Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro

Genre:  Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Graphic Novel
Source:  I received a copy to help facilitate my review.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

This Book will be released October 14, 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:
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?

My Thoughts:
At first I wasn't sure about this graphic Novel. The storyline was great.  It depicted a story of a young college kid who meets the hockey great Jeremiah Jacobson.  What he finds is not the self-absorbed, stuck up player that is so often portrayed on the news.  Instead he has discovered that Jeremiah has a secret hidden life.  He has kept it out of the limelight because he doesn't want people to think he does the things he does for the publicity. He truly has a heart of gold.  Unfortunately there are river rats that are always trying to bring someone down. They look for the dirt on those who are in the limelight.  Jeremiah has two major problems. As an athlete he smokes and drinks too much.  The message in this book is clear.  Don't idolize those who are just like you.  They may have a job you wish you had but they are still just like you.  You both put your pants on the same way, one leg at a time.  For me this was worth putting on my shelves for the message.

About the Author:
Howard Shapiro has also written four children's books. The Stereotypical Freaks, the first book in the Forever Friends Trilogy won the 2013 Best Graphic Novel Award at the eFestival of Independent Books and it was also a finalist for the Young Adult Library Services Association's Great Graphic Novel for Teens Award. Hockey Player for Life has been the off and on #1 downloaded children's hockey e-book on Amazon's Kindle chart since its arrival as an e-book in November of 2011. His first children's hockey book, Hockey Days, was the only book featured in the December 2007 Sporting News Magazine Annual Gift Guide as a Best Buy Gift for Children.

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