Today’s Book Spotlight! is on the book Winger by Andrew Smith
This is the story of Ryan Dean West’s Junior year at a boarding school for rich kids who get into trouble. Ryan Dean doesn’t just want to survive this year, he thinks this year is going to be the year he reinvents himself. Problem is he is only 14 years old, while the rest of his classmates are 16. And he is scrawny, which helps him run faster on the ruby field but makes him an easy target for bullies. Especially when he has to move to O Hall, the dorm for the most troubled kids at his school, where his roommate will be Chas, the biggest bully in the school (and his teammate). And worst of all (at least in his eyes) is the fact that he is in love with his best friend Annie, who only thinks of him as “adorable” (his least favorite word). Between his obsession with how hot all the girls around him are, to trying to survive the “consequences” of losing at Chas’ illegal poker game, and making friends with Joey, the only guy in O Hall who tries to help instead of torment him, Ryan Dean and his world around him does change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Some dreams come true while he looses things he didn’t even know he could lose. This is the story of Ryan Dean West’s Junior year, just a story of ordinary boy growing up. If you want a story about superhumans, chosen ones of prophesy, or magical lands this isn’t the story for you. If you want a good story about the good and bad of life and how you can’t breath the same air twice then this is the story for you. Recommended for older teens especially if you like books about real life, boarding schools, rugby (or sports in general). Click here to request a copy. Sequel called Stand-Off to be released on September 8th, 2015.