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There are two things Ben Lewis has convinced himself he can never have at the same time: playing hockey and being openly gay. Hockey is looking to be his only choice. Until now. Being captain of the team and starting his senior year of high school is a lot to handle. Throw in a budding friendship with his crush, Marcus, and Ben is faced with deciding if he’s brave enough t There are two things Ben Lewis has convinced himself he can never have at the same time: playing hockey and being openly gay. Hockey is looking to be his only choice. Until now. Being captain of the team and starting his senior year of high school is a lot to handle. Throw in a budding friendship with his crush, Marcus, and Ben is faced with deciding if he’s brave enough to take the next step. Fortunately, courage can come from unexpected places. His BFF Ryan, new friends, and a voice from the past are great assists to his determination to be true to himself and keep playing the game he loves, but will they be enough?


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There are two things Ben Lewis has convinced himself he can never have at the same time: playing hockey and being openly gay. Hockey is looking to be his only choice. Until now. Being captain of the team and starting his senior year of high school is a lot to handle. Throw in a budding friendship with his crush, Marcus, and Ben is faced with deciding if he’s brave enough t There are two things Ben Lewis has convinced himself he can never have at the same time: playing hockey and being openly gay. Hockey is looking to be his only choice. Until now. Being captain of the team and starting his senior year of high school is a lot to handle. Throw in a budding friendship with his crush, Marcus, and Ben is faced with deciding if he’s brave enough to take the next step. Fortunately, courage can come from unexpected places. His BFF Ryan, new friends, and a voice from the past are great assists to his determination to be true to himself and keep playing the game he loves, but will they be enough?

30 review for Skating Through

  1. 4 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

    I liked this book a lot, but it didn't really throw any unexpected curves my way. Not the way that Cosgrove's last book, "A Boy Worth Knowing", tended to do. This author definitely knows how to write extremely likeable MC's, and make you empathize with what they're going through. In this case, that translated to Ben's fear of coming out and Marcus' fear of being someone's closeted, dirty secret. I especially enjoyed Ben and Marcus' best friends, Ryan and Rachel, who held both MC's feet to the fire I liked this book a lot, but it didn't really throw any unexpected curves my way. Not the way that Cosgrove's last book, "A Boy Worth Knowing", tended to do. This author definitely knows how to write extremely likeable MC's, and make you empathize with what they're going through. In this case, that translated to Ben's fear of coming out and Marcus' fear of being someone's closeted, dirty secret. I especially enjoyed Ben and Marcus' best friends, Ryan and Rachel, who held both MC's feet to the fire and also added a bit of comic relief when things were getting a bit too serious. Other than Ben fighting his own internal fears over coming out, the angst in this story is kept to an absolute minimum. Even Ben's hockey teammates were, for the most part, supportive once Ben finally got the courage to come out. I was sort of happy to see that Ben got to come out completely on his own terms, in his own time, keeping the external conflict to a minimum. But I only say sort of because the story may have benefited with a bit less smooth sailing interest-wise. In regards to steamy bits, other than a lot of kissing and a couple of aborted crotch grabs, this was your typical YA story, which tended to stay pretty PG-13, if not G-rated. So situated somewhere pleasantly between The Disney Channel and Skinemax. Ish. The story ends with a very satisfying HFN, but neither of the boys discussed what would happen when the graduated that year and Ben left for Boston University to play hockey, like I'd hoped that would solidify details on. But I'm greedy like that. :- P Overall, this was a pretty satisfying read and I'd rate it around 3.5 stars, so if you're looking for a fun, low-angst YA coming out tale, this might be a good choice for you. ----------------------------------------------- My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review. See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links) -----------------------------------------------

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    Skating Through is a sweet and heart-warming coming of age romance as well as Ben’s coming out story. It’s also a story of friendship, family and acceptance. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it is for someone to have to come out and to have to justify who they are in a world filled with not such nice people. I really like the way the author dealt with this. It’s very low on the angst, and to be honest I think the story could have benefited from having some angst, given that Ben was so Skating Through is a sweet and heart-warming coming of age romance as well as Ben’s coming out story. It’s also a story of friendship, family and acceptance. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it is for someone to have to come out and to have to justify who they are in a world filled with not such nice people. I really like the way the author dealt with this. It’s very low on the angst, and to be honest I think the story could have benefited from having some angst, given that Ben was so reluctant to come out. His coming out should’ve been fleshed out a lot more, a golden opportunity for the angst that I so love. I didn’t realise before I started that this was YA, and because of this there is very little steam. The ending is also a HFN, again given their ages works well within the story, but again I would’ve like this fleshed out a bit more. Arc received from Netgalley for review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lost in a Book

