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Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1

(Check, Please! #1-2)

4.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,275 Ratings  ·  351 Reviews
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
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by First Second
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Lola
PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT.

I know this is not much of a review so far, but hell if I’ll keep my emotions bottled inside. The truth is, this is really an amazing graphic novel. It was originally a webcomic – one of the most popular ones on Kickstarter and I’
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Heckin’ CUTE. Shitty is my fav and reminds me so much of my bb McGraw from Giant Days. 10/10 do recommend
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This series is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I read it first in college, reread it as I was graduating, and now I get to read the full first two years as a collected, physical book. Bitty owns my heart and I plan to cry about him for the rest of time. He’s my perfect soft, loving, pastry happy, gay, hockey playing southern gentleman.

READ THIS. Then get up to date with the webcomic so we can all yell together.
Emma
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love love love this 😍 ...big surprise
Melanie

This ARC was given to me by my beautiful friend Lilly from Lair of Books! (Thank you so much! I love you!)

You all, this was the cutest. No, scratch that; Bitty is the cutest! And this graphic novel was nothing short of a joy to read! Hockey games, behind the scenes practices, a slow-burn attraction, an adorable romance, the most heartwarming main character ever. I mean, what else could you really ask for? Ngozi Ukazu has given us such a bright light of pure sunshine!



So basically, this is a pub
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Hollis
THIS IS THE
CUTEST
SWEETEST
SOFTEST
FUNNIEST
MOST PRECIOUS
THING
AND I HAVE ALL THE FEELS.

ps I read the webcomic via the author's website but fully intend to buy upon release because duh.
Vicky Who Reads
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 stars

I've been putting off this review for like, 4 months now, but I finally caved because I want to add this to my Debut Author Challenge but need to actually write a review for it to count.

Ready?

OMG SQUEEEEEEE THIS IS SO CUTE EVERYONE READ IT I LOVE THEM ALL why did I not know about this adorable webcomic sooner WHO DIDN'T TELL ME ABOUT THIS IT'S ADORABLE

You should envision this entire review in screamy caps because WOW I LOVE THIS. Ugh. I adore everything about Check, Please!, but most of
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Aug 04, 2018 marked it as to-read-not-released
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Hollis
Shelves: graphic-novel
THAT LOOKS SO DAMN GOOD, THANK YOU HOLLIS FOR THE REC!!!

(ONE OF THESE DAYS I'M GONNA NEED TO ASK MYSELF WHY EXACTLY I'M WRITING ALL MY PREREVIEWS IN CAPS, BUT TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY, CLEARLY)
Sarah
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I RECEIVED AN EBOOK COPY OF THIS FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR A REVIEW** Do you like any of the following things: nice people, good characters, pies, DAT HOCKEY BUTT, Beyonce, nicknames, alluring storylines, webcomics, French Canadians with crazy blue eyes and no obvious emotions, small Southerners who can do jumps and anxiety bake, girls who hold their own against the bros, bros being bros, bros being brothers, and hockey? Scratch that, you don't have to like any of those things to read thi ...more
Laura (bbliophile)
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-releases
*takes a deep breath* I LOVED THIS SO MUCH LIKE SO SO MUCH AND BITTY IS MY NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER HE IS SO SOFT AND LOVELY AND I WANT TO BE HIS FRIEND AND BAKE PIES WITH HIM AND WHO KNEW I COULD CARE ABOUT HOCKEY THIS MUCH??? AAAAH I LOOOOOVED THIS
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
HANDS DOWN ONE OF MY FAVORITE YA GRAPHIC NOVELS I'VE EVER READ. I LOVE MY HOCKEY BUTTS *AHEM* BOYS. I adored the Samwell team! I also got hungry for pie. The banter, the vlogs, tweets, the romance, the hockey/haus shenanigans = so much fun!!
ALEXA
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
So. Freaking. Adorable. I really liked the art style, and I thought the story was so cute! It was so easy to like Bitty from the start, and seeing his interactions with the team and how their relationships develop was so cute. I did find it a touch confusing to get into initially and the pace is really quick, but it was fun to read and I’m looking forward to the second book!
kayla ☺
everything about this book makes my heart so full and happy 💕 why didn't I read this soon??? 😭
Christina Marie
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL STORY!

I love a good graphic novel! But I also loved every element of this story. It was funny, clever, and just interesting to me. I’m not a hockey person, but I love a good sports story. I also love a good LGBTQ+ sport romance. And while that’s not the main focus of the story, it presents the perfect balance.

I need more!
Maria (Big City Bookworm)


Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars!

I picked my pre-order up last week and you better believe I read it over the weekend during any spare moment I had! It truly lived up to the hype, but like excuse me...I need the rest of it right now! (yes, I know it's online...but I just love to read the physical format!)

Stay tuned for a full review coming soon!
Christy
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of the best things you’ll read in your life AND HOW COULD SHE LEAVE US AT THE END LIKE THAT

Ok, everyone said this graphic novel was basically the cutest thing ever but NOTHING will prepare you for how cute it is. Nothing.

What happens when a figure skater with an infinity for pie joins his college hockey team? Well, of course he:

1. Learns that beautiful ice dancing is a tad different than body slamming, teeth jostling hockey. But he’s up for the challenge…mostly.
2. Figures out that he
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Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I was lucky enough to score an ARC from the Fierce Reads tent at YALLWEST in CA.

For starters...

I thought it was so friggin adorable!

