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Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here! Y’all... I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here! Y’all... I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain. A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.


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Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here! Y’all... I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here! Y’all... I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain. A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

30 review for Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. I know this is not much of a review so far, but hell if I’ll keep my emotions bottled inside. The truth is, this is really an amazing graphic novel. It was originally a webcomic – one of the most popular ones on Kickstarter and I’ PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. I know this is not much of a review so far, but hell if I’ll keep my emotions bottled inside. The truth is, this is really an amazing graphic novel. It was originally a webcomic – one of the most popular ones on Kickstarter and I’m so delighted it was picked to be traditionally published. Book stores need this book. Libraries need this book. Schools need this book. YOU need this book in your room. I swear, this is the type of story that I’m going to turn to every time I feel under-the-weather and need some cheering up. You can’t help but root for Eric Bittle. He’s a closeted gay kid who is just starting university as a freshman. Not only that, but he’s been accepted in the varsity hockey team – him, a former figure skater. He’s outgoing and shy, a jock and a baker, single but ready to mingle. I could not get enough of him and the rest of these characters. There is not one single two-dimensional team player in this hockey group. I’m honestly disheartened to see some of these guys departing. Since this book spans over two years, there are logically certain characters graduating, which is both saddening and wonderful, but I’m sure we’ll see cameos from them in future volumes. I really have nothing bad to say about this book. It captures all the right moments. It’s realistic, original, interesting, romantic at times and so very gay (if you’ll forgive the pun). I’m always excited about reading about university life because my own is not that exciting haha, so I have to experience vicariously through such stories. I can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait for the next book. More Bitty! More Jack! More Bick (???) More hockey games (can’t believe I actually care about the sport). And more camaraderie! Please. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Heckin’ CUTE. Shitty is my fav and reminds me so much of my bb McGraw from Giant Days. 10/10 do recommend

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    This series is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I read it first in college, reread it as I was graduating, and now I get to read the full first two years as a collected, physical book. Bitty owns my heart and I plan to cry about him for the rest of time. He’s my perfect soft, loving, pastry happy, gay, hockey playing southern gentleman. READ THIS. Then get up to date with the webcomic so we can all yell together.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I love love love this 😍 ...big surprise

