Book Review | Life and Other Contact Sports

Title: Life & Other Contact Sports.

Author: John McKinstry

Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“My name is David Jones and there are really only two things you need to know about me. The first is that I’m a hockey player.

The second thing you should know about me is that I’m not in any way superstitious. But I tell everybody I am.”

This is the story of David Jones, his teammates call him Davey. A forward playing for the St. Helen’s Sea Devils.

He thought he knew where his life was going, he thought he knew everything about life and how it went.

That is, until he met the formidable Lady Kraken who showed him that sometimes you have to be brave. Even when every single fibre of your being is telling you to run.

This story is heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure. It’ll take you through ups and downs, but such is life and the game we call hockey.

At first, I’ll admit, I was sceptical of this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect. At times, I considered putting it down and I did walk away from it a couple of times but with everything I do in life, perseverance is key.

It was a little slow to start and I found the chapter titles a little off putting. I felt they somewhat hindered the flow of the story but once I looked past them, what I found was a well written, well researched and well delivered novel about overcoming adversity and seeing the best in others. Even if they do not see it in themselves.

I can honestly say I have never read a book that has left me with tears streaming down my face quite like this one. I really feel like once we meet Kelly Anne (aka Lady Kraken) the story truly begins. Once this strong and passionate character is introduced to us I kept wanting to turn the page until there were no more pages left.

While in most books, you wish for a happily ever after, this book doesn’t deliver it but what it does give you is a feeling of belonging to something bigger than yourself.

Throughout the novel you are always reminded that it doesn’t matter who you are or who you support so long as you have hockey, you have family.

I really can’t do this book justice, you need to read it for yourself. It’s one that I will read over and over again when I need the kick up the bum and a reminder that life is worth living. We should live each day and have no regrets.

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