Saturday, March 8, 2014

Winger by Andrew Smith


by Andrew Smith

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.
I have no idea how to even begin a review for this book. I was taken completely by surprise at the ending and it left me speechless. I can honestly say that I did not see that coming. I don't even know how to process this at the moment.

I don't know how I can call a book filled with penis jokes and the pervy obsessions of a 14 year old boy beautiful, but there it is. It is an amazing book. Read it. 

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