Eric Bittle 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 is nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There's checking (anything that hinders the player with possession of the puck, ranging from a stick check all the way to a physical sweep). And then, there is Jack-his very attractive but moody captain. A collection of the first half, freshmen and sophomore year, 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 book includes updated art and a hilarious, curated selection of Bitty's beloved tweets.
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If I would try to describe this book with "three" words, it would be Heartstopper (Alice Oseman), Ice Hockey and Baking. -Heartstopper: Like Heartstopper, Check, Please! is a graphic novel/webcomic. You can either read it on a website called checkpleasecomic, or buy the actual book. I read the web version, which included little animated sequences which I loved! It's also in color, and I love the style of the drawings. Another similarity to Heartstopper is a gay romance (even though that's not the main focus in the first book/the first two years). -Ice Hockey: all main characters are on the main Ice Hockey team, and this comic focuses a lot on the games and training, too. So that should be a topic you are interested in. However you don't need to know all of the "slang", there are some explanations about certain hockey vocabulary that are provided by two characters (it's an in-story explanation, if that makes sense?) -Baking. One main character bakes a lot, and makes some baking jokes. As for the type of story (with it being a graphic novel), I'd say it's quite similar to Heartstopper. But looking at the content, it's really different and shouldn't be compared! The main characters are called Jack and Eric. They are both out and proud (compared to Heartstopper, where they aren't sure yet about their sexuality). Like I said, it focused a lot on college and hockey, too. I really enjoyed the story and I loved the drawings. But I was missing the connection between some chapters. It's not a completely linear story, it's kind of like diary entries? So some parts are told in flashbacks, or there are big time jumps without any heads up. That's why I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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