Michigan vs The Boys was a great book – fast read, compelling characters and a story that makes you sad, happy and so angry you would like to throttle the entire boys’ hockey team, its coach and a few other people for good measure.

Hockey is Michigan Manning’s life and this is her year to shine. That is until budget cuts forces the cancellation of the girl’s hockey team, and Michigan’s chance to impress college scouts.

Luckily, there is one team left and Michigan tries out and gets picked for the boys’ team, which isn’t exactly the most welcoming.

“She plays some of the best hockey of her life, in fact, all while putting up with the 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 weight the consequences of staying silent – even if it means putting her future on the line.”

Michigan is a great character. She is a true athlete, who works hard at her craft. I enjoyed the relationship between her and her younger brother, Trent, whose hockey team she also coaches. I did not like Michigan’s mother, nor the choices she made involving her daughter, particular toward the end of the book.

The entire boys’ hockey team was horrific, and my blood boiled reading it. It was difficult to read and difficult to understand the choices Michigan kept making.

The ending was good and I hope that in real life – if something like this was to happen – the ending would be just the same.

Michigan vs The Boys is by Carrie S. Allen and published by KCP Loft . It retails for $18.99.