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Publisher's Summary

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 number one 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.

©2022 A.L. Graziadei (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Honest about depression, hockey, and queerness

Great narrator. Honest about how toxic and problematic hockey culture can be - which I say as a lifelong hockey fan. Honest about the pressure to live up to a legacy you didn't ask for. Honest about what depression and anxiety really feel like. And honest about what a queer love story would look like in the midst of all that. I know this is a romance book, but it had me on the edge of my seat hoping everything would be okay in the end. Great character development all around. I honestly loved it.

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Great book!!!!!!

I love how well it depicts pretty dam well what it’s like to be in the closet and not being able to come out for some reason or a another and for Mikey it’s that he might not be excepted in the hockey world but when he meet he’s rival and soon to be a little more than a friend James, he find the courage to come out to the rest of his family even through his depression. this is truly and amazing book and I had a great time reading it. 10000000000000000%
recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Outstanding narrator absolutely *makes* this book

I admit I'm fairly new to Audible, about 14 books so far, and I've heard some great narrators, but Tom Picasso is hands down my favorite so far. The absolute emotion he put into Mickey's POV made this book even better - and I like the book pretty well as it is. Is the plot flawless? No. But it's still a good story about LGBTQ+ rivals-turned-lovers, about finding yourself, about coping with near-crippling depression and anxiety, the importance of family and of found family. I could hardly bear to turn the book off when I stopped driving, because Tom Picasso's voice made me feel so much. HIGHLY recommend this audiobook for anyone who likes sports stories, LGBTQ stories, stories about coping with anxiety/depression, or all three. I don't know a thing about ice hockey, but I still loved this. I blame Tom Picasso. ;-)

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The end?!

3.5 stars for the narrator and story.

Narrator was solid. Could have used more distinctive voices for each character. Most sounded a like but he did read the story well.

The story had a lot going on and yet not enough of any of it.
You have enemies to lovers but not enough of the romance/relationship.
You have the building of the friendships within the team.
You have the relationship with his family and how he was never really part of it growing up.
His friendship with Nova.
Nova's blossoming friendship with Barbie.
A lot of the story talks about his anxiety and depression. How one of his teammates also suffers with the same.
So yeah, a lot going on but none of it developed/showed enough.
Also I can't decide if I love that ending or hated it lol

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AMAZING AND VERY VERY SAD

this book was absolutely amazing. the build up and the slow burn was gorgeous. but my overall favorite was their understanding of mental illness and depression. again this whole book is gorgeous and I 100% recommend it ♡♡♡

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TEARS

That final sentence was perfection. I literally sobbed with joy. Such an incredible story!!

10/10 recommend.

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Most authentic view of depression

This was a great story and had the most realistic depiction of depression I have ever heard. It was great to hear this tale.

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Excellent!

This book has a lot. An outstanding performance by the narrator. Really deep characters and complex character arcs. Delicious tension between the two main characters. Characters fearful of making themselves vulnerable and then working through those vulnerabilities. It's silly to say, but I know I'm going to miss these characters, and I really hope there will be many sequels to come.

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  • 02-01-22

Great character

Well written, realistic character. Well narrated. Kept me interested. But please tell me this was a Part One. This story just petered out and I want more.
Being the first reviewer of a debut makes it hard for me to delete a star because of the ending.

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Great mental health gay romance

This was my very first book about mental health. I am lucky enough not to suffer from this so may not be the best judge on this topic. I think this was well executed and has certainly helped me become more aware of mental health struggles.
The gay romance was sweet and I held my breath until the last line, unable to predict the ending