Icebreaker (Paperback)

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The perfect mix of self acceptance, romance, and sports novel. Mickey and Jaysen are relatable young men trying to balance freshman year of college, pressure from their anticipated and rivaling NHL draft positions, and a budding romance. You don’t need to know anything about hockey to root for the boys through their highs and lows. The beach read of winter sports novels.

— Hanna F.


A. L. Graziadei's Icebreaker is an irresistible YA debut about two hockey players fighting to be the best—and the romance that catches them by surprise along the way.

Seventeen-year-old Mickey James III is a college freshman, a brother to five sisters, and a hockey legacy. With a father and a grandfather who have gone down in NHL history, Mickey is almost guaranteed the league's top draft spot.

The only person standing in his way is Jaysen Caulfield, a contender for the #1 spot and Mickey's infuriating (and infuriatingly attractive) teammate. When rivalry turns to something more, Mickey will have to decide what he really wants, and what he's willing to risk for it.

This is a story about falling in love, finding your team (on and off the ice), and choosing your own path.

About the Author

A.L. Graziadei was born in Buffalo, New York and raised on Sabres hockey and video games, using their free time to write books inspired by both. Now living in Wisconsin, A.L. still plays plenty of video games and is a proud member of the Displaced Buffalo Sabres Fans group. Icebreaker is their first book.

Praise For…

"Graziadei’s empathetic first novel is richly plotted and handles its gay themes and hockey action well, making it a natural read-alike for Ngozi Ukazu’s Check, Please! #Hockey (2018). The author shoots and scores!" Booklist

"A thoughtfully rewarding read for those who need one most." Kirkus Reviews

"Debut author Graziadei clearly knows the sport, but even readers who don’t will enjoy a tale that’s more than just enemies-to-lovers . . . A complex read." Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250866042
ISBN-10: 1250866049
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English