Any Way You Slice It

Any Way You Slice It

by Kristine Carlson Asselin


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Penelope Spaulding just can't catch a break. Between long hours at the family pizza shop, piles of homework, and her dad’s new obsession—getting the restaurant on a new foodie reality show—it's hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, the world is hers to control and everything else slips away.

When the bad boy who lives down the street dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of her controlling parents.

The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey…but she’s not entirely sure if it’s the game she’s falling for or the boy. Because it can’t last. As soon as her dad finds out, she’ll be benched. For good.

And the one thing she IS sure of...she can't stop playing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999420508
Publisher: Kristine Carlson Asselin
Publication date: 11/15/2017
Series: Vernon High Chronicles , #1
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kristine Carlson Asselin's debut YA novel ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT (originally published with Bloomsbury Spark, rereleased by Wicked Whale Publishing) is now available.

THE ART OF THE SWAP (Simon and Schuster), co-authored with Jen Malone, is scheduled to come out in spring 2018.

She has also published sixteen nonfiction books with both Capstone Press and Abdo Publishing for the school library market. She tweets at @KristineAsselin as well as her alter ego @QueryGodmother, where she tweets query tips and suggestions.

She is represented by Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

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Any Way You Slice It 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Evrybody should buy this book
ACF1 12 months ago
This book is a fabulous read. I literally had trouble putting it down because I wanted to continue turning the pages to discover how things were going to turn out for the protagonist, Pen, and the other wonderfully crafted characters. Teenagers should love it!
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
This slightly missed the mark for me. Penelope Spauldings' family run a pizza restaurant, the best pizza restaurant in her small town, called the Slice. She feels weighed down by her father's ambitions, which are for her to go to culinary school and then help him set up a pizza empire, heck she already works 30 hours a week at the restaurant as well as go to school. Her only me time is when she skates at the local rink in free skate time, but her father would kill her if she ever played hockey. Penelope used to be best friends with Jake, until 'the incident' when they were eight years old, now they never speak and Jake is most definitely a bad boy(view spoiler). One day whilst skating alone Penelope in knocked into the side of the rink by Jake to stop her from running over a small child, he then goads her into trying to score a goal and invites her to play for his ice-hockey team, the Rink Rats. Meantime, Penelope's dad has got them a slot on a reality TV show called Local Flavor which specialises in filming small local outlets and allowing viewers to tweet live comments on the show. Add in the Varsity hockey team led by (boo hiss) Warren, Jake's arch nemesis and you have a whole cocktail of teen angst reminiscent of a classic John Hughes movie. Only it never quite happens. The emphasis is strongly on the hockey, but even then we don't really get many matches, its mainly training. The reality TV section is a bit of a on-hit wonder, even Penelope's confrontation with her father over playing hockey is fairly short and muted. Perhaps my complaints are because I'm an adult woman reading a YA book and maybe a 14 year old would find this entirely the right length and level of detail. Anyway, this was a sweet YA sports romance. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago