Ryan Dean West is a 14-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 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.
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By Amy on 03-04-2014
Sporty-Dead Poets Society
WINGER was magic to my ears. It had all the ingredients: main character with a strong voice, quirky-connectable supporting cast, depth and meaning. But ANDREW SMITH knocked it out of the park with wit and humor.
I enjoyed being in Ryan Dean's head while he worked through his Coming of Age story. Bullying, Man Codes, being apart of a Team and all the boy shenanigans they can come up with. The desire to kiss available lips warring with trying to escape the "friendship" zone with the girl he loves. Care packages with condoms and a "Your First Time" pamphlet from your loving mother.
Ryan Dean is smart, funny with a sensitive side. He unapologetically wears Pokemon underwear. He embraces the "Wild Boy" persona and goes for it, even when fear and uncertainty creep in.
SMITH's words and MARK BOYETT's narration are DY-NO-MITE! MARK captures the young, unsure, geeky Ryan Dean that is a tad unpredictable with throw-up of the month and mind. None of the oddness, wildness, passion or bravado escape his range to express all that WINGER has going on between the covers. He perfectly pegs all the screwballs and neanderthals in the supporting cast of characters. His females are feminine with a little fire. MARK's pacing and emotion create a movie in your mind. He had me there in the moment right along Ryan Dean. I felt like I was in the car with Screaming Ned, shrieking, cussing and losing my shit too.
There will be more SMITH and BOYETT in my future. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this audiobook.
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By Leslie on 19-01-2016
Listened to this with my 13 year old son (I'm a mom:) on a LONG drive. This book made the time fly!!! At one point I had to turn it off for a sec so I could catch my breath to stop laughing😂😂😂. His book does cover ALL the emotions of a teenage boy...and people in general. I would recommend it to all. Although teenage girls may be totally grossed out by the reality of the boys they think are so wonderful.
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By V Nerd on 26-11-2014
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This book goes in with a bit of a kick, we follow a few days in the life of Ryan Dean (that's his first name, no hyphen!) He is bullied, picked on, and has his head shoved down the toilet, and that's just the 1st chapter!
He is also in the O wing at school for naughty boys and shares a room with a bully.
He has good friends as well though, oh and he's in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a kid!
This book is funny and had some real laugh out loud moments, especially screaming Nedd, which I actually had to rewind and listen to again as it was so funny!
Think about what goes on in a teenage mind....yep it's all there.
And then BAM! I didn't know it was coming and it didn't warn me...........and I cried.
A really good fun, sad read