Offside – by Sean Avery

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Offside by Sean Avery

Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: Viking (Oct. 24 2017)

ISBN-13: 978-0735232853

Synopsis: As one of the NHL’s most polarizing players, Sean Avery turned the rules of professional hockey on their head. For thirteen seasons, he played for some of the most storied franchises in the league, including the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers, making his mark in each city as a player who was sometimes loved, sometimes despised, and always controversial.

     In Offside, Avery displays his trademark candor about the world of pro hockey and does for it what Jim Bouton’s game-changing Ball Four did for baseball. Avery goes deep inside the sport to reveal every aspect of pro athletes’ lives, from how they spend their money and their nights off to how they stay sharp and conditioned and employed. Avery also examines his singular career path–while playing the talented villain on ice, he skated out of character in the off-season, taking on unexpected and unprecedented roles: Vogue intern, fashion model, advertising executive, restaurateur, gay rights advocate, and many more.

     Rollickingly honest and compelling throughout, Offside transcends the sports book genre and offers a rare, unvarnished glimpse into the world of twenty-first-century hockey through the eyes of one of its most original and memorable players.

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Let me start by saying: prior to reading this book I was a Sean Avery fan; however, not in the sense that he was my favourite hockey player, but in the sense that he intrigued me as a hockey player and person. When I heard about this book, I was excited to read it to get a more personal look at Sean Avery. However, if you do not like Sean Avery, then this book would not be for you.

Avery takes the reader on the journey of his hockey life in Offside, shedding light into what it is like being apart of the NHL and his own personal life. This books helps to explain Avery as a person and a player and I did have that feeling of having a full, uncensored look into his life, which was great – some biographies/autobiographies can still feel very limiting, but this book definitely does not, nor should anyone expect it to as it is from Sean Avery.

OFFSIDE is an easy read that is entertaining for people interested in reading about his life. Avery was a truly unquiet hockey player and is a very unique person. I really enjoyed this book and getting to know more about Sean Avery – and getting a glimpse into his mind. This is a good read for hockey fans, but again, I would not recommend for people who do not like Sean Avery…  after all, the entire book is about him.

Rating: 8/10

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Penguin Canada*

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