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Breaking the Ice

(Juniper Falls #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  492 ratings  ·  147 reviews
The second book in the Juniper Falls series from NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Cross, perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally and Abbi Glines.

Haley Stevenson seems like she’s got it all together: cheer captain, “Princess” of Juniper Falls, and voted Most Likely to Get Things Done. But below the surface, she’s struggling with a less-than-stellar GPA and stil
Paperback, 341 pages
Published December 26th 2017 by Entangled: Teen
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Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I loved the synopsis of this one and was really eager to get to it.

Love love loved Haley and Fletcher. She’s sweet and the town princess and maybe a bit nosy. He’s guarded and smart and has some secrets. Together they have a delightful push and pull that wasn’t too drama-y. Oh and the UST is practically palpable.

Plot wise, it wasn’t quite what I expected. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, it went somewhere else. There was some conflict and ridiculous behavior that
This is the second Julie Cross book that I'm reading, and by what I've read so far I can say that what she does best when it comes to writing is make it feel incredibly honest. What I also love about this book (and the series) is how the characters just jump off the page, they're vivid, they seem realistic. All I could think about while reading this book was how well the topics in this book are delineated.
While I was left with a few questions, and there was a scenario that played out in a way th
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So in love with these two chapters! You need this book. It's funny, lovable and I'm totally addicted.

Breaking the Ice is book two in the Juniper Fall series. We met Hayley in book one, however, both books are standalone stories and can be read on their own. This one is more fun and less intense than Off the Ice.

Hayley is Queen Bee, Juniper falls raining princess and captain of the cheerleaders. She is a stereotypical character and loveable. She's popular, more interested in cheerleading than sch
nick (the infinite limits of love)


Super shippy! I loved it! Both of these characters worked so well as a couple.
This is the second in a series of standalone teen romances and has ‘real’ teen characters, flaws and all. Haley Stevenson has been the ‘Queen Bee’ in Juniper Falls, but is struggling to achieve the GPA she needs, has relationship problems and is having to attend summer school in an effort to enable her to achieve her personal goals. She’s also determined to avoid distracting male influences until she gets to college. In her Civics class she is paired with Fletcher Scott, a quiet, studious guy wh ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-pile
What a great YA romance this was. I adored every minute and can't wait to see who is next in the Juniper Falls world. I thought Fletch and Haley's complicated romance was sweet and super swoony. I shipped them hard and it was good to see Haley really grow into her own. She's heaps better than she was in the first book and I'm glad. Such a great story.

Full review to come.
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary, arcs
It was fun being back in Juniper Falls, and I couldn't have asked for a better couple to spend my time with. They may have appeared to be an unlikely match, but Haley and Fletcher were perfect together.

I read and really enjoyed Off the Ice, which was my introduction to the world of Juniper Falls. So, obviously, I jumped at the chance to visit again, and I have to say, it was fun being back in town, and I couldn't have asked for a better couple to spend my time with.


Haley was the reigning pr
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Breaking the Ice was such a feel good and romantic book. I really needed a "pick me up" type of book to put me in a sunny mood, and this was the perfect book. Breaking the Ice had romance, drama, family relationships, and self-discovery. There were so many wonderful story elements all weaved together in this adorable book.

I absolutely loved the two main characters in this book, Haley and Fletcher. They were both such dynamic and well-developed characters that I really grew to care for. They seem
Manon the Malicious
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
*4.25 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Well shit, I didn't think it was past 3am...
Guess who has to wake up at 8?...


I requested this because I really love me some Julie Cross books. I’ve been reading her books for a couple years now and I usually really love them.
This was another hit for me.

This was the second book of a series I hadn’t read the first book of, but it’s a series made of standalones. I really did not miss anything by not reading the fi
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Breaking the Ice was one of those cute romances that didn’t go as you expected but the reader was immersed in the characters’ world right from the start.

Haley is the hometown sweetheart who has grown from a somewhat shallow princess to an amazing individual.

Fletcher likes his enigmatic life, but he is smart, sexy and has secrets that Haley just wants to unravel.