    2.5 Stars So… Skating Through didn’t grab me like I was hoping it would. I’m a huge fan of Y/A and coming of age stories. It wasn’t bad. Or good. It just... was?? Ben Lewis is a high school hockey player that’s firmly in the closet. He has a best friend named Ryan that’s his only source of companionship where he can truly be himself and the rest of the time isolates himself from real relationships. Ben has had a crush on a fellow student (Marcus) but hasn’t pursued anything for fear of outing himse 2.5 Stars So… Skating Through didn’t grab me like I was hoping it would. I’m a huge fan of Y/A and coming of age stories. It wasn’t bad. Or good. It just... was?? Ben Lewis is a high school hockey player that’s firmly in the closet. He has a best friend named Ryan that’s his only source of companionship where he can truly be himself and the rest of the time isolates himself from real relationships. Ben has had a crush on a fellow student (Marcus) but hasn’t pursued anything for fear of outing himself to his team and family. Marcus is bright, sassy, and refuses to hide. He can pull off any shade of hair and isn’t afraid to show his interest in Ben. Both boys rarely see each other until the summer before their senior year where they’re constantly in the same place and eventually form a friendship. Other than that, nothing really happened. Yes, coming out of the closet is a huge deal. I don’t need dramatics in everything I read and can appreciate realistic situations and reactions. But for me, the main characters were boring. There was some odd story line through the plot about a historical connection. I think it was supposed to help drive the plot but seemed out of place- almost like it was added after the rest of the story was written. The “tell and not show” writing in this book is everywhere and drove me a tad crazy. There's a lot of daily minutiae included on page but the meat of the story happened off page. At least I liked their friends. If you’re looking for a sweet, no drama, low angst, rated G read, this could be for you. I like my YA or Coming or Age stories to pack a little more of a punch but YMMV. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Shanahan

    This book was short and sweet. I read it in 2 hours. Ben is so sweet and a great main character, along with his best friend Ryan who is the most supportive and wonderful best friend that he could have. Ben, a star hockey player and captain of his team, is gay and hiding it from everyone except Ryan who has know for quite some time. Rayn is sweetly overprotective of him but also is trying to push Ben a little bit into talking this guy he has had a crush on forever. Slowly, Ben starts to get to kn This book was short and sweet. I read it in 2 hours. Ben is so sweet and a great main character, along with his best friend Ryan who is the most supportive and wonderful best friend that he could have. Ben, a star hockey player and captain of his team, is gay and hiding it from everyone except Ryan who has know for quite some time. Rayn is sweetly overprotective of him but also is trying to push Ben a little bit into talking this guy he has had a crush on forever. Slowly, Ben starts to get to know Marcus and they become friends.....which eventually becomes more. Ben's coming out story is really positive, and although he and Marcus both hit some bumps along the way, they manage to forge a relationship accepted by all of their family, close friend and Ben's hockey teammates. I definitely liked this book and loved the story of Ben and Marcus. I would have loved it even more if it had been first person through Ben's eyes at least, if not Marcus's too. Regardless, it is a super sweet quick summer read and if you like hockey, it's perfect! THANKS NETGALLEY for the ARC!!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    3.5 This was sweet and I liked it. Although the characters were written to be seniors in high school they seemed so much younger, so innocent. They certainly are not ruled by their hormones. I’m not sure that the maturity and restraint displayed (in sexual situations) is actually realistic, though I’m sure most parents pray it is. I am not sure how much the author has been around teen boys? I have a teenage boy and taught high school and it’s not been my experience that they have a friend over to 3.5 This was sweet and I liked it. Although the characters were written to be seniors in high school they seemed so much younger, so innocent. They certainly are not ruled by their hormones. I’m not sure that the maturity and restraint displayed (in sexual situations) is actually realistic, though I’m sure most parents pray it is. I am not sure how much the author has been around teen boys? I have a teenage boy and taught high school and it’s not been my experience that they have a friend over to critique their date outfit or go out for milkshakes on their “cheat days”, or break into giggling fits... The voice and descriptions felt very feminine. This is not a gay/straight critique. I know the personality traits of both gay and straight teens run the gamut. It just seemed that the author had trouble voicing a male character... That aside, I think that if this is targeted to a younger audience it will be well received. It is a sweet and uplifting story. It doesn’t sugarcoat the fear of coming out even when you have a good family and friend(s). However it may be a bit unrealistic, how well almost absolutely everyone took the news. I really wish that reaction would be the norm. Dealing with opposing teams’ barbs was glossed over a bit too much as it was thrown in at the 95% mark.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diane Lynch

