Oct 28, 2014

Recent Reads: The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro

The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, #2)
The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro
Series: Friends Forever #2
Publisher: Animal Media Group
Publication Date:  September 10, 2014


Format: Ebook
Source:From the Author in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinion or review of the book.



Goodreads Synopsis: 
The highly anticipated sequel to "The Stereoypical Freaks" and the 2nd book in the "Forever Friends" Trilogy, this is "The Hockey Saint"

Twenty-one year old Jeremiah Jacobson is the world's best hockey player, but he wasn't prepared for the frenzy and scrutiny that came with that title. Tom Leonard is an average college sophomore... just a guy trying to find his place in the world as he sorts through issues that are both very real and seemingly insurmountable.

Through a chance meeting, these two strike up an unlikely friendship. Their bond is tested when Tom discovers that his idol isn't as perfect up close as he seems from afar. With Jeremiah living a little too much in the moment and with his past catching up to him, will Tom be able to help him before it's too late?

I received this book from the author and I am so glad that I did.  

The Hockey Saint is a graphic novel about a college kid who has recently lost his parents and is still trying to find himself after their death.  On a whim he finds himself at outside of the home of a professional hockey player and they meet and become friends. While the premise is a bit strange, this was a really good read. The characters were interesting and deep and the illustration was wonderful. I found myself enthralled in this book and didn't want to stop reading until it was over.

I did not realize when I received the book that it was the second in a series - so I will have to track down the first one to read. But that being said, you did not need the first one to set this one up. You meet Tom, the main character, and start to feel for him immediately. You meet some of his friends and see some of his life, and then meet Jake, the hockey player. 

Tom and Jake's friendship is an interesting one, based on loss, but also in necessity. They both need a friend and are there for one another without it being super emotional. While the story followings Tom, you learn a lot of Jake and his life and his experiences and learn to like him as well and through the story you find yourself rooting for both of them. 

The book covers a lot of really heavy stuff, death of parents, loss, alcoholism,  promises and secrets and how they can eat away at life, a person, or even blow up in your own face... it was an emotional roller-caster of a graphic novel but in the best of ways. 

I highly recommend this book.

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