Hughes, Pat. Open Ice.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

HUGHES, Pat. Open ice. Random House, Wendy Lamb. 288p. c2005. 0-385-74675-X. $15.95. (Lib. bdg: 0-385-90906-3. $1799.) S

Nick lives to play hockey, but when he suffers yet another severe concussion on the ice, his doctor, his parents, and his coach agree: his hockey career is over. It's too dangerous for him to play again--but hockey is all Nick really cares about, and what's the point of life without hockey? The hot-tempered 16-year-old is first angry and then depressed as he struggles to cope with this devastating blow. He acts out in dangerous ways, too, inadvertently endangering his baby brother's life, taking the family car without permission, and doing his best to alienate his father. Since Nick's no longer a hot athlete, his shallow girlfriend...

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