Cold Day in the Sun

320p. Abrams/Amulet. Mar. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781419733673.
Gr 9 Up—Romance heats things up for an ice hockey player and her team captain. Holland Delviss is at the top of her game in a sport dominated by boys. She works hard to keep her spot on the male varsity team, but tensions rise as some people in her community question whether she should be on the team. Worse, her captain, Wes, is giving her a hard time during practice. She's soon surprised to learn that he shares her enthusiasm for glam metal, but her growing attraction for him is a concern. When she and Wes realize their mutual feelings for each other, Holland breaks her own rule: no dating teammates. As the romance builds, Holland's team prepares to compete in a televised, statewide event, and she finds herself the center of attention as her relationship with Wes endangers everything she's worked for. Biren has created a romance that fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen should love. The chemistry between the main characters is engaging, and the conflict within the team will keep teens interested.
VERDICT A worthy addition to any YA romance or sports fiction shelves.

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