Just One of the Boys

Alice Bell has one goal: to play for the elite junior hockey team the Chicago Falcons.

But when she’s passed over at tryouts for being a girl, she’ll do anything to make her dream a reality…even disguising herself as her twin brother. With her amazing skills on the ice, Alice is sure she’ll fit in easily. That is, until she starts falling for one of her teammates…

Hayden Tremblay, star of the Falcons, can’t keep himself out of the penalty box.

Constantly living in the shadow of his older brother, Hayden’s losing his passion for hockey. But when he gets shown up on the ice by the Falcons’ new rookie, Hayden’s determined to teach the kid a thing or two. Little does he guess that “Al’s” surprises on the ice are just the beginning…

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush title proves that wonderful things can happen when you’re brave enough to go after your dream. Dream hockey player, that is! Warning–a few locker room scenes are included…

The idea of a girl pretending to be a boy in order to fulfill some kind of a dream because her gender was being perceived as an obstacle isn’t a new theme but the Roopers managed to still write a fun book with it. There is an 80s movie titled Just One of the Guys, Shakespeare played with gender in 12th Night, Disney did it in Mulan and an Amanda Bynes movie She’s the Man added the sports theme.

Despite how often I’ve come across the ‘girl turns into a boy’ this book still felt exciting to read and I liked the hockey backdrop. Their character Alice is a hockey nut who is being denied access to her passion based on her gender not her ability. Now in 21st America normally this would’ve resulted in a lawsuit, protests and viral videos but that wouldn’t get us a decent story you want to read instead of rolling your eyes at.

They did use the interchangeable twin thing which I found a bit hard to believe because it’s a brother/sister instead of the same gender but they managed to make it work enough it didn’t feel too off particularly when you have the sister pretend to be a boy. Family dynamics were handled well and believably within the story as well as any conflict created between them.

You get other characters to bounce off of that were given good emotional leverage and felt appropriate for the age level, setting and plot. The Romance angle was sweet and reminded me of many Rom-Coms I’ve seen. I could see with a bit of editing this landing as a Disney Channel movie. The humor and lighthearted moments made this an enjoyable book to read and gave me what I would expect from Entangled Publishing which is a company I can normally count on for good reading material.

When the inevitable discovery gets made that Alice is a girl – let the fun play out. If you’re into Sports-Romances then add this to your Must Read List.

Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to review this!

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