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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. 4 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. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I love love love this 😍 ...big surprise

  5. 4 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

    destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    OH MY WORD, it's so cute I'm gonna die. This is one of the most precious, laugh-out-loud, heartwarming, charming damn things I've ever read in my life. I need a million more volumes, please. I cried happy tears at the end and I don't even care. And Bitty is such a precious little bean and Shitty is so hilarious and quietly deep and Holster & Ransom are the perfect bromance duo ever and JACK. Sweet, precious little Quebecian (IT'S A WORD OKAY) Jack and his quiet brooding and dark, sad former OH MY WORD, it's so cute I'm gonna die. This is one of the most precious, laugh-out-loud, heartwarming, charming damn things I've ever read in my life. I need a million more volumes, please. I cried happy tears at the end and I don't even care. And Bitty is such a precious little bean and Shitty is so hilarious and quietly deep and Holster & Ransom are the perfect bromance duo ever and JACK. Sweet, precious little Quebecian (IT'S A WORD OKAY) Jack and his quiet brooding and dark, sad former tragedy and... sigh. I loved this a lot, okay.

  7. 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    This was cute. Almost too cute. Take breaks lest ye be overcome by sugarshock. Hockey. Central, but in the sense that these kids's lives revolve around their team; you as the reader do not have to spend a lot of time seeing hockey moves, nor will you gain much understanding of the sport from this book. Actually you won't spend that much time on anything, and that was my main complaint: all the scenes are so short. And there isn't much pacing. I'm not sure if maybe this was a webcomic with a short This was cute. Almost too cute. Take breaks lest ye be overcome by sugarshock. Hockey. Central, but in the sense that these kids's lives revolve around their team; you as the reader do not have to spend a lot of time seeing hockey moves, nor will you gain much understanding of the sport from this book. Actually you won't spend that much time on anything, and that was my main complaint: all the scenes are so short. And there isn't much pacing. I'm not sure if maybe this was a webcomic with a short format to begin with, but it was frustrating to me because it felt like she kept having an interesting set up or story and then it would be over in a page or two without really going anywhere. Example: Bitty, our obsessive-baker protagonist, talks his way into a senior history course on food. Jack the Team Captain is in the same class. Bitty helps Jack with his final project for one page. The end . Nothing comes of this scene, we don't see them in class, we don't learn anything that was covered in the course. Almost all the scenes are short like this, even the ones that imply longer conversations between characters. Maybe this is just a matter of taste, but I feel like my college years included a lot of long and meaningful-at-the-time conversations. Maybe kids don't have those anymore because they're always tweeting, like Bitty. I don't care for Bitty's social media voice with its constant "Oh my Lord, y'all" and "girl, please" #blessyourheart Southern-ness, but I did think it was a well-done observation of how people have different voices and personas for different audiences. I can't be bothered with anyone's vlog, podcast, youtude channel or twitter account, though. I don't care that you got FroYo or what flavor you had. But overall I enjoyed the book. Author, if you read this believe that I like you! And your characters! I want more, not less. Do it all over but make it longer! I'm serious -- two years go by in this book and I think it really ought to have been one covered in the same number of pages. That would have been the right pace.

  9. 5 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

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (ashleyOutpaged)

    THIS IS MY NEW OBSESSION I AM LAUGHING I AM CRYING I JUST LOVE. It is so quirky and hilarious. FREAKING UGH 😭😭💓👌🏻💓💓💓

  11. 4 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

  12. 4 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

  13. 5 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)

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!

  16. 4 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 5 out of 5

    ❛jingle bell rock❜ (kayla)

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

  19. 5 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?

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 4 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) 🖤

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    It was really cute, but I found my self a little bored at parts. I think that there was too much dialogue at times and I would just glaze over it. It also felt a tad bit too long. But, I found the characters fun and multidimensional. The romance was a sweet slow simmering one that was very satisfying at the end.

  24. 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!

  25. 5 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sahitya

    Reading graphic novels is a fairly new experience for me, one I discovered only this year and I don't think I still have the right barometer to rate or review them. However, I have found that my tastes lean towards cute and adorable, and I can tell without hesitation that this graphic novel falls exactly in that category. I also have no clue about webcomics and only heard about Check, Please! because many bloggers received the ARCs at BookCon and it seemed fairly popular and now I can see what a Reading graphic novels is a fairly new experience for me, one I discovered only this year and I don't think I still have the right barometer to rate or review them. However, I have found that my tastes lean towards cute and adorable, and I can tell without hesitation that this graphic novel falls exactly in that category. I also have no clue about webcomics and only heard about Check, Please! because many bloggers received the ARCs at BookCon and it seemed fairly popular and now I can see what all the fuss was about. This was a delight to read and I'm so glad I chose it for Mythothon. Bitty is absolutely adorable - there's no other word to describe him better. He is a passionate vlogger and baker and that comes through a lot in the book. He loves sharing the little details about his life at college and about his teammates with his followers and that is what we get to see. Baking pies definitely seems like his first love - he bakes when he is happy or sad or stressed or frankly, he doesn't need any reason. He is also slightly apprehensive at the beginning of the college year because he hasn't come out to his team and is actually quite scared of getting hit while playing. However, he slowly wins over everyone with his cuteness and charm and obviously, pies. He forms amazing bonds of friendship with everyone on the team and it's a real delight to watch him grow from strength to strength, gain confidence in himself and become a better player. The true strength of this book is the team. Every single person takes their team motto of "having each other's back" seriously and there is no scope for jealousy or unruly competition. They have hilarious nicknames and I couldn't stop grinning when I first met Shitty. Despite his ironical name, he is a very supportive guy and the first person Bitty feels comfortable coming out to. Ransom and Holster take it upon themselves to find him a date while also covering his back during the games. In his sophomore year, Bitty takes a new player under his wing and makes sure he is able to perform at his best. And last but not the least we have the brooding grumpy captain Jack, who makes it his mission to help Bitty get past his phobia for checking.  What we see is a very slow progression of friendship between Jack and Bitty. Jack makes Bitty feel more confident in his game and believe in himself while Bitty draws out Jack from his solitary existence to become a more integral part of the team. Their little interactions are so cute and beautiful and I kept wishing I could see more of them together. I also kept hoping that Bitty's feelings would be reciprocated and while this was one of the slowest burns ever, it did give us an amazing cliffhanger!!!!  The art style in the book is very colorful and truly complements the fluffy nature of the story. I could really feel every emotion that the characters were going through and that was amazing. I also loved the idea of the story being told through Bitty's vlog, because it really gives us a better understanding of his personality and how he interacts with his fans. The ending of the book has a special section for Bitty's tweets and that was the most hilarious part of the book. It shows a very witty side to him and frankly gave me so much more insight into the development of his friendship with Jack. I really wish that much more of the situations that Bitty tweets about were actually part of the story. Finally, I can just say that if you love reading books that make you happy, then go right ahead and pick up this one. A tale of beautiful friendships, hockey and delightful desserts, reading this will make your cheeks hurt from too much smiling and you will end it with a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings, while also rushing to find the webcomic to read what happens next. Don't miss it!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra {semi-hiatus}

    .... Whelp. Guess what happens when you try to take a break from homework and end up reading a webcomic instead? You occasionally stumble upon a complete gem like this one. Guys. This was so freaking good. So, so good. I laughed. I cried. I ignored the alarm on my phone that begged me to do my history homework. This was amazing.

  28. 5 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.

  29. 4 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.

  30. 5 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.

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