Review: Check, Please!: Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu
Raise your hand if you fell deeply in love with Bitty in book 1? And by deeply in love I mean in the most platonic of ways because OBV we are all shipping him with Jack! See why this was the perfect follow up!
Check, Please!, Book 2: Sticks & Sconesby Ngozi Ukazu
Published by: First Second
on April 7, 2020
Genres: Graphic Novel
Eric Bittle is heading into his junior year at Samwell University, and not only does he have new teammates―he has a brand new boyfriend! Bitty and Jack must navigate their new, secret, long-distance relationship, and decide how to reveal their relationship to friends and teammates. And on top of that, Bitty's time at Samwell is quickly coming to an end...It's two full hockey seasons packed with big wins and high stakes!
A collection of the second half of the mega-popular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: Sticks and Scones is the last in a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.
To say I was eagerly awaiting book 2 is an understatement. Yes, I know I could read it online at any point but I just wanted to savor it all in one sitting, which is EXACTLY what I did. And then I picked up the recently released Chirpbook and read that, too.
Now I’m just left wanting to beg Ngozi for moreeeeee.
I love how different junior and senior year felt from freshman year. Bitty has grown, as you would expect him to do as he comes of age. It’s not something Nzogi has to tell you because she conveys it so wholly through the art and story.
Bitty is baking all the pies and leading his team and dealing with some complex shit (family. audience. transition!). I’d be lying if I didn’t wish he was real so I could friend him on Twitter and see where he goes in life. Damn you, Ngozi.
I love that this book isn’t all puppies and roses. Our ship is fine but the world is still a challenge. There’s some reckoning with previous storylines, which I appreciated. The art remains bright and engaging, central to the storyline.
I cried at the end and I dare you not to. I want to start back over again!