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Michigan vs. the Boys

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  28 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
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Kids Can Press
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May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me tell you right from the start that Michigan is one strong, dedicated, admirable heroine who deserved to have her story written. She could be a real girl, literally, because she feels real and she faces real challenges and relating to her was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done in my entire life.

Her girls' hockey team was dismantled so she needs to find another one for her to be able to keep practicing the one sport that keeps her on her feet, motivated to the fullest, all day long. U
Jun 04, 2019 marked it as arcs-to-read

Many thanks to Kids Can Press for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of MICHIGAN VS THE BOYS by Carrie S Allen in exchange for my honest review.***

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.

When Title 9 passed, and made it so that women’s sports had to get the same funding as men’s sports, athletics changed in the United States.

When I was a child, there were very few girl’s teams.

And you would think that would be the end of it.

But in this book, the school cuts Michigan’s hockey team, and cuts a boys team, to even it out, and thus gets around the rule. But Michigan still wants to play, so she signs up for the boy’s team, and makes sure she is “one of the boys” and take all that is
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Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading a contemporary book that did not focus on a love story was pretty refreshing.

It all starts when the main character's, Michigan, girl hockey team gets cut from the high school budget. What is she going to do now ? Leave and find another school to play for ? Nope. She decides to join the boy's team.

And that's why I got interested in this book. In 2019 you'd think girl and women would be a little more equals to guys than before, but this book is a reminder that it's not always the case. Som
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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When the girls hockey team gets cut Michigan decides to try out for the boys team. When Michigan makes the team what follows is Michigan enduring extreme hazing all while trying to prove the she deserves her spot on the team.

Michigan is a strong, resilient character, she pushes herself to work hard for her spot on the team and every minute that she plays. Michigan endures brutal hazing from her teammates that make is clear that she is not accepted on the team. Michigan fears that speaking out wi
Jun 17, 2019 added it
Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC!

I loved the concept of Michigan vs the Boys - it's a tale that's been told many times but that doesn't get enough attention. We've seen it in football, basketball, but never in hockey, which is what makes this book fresh (or should I say, crisp like winter air?).

Michigan's character is very relatable and her actions aren't out of character. I really felt for Michigan as everything was happening to her. I commend her for her bravery and women out there just lik
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Spoiler free, 4.5 stars*

I heard about this book from my friends and it sounded like something I would enjoy! I love reading about female athletes, even if I don't love watching sports. I guess reading about them makes it more interesting to me haha. Kids Can Press was awesome enough to send me an ARC in exchange for review (which is kind of nuts and I can't really believe it), so thank you so much to them! This will not effect my review. Trigger warnings: physical abuse, sexism, toxic masculini
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank You NetGalley and GoodReads for giving me an Advanced Copy!! This book was absolutely amazing. This is not a book I would have picked off the shelf, but it was one that deserved to be. It makes you question how far some people will go to prevent women from being equal with men in the sports world and how much women will put up with to be accepted. This was a great first novel by Carrie S. Allen and I can't wait to see what else she will be writing. A book I highly recommend this Fall.
Kate Welsh
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one blew me away. It's a vitally important story about women's sports, feminism, toxic masculinity, and figuring out who you want to be and how to stand up for yourself. That sounds heavy, and it is, but it's also a great read with lots of warmth and humor, terrific characters, and a well-drawn setting.

Note: This is an intense read so I'm including some content warnings in a spoiler cut: (view spoiler)
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May 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
Daniel Cuthbert
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
(I received an ARC of this title through a giveaway on Goodreads to give honest thoughts about.)

Michigan Manning just wants to play hockey. So when her school eliminates her women’s hockey team due to budget cuts, she’s left to figure out how she’s going to get through the school year without it. But a chance opportunity to try out for the men’s team is only the beginning of what will turn out to be a year filled with more trials and tribulations then just trying to get the puck in the net and s
Emily Merrill
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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*** Copy sent for review via Netgalley ***

"The girl will never get a day off". Michigan vs. the Boys was a brilliant exploration on what it means to be a girl in the world of sport, particularly when competing against (and on a team with) men.

