Done. Okay, well, I can’t say I “liked” this book. I just didn’t. Oh well. I was able to read it in about a week, so it wasn’t a huge time investment. This book simultaneously stressed me out and depressed me at the same time. Most of the characters pissed me off and were despicable, so that’s always tough for me when there is a large cast of characters, but very few that I actually like. Yes, several came out looking okay in the end, but just not a fan of anyone except Maya, and (mostly) her mom. The subject matter of rape-culture in youth sport was interesting, but again, I usually like escapism in my reading, and this book definitely did not provide that.
Add that to the fact that I absolutely hate hockey with a passion. It may be the sport I hate the most. Something about it always bothered me, but I wasn’t able to articulate my dislike of it until I was older. Mainly, that fighting occurs in the sport, is encouraged and condoned. Hate that! Fighting occurs in every sport, males and females, young and old, got that. But, in baseball if fights occur, punishments happen. Same in basketball. Shit, even football. Does the punishment always fit the fight? No. At least most sports try to regulate it in some way. I can’t stand hockey for that reason. For a minute, I’ll be like, okay, I am enjoying watching the skill of moving the puck around, scoring goals, playing defense, etc. The next, gloves are thrown off and players are in an all-out brawl while refs literally just stand there. Ugh! Makes me sick. And it’s not that I’m even bothered by fighting sports, like boxing or MMA. I actually enjoy those 2 sports. But, again, they’re not fighting disguised as something else. They’re just fighting. Fine, got it. I would never let Rhett get anywhere near hockey, so that tells you a lot right there. Okay, that’s my hockey-hate rant haha!
Youth sports insanity, omg, it’s real! We live it in our area, which is renowned and insane about baseball. We live it every day. My reactions to those portions of the book were visceral, because we live it (just with baseball instead of hockey). Our area has a big population and many baseball programs, so the small town, everyone knows everyone feeling is not here. But, I grew up in a town like that (which was a football area), so I definitely can relate to that part in a different way. Rhett just tried out for fall baseball yesterday! He moves up in age-level, so lots of new changes ahead. He tried out to pitch. He had 14 coaches standing around him on the mound with laptops and clip boards while he pitched in the tryout. He just turned 9! Yup, it’s crazy. Youth sports craziness makes me mostly sad. Rhett plays baseball because he loves it and wants to improve. Scott and I are definitely more laid back in our sports parenting style. We do not care or expect him to earn a college scholarship for a sport. We save for college regardless. We put no pressure on him to do anything. But trust me, we are surrounded by some pretty intense parents, some of them nice, some are assholes. Some put the most insane amount of pressure on their kids this young to earn college scholarships in their sport. Both boys and girls. I see it with both. When Rhett did not get chosen for the 2nd summer travel team in his age group in May, it caused a huge amount of drama in the league. It was insane. I haven’t talked about it much, and it is a 2-hour story all told. But, we literally lived insanity regarding the situation for a month. I still get approached and talked to about it every week!
Luckily, the kindness and support was on our side, as it was others that were the villains in the story.
So yeah, not opposed to sports stories. Or youth stories. Just did not like this book and it depressed me, so now I’m off to read a touchy-feely, knights in shining armor romance I haven’t read in 25 years! 🙂 🙂 🙂