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    This ARC was given to me by my beautiful friend Lilly from Lair of Books! (Thank you so much! I love you!) You all, this was the cutest. No, scratch that; Bitty is the cutest! And this graphic novel was nothing short of a joy to read! Hockey games, behind the scenes practices, a slow-burn attraction, an adorable romance, the most heartwarming main character ever. I mean, what else could you really ask for? Ngozi Ukazu has given us such a bright light of pure sunshine! So basically, this is a pub This ARC was given to me by my beautiful friend Lilly from Lair of Books! (Thank you so much! I love you!) You all, this was the cutest. No, scratch that; Bitty is the cutest! And this graphic novel was nothing short of a joy to read! Hockey games, behind the scenes practices, a slow-burn attraction, an adorable romance, the most heartwarming main character ever. I mean, what else could you really ask for? Ngozi Ukazu has given us such a bright light of pure sunshine! So basically, this is a published version of a very popular webcomic that so many of my friends have been following and adoring for so very long. It stars a boy named Eric Bittle, AKA: Bitty, who is leaving his southern home to go to college in the north to play hockey, and he is gay and not yet out! He is also a very talented ice skater, but he has a little improving to do on the ice with hockey. And this book is broken up in two parts that are following him during his freshman year and sophomore year at Samwell University. Bitty also makes video blogs where he talks about everything that’s going on his life. We get to slowly see the seasons change, and Bitty change as well during his vlogs. And he especially likes to talk about the captain of the hockey team, Jack, who he is pretty sure dislikes him, even though he is constantly helping him improve on the ice. “Never fall for a straight boy.” But we also get to see Bitty interact with the rest of his team: Ransom, Shitty, Holster, Chowder, Nursey, Lardo, and Dex (ew)! And Bitty builds some really beautiful friendships. Shitty (Lord, I will never get used to typing that name) is such a sweetheart who was so accepting and wonderful. Easily my favorite side character and my favorite brewing side romance with a certain someone. I also loved getting to see Bitty move into the team house his sophomore year and really embrace his love for cooking. While his team also embraces their love for eating his baking. Seriously, seeing him build friendships and bond with others was so pure and so wonderful. Lastly, I really want to talk about Ngozi Ukazu’s banter and how it is so perfect and so realistic. I legit tried to read this in public, and I was smiling so big and giggling out loud while sipping my coffee. The dialogue is on a tier above most graphic work out here, and the art is so beautiful and lovely on the eyes, too. I am in awe. Overall, I just thought this was adorable perfection. The only reason I’m giving it four stars is because I feel like the story just started to really begin right before it ended. But the slow burn m/m romance is very precious, and I will scream from the highest rooftop that Bitty deserves the entire world forever and ever. I have such high hopes for junior and senior year! This is easily the best sports graphic work I’ve ever read. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch Content and triggers warnings for underage drinking, panic attacks, hazing, and a lot of sexual content comments (mostly about hooking up with girls). ❤ I read this for Contemporary-a-thon!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    THIS IS THE CUTEST SWEETEST SOFTEST FUNNIEST MOST PRECIOUS THING AND I HAVE ALL THE FEELS. ps I read the webcomic via the author's website but fully intend to buy upon release because duh.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    5 stars I've been putting off this review for like, 4 months now, but I finally caved because I want to add this to my Debut Author Challenge but need to actually write a review for it to count. Ready? OMG SQUEEEEEEE THIS IS SO CUTE EVERYONE READ IT I LOVE THEM ALL why did I not know about this adorable webcomic sooner WHO DIDN'T TELL ME ABOUT THIS IT'S ADORABLE You should envision this entire review in screamy caps because WOW I LOVE THIS. Ugh. I adore everything about Check, Please!, but most of 5 stars I've been putting off this review for like, 4 months now, but I finally caved because I want to add this to my Debut Author Challenge but need to actually write a review for it to count. Ready? OMG SQUEEEEEEE THIS IS SO CUTE EVERYONE READ IT I LOVE THEM ALL why did I not know about this adorable webcomic sooner WHO DIDN'T TELL ME ABOUT THIS IT'S ADORABLE You should envision this entire review in screamy caps because WOW I LOVE THIS. Ugh. I adore everything about Check, Please!, but most of all the characters!!! They are so precious and I love every single one of them. I would give up all my books for Bitty. I would swear off of pies for him to be happy forever. I have a great, undying need for him to be happy and in love with [redacted] forever. *melts into a puddle* As you can tell, the majority of this review is just me gushing, so you might as well quit while you're ahead and just decide to read this book. (But, at the end I talk about a few really important things.) AND YOU CAN EVEN FIND IT FREE LEGALLY!!! It's a webcomic that's available online, and it will forever stay online, so you can binge this whole book, and what's released of the books after it, on www.checkpleasecomic.com I personally, after finishing the adorable ARC of Bitty's freshman & sophomore years (yes, this is college YA!!!) ended binging the entire webcomic that's available online too because I'm a greedy person and NOW I JUST WANT MORE And, there's barely any differences between the published version and the online one, except that online the first few chapters are in black and white, and the rest in color, while in the printed published one, it's in full color. So although you could read the whole thing online for free legally, it'd also be really cool if you bought a copy or checked it out from your library instead, so you can go and support the author! (I say this out of pure greed as supporting the author hopefully means more fluffy webcomics.) The wait for volume 2 will be KILLER because I just need more, and the cliffhanger is intense (thank goodness for online webcomics, as I said before.) Now, for a more serious note: I do think it's valuable not to get too crazy over this, and hear me out before you come at me with pitchforks. Bitty represents a really privileged side of the LGBTQ+ community--as he's white and gay, which, when looked at on a spectrum of multiple LGBTQ+ identities, is pretty privileged when compared to, let's say, a black trans man. And I know this is supposed to be a fluff book! (I assume) it's supposed to give you all the warm and gooey feels inside! And I really appreciate this and how this is a fun read that teens can lose themselves in and not have to worry about life, when they read. But, we also have to be careful of a few things: 1. Don't fetishize m/m gay couples. The prevalence of m/m fiction when compared to f/f fiction is real and it exists and f/f fiction a lot of the time does not get the same support and love. It can be borderline fetishization. This can be really harmful, and it's good to acknowledge that not only should we avoid fetishizing m/m couples, especially when they're in a place of privilege compared to other LGBTQ+ couples. 2. Acknowledge that Bitty is privileged. He's white and gay. A lot of queer narratives are about white, gay boys vs. POC queer women. Understand that he isn't the whole community and that Bitty represents a really privileged portion of the LGBTQ+ community. (Also, don't gatekeep or erase other queer identities, please!) 3. Acknowledge that we should also make sure to support #OwnVoices authors. Did you love Check, Please!? Great! How about picking up an #OwnVoices LGBTQ+ rep book afterwards and supporting some #OwnVoices authors, so you can get fiction from its source. I still really love Check, Please!, but I also think that it would be great if we supported other #OwnVoices queer narratives with as much love as we do Check, Please!. This doesn't mean you have to love every queer book you read, but try other non white gay male narratives out, if you haven't already. You might be surprised. Thank you so much to Fierce Reads @ Book Con for providing me with an advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review! Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  8. 5 out of 5

