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Michigan vs. the Boys

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,696 ratings  ·  426 reviews
When a determined girl is confronted with the culture of toxic masculinity, it's time to even the score.

Michigan Manning lives for hockey, and this is her year to shine. That is, until she gets some crushing news: budget cuts will keep the girls' hockey team off the ice this year.

If she wants colleges to notice her, Michigan has to find a way to play. Luckily, there's st
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Kids Can Press
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Lilith Black Bee
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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• Amazing siblings relationship. I mean, who doesn't like to know that they have the support, in any matter, of their sibling?! I absolutely love it when I read about siblings with this kind of relationship, where you really feel the connection between them.
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Those fucking bastards. I want blood. I want it dripping off my skates. I want them to hurt. So make them hurt. Take their fucking manhood and chop it right off. That’s what they care about, right? Their soapy manhoods, shaking in the hallway at me. I will make them look like squirts. I will take their starting positions, their spots on the power play. They want to scare me off this team? Never. I will die first.

I knew this book was going to make me angry but I didn’t think I was going to cr
This book is difficult to rate... I feel like the message this book is trying to send is worthy of five stars.. but the actual story itself was just okay for me. This is a story about a girl named Michigan who plays hockey for her high school, then the girls hockey team gets cut so she goes and tries out for the boys team. The boys are abusive towards her physically and verbally, because they don’t want a girl on their team, and she has to deal with their sexist bull shit day in and day out.

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- so this book is about a girl, michigan, whos passion for hockey triumphs everything else in her life. when she finds out that her school has to cut the girl's hockey team because of funding issues, she makes the difficult choice of joining the boy's hockey team
- and as expected, things are not easy for her. these boys dont like the idea of a girl
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Despite the cutesy title, MICHIGAN VS. THE BOYS is no fluffy, feel good story about girl power and sports like She's All That and Bend It Like Beckham. This is a very dark story about sexism and hazing and ummm, can we talk about why NOBODY is reading this gem? I am honestly shaken by how good this was, and how deeply it made me feel all the things.

**Spoilers because content warnings.**

Michigan is an excellent hockey player on her school
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received in exchange for an honest review 🏒

Clearly YA contemporary sports novels are my thing.

Michigan has just been appointed assistant captain of her girl’s hockey team when the team is cruelly cut due to funds at her high school. The only solution if she still wants to play is to try out for the boy’s team. But a girl has never played with the boys, and these boys don’t want Michigan on their team - especially captain Daniel. And Daniel always gets what he wants, by whatever means possibl
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I would like it noted for the record that this is my do-over review after accidentally losing the first (much superior) draft. I am sad. But here we go; take two.

Wow, so. I knew going into this read that it would deal with some tough situations concerning bullying and hazing, but still. This was hard.

MICHIGAN VS THE BOYS feels like the second cousin to BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman. Like that other story, this one also focuses on the mob mentality so often found in men, particularly in competitive
chloe yeung ♡
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.

i have never joined any sports teams inside and outside of school, or played sports competitively, and i’m embarrassed to admit that yes, i know basically nothing about sports. in michigan vs. the boys, i was introduced to the world of swim and hockey meets, team spirit (or lack thereof) and high school showcases. but the book is so much more than that.

i went into this book expecting some bella
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John Gilbert
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although Michigan vs the Boys is quite predictable throughout, the protagonist, Michigan, is a wonderful survivor. Sometimes painful for me to read after spending most of my working life working with mysogisist boys like Adrian and his like, it is still great to see young women able to finally overcome their horrible behaviour. Some likeable side characters make for an enjoyable read, probably not worth the full five stars, but I liked it more than I probably should have.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
ok i've got quite some complicated feelings about this; it was honestly a great book yet there were various parts where i was just ????????
mich was such a strong and badass character but so stubborn. she kept many things hidden, at the end all of them blowing up in her face and she fixed them because she ended up telling people; also, she was annoying at the beginning?? she talked of her "best friend" with a tone of envy and jealousy, i could not stand her at first. thankfully, she slowly progr
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I seen this on Netgalley and I passed because I'm not a hockey person. I am so glad I picked this up afterwards I loved it. This is way more than about hockey. Michigan Vs The Boys is about the main character Michigan who decides to go out for the boys team after her school cuts the girls hockey team. It's a story about the struggles and challenges she faces with being a girl on a all boys team. ...more
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC!

This book was so much different than the typical YA, sports contemporaries that I read. This wasn’t a feel-good, romance-powered book. Instead, it covered real-life issues and centered around female empowerment. Michigan is a strong female character and there are many instances included in the novel where we see females supporting other females. I felt really connected to Michigan, and found myself rooting for her from the very beginning

Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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What happens when the girls hockey team is cut and Michigan has to try out for the boys team instead? Even though she’s an amazing athlete, and one of the top scorers for the team, the guys aren’t happy she’s there. And they let her know it. What starts out as not too serious, Gatorade poured in her bag and so on, quickly escalates to more serious and scary threats and retaliation.

I think this is a really valuable book. It shows the harmful impacts of toxic masculinity, especially in a sports c
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
When Michigan Manning and her fellow hockey teammates are given the devasting news that their girl's hockey team is being cut from the school budget, she wonders what comes next. Despite her parent's misgivings, especially her mother, Michigan decides to try out for the boy's hockey team. When she makes the team, not everyone is so happy, including the coach and soon Michigan becomes the #1 target.

