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Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1

(Check, Please! #1-2)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  5,202 ratings  ·  1,282 reviews

Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It is nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking (anything that hinders the player with posession of the puck, ranging from a stick c

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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by First Second
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Jdemartigny I do not think this book is appropriate for a 13 year old. As a high school librarian I feel the reviews and promotion for this book are very…moreI do not think this book is appropriate for a 13 year old. As a high school librarian I feel the reviews and promotion for this book are very deceiving. For starters the main character, Eric Bittle looks like he's 13 and acts like it too, yet he is surrounded by adult looking males who say things like "Emoticons always equal p****" and "he's probably up in his room getting s***** off by another Zimmermann puck bunny". The setting is a college and the spring dance is called the Spring Screw. I read a lot of YA for my job and I would not recommend this for a 13 year old.
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Lola
PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT.

I know this is not much of a review so far, but hell if I’ll keep my emotions bottled inside. The truth is, this is really an amazing graphic novel. It was originally a webcomic – one of the most popular ones on Kickstarter and I’
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Heckin’ CUTE. Shitty is my fav and reminds me so much of my bb McGraw from Giant Days. 10/10 do recommend
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This series is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I read it first in college, reread it as I was graduating, and now I get to read the full first two years as a collected, physical book. Bitty owns my heart and I plan to cry about him for the rest of time. He’s my perfect soft, loving, pastry happy, gay, hockey playing southern gentleman.

READ THIS. Then get up to date with the webcomic so we can all yell together.
Emma
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love love love this 😍 ...big surprise
Melanie

This ARC was given to me by my beautiful friend Lilly from Lair of Books! (Thank you so much! I love you!)

You all, this was the cutest. No, scratch that; Bitty is the cutest! And this graphic novel was nothing short of a joy to read! Hockey games, behind the scenes practices, a slow-burn attraction, an adorable romance, the most heartwarming main character ever. I mean, what else could you really ask for? Ngozi Ukazu has given us such a bright light of pure sunshine!



So basically, this is a pub
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Whitney Atkinson
3.5 stars

This book had me laughing out loud before the page count even hit double digits! I was not expecting this to have such a tasteful sense of humor in a way that was both evident in dialogue and the clever way the panels transitioned and cut off. I thought Bittle (Bitty? Idk what his name is even after reading this bc he was called like 30 things) was charming and funny and relatable and sweet, and I loved following his story. Him being a vlogger was a really great addition! My main issue
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
OH MY WORD, it's so cute I'm gonna die. This is one of the most precious, laugh-out-loud, heartwarming, charming damn things I've ever read in my life. I need a million more volumes, please. I cried happy tears at the end and I don't even care. And Bitty is such a precious little bean and Shitty is so hilarious and quietly deep and Holster & Ransom are the perfect bromance duo ever and JACK. Sweet, precious little Quebecian (IT'S A WORD OKAY) Jack and his quiet brooding and dark, sad former ...more
Tatiana
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Morris short list
Those who rated this comic highly, can you help me out? Am I reading this wrong?

I am all on board with a story about a gentle, pie-baking gay hockey player who gets embraced by his bro/dumbass teammates and finds love. And I can understand why I personally didn't like how this story is written (sometimes hard to understand, Jack is so not swoon-worthy, only one female character who almost has no speaking lines), but others think it all is cute and fine. Ok. Tastes differ.

But why is no one mentio
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Hollis
THIS IS THE
CUTEST
SWEETEST
SOFTEST
FUNNIEST
MOST PRECIOUS
THING
AND I HAVE ALL THE FEELS.

ps I read the webcomic via the author's website but fully intend to buy upon release because duh.
Ashley (ashleyOutpaged)
THIS IS MY NEW OBSESSION I AM LAUGHING I AM CRYING I JUST LOVE. It is so quirky and hilarious. FREAKING UGH 😭😭💓👌🏻💓💓💓
David Schaafsma
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gn-sports, gn-glbt
Check, please!: #Hockey is the first volume collecting from the popular webcomic from first generation Nigerian (!)-American author Ngozi Ukazu who did a LOT of research to make a comic about a white man's sport she basically knew nothing about, and in the process, falling in love with it. There are two reasons I read it; 1) I may read just about all of the 2018 graphic novel/comics nominees, and 2) I just read Fence, another sports comics series that I was really surprised to like a lot. I am a ...more
Miriam
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miriam by: Gabriel K
Shelves: graphic, school
This was cute. Almost too cute. Take breaks lest ye be overcome by sugarshock.

Hockey. Central, but in the sense that these kids's lives revolve around their team; you as the reader do not have to spend a lot of time seeing hockey moves, nor will you gain much understanding of the sport from this book.

Actually you won't spend that much time on anything, and that was my main complaint: all the scenes are so short. And there isn't much pacing. I'm not sure if maybe this was a webcomic with a short
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Connor
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books, lgbt
So I know I just posted a review talking about how a book was too feel-good for me. This is definitely feel-good, but I really enjoyed it. I think that's because not everything goes well and sometimes and characters fail. I'm not huge into hockey, but the Haus was a lot like my old fraternity. I could definitely relate to the friendships between the different teammates. I even have friends who are just like Shitty (a character's nickname).

I thought the budding relationship between Bitty and his
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Vicky Who Reads
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, wishlist
5 stars

I've been putting off this review for like, 4 months now, but I finally caved because I want to add this to my Debut Author Challenge but need to actually write a review for it to count.

Ready?

OMG SQUEEEEEEE THIS IS SO CUTE EVERYONE READ IT I LOVE THEM ALL why did I not know about this adorable webcomic sooner WHO DIDN'T TELL ME ABOUT THIS IT'S ADORABLE

You should envision this entire review in screamy caps because WOW I LOVE THIS. Ugh. I adore everything about Check, Please!, but most of
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MaryGrace
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS. I mean, who's actually surprised, but I loved this more than I even expected. It was just lovely and adorable, but also so meaningful for me.

