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Waiting to Score

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Quirky, smart, and good looking, Zack Chase is a book-loving, talented hockey player. But he doesn't want to turn pro like his late dad, despite his mom's hopes. New in town, Zack's pitted against obnoxious Mac, the hockey team captain with something against Jane, the alluring Goth-girl who's caught Zack's eye. As incidents on the ice and off force Zack to decide what he r ...more
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by West Side Books
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Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
On the surface, Waiting to Score seems like a book about hockey. I was delighted to discover that it is so much more. Rather, hockey is a backdrop for the relationships between main character, Zach, and his mother, the Goth girl he's interested in, his best friend Sheila, and the dead father who is a constant shadow stalking Zach's life.

And these are not simple characters or simple relationships, which was one of the things I love most about this book. Going into it, I kinda thought I had it fi
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
J. E. MacLeod’s debut novel is a well-written, genuinely suspenseful tome on living, losing, and loving.

From page one, the author dives straight into the world of high school, hockey practices, and parties and explores the complex relationships of contemporary adolescence with an authentic teen voice. You will find genuine characters and portrayals of Zack, his enemies, his friends, and his “more than” friends until the very last page.

Waiting to Score will have you riding a roller coaster of em
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Jan 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, ya
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Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
The cover of this book could use some work, but I didn't factor that into my rating. Overall, I found this to be a nice story, but I didn't find the characters to have much depth, particularly Jane. I didn't like many of the decisions the main character made and felt like these weren't addressed at all. I wanted to feel for the characters, but I couldn't attach to them emotionally. The book is definitely sexually explicit, but I think it does fit into the reality of what teenagers are doing toda ...more
Jan 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me in an extremely good way :] I can't stand sports, but this book rocked. It was a little slow for about the first 50 pages. Despite being a hockey book, it's not all about hockey. The complicated characters face a lot of true high school dilemmas. This is a great book for teens, especially boys! ...more
Carro Herdegen
Feb 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language - R (110 swears, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - R; Violence - PG
Zach is new in town and plays hockey. After he tries out for the local hockey team he sees Jane at the arena and falls for her. The problem is that she doesn't like hockey players.
It started out as a good book, but I had a hard time reading it after page 43 because of the sexual content. I forced myself to finish it, but am ashamed that I ever picked it up and put the sexual content into my head.
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Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i like that the characters were almost visible, i pictured their voices, faces, how they interacted so perfectly in my mind. the story wasn’t solely about hockey but about the real struggles of our youth. definitely recommend.
Feb 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2010
Authors, editors, proofreaders, publishers everywhere, I bid you now: Learn your homophones! Hour and our; there, their, and they're; hair and hare; red and read; led and lead; where and wear; would and wood; no and know; its and it's; principal and principle; stationary and stationery; capital and capitol; heal and heel; lane and lain; your and you're; hear and here; dun and done; pair and pear; yew, you, and you; bore and boar; air, heir, and err; plait and plate; right, rite, and write; and m ...more
Michelle Rebar
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
As a serious hockey fan who just had her team win the STANLEY CUP (woo hoo Penguins!), I have to say that this book was exactly what I needed. I loved it and I couldn't have picked a better time to read it.

Zack Chase has got serious skills on the ice. It's in his blood, after all. His father was a famous hockey player who met an untimely demise leaving Zack to continue his legacy. But that isn't all there is to him. He loves to read, he plays the guitar and he's also just a normal teenaged boy
Jul 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
New kid Zachary Chase is not like other hockey players, or so he’s been told. All his teammates in Haletown seem to be jerks, but Zack prefers to be a gentleman. And while his fellow players’ main hobbies besides the sport are basically partying, drinking, and hooking up, Zach is intelligent and would rather read. It’s no wonder the biggest bully Mac, captain of the hockey team, has something against Zack. Most of Zack’s classmates don’t know what to make of him either, the new hockey player who ...more
Zach, a hockey-playing 15-year-old living in the shadow of his dead father, struggles to decide what he really wants after he and his mother make a fresh start in Montana. Should he stick with the hockey team or try out for the school play? Should he chase Jane, the literary Goth girl, or succumb to the charms of Sheila, his best friend? Should he fulfill his mother’s dreams for an NHL career like his father’s or forge his own path? Good looking, well-read, sensitive, and athletic, Zach seems to ...more
Laura Martinelli
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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Cole Deberg
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
How did you pick this book? The librarian recommended it to me because i like hockey books.

Setting: This book takes place in Zachs town and around his town.

Conflict:Zach is faced with the fact that he starts to like this goth girl and his hockey teammates are sore losers and are jerks to him sometimes.

Characterization: Zach as a character is smart, good looking, and talented at hockey. ‘‘You are the best hockey player on your team’’ I think the quote shows his skill as a hockey player but he s
Apr 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
I’ve been looking forward to reading Waiting to Score by MacLeod for a couple months now, and I’m so glad I was able to get my hands on a copy. I read the book in one sitting because I enjoyed it so much. The book is more than just a story about a teenage boy whose life is expected to revolve around being a hockey star.

