“The disabled are told over and over that we will be afforded the same chances as everyone else. But that simply isn’t true.” ~Stick Pick
Stick Pick by Steven Sandor: 1.5/5 Stars
A car accident injures her parents and paralyzes Janine from the waist down. Her best friend and teammate urges Janine to look into sledge hockey. At first dismissing the sport as being just for the disabled, Janine agrees to play if her friend does too. They both learn that sledge hockey is an accessible sport, with fiercely competitive players, requiring a strength and skill set all its own. Adapting to her new life, Janine meets frustration at every turn. Soon her experiences lead her to speak up about the seeming invisibility of disabled people and their rights, taking her cause all the way to the professional hockey arena.
Based on Steven Sandor’s real-life experience and research, this story tracks the emotional and physical challenges a young teen faces when first dealing with disability.
I received a free e-copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am very thankful for being able to read this book. 🙂
As you can tell I wasn’t a fan of this book which actually crushes me because I love hockey. I so desperately wanted to love this book but it just didn’t work. I’m actually disappointed that I didn’t end up liking this book.
Let’s just get into it shall we? I think this book could have been so much better if it was actually developed. Nothing was very developed. The characters weren’t developed and neither was the plot. Everything had very minimal explanation or story to it and I think it definitely ruined a lot of it for me.
I also didn’t connect with the characters at all. They were so poorly done that I didn’t even like them. I really didn’t like our main character either she was so incredibly rude. Like I understand that losing the ability to walk would be hard but she was so mean to everyone even her best friend, which to me was uncalled for.
“She brought me a stupid gift. In the box is a championship medal from the tem. Like I’d want that.”
“I don’t believe it,” Janine said. “First you pick me up in this grandpa van. I mean, I thought you’d get something better with the insurance money.”
I just found Janine to be very rude and very full of herself. She was selfish throughout most of the book. At the end she decided to be a little less selfish. She was also always rude to people but sat there and felt sorry for herself…so she was just being hypocritical honestly. I was glad that throughout the book some of her friends or the people she knew would tell her that she needs to stop “throwing her own pity party”. At least they could be honest and it was actually pointed out.
If things were developed more I honestly think this book would get five stars from me. I say that because it talks about some important things and I don’t see a lot of hockey books, let alone sledge, or sled, hockey books.
Also, I just want to make it clear that I’m not hating on the author at all and I would never say anything rude about the author. I’m just reviewing the book like I’m supposed to haha.
I understand that this book is middle grade so I think most middle graders wouldn’t really see these things or be bothered by them, but that doesn’t mean that the book couldn’t have more depth. If it had more depth I think they would be able to really understand the topic this book is addressing.
Anyway, this is a pretty short review. Overall I didn’t enjoy this book, but I think if there was more description and development that I would love it. I do think this book might be okay for a younger crowd, but more development would help no matter the crowd. I did think the overall message of this book was good though. 🙂
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