Just a few panels into reading Check, Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukzu and it’s easy to see how this webcomic series became such a hit. Everything about this graphic novel is utterly charming!
Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.
A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.
Bitty is instantly charming and endearing as the narrator/protagonist of this story, and I loved following his coming-of-age story as he navigates college, hockey, and baking. His friends and teammates are equally delightful, and basically this book just gives me the biggest warm fuzzy feeling. And in today’s world, isn’t that really what we need more of? WARM FUZZIES.
And let me just say this: you don’t need to know a lick about hockey to enjoy this book. In fact, I kind of hate hockey — but I adored Check, Please! and I just can’t wait to get my hands on volume two.
Look for Check, Please!: #Hockey in stores on September 18th.