Icebreaker by A L Graziadei
Release Date: January 18, 2021
Page Count: 320 pages
A. L. Graziadei’s Icebreaker is an irresistible YA debut about two hockey players fighting to be the best—and the romance that catches them by surprise along the way.
Seventeen-year-old Mickey James III is a college freshman, a brother to five sisters, and a hockey legacy. With a father and a grandfather who have gone down in NHL history, Mickey is almost guaranteed the league’s top draft spot.
The only person standing in his way is Jaysen Caulfield, a contender for the #1 spot and Mickey’s infuriating (and infuriatingly attractive) teammate. When rivalry turns to something more, Mickey will have to decide what he really wants, and what he’s willing to risk for it.
This is a story about falling in love, finding your team (on and off the ice), and choosing your own path.
I devoured this book in one sitting!!! It is one of my highly anticipated releases and definitely exceeded my expectations!
✔Rivals to lovers
✔Best friendship and siblings
✔Great rep for depression
✔Queer side characters
I loved every second of this book. Mickey is so relatable and I felt for him so much. Mickey has been trying to come to terms with hos depression for a long time and it was great seeing him accept it. He tried so hard because he felt like he had no right to be depressed when he’s so privileged.
Depression doesn’t care who you are or what you’ve been through. It’s an illness that can happen to anyone.
Mickey and Jaysen are rivals from the beginning and chemistry is off the charts even from the start. I loved the progress of their relationship from slowly realising their attraction and starting to act on it. And how the rivalry is always present even when they get together!!!
It was great to see the bond between all the teammates and one of my favourite things is Mickey’s relationship with his sisters!! It’s so beautiful! Icebreaker also takes about parental pressure which another thing that’s so relatable. Also love to see a poly side couple!
Highly recommend this book to everyone! I would have loved to see more of their college life instead of the epilogue but overall I really enjoyed it!
*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review