Quickly, I liked the character of Michigan and was interested to see what would happen in the st
* I received an arc of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *

First thing i need to say is that Michigan is a character that you are unable to not cheer for. From the very start to the very end, she knew what she wanted and she made damn sure she was going to get it. She truly is a badass and I am in awe of her strength, resilience, and feistiness.

This book is not an easy read. There were times I was so angry that I had to put the book down to calm down. But the reason it made me
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me so angry in the best way and now I feel so empowered I could punch through a wall or like, bring down the patriarchy or something.

There is literally nothing I love more than a sports romance except a sports romance where the romance isn't with a teammate and its not even really a romance at all because its more of a critique on the 'boys will be boys' mentality and the wage gap in sports and the girls get to be fucking fierce without being stereotypes and its a lot of girls su
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Michigan vs The Boys is not a light – hearted read. It is a realistic portrayal of a teen girl joining a boys’ team and the consequences of that (positive, yet mainly negative). This is a novel about a girl and girl empowerment. You can’t help but root for Michigan to succeed despite the many setbacks that occur from her own ‘team mates’.

Michigan is a strong female chara
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When the girl’s hockey team is disbanded Michigan decides to try out for the boys team where she experiences hazing, abuse and harassment. Afraid of being thrown off the team, she takes the beatings and mistreatment secret, not wanting to disappoint young girls who look up to her or hurt her chances at a college scholarship.

Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Oof this book. Michigan vs. the Boys is one of those books that leaves you feeling heavy, angry, and upset all at the same time. It's a story about a girl just wanting to play hockey, and the torment she endures to do just that. While everything that is written is done so respectively and not in an over the top, shock value sort of manor, reading about everything Michigan goes through, from the dumb, petty things to the actual abuse, is hard to swallow. But as hard hitting as it all was, this
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Michigan vs. The Boys is a book that is as equally heartbreaking as it is uplifting. It is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds, facing abuse, weighing the costs of speaking up against the burden of silence, the power of a true team and the love of a sport.

Michigan loves ice hockey. She loves her team and time spent on the ice, both training and playing. But she doesn’t realise how much she loves the sport until the girl’s ice hockey team is cut. While her best friend leaves to play at
I just binged this in a day and I loved every second of it. I want so much more - I could read an entire series about Mich and her girls kicking ass on the ice and slaying life and never get bored. This novel is definitely a new favourite.

Also, I may not know a whole lot about ice hockey, but the Mighty Ducks films were basically my entire childhood, so I felt ALL THE FEELS while reading this
3.5 stars

The message this book is attempting to convey is extremely important. I feel that there needs to be so many more stories like this that touch on gender discrimination in mixed gender team sports.

I have no doubt that this novel will make the blood of whoever reads it boil as it did mine. All throughout this story, Michigan has to endure the sexist remarks and attitudes coming from her teammates. These are completely disregarded by her team captain who tells her she just has to accept t
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn’t put it down!
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely my new favorite. I think everyone should read it!
Ms. Yingling
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Michigan loves playing on her high school girls' hockey team, but budget cuts dissolve not only her team, but the school's boys' swim team. There aren't a lot of other options for her to play in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Her friend Brie has wealthy parents to send her to a boarding school in Chicago, and a couple of friends drive an hour to play on another town's team. A couple decide to join the girls' swim team instead. At first, Michigan decides she will just help c
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
In this book, our main character Michigan joins the boys' team when the girls' hockey team loses its funding. The boys aren't happy about that, and neither is their coach, so she has to deal with violent misogyny and abuse from them. Which made this book a very anger-inducing read. I especially found myself angry at the coach, who has a daughter himself but is so extremely misogynistic that I hated him even more than Michigan's team mates.

Beyond anger though, this book really didn't make me feel
Karole Cozzo
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carrie Allen achieves the hat trick in her debut novel, scoring with a humorous and heartfelt writing style, a tough-as-nails heroine any reader would be proud to champion, and a solidly-constructed story that honestly examines the costs and benefits of taking a stand.' A much 'bigger' book than I expected going in, this is a must-read for all adolescents - not just hockey fans - about navigating difficult choices in life and deciding when enough is enough. Bonus points for a super sweet romance ...more
Neide Gomes
4.25/5 stars!

"This is the separate-the-men-from-the-boys part. Lucky for me, Im all girl."

This book contains: skates, Gatorade, statistics, punches, first dates, broom closets, bruises, earphones, college applications, hockey jerseys and ugly bullying.

I don’t think I have ever felt so frustrated and angry by reading a book.
I actually read this a few days ago, but I couldn’t write my thoughts right away, because of the way I felt. I needed some time to process the story and all the events to give
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Michigan was so excited for this season. She was finally going to be leading her hockey team along side her best friend, Brie, but her dreams were crushed, when the girls' team was disbanded due to budget cuts. As each of her teammates explored new opportunities, Michigan was not ready to give up her hockey dreams. After a successful try-out, she was awarded a spot on the boys' team, but it seemed this group of young men weren't willing to share the ice with a strong female player. They planned ...more
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Carrie Allen is a Colorado girl who wears flip-flops year-round and never skips dessert. She is retired from sports medicine, and extra-tired from chasing around two kids and two dogs. She writes contemporary YA about girls who kick butt in sports.

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