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Book Review: The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro

* I have received this book for review from NetGalley but this in no way affects my review *

The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, #2)Title: The Hockey Saint
Author:  Howard Shapiro
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Animal Media Group
Rating: 5/5 stars 

Summary from Goodreads:

The highly anticipated sequel to "The Stereotypical 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 with him, will Tom be able to help him before it's too late?

Book Review:

       So this was a really great book and it made me super happy! This is partly because I received some really exciting news that made me really, really happy but this book shows that friendship rules!!!!


          I am quite happy that I really liked this one as I read the first one last year and really loved it. This fall into a category that I like to contemporary graphic novels because both of these tackle issues that deal with real life and I know that I don't really read a lot of these graphic novels, but I would definitely like to see more.
          The book follows the budding relationship of Jeremiah and Tom who gets to be friends with his "hockey saint" and the challenges that follow...

          I really enjoyed the plot to this, the friendship definitely it was slow building one and was really nice to see how the relationship grew. Granted there was a lack of plot but it was definitely character driven and this is something that I personally really enjoy.  Although I am not a great lover of sport and there was lots of hockey, I don't think this damped my view of the story and did make it more interesting. I definitely also liked the ending and it was a perfect way to end the story. 

         The characters in this graphic novel were also great and there was no character that I really disliked. I definitely like both main characters, Tom, and Jeremiah and it was so nice to see their characters develop over the course of the graphic novel and stick by their friendships even though Tom was in some bad situations, this didn't prevent him deserting Jeremiah. I definitely also like who Jeremiah was a lot more developed than his celebrity persona. 

         The artwork in this graphic novel is also wonderful. It was bright and colourful and I really enjoyed it. My only problem with this was the fact that I read this book and the speech did not match up with the artwork although this was not that much of an issue. 

         Overall, I really enjoyed The Hockey Saint and I highly recommend it, with it's amazing artwork and amazing plot. 

Have you read The Hockey Saint? Did you like it? Leave it in the comments below. 

See you soon, 

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