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Any Way You Slice It

(Vernon High Chronicles #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Penelope Spaulding just can't catch a break. Between long hours at the family pizza shop, piles of homework, and her dad’s new obsession—getting the restaurant on a new foodie reality show—it's hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, the world is hers to control and everything else slips away.

When the bad boy who lives
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 26th 2017 by Wicked Whale Publishing (first published April 21st 2015)
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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
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, for-review
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
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a perfect slice of pie or should I say pizza. Any way you slice it reads like a movie and I loved every minute of it.

•Underdog hockey team- check
•Family with a perfect dynamic- check
•Misunderstood bad boy- check
•Warm and fuzzies- double check. This book ticked all the right boxes for me.

Penelope loves to Ice skate, but her overprotective father forbids her to entertain the idea of playing hockey. He believes it is too dangerous. Penelope's dad has his own sights set on her f
Kristine Asselin
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Readers of Any Way You Slice It...If you'd be interested in a deleted "first kiss" scene between Pen and Jake, register for my newsletter here: ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ice hockey. Cute romance. Pizza. What more could you want? Any Way You Slice It is the perfect light-hearted YA contemporary.

For Penelope, skating gives her a break from school and endlessly working at her family's pizza restaurant. When Jake, resident bad boy and her old friend turned we-don't-speak-anymore-because-of-that-6th-grade-incident enemy, asks Pen to join their recreational ice hockey team, Pen surprises herself by considering it. But she knows her father will never let her play hock
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reasons you should read this book:

- so much pizza
- underdog story
- cuteness overload
- girl rocking ice hockey
- family
- friendship/love

Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, romance, ya, contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Did someone say hockey, romance, and pizza? Count. Me. In. This book combine so many of my favorite elements, and produced a fun, feel-good read, with a lot of heart.

•Pro: I really loved Pen and I was cheering for her from page one. She was trying so hard to forge her own path, and it was heartwarming to see her find these new parts of herself. It saddened me that she had to keep these parts a secret from people who really mattered to her.

•Pro: This couple was easy to ship. From
K.R. Conway
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Victoria Perkins
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Overall, Any Way You Slice It was a fun read but it didn't have any deep concepts and the plot was not very unique. There were also a lot of bizarre or unrealistic pieces to the story. The way Penelope acted like she was sure her father would say no if she asked him if she could play hockey, even though she never even tried asking, was definitely weird to me. Also, I feel like the author wanted the reader's sympathy for Penelope even when she was in the wrong. To me, Penelope wasn't really a lik ...more
Tiffany Heywood
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so cute! This book focuses on Ice Hockey and Pizza which i loved, pizza is one of my favourite foods and i love ice skating so Ice Hockey was really interesting to read about. What i liked about this book was how centered it was around a female doing a male sport and showed its readers that either sex can do anything if they stick to it. I loved the charcters. Penelope was a dedicated and works really hard to keep her parents happy however when she was on the ice it allows her to e ...more
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Penelope spends most of her free time either helping out at her family's pizza restaurant, Slice, or skating. Both things are a passion of hers, but hockey has always been a hobby that her dad has been against. All that he's focused on is trying to get a reality show to come to Slice, and when childhood friend, turned 'bad boy' Jake dares Pen to join the Rink Rats, a local hockey team, she def
Beth  (YA Books Central)
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
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Jen Malone
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
This slightly missed the mark for me.

Penelope Spauldings' family run a pizza restaurant, the best pizza restaurant in her small town, called the Slice. She feels weighed down by her father's ambitions, which are for her to go to culinary school and then help him set up a pizza empire, heck she already works 30 hours a week at the restaurant as well as go to school. Her only me time is when she skates at the local rink in free skate time, but her father would kill her if she ever played hockey.

Michelle Rebar
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy F
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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 t ...more
Soobie's scared
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
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My heart has been SLICED up into mush with this adorable, gooey contemporary romance.

(See what I did there? c;)


I received an eARC of this book from Weaponry Co-Op through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Any Way You Slice It is a cutesy debut novel that you can absolutely GLIDE through (AGAIN WITH THE PUNS, I NEED AN INTERVENTION) about a girl who loves to skate - but she's forbidden. Following an accident when he was a teenager, her Dad can't think of anything worse than
Ms. Yingling
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura Pauling
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Lauren loves llamas
Hockey?  Childhood friends to enemies to more than friends?  Sounds good to me!  I gobbled up this sweet and adorable book in an afternoon.

Pen was a wonderful character.  I loved the descriptions of how she felt while skating, of how the rest of the world just fell away for her.  It made her determination to pursue hockey against her father's wishes make more sense.  And even though she repeatedly lies to her family, it's also obvious how much she loves and respects her parents, and to some exte
Wicked Whale Publishing and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Any Way You Slice It. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Any Way You Slice It is a YA coming of age/romance book, set in a small town where hockey and pizza are revered as kings. Penelope Spaulding's path has been set since her parents bought a pizza parlor in town, but Pen wants more out of her life. Given the opportunity to play hockey with a local team, will Pen be able to co
Ms. Yingling
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Print copy provided by the author

Penelope Spaulding works hard at her family's pizza restaurant in New Hampshire, especially with her father trying to get ready for a reality show. Her real passion, though, is playing hockey, and when Jake, who kind of irritates her, dares her to join the local misfit hockey team, she lies to her parents and starts playing. Her grandmother tries to stick up with her, but her father has very deep rooted feelings about her not playing. It's hard to hide things fro
Patrick Hodges
I love underdog stories, particularly when sports are involved. There's nothing more tried-and-true than the story of a ragtag bunch of "losers" who band together to overcome great odds to beat the odds-on favorites who are, let's face it, jerks. I identify with these kinds of stories, and I love them every time, whether it be The Bad News Bears or Dodgeball.

Penelope "Pen" Spaulding, known around her town as the "Pizza Princess" due to the fact that her family owns and runs the local pizza hot s
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for YA Books Central

A wonderful, sweet sweet romance.

The story:
Penelope loves to skate and has a talent that doesn't go unnoticed by the star of the rec league hockey team who also happens to be Penelope's once best friend Jake. The problem? Penelope's family has expectations. Dubbed the town's "Pizza Princess" she has to follow the lead of her father in his quest for reality stardom.
But all she wants is to hold a stick in her hand and feel her skates glide through the smooth ice. With
Laura Martinelli
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
I really enjoyed this story! It was very entertaining and well written, and I read through it in three days. It's only available on e-book, and depending on which way you read it, it's either 250 pages, or 373 pages. Anyway, it's a really good book! Set it a small town in New Hampshire, Penelope, often called Pen, is a junior who loves to skate. Her parents own the best pizza store in the state, and she spends a lot of time working there, which sometimes annoys her. When Jake, her ex-best friend ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: feel-good
Full review also on my blog: https://nextbookaroundthecorner.wordp...
The cover has cute written all over it, and that is pretty much how you can sum this up: the story is just very adorable. It is nicely written, a bit predictable, but a very happy and light read.

Penelope is an average girl, juggling to get by at school and her work at the family restaurant. As a teenager, she wants to have more in life than school and work. And therefore she joins the local ice hockey team, as an act of rebelli
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