Delightfully reminiscent of a Breakfast Club atmosphere, Haley and Fletcher are thrown together in a summer class, igniting a friendship
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
After having read Tempest, Whatever Life Throws at You, Chasing Truth, and Off the Ice, I thought Breaking the Ice would be amazing, but I wasn’t prepared for just how great it would be. This is Julie Cross with her signature style, encompassing frank and honest portrayals of teen relationships and sexuality. It’s sexy, sporty, and best of all, it deals with important subject matter, including everything from learning disabilities, severe (anaphylactic type) food allergies to many of the top 10 ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I've been hearing fantastic things about Breaking the Ice for months now. Everyone seemed to love it, but for some reason I kept putting it off. For what reason, you may ask? I can't even begin to tell you, sometimes I'm stubborn for no real reason. Thankfully, I finally decided to give it a chance when I was in desperate need of a feel-good/swoony romance, and you know what happened? I LOVED IT of course! (Note to self: stop being so darn stubborn)

It's going to be hard to review Breaking the I
Under the Covers Book Blog
Shockingly, I picked up a young adult contemporary novel.  I had heard such amazing things about the first book in this series and I never quite got around to reading it.  So I thought this would be a good time to explore how I like the author's writing and ... the young adult contemporary thing.  It's not usually my thing, even less than new adult.

Julie Cross surprised me though.  BREAKING THE ICE managed to get me to care about a heroine that I have a feeling I would've disliked in the fir
*The Angry Reader*
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, arcs, ya-na
*** I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review ***

This was your standard dorky guy/cheerleader storyline - except it was really different. Fletcher is kind of the nerdy, lay-low guy in school...but...he has hidden depths. Reasons for wanting out of the limelight. And a big secret about how he's a star after all. And Haley may be the town Princess, but her crown is askew. She has issues that indicate perhaps she's "dorkier" than Fletcher.

I enjoyed how this book turned so
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Breaking the Ice is another wonderful installment of the Juniper Falls Series.
Let's just say this. I am obsessed with this series. Seriously. obsessed.

However, for some odd reason, I ended up liking it a little less than Off the Ice.
I mean don't get me wrong this is good. It's really good. But I was left with a few questions and the end kinda felt a bit rushed. (a tiny bit)
I found that I didn't have enough closure after this one. Not sure if that means we will get more in the next one, but sinc
Kristy K
3.5 Stars

This was a quick, fun read that I read in one sitting last night while I couldn’t sleep. Although it’s the second in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone (different main couple, same city/group of people). My favorite thing about this book was how Cross took stereotypes and proved them wrong (and showed why you shouldn’t judge people off of their social status or extracurricular activities). No ditzy, mean cheerleader; no bullying popular kids. I loved that she showed the positive
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
There were parts of this book I really liked and enjoyed, but there were also very large portions where I was just rolling my eyes a lot. I don't remember a whole lot of the first book in this series, but I definitely didn't like Haley in that book (though she did kind of redeem herself by the end). I honestly didn't really like her any better here. She really annoyed me about 90% of the time. I did like Fletcher, though. I thought the severity of his allergies were a little inconsistent through ...more
Katherine Paschal
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Haley has decided to stay away from boys until she is at college since she is over drama in her life. Her main goal now is to pass her Civics summer school class and the best way to do that is by befriending Fletcher who seems to have it all figured out. Fletcher does not have it all figured out (regardless of what everyone thinks!), but he does school well and figures the quickest way to get Haley to leave him
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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It seems like it's been ages since I read a Julie Cross book and, well, maybe that's because it has been. The last one I picked up was actually the first book in this series, Off the Ice, and that was in March 2017. I won't say I forgot how much I enjoy her writing and characters because I'm not sure I could, but I still appreciated the reminder. Breaking the Ice was exactly what I've come to expect from her books — sweet, swoony, funny, real a
lacy white
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, 2017, ebooks, arc-copy, c
A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Please note: even though this is the second in the Juniper Falls series, it can be read as a standalone.

And with this book, I shall officially end 2017. I can think of no better way to end a rather successful reading year with a steamy read with my favorite trope ever, the friends to lovers.

