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Cold Day in the Sun

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,494 ratings  ·  402 reviews
A Junior Library Guild Selection

Holland Delviss wants to be known for her talent as a hockey player, not a hockey player who happens to be a girl. But when her school team is selected to be featured and televised as part of HockeyFest, her status as the only girl on the boys’ team makes her the lead story. Not everyone is thrilled with Holland’s new fame, but there’s one
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams
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Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This YA book took a while to get into, but my patience was well rewarded. Holland Delviss is the sole female hockey player on her high school all male team. Holland has to endure the prejudice and disapproval of many of the townsfolk of Halcyon Lake. She also has her own inner battles: she worries that other people think that she is not good enough - although she is constantly being reassured by her teammates and coach that she is in fact better than many of the other players on her team.

Jan 27, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019-releases
I don't know who told Sara Biren that hockey, female athlete heroines, the Foo Fighters, glam rock, and smoldering romance are all keys to my heart, but whoosh, I devoured this one. Happy birthday to me! ...more
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren is a book that is cute but also contains an important message. It is a story about sports with a hint of music, which is an instant win for me, and the main character is so strong. This is an empowering read that I was sad to put down.

This book tells the story of Holland, the only girl on the boys’ hockey team. She is forced to work twice as hard to show that she’s worthy of her place, and her life becomes even more difficult when
Samantha (WLABB)
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, romance, favorites, arcs
Rating: 4.5 Stars

You know what I love? I love when I cannot stop smiling while reading a book, and that was EXACTLY what happened to me as I read Cold Day in the Sun.

Holland had spent her whole life as one of the boys, and when it came time to try out for her high school's hockey team, she opted to stick with the boys' team, since they already had a well established dynamic in place. Needless to say, she was constantly dealing with naysayers and those, outside of the team, who believed she didn'
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: recommended-to-me, ya

Query: Am I aging out of YA if my favorite character in this very teeny-bopper novel was the Mom for putting boundaries around her teenage daughter's dating life?
Because if so...I am okay with that.

Anyway, I have a lot of super strong feelings about this book and they are mixed up inside my head right now so hopefully I can sort them out

Here is the 5 second version: the story tackles a topical and controversial subject with guts and gusto but then buries it in predictability and teenage lust.

Acordul Fin
“This is my favorite time of the day, early morning. I was up long before anyone else, out on the frozen lake. It’s just me and my skates, my stick, the puck, the net. The only sounds: my breathing and the sharp edge of blades on ice.”
I'm a bit on the fence about this one. On one hand, I flew through it, on the other hand, it didn't quite deliver the feelings promised by the cover. It wasn't sweet or cute (with the exception of a few moments), but rather angsty and even heavy at times. It's
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Cortney LaScola Hornyak -  The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Adorable (albeit predictable) story about a girl on an all-boys hockey team who falls for one of her teammates. Loved the girl power vibe of the whole story, really enjoyed all the characters, and even the hockey aspect too. Very cute and easy read.
Well, the first 1/4 of the book was fantabulously adorable. The rest of it was... fine. I LOVED the empowerment, but the pacing and the heroine did not come through, y'all.

Full review soon!

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Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review – thank you!

(3.5 stars) There’s really not much to say about this book: it was short and sweet, and although the ending was good it was slightly unsatisfying. If you liked Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally, you’ll love this too.

I don’t want to talk much about the ending, though. Not just because of spoilers, but also because I recognise that not all books HAVE to be escapism and have that perfect, unshakeable HEA. Especially a YA novel! I’m th
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases
Well this was such a sweet, adorable book with a badass main character, I had such a great time reading it, definitely my kind of contemporary <3

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Thank you to the publisher for the ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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Ginger at GReadsBooks
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-2019
Reading a Sara Biren book is like hanging out with an old friend — you think you know what to expect with good laughs and a lot of heart. Yet, sometimes, that old friend can surprise you by filling you up with such unexpected emotions. Her storytelling has done it again — it snuck up on me & pulled so delicately, yet urgently, on my heart strings. This book may come across as just a sports YA, about a girl trying to play hockey among the boys. But it delivers something so much deeper, so much ri ...more
Ashley Urquhart
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
For reviews and more, please visit my blog: What's She Reading?

