Book Review: Just One of the Boys by Leah and Kate Rooper

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: Alice Bell has one goal: to play for the elite junior hockey team the Chicago Falcons. But when she’s passed over at tryouts for being a girl, she’ll do anything to make her dream a reality…even disguising herself as her twin brother. With her amazing skills on the ice, Alice is sure she’ll fit in easily. That is, until she starts falling for one of her teammates…

Hayden Tremblay, star of the Falcons, can’t keep himself out of the penalty box. Constantly living in the shadow of his older brother, Hayden’s losing his passion for hockey. But when he gets shown up on the ice by the Falcons’ new rookie, Hayden’s determined to teach the kid a thing or two. Little does he guess that “Al’s” surprises on the ice are just the beginning…

Review: Cute. Amazing. Gripping. All these words I would use to describe this book. Just one of the boys uses a topic in books that I love, a girl affected by gender inequality by defying the rules and pretending to be a boy. For some reason, I just love this type of book and with just one of the boys, it has to be the best one I have ever read.

The book starts off with twins, Alex Bell and Alice Bell moving to Chicago. Both twins are incredibly passionate about ice hockey and both try out to enter the main team. Alice is told she can’t be on the team when they realise she’s a girl whilst Alex sprains his ankle and is unable to play. Alice decides to take Alex’s place and then we watch the story unfold.

Can I just say that the relationship between Alice and Hayden is so wholesome, I can’t cope. They turn into best friends even though Hayden hated Alice ‘Al’ Bell at the beginning of the book. It isn’t until the end of the book where Hayden finds out that ‘Al’ is actually Alice and the drama is so intense, my heart was dying!

The character I love the most has to be Hayden. He is struggling to make a name for himself, always being linked to his older famous brother. He at first hates ‘Al’ but when they turn into best friends, it’s too much… how the two of them act together is so cute, (to be honest I’ve never seen boy best friends portrayed all that much in films or books so it may just be that but) their bond is especially close when Hayden talks about his dead parents and opens up about how he is trying to become his own person.

Overall this book was incredible, it was so heartwarming and wholesome it would be dishonourable to give it anything less than five stars!

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