get that standard stereotype of the jock trying to hide a gay relationship (I had actually just read a book with this,
Jacquie (Rattle the Stars)
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was adorable and heartwarming. It discusses difficult topics with hope and positivity that I now can’t wait to pick up the companion book, Here’s to You, Zeb Pike.

And just as a side note, you don’t have to read Here’s to You, Zeb Pike to enjoy Thanks a Lot, John LeClair. It can be read as a standalone. I don’t think I missed out on anything. I will however read the first book because I really want to know more about how the romance of Emmitt and Dusty came to be. I just loved these two
Joyfully Jay
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

Johanna Parkhurst has written what she calls a “companion” book to her story, Here’s To You, Zeb Pike. It is a novel that I must shamefully admit I have not read—no worries though, for I immediately purchased it after reading her latest release, Thanks a Lot, John LeClair. While it is not absolutely necessary that you read Zeb Pike prior to this one, I will tell you that reading these in order enriches the overall story. However, this author is so very skilled at
Mary Mary
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
* a free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

Johanna Parkhurst is a new author for me and I am really happy I've found her. This story is GOOD and I'm looking forward to reading her other books.

This is the second book after "Here's to You, Zeb Pike" with Dusty and Emmitt as main characters, but obviously it can be read as a standalone . It's a story about a young, 16yo hockey player who hides his sexuality from everyone but his family in case it
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new favorite

This book is quite possibly my favorite hockey book. Which is saying a lot, since the number of books I've read that are related to hockey is in the hundreds.
Parkhurst had made this series a poignant and timely look at sports and the LGBTQ+ community.
I fell in love with these fantastically-drawn characters in Here's to You, Jeb Pike. Following them as they navigate growing up, coming out, and finding their way had been an incredible joy. I hope this isn't the last we see of Dusty
Mrs. Schonour
I'm not always a fan of companion novels because they are often the same story from another character's perspective. This book is fantastic and stands well on its own. I loved reading more about Emmitt and learning about his background. Emmitt's problems are realistic and genuine; readers will be able to relate to him and feel for him as if he's their friend. Parkhurst does a great job creating characters that talk and act like real teenagers. This book has enough action and romance to keep ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review Copy received from author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed for Alpha Book Club by Cheryl.

This book can be read as a stand alone but seriously, why would you want to when the first one was so good?! The same characters are involved but this time the story is told from the POV of Emmitt and although we cover some of the same time period, the story begins way before Dusty comes onto the scene.

John LeClair is a hockey legend that comes from a small town near where Emmitt
Ana Lucia
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks a Lot, John LeClair was a very enjoyable read.

Emmitt LaPoint is a boy who loves hockey and whose lifelong dream has been to become a professional hockey player, however he is gay and he feels that he can't be himself and have a future in the hockey world, so he decides to hide his relationship with his boyfriend, Dusty, which, obviously, leads to a lot of problems and that is what this
Jesse Nicholas
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Great message and strong characters! Not a big fan of sports, but I enjoyed it none the less.

Full review to come!
Stacey Jo
I was given a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Emmitt seems perfect at everything he does. He’s sixteen and star of his town’s hockey team. He has excellent grades and he helps is mom by taking care of his younger brother since his dad left them years ago. He’s got a great boyfriend too, Dusty. The problem is that they have to keep their relationship a secret for fear that it could ruin Emmitt’s chances at being drafted by the NHL after high school. Everything seems
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
First of all, this book was really cute. It starts off really well with Emmitt and his love for hockey. He's worried because his boyfriend Dusty didn't go to his game. Emmitt is really cool and he's your typical golden boy. He wears khakis and he is one the most popular guys in school. He is the ace of his hockey team and in the novel, the team is trying to have an undefeated season ~ which is awesome tbh.

Dusty is the cute, brother's best friend boy. He is dating Emmitt and everything seems to
Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds

Well I'm just a big puddle of disappointment right now. For two reasons. One, I hate it when I get this supernice review request for a book that's actually right up my alley and then I end up not liking the book. It's the worst. And two, I think this book could have been so great but it just... failed to impress me. Which is never fun, obviously. And I'm going to explain why that is in list form because sometimes all you can do is just make a list.

Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Hey, an ice hockey romance! Ofcourse, I hadto read it!!!

This is a companion to Here's to You, Zeb Pike, which I haven't read. To some extent, it might be better to read that first, but I don't think it's necessary. Parkhurst introduces the main characters well enough to enjoy this book on its own. Really well, in fact, as I could connect with Emmitt within a couple of chapters! He seemed genuine in his drive to
*A copy of this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

First things first, I think you should definitely read Here's to You, Zeb Pike first. You won't be lost, but I think things will make more sense. You'll understand Dusty a lot better and you'll get the whole Rick thing more.

I loved reading about Dusty and Emmitt. They felt like actual people, not just how people think teens are. I felt for them. I liked that the romance was age appropriate, they are 14
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-read
I received a copy of this book from the author via the M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review.

For some reason I have this thought in my head that I am not a fan of YA books, but in the last year quite of few of my top reads have been YA books. This definitely applies to Thanks a Lot, John LeClair and the first book in the series, Here’s to You, Zeb Pike. While you can read each as standalones, I think you would enjoy both books more if read in order.

Elle W.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I didn't read Here’s to You, Zeb Pike the first story chronicling Dusty and Emmitt relationship. Thanks A Lot, John LeClair can be read as a standalone. It's told from Emmitt POV and does a good job explaining the characters situation so it's not confusing. I do think it will be a better if you read Here's to You, Zab Pike since it a companion read to this book. I think you can get away with giving first and than going back to read the first since readers are given the gist of what happened to ...more
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Johanna Parkhurst grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont before relocating to the rocky mountains of Colorado. Johanna taught middle and elementary school for fourteen years, and only once during that entire time did she ever have to rescue a sweatshirt from a ceiling fan. She strives to share stories of kids and young adults who are as determined, passionate, and complex as the ones ...more