Let me tell you, friends, this was something else. Fletcher and Haley are so damn st
Sometimes I think authors tend to throw too many issues into a book - situations or experiences that their intended YA audience either needs to see or wants to see addressed. Often those stories get way too crowded with way too much stuff and it ends up being one big mess of nothing ever getting the focus it needs.

This could have happened here - but it didn't. One character is an athlete struggling with a medical condition that may hinder his performance and another is questioning whether she ha
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having read (and totally enjoyed) Cross's Off the Ice earlier this year, I was excited to return to Juniper Falls. And Haley and Fletcher's story did not disappoint.

Fletcher keeps a low profile and does his best to steer clear of his small town's gossip mill. So when popular girl Haley, head cheerleader and Juniper Fall's Princess, asks him to be her partner for a summer school class project he's wary of any involvement. But Haley is persistent and before he knows it they're meeting for study se
T.H. Hernandez
Everything I loved about the first book, OFF THE ICE, and none of the things that bothered me, are included in this second book in the series. I absolutely adore this installment by one of my favorite young adult authors, Julie Cross. To say that Juniper Falls Princess, Haley Stevenson, and nerdy Fletcher Scott are opposites would be the understatement of the century, yet these two mismatched personalities are clearly soul mates. While they have gone to the same school for years, Fletcher avoids ...more
Lenore Kosinski

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4 stars — Earlier in the year I read book 1 in this series and really enjoyed it, despite it being very different from YAs I usually read. And so I was excited to see another book set in the town of Juniper Falls. And this one was similarly engaging and yet SOOOOO different!! Honestly, I couldn’t put it down…I was up until 4:30 am finishing the book because I jus
I'm All Booked Up  YA
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Haley’s story comes to the forefront in book 2. The Princess and head cheerleader of Juniper Falls failed out of civics. She’s spending her summer retaking it so she can save her GPA.

Fletcher Scott keeps to himself because he can’t stand being part of the Juniper Falls rumor mill. Despite only playing for a total of 30 seconds on the varsity hockey team, he finds himself wanting to be part of the team…even if he doesn’t care for the people. To have enough room to take more college classes during
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Breaking the Ice" is a great contemporary YA romance about Haley and Fletcher, told in alternating viewpoints. Haley and Fletcher are taking a Civics class over the summer; Haley is taking it to improve her GPA (hopefully) and Fletcher so that he can fill his schedule with more advanced classes during the next school year. They end up sitting next to each other in the class, and although Haley doesn't really remember him, they go back to preschool when she shoved Cheerios up his nose.

Haley has
Taylor Fenner
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.75/5 Stars! Review Originally Posted On: Taylor Fenner's Bookish World

Breaking the Ice is the second book in the Juniper Falls series and it revolves around Haley Stevenson (Tate's ex-girlfriend from Off the Ice) and Fletcher Scott.

After her break up from Tate, Haley has sworn off relationships until at least college and she's trying to focus on bringing her grades up during summer school and getting a tuition waiver to go to her dream college, UCF. If only Haley could focus on what she needs
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Once again, Julie Cross delivers with a light-hearted, yet deeply emotional story that is so much fun. Sport, romance, coming of age, friendship, family, fears and dreams all come together in a story that lets you sink in to it and happily stay awhile. No matter how many Julie Cross books I have read and loved, still she surprises me with characters that are deeply layered and stereotype-defying, and romance that just knocks my socks off.

Haley Stevenson is failing her high school civics class, s
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Breaking the Ice is the second book in Julie Cross' Juniper Falls series and it's just as good as the first one. I was happy to see quite a few familar characters back again.

First I should mention that there is swearing, sex, and teenage drinking in this book. So if that bothers you, it's probably best to skip it.

Breaking the Ice is told in alternating chapters by Fletcher and Haley.

I adored Haley. She's a cheerleader, Juniper Falls princess, and popular. But she's also very sweet and caring.
Lauren - SERIESous Books

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is a voluntary review; all opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

Honestly, Julie Cross nailed it once again. This was a fantastic read from start to finish for tons of reasons.

I'll start with Fletcher because he really surprised me. Talk about layers! He was unlike any other character I've ever read and I immediately fell in love with him. I loved all his secrets and his little Fletcher-isms. He has this
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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her h

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