    Jennifer Cosgrove’s SKATING THROUGH is heartfelt and inspiring. I loved this novel. Ben Lewis is captain of his high school hockey team. Knowing how difficult the locker room can be, he has kept the fact that he is gay a secret. Several things take place that make Ben question if he should come out of the closet. He is tired of hiding who he is. I love Ben. My heart broke for his emotional struggles. He is a great guy and friend. He is an excellent hockey player, getting a hockey scholarship to Jennifer Cosgrove’s SKATING THROUGH is heartfelt and inspiring. I loved this novel. Ben Lewis is captain of his high school hockey team. Knowing how difficult the locker room can be, he has kept the fact that he is gay a secret. Several things take place that make Ben question if he should come out of the closet. He is tired of hiding who he is. I love Ben. My heart broke for his emotional struggles. He is a great guy and friend. He is an excellent hockey player, getting a hockey scholarship to Boston University. He is a good captain. He is understandably afraid that if he comes out he will have to give up the sport he loves. I adore Ben’s best friend; Ryan I appreciate that he looks out for him and accepts him for who he is. I love that Ben had him to rely on. Marcus Blake is a good guy. He is honest and supportive. Rachel was entertaining. She is a fierce friend I would not want to mess with. I respected Ben’s discovery of the past and his Grandmother’s support. This is the first book that I have read by Jennifer Cosgrove. I enjoyed her writing style. She does an excellent job of getting you into the characters head and knowing how they feel. SKATING THROUGH is an excellent read for any young adult or adult. Whether they can relate to the character or are straight and want to understand struggles a peer may face. SKATING THROUGH is a worthwhile and emotional read. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tess

    4 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pjm12

    This YA novel covers a lot of ground that is familiar and comforting. I always enjoy a good hockey novel, so I was glad to see Ben's skills and generous heart were depicted through his capable role as captain of his high school hockey team. I absolutely appreciated his bromance with best friend Ryan, whose constant reassurance and endless patience allowed Ben to come out at his own pace. I do believe Marcus pushed the timeline more quickly, but really it's clear to everyone reading that Ben does This YA novel covers a lot of ground that is familiar and comforting. I always enjoy a good hockey novel, so I was glad to see Ben's skills and generous heart were depicted through his capable role as captain of his high school hockey team. I absolutely appreciated his bromance with best friend Ryan, whose constant reassurance and endless patience allowed Ben to come out at his own pace. I do believe Marcus pushed the timeline more quickly, but really it's clear to everyone reading that Ben doesn't need much impetus to share his secret. He really is sick of hiding. I would have liked to have known Marcus a little better. He remains somewhat removed from readers, and while he doesn't need to be given a narrative voice, more detailed conversations, real talk, with Ben would have developed his character more fully. Poor Ben, he spends a lot of their initial interactions tongue-tied and carefully hiding, so discussion isn't always possible. Ben's family were great support, and this story shows that a shared secret can really lighten the load. Not everything is perfect, so that's a realism I also appreciated. We have so many sports stars coming out in books, but unfortunately, this is not being reflected in reality. Someday soon, huh, it won't be a big deal. I really hope so. Thanks to publisher and Netgalley for advanced copy. Skating Through will be out on July 2nd.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

