WINGER is a book about getting punched in the face, about facing your fears, about kissing girls that you don’t love, and fighting for things you may or may not believe in right at the moment. Publishers Weekly calls it a “brutally honest coming-of-age novel.” And you should be reading it.
WINGER comes out in paperback on September 2nd, 2014. Get your copy, and read along with us! Find it in a library, at a bookstore, or online. I highly recommend the first option, being a librarian myself.
To celebrate its release I’m hosting a WINGER Read-a-Thon! Throughout the month of September I’ll be hosting Twitter discussions of WINGER, live-streams of read-aloud sessions, posting reviews by teen readers, and doing other bookish shenanigans through the Interwebz. Stay tuned for details!
“And then it’s always that one word that makes you so different and puts you outside the overlap of everyone else; and that word is so fucking big and loud, it’s the only thing anyone ever hears when your name is spoken.
And whenever that happens to us, all the other words that make us the same disappear in its shadow.” – Ryan Dean West, WINGER
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WINGER synopsis from the author’s website: 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.
Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed Winger (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, and Shelf Awareness—an Amazon “Best of the Year,” and an ALA Top 10 for 2014) and The Marbury Lens (A YALSA BFYA, and Starred reviews and Best of the Year in both Publishers Weekly and Booklist). He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. Grasshopper Jungle, a starred novel by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness, is his seventh novel. He lives in Southern California.