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On Thin Ice by Julie Cross
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really liked it
bookshelves: 1st-person-pov, 2019, arc, contemporary, netgalley, young-adult

3.5 Stars

Brooke, the new girl in town, moves there to her grandma’s after her dad is imprisoned and her mom spirals into depression. Jake, captain of the hockey team in a hockey town, suffers an injury after a hazing ritual gone wrong. They meet because of this incident and although first both wary of the other they soon develop a friendship that turns into more.

I think Brooke and Jake were great for each other. They both helped the other grow and gave them someone to talk to and lean on.

This book was more serious than I assumed it would be. It takes a look at the toxic environment some sports towns can posses and how they elevate stars above those of regular students and citizens. It doesn’t paint sports to be all bad though an for that I am grateful. There is a lot of food that can come from being on a team or playing a sport and I liked that that was still shown here.

I do wish we could have spent more time seeing Brooke’s family situation, as that seemed equally important, and wouldn’t have minded it being a little longer to squeeze that in.

While a part of a series and the previous main characters make appearances, this can be read as a stand-alone.
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