    MaryGrace

    I LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS. I mean, who's actually surprised, but I loved this more than I even expected. It was just lovely and adorable, but also so meaningful for me. This is my first time reviewing a graphic novel and I wasn’t really sure how it was going to go but I loved this so so much that I had to talk about it. This story follows Eric Bittle (Bitty) through the first two years as a member of the Samwell College Men’s Hockey Team. The first thing you should know is this is about a gay colleg I LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS. I mean, who's actually surprised, but I loved this more than I even expected. It was just lovely and adorable, but also so meaningful for me. This is my first time reviewing a graphic novel and I wasn’t really sure how it was going to go but I loved this so so much that I had to talk about it. This story follows Eric Bittle (Bitty) through the first two years as a member of the Samwell College Men’s Hockey Team. The first thing you should know is this is about a gay college hockey player who bakes pies. Do I even have to say more? Not only was this absolutely adorable but it also meant so much more to me than I could’ve imagined. For me, nothing feels like fall more than college sports. It’s not so much the sport itself, but the feeling of students coming together as the year starts again. Before I lose your interest with my sports talk, know that I too once really disliked any form of physical activity. That was until college. This is the first year that I’m not in school. Which for some is a great thing, but for me just feels strange. During Ngozi’s discussion, she mentioned that writing Check Please! was a way for her to still hold onto college for a little while after she graduated, and I know what that feels like. I know what it’s like to be a part of something and know that you belong there more than anything else and have to eventually leave that behind. I know what it’s like to start somewhere and leave somewhere two different people, in the best possible way. College was the best 5 years of my life so far and it’s a jarring experience to not be part of that anymore. Reading Check Please brought me back to that feeling of soccer and basketball seasons at a Division I sports school. I found so much of it familiar and exciting. Watching the team do everything together, eat together, live together, go everywhere together, be each other’s wingmen etc. That’s something I’ve really come to love and appreciate about these teams. I used to think of them as jock stereotypes, and perhaps there’s some truth to that but above all, if you hate everything I’ve mentioned, it’s about a group of dudes who always have each other’s backs no matter what. They all work exceptionally hard and are dedicated to something they care about and that is absolutely something I respect. Did I also mention that there is baking? Lots of baking. Bitty bakes when he’s stressed, he bakes when he’s excited, when he’s happy. He’s always baking. You get to follow Bitty and the Team through two years of school, living their everyday lives, dealing with relationship problems and academic concerns, and the failures and triumphs they go through together. They win sometimes, they lose other times. I really appreciated a lot of small things that were familiar to me, like Bitty being a student ambassador, and the athletic awards banquet. It was just really fun and cute and lighthearted. Also the humor in this was spot on. Even though it probably wasn’t meant to, Check Please! provided me with a lot of comfort and a feeling of home that I needed during this time of my life. Even if it won’t do that for you, I think this is a graphic novel for any kind of person who appreciates friendship and formed families, and finding yourself. Highly recommend. I know I could read the rest of the years online but I want to wait and own a physical copy of Years 3 and 4 because I just loved this so much. 9/15/2018 I had to work an extra day this week and buses run once an hour on weekends so to kill time on my way home, I went into Kinokuniya to use the bathroom, and stumbled upon a poster for signing for this ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE YEAR, two days from now, and to think all i had to do was use a bathroom and now I'm potentially going to meet this author UPDATE 9/20/2018 I did actually get to meet Ngozi and she was so funny and cool and I was the only one in the room who hasn't read this yet, so I guess we know what I'm reading next

