Friday, September 12, 2014

The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro

The Hockey Saint
by Howard Shapiro

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Animal Media Group
ISBN-10: 0991255011
ISBN-13: 978-0991255016
Genre: YA Sports Fiction/Graphic Novel
Perfect Paperback: 150 pages
Available from: Amazon


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?

The Hockey SaintMy Review:
The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro 

What if you could meet your favorite sport idol and they turned out to be more than their stats, the media hype and are actually just as real as you? That’s what happened for Tom, a college hockey player when he met hockey star Jeremiah Jacobson. Jake went from a two-dimensional idol to an imperfect human, suffering from the pitfalls of fame, the battle to perform and keeping up a public image that hides the man beneath. Will Jake self-implode or can young Tom help scrape together the shattering remains of his new friend and heal the man behind the fa├žade?

The Hockey Saint, a graphic novel by Howard Shapiro brings to life a brief tale that is enhanced by visuals of what is written. Within a tale that is a sports fan’s dream come true are a few hidden lessons on personal ethics, helping others and a realistic view of the pressures of fame. Howard Shapiro has done a marvelous job of putting together an easy to read tale that moves along well, digs just deep enough to come to life and makes for some wonderful reading for even the most reluctant of readers, no matter their age. The graphics even make this “cool” enough for younger readers while slipping in those life lessons, painlessly. Way to score, Howard Shapiro!

I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.


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