Wednesday, May 21, 2014
While not my typical book selection, Winger by Andrew Smith was impossible to put down. Beyond the rugby team nuances of boarding school culture, Ryan Dean is an instantly likable character with problems any teenager can relate to. Making choices that are sometimes foolish and sometimes selfless, the journey of Ryan Dean and his friends is an emotional one. Mixed with funny cartoons and drawings, Winger is a special book that shouldn't be missed!
Robin Benway has created a fun and entertaining look at teen life through her character, Audrey, who unwittingly becomes famous after her ex-boyfriend writes a song about their breakup - and it becomes a huge hit! Despite the outlandish scenarios, the overall ideas hit home for a lot of teenagers. While sometimes you just want to shake Audrey into making smarter choices, the story is heart-warming and engaging and I love it even more for being a stand-alone book!