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 st ...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. U ...more
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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.
• Brakes you ...more
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 ...more
if you loved Beartown, then PICK THIS UP. it's basically the YA version of it and it's guaranteed to break your heart :')
- 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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...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 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 ...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
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 ...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...more
I think this is a really valuable book. It shows the harmful impacts of toxic masculinity, especially in a sports c ...more
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 ...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 su ...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 chara ...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 uncom ...more
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 ...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
But I loved this book. And no, it does not shy away from actual hockey play. There’s plenty of action on the ice, though that isn’t the point of this novel: the point is a strong, empowering theme of feminism and overcoming adversity despite all odds (I promise, this book isn’t as cliche as I’m making it sound).
What really makes the story work is Michigan herself, a wholly likable and relata ...more
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 ...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 c ...more
Beyond anger though, this book really didn't make me feel ...more
"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 ...more
In Michigan vs. the Boys we follow - you guessed it - Michigan, who decides to play for her school's male ice hockey team after her own team gets cut. It soon becomes clear that the majority of the boys on the team have issues with being outplayed by a girl, and they will do pretty much everything to get her to quit.
I loved Michigan as a character - she had a drive to her that I respect, without it making her one-dimensional. She also has some complex relationships with other ch ...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