Winger (by Andrew Smith)

15 06 2013

Once in a while – like on average 5 times a year, judging from my own Goodreads stats – you come across a book that will make your heart bleed and skip a couple of beats all at the same time. I felt like this year I wouldn’t get to that average. There’s only been Adam Rapp’s 33 Snowfish that made me feel empty and drained and completely exhilarated at the same time, definitely worthy of that 5 star rating. But then, there was Andrew Smith’s Winger. If there’s one book (besides the aforementioned 33 Snowfish) that you have to read this year to get that good-shiver experience then make it Andrew Smith’s Winger. Not only will it have you laughing out loud (balls, dude, seriously, balls!), smirking quietly and nodding in agreement… it will also break your heart and make you stop breathing and staring wide-eyed at that last line, hoping, wishing you could be there with the main character, Winger (Ryan Dean West). Fuck, man, this book is great. *



*This book doesn’t need any elaborate summaries (lots of that around on the net already. Plus, the blurb is more than enough to get you started), grand explanations (unbiased, man, read this one unspoiled and unbiased and you’ll get the most out of it), or any other justifying blablablas. Just get the book already!



4 responses

28 07 2013
In the path of falling objects (by Andrew Smith) | Ringo the Cat's Blog

[…] and is an author who likes to get everything out of his obvious talent. His most recent exploit Winger is one of the best contemporary YA novels, if not the best contemporary YA novel, of 2013. The […]

22 12 2013
The year 2013 in reading | Ringo the Cat's Blog

[…] Lens in February and ending with (his debut) Ghost Medicine in October. An absolutely highpoint was Winger in June. But also Passenger, Stick and In the Path of Falling Objects showed me the talent of a […]

9 02 2014
Openly Straight (by Bill Konigsberg) | Ringo the Cat's Blog

[…] I have noticed how easily my students are seduced by the cover of a book (Winger, Reality Boy and Boy Toy have all been great hits because of them recently and they have one thing […]

29 07 2014
London and books. | Ringo the Cat's Blog

[…] of these ‘smaller names’ that *were* in the stores, like putting Andrew Smith ‘s Winger next to a stack of Michael Grant ‘s books (see picture below), or making sure a book like The […]

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