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    THAT LOOKS SO DAMN GOOD, THANK YOU HOLLIS FOR THE REC!!! (ONE OF THESE DAYS I'M GONNA NEED TO ASK MYSELF WHY EXACTLY I'M WRITING ALL MY PREREVIEWS IN CAPS, BUT TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY, CLEARLY)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    **I RECEIVED AN EBOOK COPY OF THIS FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR A REVIEW** Do you like any of the following things: nice people, good characters, pies, DAT HOCKEY BUTT, Beyonce, nicknames, alluring storylines, webcomics, French Canadians with crazy blue eyes and no obvious emotions, small Southerners who can do jumps and anxiety bake, girls who hold their own against the bros, bros being bros, bros being brothers, and hockey? Scratch that, you don't have to like any of those things to read thi **I RECEIVED AN EBOOK COPY OF THIS FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR A REVIEW** Do you like any of the following things: nice people, good characters, pies, DAT HOCKEY BUTT, Beyonce, nicknames, alluring storylines, webcomics, French Canadians with crazy blue eyes and no obvious emotions, small Southerners who can do jumps and anxiety bake, girls who hold their own against the bros, bros being bros, bros being brothers, and hockey? Scratch that, you don't have to like any of those things to read this book but once you do, you will LOVE them. Honestly, Ngozi's work changed my life. I will recommend this book to all of my friends. It was an honor to be able to write a review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura (bbliophile)

    *takes a deep breath* I LOVED THIS SO MUCH LIKE SO SO MUCH AND BITTY IS MY NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER HE IS SO SOFT AND LOVELY AND I WANT TO BE HIS FRIEND AND BAKE PIES WITH HIM AND WHO KNEW I COULD CARE ABOUT HOCKEY THIS MUCH??? AAAAH I LOOOOOVED THIS

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hazel (Stay Bookish)

    HANDS DOWN ONE OF MY FAVORITE YA GRAPHIC NOVELS I'VE EVER READ. I LOVE MY HOCKEY BUTTS *AHEM* BOYS. I adored the Samwell team! I also got hungry for pie. The banter, the vlogs, tweets, the romance, the hockey/haus shenanigans = so much fun!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    ALEXA

    So. Freaking. Adorable. I really liked the art style, and I thought the story was so cute! It was so easy to like Bitty from the start, and seeing his interactions with the team and how their relationships develop was so cute. I did find it a touch confusing to get into initially and the pace is really quick, but it was fun to read and I’m looking forward to the second book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    kayla ☺

    everything about this book makes my heart so full and happy 💕 why didn't I read this soon??? 😭

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christina Marie

    THIS WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL STORY! I love a good graphic novel! But I also loved every element of this story. It was funny, clever, and just interesting to me. I’m not a hockey person, but I love a good sports story. I also love a good LGBTQ+ sport romance. And while that’s not the main focus of the story, it presents the perfect balance. I need more!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria (Big City Bookworm)

    Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars! I picked my pre-order up last week and you better believe I read it over the weekend during any spare moment I had! It truly lived up to the hype, but like excuse me...I need the rest of it right now! (yes, I know it's online...but I just love to read the physical format!) Stay tuned for a full review coming soon!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Easily one of the best things you’ll read in your life AND HOW COULD SHE LEAVE US AT THE END LIKE THAT Ok, everyone said this graphic novel was basically the cutest thing ever but NOTHING will prepare you for how cute it is. Nothing. What happens when a figure skater with an infinity for pie joins his college hockey team? Well, of course he: 1. Learns that beautiful ice dancing is a tad different than body slamming, teeth jostling hockey. But he’s up for the challenge…mostly. 2. Figures out that he Easily one of the best things you’ll read in your life AND HOW COULD SHE LEAVE US AT THE END LIKE THAT Ok, everyone said this graphic novel was basically the cutest thing ever but NOTHING will prepare you for how cute it is. Nothing. What happens when a figure skater with an infinity for pie joins his college hockey team? Well, of course he: 1. Learns that beautiful ice dancing is a tad different than body slamming, teeth jostling hockey. But he’s up for the challenge…mostly. 2. Figures out that he can bake in even the grossest man-boy hangouts. 3. Vlogs. And it’s freaking adorable. I would follow that channel. 4. Falls in love. I finished this book on the beach and I was practically showing everyone around me. LOOK AT THIS BOOK. READ IT. BUY IT. MARINATE IN IT. Because it is perfect. There is so much heart in this book as well as a bunch of laughs. Whose ready to go to a hockey game?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)

