Beartown: A Novel
By Fredrik Backman

Beartown runs on hockey. There isn't much left to this slowly dying community to hold on too. Hockey keeps everyone occupied. 

The old ice rink was built years ago by the men who founded this town. The town believes the junior ice hockey team may actually have a shot at winning the national semi-finals this year. All the hopes of dreams of this small town rests on the shoulder of teenage boys. 

 A violent act before the semi-final game leaves the whole town in an uproar. Alliances are drawn. Assumptions are made. Lives will never be the same.

This book exposes the many truths of high school athletics. It brings to light the dark sides of competition from both adults and kids alike. Anyone who works closely with teenagers or athletics will be all too familiar with the themes of this book. 

It is a sobering read, but so important.