Shutout by Jeff Ross
Orca Book Publishers | January 29, 2019
Alex Paterson is the number-one goalie on his high school hockey team. And he’s thrilled that his team has made the playoffs. But when graffiti that apparently can be traced back to Alex is found on the walls of the school, and a photo of Alex at a party with a beer in his hand starts making the rounds, he is suspended from the team, and his reputation as a good kid is put in doubt. Alex knows he’s innocent. The problem is, he cannot figure out who would want to frame him. Or why. Is it the other goalie who wants all the glory for himself? Or someone from a rival team looking for an advantage? With everyone assuming the worst about him, it’s up to Alex to find out who is behind it all, not only to clear his name but to save the season.
This book is a quick and easy read, only 100 or so pages, I read it in one sitting. I enjoyed it and the only reason I gave this book three stars is that it was just an okay story. It wasn’t bad, but nothing really excited happened that made me say, “Wow, what a great book!” The part I enjoyed most about this book was the loyalty of Alex’s girlfriend, Chloe, and his best friend, Luke. Neither of them thought for one second that Alex was guilty because they knew he’d never do something like that. I also really liked how even though the principal was being kind of a jerk and not giving Alex the benefit of the doubt, Alex kept his cool and handled it respectfully.
I have read several books from Orca Book Publishers and I continue to be pleased. Thank you, NetGalley and Orca for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.