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Stormi's Review: Becoming Phoebe by J. Michael Neal

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Publisher: Melancholy Donkey Press

Released: February 1, 2016

Genre: Coming of Age, Sports

Length: 419 pages

Format: ebook, paperback

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Eighteen-year-old Phoebe Rose spent her childhood in one foster household after another, never having a place she could feel safe or group of friends she belonged to. What kept her going was hockey. The rink was the only place she felt at home.

Now what she wants more than anything is to play on her college hockey team—to leave her past behind and start building a new life. But she knows things are never that simple. Becoming Phoebe is about painful secrets, unexpected friendships, and joining a team so you can become your true self.

Five Boundless Stars

I'm not one for sports books, because If I'm not familiar with the sport the book tends to be confusing. Becoming Phoebe is loaded with sports, but they were explained in a way that was easy to understand. Phoebe had a really messed up past. Her earliest memories are of her knowing and stating that she was going to play Hockey. Girls playing in Hockey is not common and finding her place in this sport was hard, but she prevailed. She finds herself on the team she always dreamed of and along the way she meets people that help her find herself. This book was written very well. It presented the reader with a young woman from a bad past who, through all kinds of battles, makes it. It provides hope, redemption, and friendship in a new light. It's funny, sad and sometimes shocking and really is a great read for anyone of any age.

If you struggles with your past this story can possibly help open your eyes to those struggles and help you be a better you despite the past.

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