I thought this was just a typical boarding school story, a high school setting where Ryan Dean has to face many issues.. schoolwork, personal life, girls, etc. And something happens at the end that makes you really think about things in real life and not just a fictional story anymore.

I really liked the book. It was super easy to read. A decent pace to the story. Not too fast and not too slow. I felt like I was watching an episode of a TV show. Andrew Smith has a great sense of humor and really captures what a 14 year old thinks and sounds like. This-type-of-writing-can-get-annoying but I can see where the author is coming from. It’s in first person in Ryan Dean’s perspective like he was writing in a journal. Also included are some illustrations and it was super fun for the book to be broken up a bit with diagrams and little comics that were drawn.

There is quite a bit of swearing so if you don’t like that sort of thing then maybe it’s not a book for you but I definitely recommend this book to anyone. Also, I saw on GoodReads that there is a sequel coming out later 2015 so I will definitely get my hands on that book.


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Andrew Smith
Juvenile Fiction
Simon and Schuster
September 2, 2014

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. 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.

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