Review of Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu

“It’s tough, but you’re tougher.” – Eric “Bitty” Bittle

First off, as many would agree, Bitty deserves all the hugs and must be protected at all costs. We shall be known as the Bitty Bodyguards.

Sticks and Scones continues the story where the first volume left off. Eric “Bitty” Bittle is starting his Junior year at Samwell University. A member of the men’s hockey team, a baker, a vlogger, and boyfriend of the up and coming pro hockey player, Jack Zimmermann. This second volume is an ingenious blend of college life, sports, coming out, romantic relationships, and bro-y friends. As Bitty navigates his last two years of college, he makes his presence known on and off the ice. Through his relationship with Jack, he learns that he is in fact tougher than he thinks he is.

This book had me feeling so many damn feels I was almost in tears.  Every time Bitty and Jack comforted each other, the college parties and college life that made me reminiscent of my college days, and that ending.  The level of adorableness in this graphic novel is exactly what I needed during this strange and weird time that is Corona.

Read it for: the hockey and college life, queer role models, the perfectly blended story, and learning how to leave your mark.

Read: 4/23/2020
Release date: April 7th, 2020
Page count: 336
Rating: ★★★★★
Genre: LGBTQ
Audience: YA/New Adult

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