It’s Live!! Cover Reveal: Michigan vs. the Boys by Carrie S. Allen + Giveaway (US/Canada)

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Hi, YABCers!

Today we're excited to celebrate the cover reveal for 

MICHIGAN VS. THE BOYS, by Carrie S. Allen,

releasing October 1, 2019 from KCP Loft!

Before we get to the cover, here's a note from the author:

Hello, YABC! I’m excited to share the cover of MICHIGAN VS. THE BOYS!

KCP Loft’s covers are all gorgeous, so when my editor asked if I had any suggestions, I kept my stick-figure artistic skills to myself. But secretly, I hoped for pond ice—and I got it, thanks to cover designer Emma Dolan! I grew up skating on a frozen pond and didn’t actually set foot in an indoor rink until my first week of college. Skating on outdoor ice is hard work; the surface is rugged and cracked, your lungs freeze, and you’re trying not to think about what lurks beneath you. But it’s also beautiful and peaceful and satisfying. Pond ice is in my soul, and in Michigan’s too. That solitary figure on the cover is, of course, Michigan! I love that she’s pictured alone, because when Michigan’s hockey team is cut, she loses her girl gang of teammates. On her own, she faces a team of vengeful boys trying to keep her from the game she loves. (Did I mention it’s her own team??) Buckle your helmet. Mouthguard in. And don’t mess with a girl who’s got skates on her feet and pond ice in her soul.

~Carrie

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Michigan Vs. the Boys

Carrie S. Allen

Release date: October 1, 2019

Publisher: KCP Loft

About the Book

Hockey meets the #MeToo movement in this powerful debut novel.

Michigan Manning 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.

If she wants colleges to notice her, Michigan has to find a way to play. 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, in fact, all while putting up with changing in the broom closet, constant trash talk and “harmless” 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.

About the Author

Carrie S. Allen grew up in the Colorado mountains, at 10,000 feet elevation. She put herself through a bachelor’s in biology and a master’s in sport science by driving a Zamboni machine. She worked as a certified athletic trainer, first in a high school, and then in collegiate sports medicine. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, kids and dogs. When she’s not acting as an unpaid chauffeur, she writes about athletes. Not female athletes, but athletes who happen to be female.

Website - Twitter: @CarrieSAllen - Instagram: @KCPLoft - Goodreads - Preorder

Giveaway Details

One winner will receive an advanced copy of MICHIGAN VS. THE BOYS, open US/Canada. 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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Dianna G. on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 20:30

I love that this book features a girl who's willing to work hard, outside of her comfort zone, to get to college. The cover is striking.

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I love that this book features a girl who's willing to work hard, outside of her comfort zone, to get to college. The cover is striking.
Kirsten Tattersall on Monday, 25 March 2019 14:01

The cover is beautiful and I can't believe I hadn't heard about this book before now!

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The cover is beautiful and I can't believe I hadn't heard about this book before now!
Nancy Hernandez on Saturday, 30 March 2019 23:10

I have to read this story. It sounds amazing.

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I have to read this story. It sounds amazing.
Amie Lambert-Gaudet on Wednesday, 03 April 2019 18:28


I am in serious LUST with this book. It is about time someone wrote a hockey themed novel with a female lead.
Anyway, the cover is stunning and so well created that you can just about feel the love of the game emanating from the girl standing on the frozen pond.
I am Canadian and pond hockey is something that everyone I have ever known has been a part of.
I have two kids (both boys) and he played hockey throughout his childhood and into his teens. On his team was a single female player and she really was sent to change in the janitorial room, so when I saw that Michigan has to do this as well, it spoke to me.
I am excited about this book and I am 100% sure that it will be embraced by Canadian teens. I can't wait to get a chance to #readandreview it and to share it on my #bookblog

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:):););););););););););););););););) I am in serious LUST with this book. It is about time someone wrote a hockey themed novel with a female lead. Anyway, the cover is stunning and so well created that you can just about feel the love of the game emanating from the girl standing on the frozen pond. I am Canadian and pond hockey is something that everyone I have ever known has been a part of. I have two kids (both boys) and he played hockey throughout his childhood and into his teens. On his team was a single female player and she really was sent to change in the janitorial room, so when I saw that Michigan has to do this as well, it spoke to me. I am excited about this book and I am 100% sure that it will be embraced by Canadian teens. I can't wait to get a chance to #readandreview it and to share it on my #bookblog
Debra Branigan on Monday, 08 April 2019 20:41

The cover is perfect. The story sounds interesting. This topic is discussed often in our home. It will be interesting to read this one.

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The cover is perfect. The story sounds interesting. This topic is discussed often in our home. It will be interesting to read this one.
Danielle Hammelef on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 14:15

I love the cover and premise as girls in sports are my favorite.

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I love the cover and premise as girls in sports are my favorite.
Penny Olson on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 22:23

The cover is perfect for the story which sounds empowering and dramatic.

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The cover is perfect for the story which sounds empowering and dramatic.
Sandy on Thursday, 11 April 2019 08:25

I love how the cover catches your eye with the text and the ice. I think it shows the strength of the main character as she stands on the ice and it sets the tone of the novel. Great cover and definitely looks intriguing.

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I love how the cover catches your eye with the text and the ice. I think it shows the strength of the main character as she stands on the ice and it sets the tone of the novel. Great cover and definitely looks intriguing.
Julie Daniels on Friday, 12 April 2019 23:22

I love books like this! They are so important and necessary! This sounds amazing! And it has such a beautiful and powerful cover! I recently read Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren and it covered a little bit of this but Michigan Vs. the Boys sounds like it goes more into some of the scary things that girls playing on "boys" teams have to face. The reason I say "boys" teams is because if a girl or anyone else wants to join it's her/their team as well. It's sad that we need books like this so badly but I'm so happy that authors like Carrie S Allen(and Sara Biren) are bringing this into the light and starting conversations and helping to spark change! I would love to read this with my daughter and share it on my Bookstagram. I'll be adding it to my tbr.

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I love books like this! They are so important and necessary! This sounds amazing! And it has such a beautiful and powerful cover! I recently read Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren and it covered a little bit of this but Michigan Vs. the Boys sounds like it goes more into some of the scary things that girls playing on "boys" teams have to face. The reason I say "boys" teams is because if a girl or anyone else wants to join it's her/their team as well. It's sad that we need books like this so badly but I'm so happy that authors like Carrie S Allen(and Sara Biren) are bringing this into the light and starting conversations and helping to spark change! I would love to read this with my daughter and share it on my Bookstagram. I'll be adding it to my tbr.

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