    I was lucky enough to score an ARC from the Fierce Reads tent at YALLWEST in CA. For starters... I thought it was so friggin adorable! I FRIGGIN LOVE IT! And I am 100% here for this! I was not aware until after reading it that it was a webcomic first. What is important is that I have read it and I loved it and you all should too! I will 100% be purchasing a copy of this graphic novel! I loved Bitty, and I mean c'mon a gay hockey player?! There was also a ton of cussing because heeeellleerrrr colleg I was lucky enough to score an ARC from the Fierce Reads tent at YALLWEST in CA. For starters... I thought it was so friggin adorable! I FRIGGIN LOVE IT! And I am 100% here for this! I was not aware until after reading it that it was a webcomic first. What is important is that I have read it and I loved it and you all should too! I will 100% be purchasing a copy of this graphic novel! I loved Bitty, and I mean c'mon a gay hockey player?! There was also a ton of cussing because heeeellleerrrr college boys!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah K

    Oh I just loved this! So I finally did it. I finally read a graphic novels and it was so much fun! Eric Bittle (Bitty) who is a figure skater turned hockey player heads to Samwell University for college and to play on their team. Bitty loves to bake and he also does a baking/hockey vlog. He is just an utter delight and I wish he was my real life friend. I love the team dynamics and friendship! They joke around with each other but also have each other’s backs. Bitty is also gay and I love the slow bu Oh I just loved this! So I finally did it. I finally read a graphic novels and it was so much fun! Eric Bittle (Bitty) who is a figure skater turned hockey player heads to Samwell University for college and to play on their team. Bitty loves to bake and he also does a baking/hockey vlog. He is just an utter delight and I wish he was my real life friend. I love the team dynamics and friendship! They joke around with each other but also have each other’s backs. Bitty is also gay and I love the slow burn romance in this book. I need the next book now! If you’re looking for a fun read full of great characters (over the span of 2 college years), definitely “check” out this graphic novel! Note: there is profanity and college drinking.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lilly (Lair Of Books)

    Sooo friggin cute!!! The feels are real with this one and now I need all things Check Please! related cause I need more Bitty and Haus stories like yesterday haha! RTC on Lair Of Books (Link is in the bio) 🖤

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sally ☾

    Check, Please! was so damn adorable and soft and hilarious and precious and just so, so gay. Such a lovely story filled with wonderful characters whom I love with all my heart. Did I mention that it's hella gay? Now, all I need is a f/f version of this and I'll be the happiest person on this planet.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey

    Join Bitty as he vlogs through his first two years at Samwell College. He may be the smallest hockey player the team has seen, but man, can he bake a pie! Through crushing checks (and crushed hearts), Bitty's candid commentary will make you squee! I got through most of this as a webcomic before seeing the ARC; I like how the absence of the side stories (like Ransom and Holster's hockey sense) makes the story flow better, but I also didn't really like them all crammed together at the end, sort of Join Bitty as he vlogs through his first two years at Samwell College. He may be the smallest hockey player the team has seen, but man, can he bake a pie! Through crushing checks (and crushed hearts), Bitty's candid commentary will make you squee! I got through most of this as a webcomic before seeing the ARC; I like how the absence of the side stories (like Ransom and Holster's hockey sense) makes the story flow better, but I also didn't really like them all crammed together at the end, sort of as an afterthought. Also, the final section (Bitty's Tweets) didn't come through on the galley; hopefully this will be fixed in the printed final version. The story, however, is great and is hugely accurate to the rabid fandom of the hockey world. The highest praise I have for this comic is that it has caused MULTIPLE friends of mine to become hockey fans (I have been a rabid hockey fan my entire life, and I couldn't convince them!). Thank you, Ngozi! *I received this as an e-galley from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    I wasn’t expecting this to hit me the way it did, but wow. The art is fantastic and the story is even better. I flew through this with the biggest smile on my face. Ugh, I’m such a hockey nerd. I’m so bummed that Hockey season is over and this is a great way to get your hockey fix in without witnessing your team bite the dust. While sitting in on the authors panel, I didn’t know that this was a webcomic. Now I must go hunt this down to continue the story of Bitty and his true love of Hockey, bak I wasn’t expecting this to hit me the way it did, but wow. The art is fantastic and the story is even better. I flew through this with the biggest smile on my face. Ugh, I’m such a hockey nerd. I’m so bummed that Hockey season is over and this is a great way to get your hockey fix in without witnessing your team bite the dust. While sitting in on the authors panel, I didn’t know that this was a webcomic. Now I must go hunt this down to continue the story of Bitty and his true love of Hockey, baking, and Jack.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Obviously I've read the online comic on Tumblr, but when I found out this was being put out in a printed/bound volume I was so excited! It's interesting reading it in a different form and being able to flick through the pages much faster than I can scroll on my computer, but both are equally enjoyable. I absolutely love the way that this was put onto the page. And of course I love the storyline. Can't wait until we get a second volume with all the new stuff that's still coming out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Theodora Cristea

