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Michigan vs. the Boys

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  139 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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published 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.
chloe ♡
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
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 loves hockey. So when her girls' team is disbanded due to budget cuts, she makes the bold choice to try out for the boys' team. Except no one wants her there. Not her couch and certainly
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
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 of

Neville Longbottom
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
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
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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***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.

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
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
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, romance, ya, arcs
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
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 5star, youngadult
Thank you NetGalley and Kids Can Press for sending me this ARC to read and review.

Michigan vs. The Boys was one of my favorite young adult reads this year. Michigan is one of my new favorite book heroines - her attitude and drive to achieving her goals as a star hockey player is something I would aspire to. Michigan's overall persona was great; however, I thought her stubbornness and jealous mentality (especially when it came to her former teammates) was really irritating at times but eventually
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
Nov 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the advanced reading copy of Michigan vs. The Boys by Carrie S. Allen. I can't wait to start this book.
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
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
Madison Lessard
“This is the separate-the-men-from-the-boys part. Lucky for me, I’m all girl.”

Many thanks to the publisher for providing an advance digital copy of this book via NetGalley for review. You can read my full review on my blog here!

First of all, I knew I was going to love this book because it has one of the most clever opening lines/first paragraphs I’ve read in YA. But you’ll have to buy the book to know what it says.

Michigan lives, breathes, and sleeps hockey. Her teammates are also her best
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
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.
Jade  - theelderbooks
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.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First of all, thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for approving my request and sending me an eARC in exchange for a honest review.
You have to know English isn’t my first language, so feel free to correct me if I make some mistakes while writing this review.

Michigan is eager to start a new hockey season because she finally earned the A on her jersey, but immediately after this happy moment she learns her school is about to dismantle her team due to insufficient funds.

Michigan is a strong and
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ebook copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

First, I'd like to point out some triggers: there is quite a lot of physical and mental violence, sexual abuse.

Michigan vs. the Boys is definitely not a happy-go-lucky story about a girl making it to the boys' hockey team. It is exactly the opposite.
But that might be the thing that made this book so good. I don't mean it the way that all happening here is justified, not at all! I mean that this book managed
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
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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
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
Chrissy Busick
Michigan vs. the Boys is an amazing book that will pull you in and keep you reading. I quickly fell in love with Michigan. She is a girl who knows what she wants and will do anything in her power to achieve it. When her girls hockey team is cut, she busts her butt in tryouts to make the boys varsity team. Through out this book she pushes herself harder than the boys, and puts up with more than anyone should to prove she deserves a spot on the team. A few bad eggs among the boys make her journey ...more
Hayley Simpson
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
What a fantastic YA novel. Michigan vs The Boys is about Michigan, who tries out for - and successfully joins - the boys hockey team when her school disbands the girls hockey team. Naturally, the boys aren't happy having a girl (and a very good hockey-playing girl at that) on their team. Michigan goes through a lot to stay on the team, but comes out the other side stronger. I don't want to give too much away, but I thought Allen expertly handled some serious issues in this book. Some of the ...more
Garden Of REden
**reviewed by Cassie

I was really enjoying this book until the overbearing male “girls can’t do anything” became too much for what would be allowed in today’s public high school. I let it go and kept pushing through because Michigan’s story is awesome and the writing is tight.

However, at 39% Michigan decides to insult cheerleaders everywhere by mentioning how they get their letters by “gift wrapping” and I just cannot continue. It is absolutely DISGUSTING and you would think the love they
Rachel Finney
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy of Michigan Vs. the Boys.

Was this book perfect? No. Did it handle serious issues in a realistic way? Yes. That and more. When first getting into the book, I was a little uncertain. It seemed to focus on an insta-love relationship and an underdog story- I wasn't sure if it was going to be a corny romcom. Then, about halfway through the book, the tone shifted into something serious and darker. From that moment on, I couldn't put the book down.

I highly
unique ✰✰
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i picked this book up for a quick read and it delivered so much more than that.

i didn't expect to feel such strong emotions while reading this but it definitely did (i cried. multiple times). this book gave us such a strong female main character who you really wanted to root for and who you really wanted to win.

it also gave us great side characters and when the book wants you to hate someone, you will definitely hate them.

i also really like the relationship in this book, which never happens.

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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.