    This was my first time reading anything from Jennifer Cosgrove and I was pleasantly surprised. I'm always a sucker for mm sports romances. So once I saw the description I wanted to read it. After I read it I found it cute. Ben and Marcus. I felt Ben's pain as he was trying to figure out what to do being gay and playing hockey. It's so sad that still in this day and era most gay boys or men don't feel its safe to come out as an athlete. Loved the friendship between Ben and Ryan. As well as Marcus an This was my first time reading anything from Jennifer Cosgrove and I was pleasantly surprised. I'm always a sucker for mm sports romances. So once I saw the description I wanted to read it. After I read it I found it cute. Ben and Marcus. I felt Ben's pain as he was trying to figure out what to do being gay and playing hockey. It's so sad that still in this day and era most gay boys or men don't feel its safe to come out as an athlete. Loved the friendship between Ben and Ryan. As well as Marcus and Rachel. We all need a Ryan or Rachel in our life to have our backs. In this story, even though Ben was scared he had nothing but support from his friends, family, coach and most of the players. However, sadly that's not always the reality for many others. It saddens me but too many don't have the support system like Ben had. Thankfully for my heart Ben did have the support system, which made me love his family and friends so much more. This book didn't wow me and it was a bit slow at times but it was still a super sweet story about love and hope.

  10. 4 out of 5

    meep

    5 stars Skating Through by Jennifer Cosgrove has to be one of my favorite YA books I've read this year so far. Ben is not only facing his senior year in high school he is also the captain of the hockey team. With help from his best friend Ryan, his crush Marcus and a great-great uncle he was never able to meet, he has to decide whether coming out in high school is worth it. I absolutely loved Ben. He was very brave and made the right decision. I was so proud of him. Marcus was an interesting chara 5 stars Skating Through by Jennifer Cosgrove has to be one of my favorite YA books I've read this year so far. Ben is not only facing his senior year in high school he is also the captain of the hockey team. With help from his best friend Ryan, his crush Marcus and a great-great uncle he was never able to meet, he has to decide whether coming out in high school is worth it. I absolutely loved Ben. He was very brave and made the right decision. I was so proud of him. Marcus was an interesting character. While being a complete opposite of Ben, together they fit so well. And Ryan, everyone needs a best friend like Ryan. He was hilarious and I liked how affectionate he was with Ben and he didn't care who saw it. I really loved this book. I finished it in one sitting. It was very well written and a good book for all in "in the closet" athletes. It had a powerful message. I will definitely be re-reading this book again. *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vikki