This is my first time reviewing a graphic novel and I wasn’t really sure how it was going to go but I loved this so so much that I had to talk about it.

This story follows Eric Bittle (Bitty) through the first two years as a member of the Samwell College Men’s Hockey Team. The first thing you should know is this is about a gay colleg
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Cori Reed
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was PHENOMENAL. If you want a book featuring hockey, baking, vlogging, French-Canadians, amazing male friendships, and so so much love and acceptance, get yourself this book! First five star read of 2019!
Laura (bbliophile)
*takes a deep breath* I LOVED THIS SO MUCH LIKE SO SO MUCH AND BITTY IS MY NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER HE IS SO SOFT AND LOVELY AND I WANT TO BE HIS FRIEND AND BAKE PIES WITH HIM AND WHO KNEW I COULD CARE ABOUT HOCKEY THIS MUCH??? AAAAH I LOOOOOVED THIS
❄️Nani❄️
Second Read: March 2

Because, well... I NEED JOY IN MY LIFE. And Bitty gives me pure unadulterated joy.

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Fist read: March 1

I started this with a stupid grin plastered on my face and ended it with an even stupider grin.

I wish every single human being was like Bitty. The kindest hearted, most generous, sweet cinnamon roll.

I can’t remember the last time I felt this genuinely happy reading something.
My insides are dancing with joy and I wish everyone would read it and experi
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Hazel (Stay Bookish)
HANDS DOWN ONE OF MY FAVORITE YA GRAPHIC NOVELS I'VE EVER READ. I LOVE MY HOCKEY BUTTS *AHEM* BOYS. I adored the Samwell team! I also got hungry for pie. The banter, the vlogs, tweets, the romance, the hockey/haus shenanigans = so much fun!!
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Aug 04, 2018 marked it as to-read-not-released  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Hollis
Shelves: graphic-novel
THAT LOOKS SO DAMN GOOD, THANK YOU HOLLIS FOR THE REC!!!

(ONE OF THESE DAYS I'M GONNA NEED TO ASK MYSELF WHY EXACTLY I'M WRITING ALL MY PREREVIEWS IN CAPS, BUT TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY, CLEARLY)
Sarah
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I RECEIVED AN EBOOK COPY OF THIS FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR A REVIEW** Do you like any of the following things: nice people, good characters, pies, DAT HOCKEY BUTT, Beyonce, nicknames, alluring storylines, webcomics, French Canadians with crazy blue eyes and no obvious emotions, small Southerners who can do jumps and anxiety bake, girls who hold their own against the bros, bros being bros, bros being brothers, and hockey? Scratch that, you don't have to like any of those things to read thi ...more
kayla ☕
everything about this book makes my heart so full and happy 💕 why didn't I read this soon??? 😭
rachel


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ellie
this graphic novel isn’t made up of words or pages but soft boys and many pies

(technically it’s made of both so it’s the best 2-for-1 offer on the planet)
Erica 📚♋️✨🌸
This graphic novel was so adorable and cute ugh i just loved it so much. Eric is the most cutest sweet boy i have ever read about he’s my little cinnamon bun ☺❤😍. I would recommend this graphic novel to anyone so worth the read. the ending made me want Book 2 so bad i can not wait to see how his relationship with jack progresses. ...more
Christina Marie
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL STORY!

I love a good graphic novel! But I also loved every element of this story. It was funny, clever, and just interesting to me. I’m not a hockey person, but I love a good sports story. I also love a good LGBTQ+ sport romance. And while that’s not the main focus of the story, it presents the perfect balance.

I need more!
milou  ☁️
I actually read this as a webcomic a while ago so it was quite lovely to get to be able to read this as a whole graphic novel. It's incredibly sweet and I adore Bitty.



Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Last.fm

↠ 3,5 stars
Christy
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily one of the best things you’ll read in your life AND HOW COULD SHE LEAVE US AT THE END LIKE THAT

Ok, everyone said this graphic novel was basically the cutest thing ever but NOTHING will prepare you for how cute it is. Nothing.

What happens when a figure skater with an infinity for pie joins his college hockey team? Well, of course he:

1. Learns that beautiful ice dancing is a tad different than body slamming, teeth jostling hockey. But he’s up for the challenge…mostly.
2. Figures out that he
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Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I was lucky enough to score an ARC from the Fierce Reads tent at YALLWEST in CA.

For starters...

I thought it was so friggin adorable!

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I FRIGGIN LOVE IT! And I am 100% here for this! I was not aware until after reading it that it was a webcomic first. What is important is that I have read it and I loved it and you all should too!

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I will 100% be purchasing a copy of this graphic novel! I loved Bitty, and I mean c'mon a gay hockey player?! There was also a ton of cussing because heeeellleerrrr colleg
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Sarah K
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh I just loved this!

So I finally did it. I finally read a graphic novels and it was so much fun!

Eric Bittle (Bitty) who is a figure skater turned hockey player heads to Samwell University for college and to play on their team.

Bitty loves to bake and he also does a baking/hockey vlog. He is just an utter delight and I wish he was my real life friend.

I love the team dynamics and friendship! They joke around with each other but also have each other’s backs.

Bitty is also gay and I love the slow bu
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Ngozi Ukazu is the author of the online graphic novel series Check, Please!. She studied at Yale University and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Other books in the series

Check, Please! (6 books)
  • Check, Please!: Year One
  • Check, Please!: Year Two
  • Check, Please! Year Three
  • Check, Please! Year Four
  • Check, Please!: Sticks and Scones, Vol. 2
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