This novel, Becoming Phoebe by J. Michael Neal converges two stories with in the same main character, Phoebe. Phoebe wants to be a hockey player, she is going to be a hockey player. That’s one part of the story. The other part is that Phoebe needs to overcome the painful things that happened to her in the past. She needs to be able to start fresh so that she can continue her life on the right path.
This story starts out in the past, where Phoebe has no idea where she came from, who she is, or even what her last name happens to be. Fast forward many years, and Phoebe is in college trying to get by. She lives in a crappy apartment, but at least it’s hers. Flipping from the past into the present, we see Phoebes story evolve from a lost little girl to a determined athlete.
When Phoebe makes the hockey team at her college, she realizes that she doesn’t have to be two separate people, her past and her current self. She can become whole, just by living in the moment, striving for her dreams, and continue to make herself great at playing hockey. She sort of finds herself on the hockey field, and her past becomes just that, her past, and she opens up to the world.
This was a really sweet coming of age story that I thoroughly enjoyed. One of the things that I had a hard time getting used to at first was the constant back and forth in time, one minute I would be reading about January 2010, and the next it would jump to December of 2009, so it was a little hard to keep up with when things were happening, but once I figured out the timeline this book quickly became a very fast, enjoyable read. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, and I received this from the author in exchange for an honest review.