    **I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review** 4.5 stars I really enjoyed this sweet coming of age story and I finished it in one sitting. I didn't realise when I requested it that it was a YA book with no sexy scenes but it was an easy read and I found it reminded me a little of the movie Love, Simon. The characters in this book were amazing. Ben was such a sweetheart and his awkwardness was endearing. It was so nice as the book went on to see him coming out (literally and figuratively) of **I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review** 4.5 stars I really enjoyed this sweet coming of age story and I finished it in one sitting. I didn't realise when I requested it that it was a YA book with no sexy scenes but it was an easy read and I found it reminded me a little of the movie Love, Simon. The characters in this book were amazing. Ben was such a sweetheart and his awkwardness was endearing. It was so nice as the book went on to see him coming out (literally and figuratively) of his shell and becoming a much more confident person within himself. I loved Ryan so much and I would give anything to have a best friend like him! He was such a supportive and caring person and was really there for Ben, encouraging him when he needed it the most. I also grew fond of Rachel as she was literally the same for Marcus as Ryan was for Ben. I feel Marcus as a character was easy going and quite likeable for the most part. However it seemed like he had obviously had the time to come out on his own terms and I kind of thought he pushed Ben into doing it quicker than maybe he would have. Overall I thought this book was great but there were a few thing which bothered me. The initial story surrounding Will and Eddie had so much potential but I feel like it was kind of started, pushed to the side and then randomly mentioned later in the book. I would have loved to see how that panned out, even in another separate book (hint hint :D!). Also we didn't see enough of Granny! She seemed so lovely and I would have liked to have seen her relationship more with Ben explored more. I hadn't previously read anything by this author before but I love reading stories which revolve around ice sports such as figure skating and hockey. The fact that homophobia in sports was the main theme throughout this book was great as I think it is an issue which is still very relevant today and it was explored well. I throughly enjoyed this and can't wait to see what this author has in store for us next!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    A heartwarming tale which is essentially a coming out story, “Skating Through” delves on the topics of homosexuality and sports. Jennifer Cosgrove has written a charming story dealing with sensitive topics. I loved how she created her characters. There is another story within this story – a voice from the past that assists Ben in his decisions to be true to himself. The parts featuring the hockey team are beautifully portrayed – from casual locker room banter describing poor performers as fags, A heartwarming tale which is essentially a coming out story, “Skating Through” delves on the topics of homosexuality and sports. Jennifer Cosgrove has written a charming story dealing with sensitive topics. I loved how she created her characters. There is another story within this story – a voice from the past that assists Ben in his decisions to be true to himself. The parts featuring the hockey team are beautifully portrayed – from casual locker room banter describing poor performers as fags, to ultimately standing up for their captain when they realize someone they know is homosexual – Cosgrove raises the question of do we personally need to know someone on the LGBTQ spectrum to be more accepting as a society? People we don’t know are still someone else’s family or friend and deserve the same respect. It’s the small things that matter – When Ben is busy texting someone, he is asked who the girl is. This has nothing to do with one’s sexuality – one could text a parent or sibling or friend as well. When Ben comes out, Ryan is assumed to be his partner; even though Ryan is straight. Homosexuals don’t need to be friends only with other homosexuals, and can foster friendships with heterosexual people of the same gender. The writing is simplistic – As a coming of age story, Cosgrove attempts to make this readable for younger readers as well. Though creating a story revolving around serious themes, it isn’t filled with angst throughout and has it’s share of lighthearted moments. I particularly liked the concept of a gay athlete – something to think about how tough it is to come out in the world of sports, especially team sports. How many, like Ben, are torn about coming out, how many never do, and how many do but face repercussions from their sport? “Skating Through” will be well received by a younger audience due to the simple usage of language. But it’s a great read for anyone looking for books that cover the LGBTQ community – great concept, story and characterization. The deducted point in my rating is due to the writing being overly simplistic for my taste.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    This was a really quick, light coming of age, coming out story. The main character is Ben, Captain of his Ice Hockey team and a really adorable goofball that isn't shy to express his feelings. The story centres around Ben trying to figure out if he wants to be an out and proud gay hockey player at his school, always worrying if who he is will affect his chances in playing the game he loves. I really liked that this book featured the really supportive and funny Ryan, Ben's best friend. Ryan is the This was a really quick, light coming of age, coming out story. The main character is Ben, Captain of his Ice Hockey team and a really adorable goofball that isn't shy to express his feelings. The story centres around Ben trying to figure out if he wants to be an out and proud gay hockey player at his school, always worrying if who he is will affect his chances in playing the game he loves. I really liked that this book featured the really supportive and funny Ryan, Ben's best friend. Ryan is the only person that knows Ben is gay and in turn, Ryan is supportive and is also there to be the voice of reason and push Ben out of his comfort zone every now and again. Ryan is not afraid to tell his best friend that he loves him no matter what. This story did an excellent job of showing an amazing friendship between them both. I liked that Ben's family was present in this book, we get so many scenes of him interacting with his parents and his sister Beth, we also get to meet Ben's Gran. Marcus is also the perfect love interest for Ben. The one thing that I didn't like about this story is that, yes there are a lot of scenes with Ben interacting with his friends, love interest, team and family, but everything is about Ben coming out. So this story is definitely a coming of age coming out story. If you are looking for a story with a gay lead and that is not all the story is about this is not the book for you. I believe if the book had some scenes showing Ben in a situation that he wasn't questing everything it would have really benefitted. Overall I really enjoyed Skating Through, if you are looking for a cute light read about a confused hockey player, you should check Skating Through. ♥ ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Dufera

