Winger by Smith, Andrew & Sam Bosma

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In the last section, Smith jolts readers with a dark plot twist...What could have been a manipulative ploy comes off as believable, and deepens the story.
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A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in this unforgettable novel that is “alternately hilarious and painful, awkward and enlightening” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

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.

Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications with the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics. 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 infographics 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.
 

About Smith, Andrew & Sam Bosma

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Andrew Smith is the author of the novels Ghost Medicine, In the Path of Falling Objects, Stick, and Passenger, which will be published in October 2012 and is the sequel to his acclaimed novel, The Marbury Lens, which was the winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Book of the Year, and praised by Booklist as “a read that is as disorienting as it is daring” in a starred review. Andrew Smith lives in the mountains outside of Los Angeles with his family. Visit him online at www.ghostmedicine.com.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 449 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Romance. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by A. J. Jacobs on May 10 2013

In the last section, Smith jolts readers with a dark plot twist...What could have been a manipulative ploy comes off as believable, and deepens the story.

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Excellent
on Mar 13 2013

Smith deftly builds characters...and he laces meaning and poignantly real dialogue into uproariously funny scatological and hormonally charged humor...Bawdily comic but ultimately devastating, this is unforgettable.

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