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Off the Ice (Juniper Falls) Paperback – February 28, 2017
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5 stars: Everyone is in for a treat! Loved." -Roni Loren, author of Crash into You
5 stars: "[It's] Friday Night Lights but with Hockey. [...] There's drama. There's the love of the game. And there's romance." -Elizabeth, Goodreads Reviewer
4.5 stars: "Wow, this book had so much depth and heart. [...] This book has two characters dealing with some pretty heavy stuff, and I really loved how the author took us through that and the reactions and actions all made sense to me. It was just really well done. It made me feel for both of them, and I was intrigued with how they were dealing with it and how their relationship with each other would either benefit or hinder them." -Lenore Kosinski, Celebrity Readers
5 stars: "I just loved everything about this novel. The characters, the setting, the romance, the stakes-it all worked for me. And I honestly am so excited to know that there will be more stories set in Juniper Falls, it seems to me like it's a town worth knowing." -Eva Scalzo, Definitely, Possibly, Maybe
5 stars: "Cross does a great job of capturing the sweet, raw emotions of young love and coming-of-age through natural dialogue and real-to-life character reactions. The secondary characters keep this story moving as well. I'm excited for the next book in this series." -Dawn Alexander, DawnAlexander.com
4 stars: "The absolute best thing about this book is that it is book one in the Juniper Falls series and that means there are going to be more books!!! Already I can see so many possibilities for secondary characters in this book to have a chance to tell their story and I can't wait."-Madison, Madison's Library
5 stars: "Readers will be drawn into the story and become invested in the character's lives. Definitely recommend!" -Kristen Cambensy, Victim of Books
5 stars: "I really enjoyed this story though it's a departure from the normal books I review and read." -Sharon Moritz, Librarian at Oxnard Public Library
4 stars: "There is so much to love about this book. Well-developed characters that jump off the page - check. Characters that don't act like spoiled twelve-year-olds all the time - check. Intriguing story - check. Swoony romance - check. Storyline and plot points that aren't overused - check. A good writing style - check." -Hristina Petrov, I'll Be Fine Alone Reads
5 stars: "Love love loved this! Julie has done it again!" -Serenity, Lovely Reads Publishing
5 stars: "Definitely recommended for hockey fans that are looking for romance based stories.It's a nice mix and I can't wait to see what Julie Cross has in store for the next installments." -Samantha Myers, Pink Earmuffs
4 stars: "Tate was such a great amazing book boyfriend. He was sweet, romantic, caring, everything that any girl would want." -Christina Somerville, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: Grab your coats and your snow-shoes! This is the best kind of cold! Curl up and enjoy a sweet romance to warm your heart! I love Tate and Claire." -Hadassah Harper, Haddie's Haven
About the Author
- Publisher : Entangled: Teen; Reprint edition (February 28, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 370 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1633756556
- ISBN-13 : 978-1633756557
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Grade level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.43 x 0.98 x 8.18 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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The romance between Claire and Tate was great, but I was a little uneasy about the fact that Tate basically is "on break" with his girlfriend Haley when him and Claire start to get together. Look, I get that love is messy, but I really don't like that stuff. Haley must be the coolest girl ever, because she kind of just accepts it and is still friends with Claire. She is a better person that I was at a teen, that's for sure.
I was really conflicted on what to rate this book because while I really enjoyed it, and I was happy at the end of the book, I felt like it tries to accomplish one too many things. It does come off as an issue book at times, where there is financial issues and ones of abuse that are kind left unsaid. There's also a really random almost assault that happens in this book that felt extremely out of place. Like that whole scene could have been cut out.
I've been thinking a lot of sex in teen books, and how as an author I should approach it. I don't write sex in my YA WIPs, I just don't like to write them, but I don't think that means YA shouldn't have sex in them. I just worry about making sure those scenes feel right to a teen reader. I think in this book, Julie Cross gets it right in the scene she writes. I also really like that practicing sex and consensual safe is something that is addressed, because I really think that should be something teens see in all media they consume.
While the book had some flaws, I really enjoyed it and as a hockey fan I definitely loved all the hockey talk! The second book is about Haley but it seems like you can read them all as standalone books. I definitely will be wanting to read that one sooner rather than later.
The start of the book starts off with a bit of drama, but is the foundation for the rest of the story. In a town where high school hockey is the sole focus and the main event each week, Tate Tanley finds himself in the shadow of his dad, whom the town loves and adores. Little do they know who he really is – the side that Tate sees. However, there is one other person who knows just how Tate’s dad treats him and that’s Claire O’Connor, the girl whom Tate has had a crush on for a long time. Certain circumstances bring them together unexpectedly, but just for one night. Fast forward a year, and things have changed for both of them, but not for the better – or is it? I guess it all depends on how you look at it.
In a book filled with hardships, discovering who you are outside of the spotlight and perhaps even finding your spotlight once again, Tate and Claire are two characters who find shelter in each other. But it isn’t without its trials and tribulations.
It may be safe for me to say that aside from the unique storyline, the characters are my favorite part of Off the Ice. I find them individually inspiring and developed in a way that makes them work perfectly together on the page. The hardships that they each go through, don’t overshadow one another, which I thought was important. Everything about the story seemed well thought out and strategically pieced together. Of course, the aspect of it having a sports background didn’t hurt! I love a good book that has sports as a focus and hockey isn’t one that I feel is overdone. In fact, I haven’t really seen any other YA/NA books that have hockey in it. But maybe that’s just me!
If you’re looking for an author to get hooked on, then check out Julie Cross. She has yet to write a book that I haven’t been able to put down and at this point…having read many (if not all) of her books, I doubt she ever will. 🙂 She’s earned a spot at the top of my favorite author list and even has her own shelf on my bookcase. (Yay, Julie!)