Thursday, January 31, 2019

Graphic Novel Review: Kicking Ice by Stephanie Phillips

Kicking Ice by Stephanie Phillips, Art by Lee Moder & Color by Marissa Louise
Publisher: Ominous Press
Release Date: Winter 2018
Format: Hardback
My Rating: 

Ominous Press

Kicking Ice tells the story of two young female hockey players, Bella and Skye, who dream of playing professional hockey in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). Bella and Skye are the only girls on their co-ed hockey team and learn to overcome bullying from some of their male opponents. In particular, a rival player named Derek likes to tease Bella and Skye by telling them that girls will never be as good at hockey as boys. Of course, Bella and Skye prove that kicking ice isn't just for boys. 

Kicking Ice is a kickstarter that I found out about at the tail end of their campaign, but I was really psyched to be a part of it. I'm a huge hockey fan, and I'm starting to get more in the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) and this graphic novel was crowd-funded in partnership with the NWHL! It's a pretty cool thing, and I'm glad that was able to be a part of it.

The story in the graphic novel is really about friendship and how hockey brings two girls together. I loved Bella and Skye's friendship in the book, it just felt so realistic to me. Also I loved Bella's parents and how they try to embarrass her so hard during her games. It was so realistic to me! It was also great that they supported her wanting to try out hockey, so it was cool to watch her grow into the sport.

The book is also about dealing with a bully which I think is a thing a lot of young people go through. Kids can be jerks, especially jerky boys that don't want to compete against girls. The book kind of teaches you to stand up to those bullies, but to also be the bigger person and I think that's the right way to go about it.

I do think that the book kind of ends abruptly and cuts to ten years later. It felt a little of too much of a jump and then the book is over. I think I wanted a little bit more of their story in this. I would love to read another story about these two girls and hockey.

The book also has a lot of bonus pages after the story is over that gives history on the NWHL and the Canadian Women's Hockey League. In addition to some other things. I thought that was pretty cool to include. This is definitely a great book to read if you are interesting in women's hockey but don't know where to look.

I enjoyed this one a lot, and I was glad I was able to be a part of the kickstarter!

Happy Reads Everyone!

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