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I FRIGGIN LOVE IT! And I am 100% here for this! I was not aware until after reading it that it was a webcomic first. What is important is that I have read it and I loved it and you all should too!

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I will 100% be purchasing a copy of this graphic novel! I loved Bitty, and I mean c'mon a gay hockey player?! There was also a ton of cussing because heeeellleerrrr colleg
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Sarah K
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh I just loved this!

So I finally did it. I finally read a graphic novels and it was so much fun!

Eric Bittle (Bitty) who is a figure skater turned hockey player heads to Samwell University for college and to play on their team.

Bitty loves to bake and he also does a baking/hockey vlog. He is just an utter delight and I wish he was my real life friend.

I love the team dynamics and friendship! They joke around with each other but also have each other’s backs.

Bitty is also gay and I love the slow bu
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Lilly (Lair Of Books)
Sooo friggin cute!!! The feels are real with this one and now I need all things Check Please! related cause I need more Bitty and Haus stories like yesterday haha! RTC on Lair Of Books (Link is in the bio) 🖤
MaryGrace
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS. I mean, who's actually surprised, but I loved this more than I even expected. It was just lovely and adorable, but also so meaningful for me. RTC


9/15/2018
I had to work an extra day this week and buses run once an hour on weekends so to kill time on my way home, I went into Kinokuniya to use the bathroom, and stumbled upon a poster for signing for this ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE YEAR, two days from now, and to think all i had to do was use a bathroom and now
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Sally ☾
Check, Please! was so damn adorable and soft and hilarious and precious and just so, so gay. Such a lovely story filled with wonderful characters whom I love with all my heart.

Did I mention that it's hella gay?

Now, all I need is a f/f version of this and I'll be the happiest person on this planet.
Chelsey
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Join Bitty as he vlogs through his first two years at Samwell College. He may be the smallest hockey player the team has seen, but man, can he bake a pie! Through crushing checks (and crushed hearts), Bitty's candid commentary will make you squee!

I got through most of this as a webcomic before seeing the ARC; I like how the absence of the side stories (like Ransom and Holster's hockey sense) makes the story flow better, but I also didn't really like them all crammed together at the end, sort of
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Stacy Fetters
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t expecting this to hit me the way it did, but wow. The art is fantastic and the story is even better. I flew through this with the biggest smile on my face. Ugh, I’m such a hockey nerd.

I’m so bummed that Hockey season is over and this is a great way to get your hockey fix in without witnessing your team bite the dust.

While sitting in on the authors panel, I didn’t know that this was a webcomic. Now I must go hunt this down to continue the story of Bitty and his true love of Hockey, bak
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Paige
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Obviously I've read the online comic on Tumblr, but when I found out this was being put out in a printed/bound volume I was so excited! It's interesting reading it in a different form and being able to flick through the pages much faster than I can scroll on my computer, but both are equally enjoyable. I absolutely love the way that this was put onto the page.
And of course I love the storyline. Can't wait until we get a second volume with all the new stuff that's still coming out.
Theodora Cristea
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, owned
after giving myself the time to enjoy this fully, and rejoice in the wonderful feeling of finally having a physical copy of one of my favourite pieces of media, i think it’s about time i wrote a proper review of it.

i’ll start by giving some insight as to why i feel so deeply attached to the story and characters: i first started reading check please at the end of 2016. i stumbled upon it by chance, because some post on tumblr was talking about a panel and i liked the style it was drawn in and pr
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nova ryder ♥
Sorry every other book I’m reading, y’all are gonna have to wait cause I need to reread this gem 💛
Dylan
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

I read the first two years (what this vol is) a few years back on tumblr, but I wanted to read it in physical form and i wasn't disappointed. I loved everything besides the hockey talk (i honestly couldnt't care less), and i wish the relationship got a *bit* more developed.
Jess
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Bitty, our protag, is your not so stereotypical small, sweet, closeted country boy from small-town Georgia. Bitty is the son of the local high school football coach. Bitty’s a champion figure skater. Bitty has a baking vlog. And Bitty is on his way to his next big adventure - college hockey. One small problem though, Bitty struggles with physical contact and hockey is very much a contact sport.

Check, Please! is the story about Bitty coming to accept, and love, who he is. Book 1 follows Bitty thr
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Sam
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!

I didn't even know I needed Check Please! in my life until I started reading it. It was a webcomic that I saw being discussed over on Cece @ ProblemsofaBookNerd's channel, and every time she mentioned it, the more intrigued I was. Hockey? Baked goods? Vlogging? What more can you ask for?

Eric "Bitty" Bittle is the smallest player on his college hockey team. He's also openly gay, and kinda sorta maybe has the hots for Jack, a French-Canadian teammate. The r
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TJ
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I followed Check Please! for some time on tumblr before I fell off the wagon, but always planned to come back to it. I’m so glad it’s getting a wide-release physical publication now! I just binged the entire book, which covers the first two years of Bitty’s time in college playing hockey. He’s so cute, and all the other characters are so fun as well! The romance is very slow burn, and it leaves you wanting more instantly. I can’t wait for years 3-4 to be published as well. Ukazu is extremely wit ...more
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Ngozi Ukazu is the author of the online graphic novel series Check, Please!. She studied at Yale University and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Other books in the series

Check, Please! (6 books)
  • Check, Please! Year One
  • Check, Please! Year Two
  • Check, Please! Year Three
  • Check, Please! Year Four
  • Check, Please!: Sticks and Scones, Vol. 2