Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Winger by Andrew Smith
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 439
Keywords: boarding school, sports, coming-of-age
Format Read: Hardcover
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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.

Basically I have no words for how much I loved this book. I am so glad I purchased it. It was so good I was still thinking about it for days, and I couldn't start anything new because I was so desperately attached to these characters and these people.

This is one of the only books that has simultaneously made me laugh hysterically and cry hysterically and it also made me feel all the feels and hate things and love things and basically I was just a big ball of happy/sad/weird emotion all at once. My roommate thought I was crazy for a bit. But no, the book did it to me.

I loved how real and honest and true Ryan Dean's character was. He made a lot of mistakes but was super cute and genuine, and he knew what he needed to do when he fucked up. I absolutely ADORED Joey, and this is part of the reason I felt all the feelings and characters were just so perfectly unperfect. As soon as I finished this, I went and added all of Smith's books to my Goodreads and bought the Marbury Lens, which should be here any day now.

Also this book had kick ass illustrations like the one right here:

I have no other words other than the following:
Read When: NOW. It's great for people starting a new point in their life, whether it's high school or college or just starting something new. It's about growing up and change and making your own decisions and friendship. Just. So. Good.

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1 comment:

  1. I loved the illustrations too, and RD was amazing. Such a memorable book. I can't wait to read it again. :)


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