The book begins when Michigan's women's hockey team at her high school is shut down due to budget cuts, and with no other available opportunities to play women's hockey, she decides to try out for the men's team. But making it onto the team is the easy par
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Michigan vs. the Boys kept me hooked throughout, but there were many parts that I cringed at. This story deals with many heavy topics and it was addressed well.
Michigan is a very strong and relatable girl. She has very real emotions and interactions with her friends. She endured so much but still continued to be the best that she could be.
Michigan's coach perplexed me. He had a daughter that played on a boys team and he treated his daughter and Michigan very differently.
I feel the need to note t
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read a hockey themed romance earlier this year, and am trying to write a sporty YA, so I thought this was going to be such an awesome fit for me. Don't get me wrong, it IS overall an awesome effort as stories about abuse and violence and gender issues like this deserve to be written, read and appreciated, but I had a hard time fully immersing myself in the story. There were several parts that were too sensitive, and I was probably not mentally prepared to digest them all, therefore affecting m ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I won this ARC from Goodreads. This is my review.

Michigan needs hockey, so when her girls’ team at school is disbanded for budget cuts (along with the boys swim team - Title IV fairness), her only option is to try out for the boys team. She makes the team and then has to deal with the misogynist BS that comes with it. I wanted to slap a lot of people and also shake Michigan a few times. Other than trying to take on things she should never have to take on, Michigan handled herself really well th
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SO good. I read it in one day. It was intense and emotional and put a knot in my stomach. I couldn't put it down. It goes to show that there is still an insane amount of sexism in sports and a lack of respect and equality for boys and girls or men and women who play the same sport. The amount of pressure females face when dealing with harassment and whether to talk about it or not for fear of not being believed or losing things they've worked for. The emotional, mental and physical stress of the ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thought-provoking, at times shocking, story that highlights the challenges female athletes face in male-dominated sports such as hockey. Sports fiction is one of the most requested genres in many school libraries but it seems there is never enough available to recommend to students. This will be a welcomed addition, even more so since it not only satisfies the sports aspects by giving readers first-hand experiences of a hockey game - definitely action-packed - but equally shines light on what ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Does anyone else just kind of skim book descriptions when trying to decide whether to read something or not? This is apparently my ultimate weakness, but it has lead to some pretty good surprises. I read the first part of the summary for Michigan vs. the Boys and knew I needed to read it. I love when girls step up and challenge guys, especially in sports. I thought I was getting something similar to Catching Jordan by M
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable YA read! I married into a family that enjoys hockey so I thought I would give this a read when I saw it over at Netgalley. YA books tend to be hit or miss for me and so I went in with "middle of the road" expectations. Allen's story of Michigan and her fight to continue to play hockey exceeded those expectations. I did not want to put this book down, which is saying something for me and a YA book.

While it seems hard to believe that a school in Michigan would disband the girls'
Emma Kiely
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I want to thank Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book was addictive.
I’ll be honest some parts of this book were hard to read because of what the main character has to endure.
It isn’t exactly a happy story but I feel like it was an important one to tell.
The boys team were honestly horrible and I admire the fact her character worked so hard and didn’t give up even when they were being horrible.
It touches on some seriously tough subjects but I feel the
Mary Lynn
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first picked up this book because I thought it would be an aspiring story about a female athlete. I started reading it with then intention of passing it off to my younger hockey playing cousin. After finishing it I am still going to pass it on to her but to borrow. I already pre-ordered a copy for her, she can’t have mine. I fell in love with Allen’s writing. As an aspiring writer this is the type of book I want to one day produce. I can’t wait to read the rest of Allen’s work.
Faye Ridpath
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads.

This is an empowering book.

Every girl and woman should read it.

I look forward to reading more books from this author.
Crystal Zavala
Jun 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
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So excited to win this on a Goodreads Giveaway! Review to come...
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Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Michigan vs. the Boys" is an impactful novel on hazing culture and sexual harrassment in the context of high school sports.

The main characters, Michigan, was a great protagonist and I liked the friendships she had with other girls and her relationship with her brother. It bothered me how little support she received from her parents, especially her mother, and her best friend and I wished this was adressed a little more. I liked how the situation with her mother was resolved, but there could hav
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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.