by Maureen Ulrich
Parents who don't parent, a little sister who thinks she's all grown up, and the spectre of every bad relationship decision she's ever made...Jessie Mac has a lot on her plate as she captains her team through her toughest hockey season ever.
In her last year of high school, Jessie is finally playing AAA, the highest level of minor hockey there is. She's been made captain, and she's putting relationship disasters behind her by dating wonderful, sensible Evan. So what if he's safely away at university where she can ignore his calls and texts? And so what if her old-news feelings about old flame Mark, and uncomfortable new feelings towards new guy Liam, refuse to be ignored? At last, Jessie really has things worked out.
Even when guys and booze make an appearance at a team sleepover, Jessie does the right thing and leaves with the rookies...or tries to. A clumsy fall down stairs, though, leads the coaches to assume she's to blame for providing the alcohol. Suddenly Jessie is fighting rumours that she was falling-down drunk at a hockey party. And some teammates, noses out of joint because of Jessie's captaincy, are only too happy to keep those rumours alive.
Meanwhile, Jessie's eleven-year-old sister Courtney falls in with sophisticated older friends. Jessie sees where things are headed, but she can't seem to make their parents understand the problem.
New Year approaches, bringing an important tournament, increasingly outlandish behaviour from Courtney, and what looks like a head-on relationship collision from three directions. It's time for Jessie to grow up, step up, and fix things once and for all.