Penelope Spaulding justcan't catch a break. Between long hours at the family pizza shop, pilesof homework, and her dad's new obsession--getting the restaurant on a new foodie reality show--it's hard to find a spare moment to breathe. Butwhen she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, the world is hers tocontrol and everything else slips away. When the bad boy wholives down the street dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfithockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of hercontrolling parents. The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She's sneakingout to practice--and loving every minute of it. It doesn't take long forher to fall in love with hockey...but she's not entirely sure if it's thegame she's falling for or the boy. Because it can't last. As soon as her dad finds out, she'll be benched. For good. And the one thing she IS sure of...she can't stop playing
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Such a sweet story
Reviewed for YA Books Central
A wonderful, sweet sweet romance.
Penelope loves to skate and has a talent that doesn't go unnoticed by the star of the rec league hockey team who also happens to be Penelope's once best friend Jake. The problem? Penelope's family has expectations. Dubbed the town's "Pizza Princess" she has to follow the lead of her father in his quest for reality stardom.
But all she wants is to hold a stick in her hand and feel her skates glide through the smooth ice. With maybe a few kisses from the town bad boy.
What I loved:
Everyone in this story is just so incredibly likable. From the teen girl who wants her father to accept what she loves to do and what she wants in life to the misunderstood bad boy. Even the overbearing father has his endearing moments.
They're people you'd want in your life. I found myself cracking up at some of the hockey moments from the inept team and smiling from ear to ear.
What was just okay:
Some of the issues could have been solved with good old conversation - but I guess I don't know many teenagers who jump to that conclusion.
A lighthearted romp full of humor, endearing characters, and enough family moments to warm you up even in those cold hockey arenas.