    Skating Through is a great coming of age story that includes how tough it is to come out in the world of sports. Jennifer Cosgrove does a fantastic job of intertwining this journey with some interesting family secrets. Ben is a shy, closeted high school hockey player. Only his best friend, Ryan, has known that he is gay. Ryan is the kind of best friend we all want; loyal, dependable and encouraging. With some pushing from Ryan, Ben finally starts to talk to his long time crush, Marcus. When Ben st Skating Through is a great coming of age story that includes how tough it is to come out in the world of sports. Jennifer Cosgrove does a fantastic job of intertwining this journey with some interesting family secrets. Ben is a shy, closeted high school hockey player. Only his best friend, Ryan, has known that he is gay. Ryan is the kind of best friend we all want; loyal, dependable and encouraging. With some pushing from Ryan, Ben finally starts to talk to his long time crush, Marcus. When Ben starts to hang out with Marcus, who is openly gay, he has to decide what his priorities are. Marcus would never want to date him in secret and Ben has long feared the reaction of his teammates if he comes out. Throughout this book we see how being a closeted high school sports star can affect someone. Keeping secrets, trying to navigate a relationship, and coming out are not easy. A great little gem in this tale is the family history that Ben discovers. His grandmother gives him a wooden box that contains some romantic and mysterious letters written during World War II, filling me with love for the bittersweet secondary story line. Throughout this book we see how being a closeted high school sports star can affect someone. Keeping secrets, trying to navigate a relationship, and coming out are not easy. Trying to decide if, how and when to tell your team is even more difficult. I appreciate how all of these aspects are tackled with consideration and authenticity by Cosgrove. I am glad to have found Skating Through and I recommend it to any teen questioning themselves.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Skating Through combines some of my favorite things to read: hockey, young adult, and first times. It was sweet, a bit emotional in parts and extremely fun to read. Ben Lewis is a high school senior and he’s the captain of the hockey team. He isn’t your average jock either. He’s shy, quiet, closeted and has one best friend Ryan encourages him to get out of his shell. In all manners, like going to parties, finally talking to the boy he’s had a crush on since freshman year and finding a little bit Skating Through combines some of my favorite things to read: hockey, young adult, and first times. It was sweet, a bit emotional in parts and extremely fun to read. Ben Lewis is a high school senior and he’s the captain of the hockey team. He isn’t your average jock either. He’s shy, quiet, closeted and has one best friend Ryan encourages him to get out of his shell. In all manners, like going to parties, finally talking to the boy he’s had a crush on since freshman year and finding a little bit of happy that’s outside of hockey. As Ben slowly starts to find himself, he starts to open up to more possibilities of how his life can be if he were to come out of the closest. Everything happened in stages. It isn’t like a switch that flipped and everyone knew. He told the people he cared about the most and went from there. There were times I could see how anxious and afraid he was and then I could feel his relief. There was a bit of a side story happening too. Ben found letters from WWII in his Gran’s attic and turns out there was a little bit of a love story there as well. There is so much of me that wishes there were dual storylines happening the entire span of the book. I wanted there to be more letters, to see the war time romance as well. I was extremely intrigued and now I’m looking for more books like that. I enjoyed being able to see Ben’s journey and how everything would unfold. I read this book in one sitting, about two hours. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading. I loved this and now I want to read everything by Cosgrove.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Xiomara

    A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. But like always these are my own thoughts and options. My reviews are spoiler-free! Ben Lewis believes that he can never be openly gay and play hockey. During his senior year of high school a glowing friendship with his crush, Marcus makes him start to think that maybe he can be brave enough to come out. With his best friend Ryan by his side and some new friends maybe being true to himself may not be so hard A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. But like always these are my own thoughts and options. My reviews are spoiler-free! Ben Lewis believes that he can never be openly gay and play hockey. During his senior year of high school a glowing friendship with his crush, Marcus makes him start to think that maybe he can be brave enough to come out. With his best friend Ryan by his side and some new friends maybe being true to himself may not be so hard. Let me start by saying I love this book and it’s my favorite summer read by far. I love the friendship that Ben/Ryan and Marcus/Rachel share it reminds me of the friendship I share with my own best friend. Reading about Ben getting flustered every time he had to talk or be around Marcus made me laugh every time. It really reminds you of when you’re around your own crush and you can’t figure out what to say or how to act. The only thing I didn’t like is that it felt a little rushed in the end with his teammates and I wished we had a little more insight on his coming out. However, this is a cute book that made me laugh, smile, tear up, and fall in love with all the characters. If you’re looking for a sweet summer read I highly recommend this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kendra T

    This was a really sweet story. Ben is in his senior year of high school and is captain of the hockey team. Despite the athlete status he has, he tends to shy away from most social situations because he is gay and afraid of anyone finding out. Marcus is the boy Ben has had a crush on for years, and he is out and proud with a crush on Ben. When meddling friends (the amazing Ryan and Rachel) get them together, Ben realizes that he would rather be with Marcus because it makes him happy rather than h This was a really sweet story. Ben is in his senior year of high school and is captain of the hockey team. Despite the athlete status he has, he tends to shy away from most social situations because he is gay and afraid of anyone finding out. Marcus is the boy Ben has had a crush on for years, and he is out and proud with a crush on Ben. When meddling friends (the amazing Ryan and Rachel) get them together, Ben realizes that he would rather be with Marcus because it makes him happy rather than hiding. Ben worked through a lot of his fears in this book regarding being outed. He came out to his parents and sister and then to his hockey coach, and it was nice to see the positive responses to it. It was very touching to see the reactions (and non-reactions) to their relationship. I absolutely loved the side characters. Ryan and Rachel were awesome best friends to the guys, and Ben's parents were great. I loved Ben's gran and the side story about Will & Eddie. So sweet. This was a well written YA story, and I really enjoyed it. I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC provided by IndiGo Marketing & Design

