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Michigan vs. the Boys

by Carrie S. Allen

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Michigan 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. Luckily, there's still one team left in town... The boys' team isn't exactly welcoming, but Michigan's prepared to prove herself. She plays some of the best hockey of her life, all while putting up with changing in the closet, constant trash talk and pranks that always seem to target her. But once hazing crosses the line into assault, Michigan must weigh the consequences of speaking up - even if it means putting her future on the line.… (more)
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Michigan is definitely a girl to root for but the book was just ok. Michigan was a likable main character but much of the book strained credulity and the characters were flat and cartoonish. For example, there was only one locker room in the rec center? When Michigan begins to kill it on the ice, none of the boys were pleased with the team's wins? There was a lot of hockey jargon that I guess shows the author's knowledge of hockey but was confusing. The setting was the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and there were a few yooper references that unless a reader knew this area seemed odd. ( )
  Dairyqueen84 | Mar 15, 2022 |
Why are we not talking about this book? This infuriating, important, amazing book. Young Adult writers are out there doing the work and don't get enough credit. This one tackles gender discrimination, hazing, sexual assault/harassment in a high school hockey team.

Content warning: physical abuse, underage drinking, hazing, being drugged and sexual assault ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
When Michigan's girls high school hockey team is eliminated, she decides to try out for the boys team. She proves herself to be an asset to the team, but some of the boys don't care about that. They want her off the team. At times when reading this book I just couldn't understand why Michigan didn't tell anyone what was happening to her. I reminded myself that this was a teenage girl and the fears she expressed were realistic and it very well could have played out that way in a non-fictional world.

This was a good book and I would recommend it to young people and adults alike. ( )
  sdbookhound | Dec 19, 2019 |
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  ThienSa | Oct 20, 2019 |
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Michigan 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. Luckily, there's still one team left in town... The boys' team isn't exactly welcoming, but Michigan's prepared to prove herself. She plays some of the best hockey of her life, all while putting up with changing in the closet, constant trash talk and pranks that always seem to target her. But once hazing crosses the line into assault, Michigan must weigh the consequences of speaking up - even if it means putting her future on the line.

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