just finished reading

I liked how the author creates real characters-both young and old-within the town. That no one is all hero or all villain, that prejudice is multi-faceted and that there are quiet heroes among us. It's a thought-provoking, emotional novel. It's about family of blood and choice, it's about loyalty, it's about friendship, and all the positives and negatives these complex parts of our lives have.

I think it helps that I enjoy hockey, so I understood the passion the community has for the sport. It's not just a sport! It's a character in the novel.

The author is quite a story teller.

From the publisher:
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

1 comment:

Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

Sounds like a good one! I like the hockey premise.