    after giving myself the time to enjoy this fully, and rejoice in the wonderful feeling of finally having a physical copy of one of my favourite pieces of media, i think it’s about time i wrote a proper review of it. i’ll start by giving some insight as to why i feel so deeply attached to the story and characters: i first started reading check please at the end of 2016. i stumbled upon it by chance, because some post on tumblr was talking about a panel and i liked the style it was drawn in and pr after giving myself the time to enjoy this fully, and rejoice in the wonderful feeling of finally having a physical copy of one of my favourite pieces of media, i think it’s about time i wrote a proper review of it. i’ll start by giving some insight as to why i feel so deeply attached to the story and characters: i first started reading check please at the end of 2016. i stumbled upon it by chance, because some post on tumblr was talking about a panel and i liked the style it was drawn in and proceeded to google it and figure out what it was from. upon finding out it’s an lgbtq comic, and a free one at that, i was ecstatic! and started reading it right away. i still remember staying up until about 4 am to read it, and i crashed immediately after having caught up. what followed was that i became utterly obsessed with it for the rest of my winter vacation, and started talking about it too all my closest friends and rereading it over and over again (this time with the extras too!!). it was about this time that my very-long-and-gruelling reading slump was at its peak, so me getting so enraptured with a piece of media was very exciting and new! i tried my best to ride that wave as long as it lasted, and lo and behold, my love for check please is ever growing. i’ve kept up to date with the comic ever since i first found out about it. i’m enjoying experiencing year 4 immensely, and it’s brought me closer to some friends in very interesting ways. therefore, it was very important to me that i got this particular copy of it myself, to support ngozi and her work, but also for me, so that i have something physical to cherish right there in my shelf! having said all this, i think it’s no wonder i gave the book 5 stars. i love it wholeheartedly and i’m very vocal about it! but my love is entirely justified. bitty’s story is so genuine, so loving and so wholesome that it is impossible not to adore it immediately. the cast of characters is diverse and charming, and you care so much for them and their growth!! i don’t think i’ve ever had a fictional story invoke such a deep desire to form lasting connections myself as this one did, and still does. perhaps check please’s layered story is a consequence of its author being a woman of colour, or of her having a masters in comics, of her having put so much thought and care into its craft. perhaps it’s all three!! or even more. whatever the cause, it’s a wonderful piece of media and craft. it feels real, and it feels genuine and so so so warm. i can’t put into words how much it means to me to have this story about a gay pie-baking georgia hockey player, and having him in this circle of thoughtful and young and real people, and having him be so happy! and having his story be successful. it means the world. i keep pushing check please onto as many of my friends as i can, and it’s working! and i will continue to recommend it to everyone i think needs it. but know this: i do it not because of my own love of it, but because i think it has the potential to make life just that much brighter for someone who would enjoy it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    nova ryder ♥

    Sorry every other book I’m reading, y’all are gonna have to wait cause I need to reread this gem 💛

