Michigan vs. the Boys
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
I think this is a really valuable book. It shows the harmful impacts of toxic masculinity, especially in a sports ...more
This review will post on my site on September 24, 2019.
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 ...more
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.
MICHIGAN VS THE BOYS is an ...more
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 ...more
Beyond anger though, this book really didn't make me feel ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.