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ramona

    Hockey was Ben’s life. He lived and breathed it. Being gay is also Ben’s life. He's afraid if he comes out he will lose hockey and his family. His best friend Ryan is the only one who knows and supports him totally. His crush on Marcus is painful. Unable to even talk to him. Marcus is bisexual, openly. Having the same issues communicating that Ben does. Marcus has Rachel, she watches out for him. She's not very subtle about trying to get them together. When they finally break through the awkwardn Hockey was Ben’s life. He lived and breathed it. Being gay is also Ben’s life. He's afraid if he comes out he will lose hockey and his family. His best friend Ryan is the only one who knows and supports him totally. His crush on Marcus is painful. Unable to even talk to him. Marcus is bisexual, openly. Having the same issues communicating that Ben does. Marcus has Rachel, she watches out for him. She's not very subtle about trying to get them together. When they finally break through the awkwardness, both boys discover that they have liked each other for a long time. Tentatively beginning a connection, Marcus not wanting a boyfriend in the closet and Ben afraid to be out. This was a story of a young man trying to find his way through the pitfalls of admitting he's gay. His support system was the best he could of hoped for. The story had some typical teenage angst. It was a little slow in places but over all it was very sweet, YA story. Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Overall, Skating Through is a solid coming-out story complete with plenty of teen angst and understandable anxiety on Ben’s part. It makes a strong statement about what it is like for a male teen who plays a rough, aggressive sport such as hockey to come out as gay and feel okay doing so. I did struggle to read this story because I found Ben’s relationship with his best friend Ryan to be unrealistic, and, unfortunately, that relationship gets more page-time than any other in the book. The overpr Overall, Skating Through is a solid coming-out story complete with plenty of teen angst and understandable anxiety on Ben’s part. It makes a strong statement about what it is like for a male teen who plays a rough, aggressive sport such as hockey to come out as gay and feel okay doing so. I did struggle to read this story because I found Ben’s relationship with his best friend Ryan to be unrealistic, and, unfortunately, that relationship gets more page-time than any other in the book. The overprotectiveness Ryan feels towards Ben comes off as unusual and not something one teenage boy feels towards another. He seemed more like a big brother or even a dad. I felt that the dialogue exchanged between the two was more “adult support group” than something that teenagers would say to one another. I wished it had felt more real and rang more true. I definitely think this read is for the younger YA crowd. https://boysonlybookclub.wordpress.co...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gerty Mac

    Ben is a high school hockey player who knows he’s gay. He’s had a crush on Marcus forever and in his senior year, Marcus takes an interest. The only thing holding Ben back is that he’s not out. Skating Through is a coming out romance that makes it clear the hero doesn’t come out because of romance. Ben’s anxiousness, about coming out and social situations in general, is endearing and realistic. Even when Ben is pretty sure everything will be okay, he’s still worried. Coming out is never an easy Ben is a high school hockey player who knows he’s gay. He’s had a crush on Marcus forever and in his senior year, Marcus takes an interest. The only thing holding Ben back is that he’s not out. Skating Through is a coming out romance that makes it clear the hero doesn’t come out because of romance. Ben’s anxiousness, about coming out and social situations in general, is endearing and realistic. Even when Ben is pretty sure everything will be okay, he’s still worried. Coming out is never an easy thing to do. Ben and Marcus’s relationship evolves from a crush to friendship to romance in a very believable way. They also form a family of choice with Ben’s best friend Ryan and Marcus’s best friend Rachel. Combined with Ben’s biological, rad as heck family, there’s a great cast of characters to support Ben as he reconciles having a boyfriend with playing hockey.

