Title: Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1
Series: Check, Please!
Author: Ngozi Ukazu
Published: September 18, 2018
Genre: graphic novel, YA, LGBT, sports, comics
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
This review is short and spoiler free!
Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!
Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.
A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life
(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)
TL;DR – THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING CUTE MY HEART CAN’T TAKE IT. PLEASE READ IT! IT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT!
Ok, now that I got that off my chest, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
First of all, the artwork in this book is so cute. It’s cartoon-ish, and it fits the vibe of the whole story perfectly. It’s lighthearted, easy on the eye, and you will consume this story is record time. Believe me. It’s that good.
I love Eric (who his whole team calls Bitty). He’s a friendly hockey player teen who is just starting college, and is learning to navigate this whole new world around him. He loves playing hockey and being on the ice, but he hates getting hit despite hockey being a contact sport. Bittle has such a friendly exposition that jumps off the page that it feel like I’m friends with him, even though I’m just a reader.
It’s clear throughout the story that Bittle is comfortable with his sexuality, but is hesitant to open up to his teammates and friends in fear that they would judge him. Hockey is perceived as a generally masculine sport, so he delayed opening up to his friends.
I can’t really say more without ruining the story, so just know that it’s super cute, super fun, and easy to read even if you know nothing about hockey (like myself). I loved this book and I absolutely can’t wait for the next volume to come out. The second volume doesn’t have an exact publishing date (other than 2019), and although I don’t want to wait for it, I’m excited to see what’s going to happen next!
If you want something wholesome and easy to read, this book is for you. You can’t help but smile at Bittle and his stories because of how cute they are. If you need something to cheer you up and warm your heart, this book is also for you. Basically, if you need some cuteness in your life then read this book. In fact, even if you don’t need everything that I have already listed, read the book. Please. It will not disappoint.
I have a friend crush on this dude. I think he would be fun to hang out with. Bittle seems pretty chill and is down to just chat and hang out.
He reminds me of an all American sweetheart. He works hard, plays hard, his dad was a famous hockey player, and he has baby blue eyes. If that isn’t a classic example of an American jock heart-throb then I don’t know what is.
(Yes, that is seriously one of the character’s last name.) I don’t remember what this dude’s first name is, but it doesn’t matter because he was my favorite teammate out of all the guys on the team. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t mind the other guys, but Shitty was my fav. He seems so down-to-Earth and someone you could confide to. He made Bittle feel welcome since day 1, and he just seems like a jolly person to be around.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 unicorn horns. I need more of these comics, stat!
Until next time….