Any Way You Slice It – Kristine Carlson Asselin

Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break. Between long hours at the family pizza shop, piles of 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. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, the world is hers to control and everything else slips away.

When the bad boy who lives down the street dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of everything her parents have forbidden.

The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey…but she’s not entirely sure if it’s the game 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.

My review

The cover has cute written all over it, and that is pretty much how you can sum this up: the story is just very adorable. It is nicely written, a bit predictable, but a very happy and light read.

Penelope is an average girl, juggling to get by at school and her work at the family restaurant. As a teenager, she wants to have more in life than school and work. And therefore she joins the local ice hockey team, as an act of rebellion. Because her father is adamant against her playing ice hockey.

Jake didn’t expect Penelope to take the bait in joining the Rink Rats. The team has been losing – like forever – and their local sponsor is the rival pizza place. But Penelope agrees to join and after a few training sessions it is clear that Penelope has inherited her father’s qualities on the ice.

The story unfolds as Penelope gets buried deeper into the lies she told her family. And the attraction between Jake and Penelope grows.

In all, a bit predictable, but cute. If you like an easy read with a happy ending, please read this one. Preferably while enjoying a slice of pizza. Bon appetit!

Publisher: Wicked Whale Publishing

Published: October 2017

ISBN: 9780999420508

My Rating: ♥♥♥

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