  21. 5 out of 5

    sophie

    So I’m a little conflicted on what to rate this book, I’m between a 2.5 and a 3, but I think I’m gonna go with a 2.5. At first this book was incredibly cringey. The first few chapters were incredibly boring. Then, about 15% in, it got really good, I literally could not stop reading, And then at about 80%, it got so cringey I winced a few times. The writing had a lot more telling then showing which was the main reason this book was boring at times. Apart from that, there were a couple positives. So I’m a little conflicted on what to rate this book, I’m between a 2.5 and a 3, but I think I’m gonna go with a 2.5. At first this book was incredibly cringey. The first few chapters were incredibly boring. Then, about 15% in, it got really good, I literally could not stop reading, And then at about 80%, it got so cringey I winced a few times. The writing had a lot more telling then showing which was the main reason this book was boring at times. Apart from that, there were a couple positives. First, I loved how realistic the story was, I can totally see a senior going through the same thing. Second, can we just talk about how Rachel and Ryan were such amazing best friends? Seriously, they were best friend goals. Overall, I would recommend. *Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

  22. 5 out of 5

    James

    DISCLAIMER: DNF at 10%. The first chapter is genuinely terrible, especially for a first chapter; it’s essentially all the mechanics of a teenage boy waking up, wrestling his cat for his tee, eating breakfast... and it’s not written in a lively or entertaining way. Rather than grabbing my interest, it actively bored me. The second chapter is better, with some genuine character exploration and plot. The relationship between the main character and his best friend is especially sweet. Ultimately, th DISCLAIMER: DNF at 10%. The first chapter is genuinely terrible, especially for a first chapter; it’s essentially all the mechanics of a teenage boy waking up, wrestling his cat for his tee, eating breakfast... and it’s not written in a lively or entertaining way. Rather than grabbing my interest, it actively bored me. The second chapter is better, with some genuine character exploration and plot. The relationship between the main character and his best friend is especially sweet. Ultimately, this book isn’t for me. I wouldn’t say it’s for someone who regularly reads YA, either. It kind of stiles me as m/m teen romance answer to generic chicklit? If you were here for the hockey element and don’t mind if it’s f/m or m/m, I’d instead rec ‘Just One of the Boys’ by Leah and Kate Rooper, which soundly surprised me with how funny, sweet and ballsy it was. Thanks NetGalley for the free copy! Sorry I couldn't finish.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    This is a short and sweet read about Ben, who is the captain of the hockey team and popular but is hiding a secret from everyone other than his best friend, Ryan. Ryan encourages Ben to get to know Marcus, who Ben has a crush on, but he's not ready to reveal that he's gay to anyone else. I like how the author portrayed Ben and Marcus's friendship before they explored a relationship. And while his family, friends, and teammates are ultimately supportive of him and Marcus as a couple, you could fe This is a short and sweet read about Ben, who is the captain of the hockey team and popular but is hiding a secret from everyone other than his best friend, Ryan. Ryan encourages Ben to get to know Marcus, who Ben has a crush on, but he's not ready to reveal that he's gay to anyone else. I like how the author portrayed Ben and Marcus's friendship before they explored a relationship. And while his family, friends, and teammates are ultimately supportive of him and Marcus as a couple, you could feel Ben's reluctance to come out. In the end, I enjoyed getting to know Ben and Marcus and loved Ryan throughout the story. It's a good read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    As a hockey fan, and a gay romance fan, I was really looking forward to this. It didn’t disappoint. The author creates interesting and likeable characters who develop nicely throughout the book. There isn’t a huge amount of conflict in the novel, beyond the internal struggles of the protagonist and everything is resolved nicely by the end. Overall this is a nice lighthearted read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Novel Ninja

    Sweet book This book was a sweet book about a hs hockey player co in gout. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough character development to understand why he and the boyfriend liked each other, or to even get to know the hockey team. And the best friend was very prominent, almost too much?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suzzle

    A good, solid mm ya. I really enjoyed this. I love hockey romances and this was no exception. It steered away from a lot of the usual cliches and angst, which I appreciated. Lovely characters. Feelgood and uplifting. There aren't enough good ya gay romances at the moment so this was a really nice surprise.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kirstin

    This was a great coming out story of a high school hockey player. It was funny and cute and a sweet story. Quick and easy and very enjoyable. ARC given by Netgalley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rennie

  29. 5 out of 5

    David

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peche Esse

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