TL;DR – Main character has a HUGE chip on her shoulder and that makes the overall story less enjoyable.

I always have a hard time when I feel like characters have too many “things”. I think authors do that to try to create an authentic and well-rounded character, but in reality I think she would just be over-scheduled and wouldn’t have time to be good at any of her things. That was the case for me with Holland. She plays varsity hocke
Katy Upperman
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I adored Sara's debut, THE LAST THING YOU SAID, and I ~hoped~ her follow-up, COLD DAY IN THE SUN, would be equally fantastic. Wow, was it ever. I absolutely adored this YA hockey novel full of amazing music references, yummy food mentions, and steamy kisses. It puts its own spin on two of my favorite tropes (hate-to-love and secret romance) and its ending is incredibly satisfying, but open-ended enough to feel realistic. Holland is an amazing protagonist--a hockey badass with a passion for the F ...more
Kate (beautifulbookland)
This was cute and fun and angsty and I loved it. It follows Holland, who is the only female on an all-male hockey team, and documents her struggles to be taken seriously by the fans.

This book really makes you think about the injustices regarding female athletes. As a football watcher, this is something I feel very passionate about - how men’s football gets all the funding, while some women’s teams have to resort to packing bags at Asda (I’m not joking). I always love to see women involved in wh
Jennifer Speas
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley, ABRAMS Kids/Amulet Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review early!

Give me a story about a girl on an all boy sports team who's feisty, strong willed, and determined to not only prove to herself, but to everyone that she deserves her place while hitting me with a delicious slow burn of hate to love and I am weak. Give me that same girl throwing out playlists every few chapters or so of some of my favorite music genres including '80's hair metal (thankyouvery
Julie Daniels
This book! OMGosh it's so "ducking adorable!" I don't read YA Contemporary Romance as often as I'd like to and I've been in the mood for one for a while. Cold Day in the Sun really hit the spot for me. I loved Holland "Dutch" Delviss. She was so spunky and determined. I just can't think of anything I didn't like about this book. I loved the way the author rounded out Holland's character with her love of glam metal, journalism, and her blog entries. All of the characters were so very well fleshed ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is just the book I needed to make my day. I, as a softball player, have felt that baseball has always been the sport to take control. Nobody considers the females and their abilities. This book demonstrates the importance and struggles of a female player trying to keep a good reputation surrounded by male players. Everybody thinks females are weak, but I will take down any day of the week, no hesitation. Since the beginning of time, it has always been about men. Don’t believe me?? We m ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this title from the publisher. It does not impact my review.

I really enjoyed this book. I’ve really been in the mood for cute contemporary stories lately and Cold Day in the Sun gave me that, plus a little more substance.

Holland is the only girl on the boys varsity hockey team. She’s a great player, but there’s obviously a lot of pressure that comes with her position on the team. A lot of people don’t think she should be allowed to play with the boys and she spends every gam
Kris Mauna
Cold Day in the Sun is about a tough heroine who isn’t afraid to show the world what she’s made of! This story is for the readers who have felt like they must work extra hard to prove themselves to the world.

Cold Day in the Sun is a book ensured to make readers smile. It’s short and sweet with the perfect blend of sports, family, and even music. Plus, Holland, is one of the best heroines ever! She’s fierce yet vulnerable. Being the only girl on the boy’s hockey team makes her the subject of many
Liza Wiemer
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! LOVED. IT!

Set in Minnesota, this is a novel about Holland, a female high school hockey player, and the challenges she faces with team members and the community. Holland is an amazing character, exuding incredible strength of character. She has rules, and one of them is never date a teammate. But things changes with Wes. I love the romance. Another rule Holland has is practice harder than anyone else, and she does.

You don't have to be into sports or be a hockey fan to appreciate this
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love contemporary books. I generally reserve them for the summer months, but as this book is set on the icy lakes of Minnesota, I thought this would be the perfect read for the last few weeks of winter. I was right. This book was filled with blizzards, coffee, snacks, fireplaces...and a sizzling romance to keep the cold at bay. With a fiery romance, a strong-willed protagonist, and a supportive love interest, this book was scrumptious - I flew through it.