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    4 stars. I read the first two years (what this vol is) a few years back on tumblr, but I wanted to read it in physical form and i wasn't disappointed. I loved everything besides the hockey talk (i honestly couldnt't care less), and i wish the relationship got a *bit* more developed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Bitty, our protag, is your not so stereotypical small, sweet, closeted country boy from small-town Georgia. Bitty is the son of the local high school football coach. Bitty’s a champion figure skater. Bitty has a baking vlog. And Bitty is on his way to his next big adventure - college hockey. One small problem though, Bitty struggles with physical contact and hockey is very much a contact sport. Check, Please! is the story about Bitty coming to accept, and love, who he is. Book 1 follows Bitty thr Bitty, our protag, is your not so stereotypical small, sweet, closeted country boy from small-town Georgia. Bitty is the son of the local high school football coach. Bitty’s a champion figure skater. Bitty has a baking vlog. And Bitty is on his way to his next big adventure - college hockey. One small problem though, Bitty struggles with physical contact and hockey is very much a contact sport. Check, Please! is the story about Bitty coming to accept, and love, who he is. Book 1 follows Bitty through his freshman and sophomore year at Samwell University where Bitty stress bakes, learns the ins and outs of bro’dom with his teammates, befriends a bro named Shitty, and is determined not to let the opinion of team Captain, Jack Laurent Zimmermann, get in his way. Even if Jack is a ~tragic~ shut off hockey legacy who is wholly convinced that Bitty is going to ruin their season. As a side note, perhaps one of the things I love most about Check, Please! is the obvious love this story is made with. This is a coming out story. But its also a story that takes the toxic heteronormative culture of sports and inverts it into this light, feel-good story. There is angst, sure, but it’s not the angst you typically read in LGBT sports fiction. There's a guaranteed happy ending coming for all our boys. This is a feel-good story. You will smile. You will laugh. You will root for all these crazy hockey bros. And you’re going to watch Bitty, Shitty, and Jack grow into something you don’t really see a lot in this genre. Book 1 covers Bitty’s freshman and sophomore year with additional bonus content at the end and a full log of all of Bitty's Tweets. Check, Please! is the story for you if you like: heartfelt coming of age/coming out stories, bro’s being bro’s, feel-good funny stories, stories about social media, realistic depictions of anxiety and healing, enemies to lovers stories, and rooting for the underdog. You can find this review and additional thoughts on my blog. Thank you to First Second Books for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC! I didn't even know I needed Check Please! in my life until I started reading it. It was a webcomic that I saw being discussed over on Cece @ ProblemsofaBookNerd's channel, and every time she mentioned it, the more intrigued I was. Hockey? Baked goods? Vlogging? What more can you ask for? Eric "Bitty" Bittle is the smallest player on his college hockey team. He's also openly gay, and kinda sorta maybe has the hots for Jack, a French-Canadian teammate. The r Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC! I didn't even know I needed Check Please! in my life until I started reading it. It was a webcomic that I saw being discussed over on Cece @ ProblemsofaBookNerd's channel, and every time she mentioned it, the more intrigued I was. Hockey? Baked goods? Vlogging? What more can you ask for? Eric "Bitty" Bittle is the smallest player on his college hockey team. He's also openly gay, and kinda sorta maybe has the hots for Jack, a French-Canadian teammate. The romance between the two is SO DARLING. It is so cute, and I love how organic it feels in the story. Eric and Jack are just so awkward and sweet! I kept rooting for them from start to finish even though yes, I knew they would end up together. THAT'S NOT THE POINT. POINT IS I LOVED IT, OKAY?! I also adored the artwork, and just how well-researched it is. Anytime hockey is discussed I just found myself being like "I KNOW WHAT THAT IS!" or "I know who they are talking about!" I recognize how silly that may sound, but I love learning about sports even if I don't necessarily like playing them. I also loved any section of the story that focused on Eric and his former figure-skating career! Those panels are so pretty! I honestly can gush forever about Check Please! and honestly I am so excited to have discovered this comic series. I cannot wait for the next part to be bundled together just so I scan squeal at the top of my lungs over just how freakin' cute it is.

  30. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    I followed Check Please! for some time on tumblr before I fell off the wagon, but always planned to come back to it. I’m so glad it’s getting a wide-release physical publication now! I just binged the entire book, which covers the first two years of Bitty’s time in college playing hockey. He’s so cute, and all the other characters are so fun as well! The romance is very slow burn, and it leaves you wanting more instantly. I can’t wait for years 3-4 to be published as well. Ukazu is extremely wit I followed Check Please! for some time on tumblr before I fell off the wagon, but always planned to come back to it. I’m so glad it’s getting a wide-release physical publication now! I just binged the entire book, which covers the first two years of Bitty’s time in college playing hockey. He’s so cute, and all the other characters are so fun as well! The romance is very slow burn, and it leaves you wanting more instantly. I can’t wait for years 3-4 to be published as well. Ukazu is extremely witty, amazing at dialogue, and her art is so adorable. 5/5 Stars!

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