5 stars · graphic novel · young adult

Check Please: the graphic novel that tastes like sunshine and smells like pie


Check Please! Book 1: Hockey

author : ngozi ukazu

pages : [hardcover] 288

favorite character : bitty

summary :

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.

review :


Okay. So you may be thinking: Kayla, usually you hate contemporary things. Right you are. You may also be thinking; Kayla, I have absolutely no interest in hockey so I will not enjoy this adorable little graphic novel. You’re so very wrong.

Friends, the thing about contemporaries is that if I don’t care about the characters, there’s nothing there to keep me interested. No worldly stakes or fantasy settings or fantastical things. Check, Please has THE BEST CHARACTERS. Also, it’s hilarious. I snorted out loud while reading this book. As in I LAUGHED SO HARD THAT I SNORTED OUT THAT LAUGHTER BECAUSE I PHYSICALLY COULD NOT BREATHE.

Our main character, Bitty, is possibly the most charming, sweet, and lovely character to ever roam this earth. He loves hockey, used to ice skate competitively, bakes like five pies a day. He’s the best friend you could ever ask for. He’s also gay, and incredible rep as he’s sorting out who he is now that he’s in college.

In COLLEGE. We love a book that takes place in those woefully neglected formative years. Little Bitty starts out as a freshman and …. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. I’m not even typing full sentences anymore. I’m too excited.

I have had a sort of mild interest in hockey (as in, I enjoy watching it but never particularly seek it out). This book sort of assumes you’ll know nothing, so you won’t be lost when it comes to the sport and it isn’t doesn’t dominate ALL of the plot. It isn’t a sports book, just a book that happens to involve sports. Also Bitty and co look really great in their uniforms.

I cannot emphasize enough how much you need to read this book. It’s the kind that you’ll fly through and immediately want more. That will leave you warm and fuzzy (although it does discuss some more serious themes). IT’S SO GOOD. Read it. Read it.

5/5 stars


2 thoughts on “Check Please: the graphic novel that tastes like sunshine and smells like pie

  1. I absolutely loved this comic! I hope you continued to read the rest online, otherwise how the heck are you dealing with the end?!? I completely agree that the characters really drove this story straight into my heart and locked it there; Shitty is actually my favorite person ever and I can only wish he was my best friend.


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