The characters are what makes or breaks
Kate McMurry
Fabulous, YA, sports romance with a hockey-player heroine

Holland Delviss (hockey nickname, Dutch) is a tremendously talented, 16-year-old hockey player who lives in the fictional small town of Halcyon Lake, Minnesota. During her freshman year, she was the only girl on the boys’ junior varsity team, and she has remained the only girl on the boys’ varsity team since her sophomore year. When she reached puberty, rather than transferring to the girls’ hockey team as all the other girl players did, s
Amanda Brenner
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
You can read all of my reviews on my blog -> Cover2CoverMom Blog

*4.5 Stars*

YA contemporary/romance is NOT a genre I reach for often… or ever. I’ve been trying to read more YA since I am now a Teen Librarian, and this one came in at our branch, so I decided to pick it up.

What I Liked...
» I love books that revolve around female athletes. I am just such a sucker for a character that is passionate about a sport and we get to see the hard work and dedication that it takes to excel in a sport. I also
We need more YA hockey books.

The romance between Holland and Wes in Cold Day in the Sun is insanely adorable. I love when relationships start off as a enemies to friends to lovers, and this one was so good. I also loved that this book focuses on Holland and her relationships with her brothers and family. In general, this book is very pro-family support, which is so refreshing to read in a YA book. It also has just enough of a feminist vibe to make me root for Holland’s success, but it wasn’t pu
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

This book is ducking adorable ;)

Okay, so this book is about Holland, a girl on a boys hockey team. I know, I know, there are so many books/movies out there about girls who prove themselves good enough to play on the guys' team, who prove girls are just as good, blah, blah, blah. Trust me, you haven't read Holland's story and it is worth it.

This book is girl-power all the way. At times, it really seems he
Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit:
I’m a sucker for hockey romances, so when Manda Group offered up this YA love story about a girl who plays hockey on a boys’ high school team and falls in love with the captain…I was in.

Holland Delviss has always played hockey on boys’ teams, with three brothers and a dad who are super into hockey. Now, as a junior, she’s finally on the varsity team, with teammates and a coach who respect her. But Minnesota’s annual HockeyFest is coming up and Holland’s
Kate McMurry
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading, I thought, "Oh, this is so predictable. I see where this is going." But then I found myself turning page after page and eager to see what was going to happen next. I loved this love story!

For my younger readers: Beware of the liberal use of profanity.
Tracy Banghart
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect book to read on a 12 hour flight. Romantic, funny, and full of heart. I loved the way Holland takes on sexism in her town, and all the sparks between her and Hot Sauce. The characters felt so real! This story was just the sort of sweet, empowering read I was in the mood for. It’s hard to explain but sometimes with contemporary, I find that the angst is almost...too much for me? This has just the right amount in my opinion. Lol. But that is DEFINITELY a personal preference th ...more
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Sara Biren lives in eastern Wisconsin with her husband, their two children, and two cute schnoodles.

A true Minnesotan, she is a fan of hockey, hotdish, and hanging out at the lake. She enjoys seeing live bands, watching movies , and drinking coffee. Her love of cheese knows no bounds, so moving to "America's Dairyland" wasn't a horrible idea.

Sara is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dulu

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“Figure it out. Work through it. You’ll find your answer.

What’s my plan? I
don’t have one, except to do what I do every day. Keep moving forward. “Get through today? Get through practice, and our games this week, and then I’m going to get through HockeyFest. Probably spend a little extra time on the lake. It’s kind of my happy place.”

She nods. “One day at a time, one game at a time. I like that plan. My happy place has always been the weight room. I figure, if I can tackle that, I can tackle anything. You want to know my personal motto? ‘I can do hard things.’ I’ve proven that I can get through a challenge, so I can do it again. I’d say the same for you.”
“I both dread and welcome the hour of intense drills, the stretch and burn in my muscles, the pure instinct of muscle and play. I also dread the beatdown I’m going to get for being late, even though I have a good reason.” 0 likes
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