Waiting to Score is a novel about Zack Chase who is the new student in town, and is faced with the struggles of fitting into a new team and building friendships with teenagers wh
Jan 23, 2009 rated it liked it
I wasn’t at all sure what to expect from this novel. It’s always interesting reading a debut author, for that reason alone. Secondly, I absolutely hate hockey, and as it happens to turn out it is mostly for some of the same reasons the girls in the novel have. Because I’ve met too many hockey player jerks. Despite what I initially assumed, Waiting to Score surprised me!

The characters at first glace, might seem like a stereotypical jock, goth girl, best friend, but there is a lot more going on un
Aug 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
I entered to win this book because it looked like it would appeal to reluctant readers, particularly boys, and it did not disappoint. The story is fast paced and explores the underbelly of high school: parties, drinking, and sex. The main character Zack is a star hockey player, who is trying to figure out if that is really all he wants from life. He negotiates moving to a new town by relying on the values his mother has instilled in him, namely respect for women. I was worried this book was goi ...more
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
This was a really fun read!

Waiting to score Isn't your average sports book. I'll admit when I got it, that I liked the idea. I'm not a huge sports gal, but Hockey is big to us Canadian's, so this was a cute treat!
Waiting to Score tells the story of of 15 year old, Hockey Player Zachary Chase. He's the new kid in town and has to live up to his fathers memory, a mother who loves the idea of him being a Hockey star more then he does and the girl who he can't get out of his head.
Being a young kid w
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is not so much about hockey as it is about finding oneself. This is a perfect book for young adults who are currently in the process of discovering who they are while dealing with the same teenage issues that Zack deals with. Zack is the main character and is far from perfect but at the same time makes a good role model because of his ideals and values. Teens will relate to his struggles to define himself, and at the same time, make the right choices. ...more
Jake Rideout
Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is intense. It's about Zachary Chase, a fifteen-year-old hockey player who moves back to his hometown for his junior year of high school. Mac, the hockey captain and all-around king of the school, is threatened by Zack's talent on the ice and they form an instant rivalry. This is complicated by the fact that Zack catches Mac harassing goth-girl Jane, whom Zack has a crush on. J.E. MacLeod has painted a vivid portrait of small-town Montana and the lives of the high schoolers there. Zack ...more
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Zack Chase, new in town, gets a crash course in the dangerous, fast-paced lives of local teen athletes. A good-looking, book-loving hockey star, Zack’s also expected to be a womanizing, alcohol-abusing party animal, but it’s not who he is. As jealous, obnoxious team captain Mac hounds him, Zack falls for Goth-girl Jane and befriends her teammate brother, both with their own secrets. Tragedy strikes and affects them all in this true-to-life debut novel, giving readers an insight into the lives of ...more
Reader17 Der
Aug 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: others-read
I really liked this book. It was nothing like I expected. This is a book about Zack Chase who has just moved to a new town and has started a new school. While he is good at hockey he isn't sure if this is what he wants to do with his life.

In this book Zack is dealing with being the new kid, making new friends, and getting to know Jane one of the girls from school that isn't exactly as she seems. He has to deal with his Mothers ambitions for him. This is a story of how he feels and is trying to
Megan Anderson
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: formystudents, 2009
I wanted to care about this book and these characters...but I couldn't find it in me. The protagonist was kind of whiny (and occasionally a jerk in ways that made him little better than the antagonist), the antagonist had no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and their rivalry was just irritating. I suppose, sad as it is, it's a realistic portrayal of modern high school society, but I still couldn't get into the book. I finally forced myself to finish it tonight so I could post it and return it to ...more
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I started this book and could not put it down. Growing up in small town manitoba I could relate to every character. Great development of plot and story line is right on the money for the intended audience and us slightly older readers. I also passed this book on to my mother and she loved it - Said she could see each of the characters in people that she knew - she also read it in one night and could not put it down because she was totally engrossed in the story line.
Thanks Janet for a great read
C. McKenzie
Apr 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The strength of this young adult book lies in the pacing and character development. None of the people and none of their stories are predictable and you relate in some fashion to each of them--even the bad guy.

I would recommend this for teens (both male and female), for parents, and for teachers. There's a lot to pay attention to in J.E. MacLeod's book.
Martha Schwalbe
Mar 22, 2011 rated it liked it
This book jumped right into the story so it's a good choice for reluctant readers. I found the situation a bit unbelievable as far as teen experience but I think our teens would like it. The bully character had no redeeming qualities and other than his dad being a bully no reason for his behavior. ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I love reading books in the male perspective. At times I thought that MacLeod made Zach too perfect, like there is no dude like this, but I like that she included him being a stupid teenager with hormones and making mistakes in his story. This was quick guilty pleasure read.
Mar 19, 2009 added it
Page-turner! Nice mix of sports, romance, and tough teen issues.
Jun 24, 2009 added it
Saw this on the Goodreads Giveaways and thought it looked neat.
Tracey Macleod
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An edgy, realistic story about life as a teen. Every teenager will enjoy reading this book. Characters are well-developed and easy to know. An enjoyable read.
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