Face-Off (Hockey Rivals #1)

Rated 4.43/5 based on 7 reviews
Head-to-Head, Skate-to-Skate, It's Winner Takes All! When Brad's twin brother, T.J., the apple of their father's eye, transfers from his fancy prep school and into Brad's public school, Brad must contend with T.J.'s growing popularity as the school's new star hockey player. Re-issue of the hockey classic! More
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About Stacy Juba

Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers) or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. Get your FREE Storybook Valley Welcome Kit on her website.

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About the Series: Hockey Rivals
Brothers battle on and off the ice in this action-packed young adult sports series about twins Brad and T.J. McKendrick. It's head-to-head, skate-to-skate, winner takes all!

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Reviews of Face-Off (Hockey Rivals #1) by Stacy Juba

Nicole McManus reviewed on Sep. 21, 2013
(no rating)
5 stars

T.J. McKendrick can’t do anything right to please his father, despite the fact that he attends a prep school and is top of his class and on several sports teams. His twin brother, Brad, feels that T.J. is the apple of their father’s eyes and despite all of his hard work, he can barely maintain a C average in his public school. Brad hates school, but is looking forward to the start of hockey season. That is until their parents inform them that they can no longer afford T.J.’s school and they will both be forced to attend the same high school. Now Brad fears loosing his friends and the all important Captain spot at the start of hockey season. Not to mention, their younger brother Chris seems to keep getting in trouble and their parents are always arguing which upsets their youngest brother Jory. Will the twins come together to help there younger brothers or will the competition for attention and acceptance destroy their relationship for good?

Stacy Juba originally wrote this book when she was a young teenager, yet readers will not believe that while reading this book. Fans of hockey will love every single detail that takes place on the ice and about the ice. Non-hockey loving fans will not have to worry about being confused by statistics or technical jargon, since it is quite clear that Juba wrote this for every reader to enjoy. Readers will be chuckling at the antics of the youngest brother Jory, while readers’ heartstrings will be caught up effects of the tumultuous relationship of the parents. Readers will be able to relate to Brad, T.J. and their younger brothers. The sudden ending will leave readers needing more, but there is a small excerpt from the book’s sequel. Juba’s excellent talent for balancing human emotion, hockey and high school will create instant fans in the readers.

I loved this book! First off, I am a huge hockey fan. (Born and raised cheering on the Washington Capitals.) Second, this book perfectly demonstrates the inner turmoil inside families, whether it is the side effects of parents fighting or sibling rivalries. Even with the abrupt ending, I would highly recommend this book to middle school children or adult fans of hockey/YA books.

The author of this provided a copy for me to review.
This review was originally posted on Ariesgrl Book Reviews.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Katherine Eccleston reviewed on March 7, 2013

Face Off is the story of twin brothers who are dealing with high school, hockey, family, and growing up. It is a hockey story, but it is so much more than just a sports book.
Brad and his twin brother T.J. were attending separate schools until financial difficulties forced TJ to attend public school with his brother. The two boys are very competitive with each other and the sibiling rivalry is intense. Throughout the book, the boys learn how to be teammates and brothers.
I am a huge hockey fan, so the cover and synopsis of this book caught my attention right
away. The hockey scenes in the book were important but the book focused on the twins
learning more about each other and themselves. In the beginning of the book, Brad and TJ could barely stand each other but by the end of the book they were working together and respecting each other both on and off the ice. I loved how the twins matured throughout the book and became confident young men.
I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. It's refreshing to find a YA book
that focuses on a male audience. I can definitely see why The Hockey Hall of Fame's Junior Education Program included Face-Off on its recommended reading list for the junior and intermediate levels.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
trish earl reviewed on Jan. 20, 2012

A young adult book about sportsmanship and so much more. Great read.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Christina Hickey reviewed on Jan. 5, 2012

I received this book from Librarything in exchange for an honest review.

Apparently, this is a reissue of a book that was written when the author was only 16. I was very impressed with all the hockey lingo and thought it was very well done. The twins interaction and the difficulties with the parents were very real. I was moved by all the relationships and how they evolved over time.

I thought it was wonderful how the twins worked out a majority of their issues, but it almost seemed too easy for a long standing resentment, a fierce sibling rivalry, just to fade away. Of course, perhaps this is just the calm before the storm!

I enjoyed reading this book a lot, and believe that sports fans and younger readers will really like it!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Andrea reviewed on Dec. 30, 2011

This book is geared towards young adults and I found it to be a good read that held my attention throughout. I read it in just over a day. It is mainly about 2 fraternal twin brothers. One goes to private school and the other goes to public school. Both play hockey and when their parents can no longer afford the private school T.J. has to transfer to public school with his brother Brad. This story gets into everyday problems like sibling rivalry and kids dealing with their parents divorcing. It also teaches a good lesson on how even brothers can overcome their sibling rivalry and work together to achieve a goal. I enjoyed this story and just may have to pick up the next one when it comes out. I received this through a member giveaway program in exchange for a review.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
tiffany reviewed on Nov. 6, 2011

I get a charge out of a hockey story as long as it is soundly written. I am please to say Stacy has competence in her storytelling. I appreciate the characters and what they experience. I dig the witty banter among brothers and friends. My heart went out to those boys when at home. Another pleasing story that keeps you thirsting for more. I will be awaiting the arrival of Offsides. It will be fun to see how things play out.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
tiffany reviewed on Nov. 6, 2011
(no rating)
I get a charge out of a hockey story as long as it is soundly written. I am please to say Stacy has competence her storytelling. I appreciate the characters and what they experience. I dig the witty banter among brothers and friends. My heart went out to those boys when at home. Another pleasing story that keeps you thirsting for more. I will be awaiting the arrival of Offsides. It will be fun to see how things play out.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
Julio C. reviewed on Oct. 24, 2011

This is a novella rather than a novel, but I was satisfied with the purchase since I enjoyed the story and literally read it in one sitting. I enjoyed the family dynamic between the four brothers, and also the match descriptions. It had some funny moments and the dramatic elements were gripping, although I never completely understood why Brad and TJ were so estranged in the beginning. Sure, they went to different schools and the different treatment by their father obviously did not help, but still they are twin brothers and both of them are good guys, surely there should have been some more communication between them...

Another thing I did not completely enjoy was that their school life was a bit underdeveloped, with too many clichés, perhaps. Probably there was no time to develop that side of the story more, since the novel was so short.

Anyway, this was a very enjoyable read for me, and now I'm waiting eagerly for the sequel (although this story works well as a standalone). I hope the sequel will be longer.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Darcia Helle reviewed on Sep. 15, 2011

I don't normally read YA fiction but this one drew my attention for two reasons: I'm a fan of Stacy Juba's mysteries and I have been a huge Boston Bruins fan for close to 40 years. Knowing that this book centered around hockey made it a must read!

This is a great story that is so much more than a hockey read. We're shown the dynamics of a family experiencing both joys and difficulties. The four boys suffer sibling rivalry but also support each other completely. Juba's writing is engaging and I was immediately sucked into this family of hockey players.

Face-Off has no profanity or content that would be inappropriate for children. I highly recommend this one whether you're a hockey fan or just looking for a good story.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

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