Reader: Audrey M.
Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pub Date: 05/14/13
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: The voice of Ryan Dean really feels like that of a teenager, which is uncommon in books for young adults that are written by adults. It was also a chapter book with pictures, which I found highly enjoyable.
Memorable or Forgettable: The characters felt real. When something bad happened to one of the characters that happened to share a name with one of my friends, a sudden feeling that something terrible had happened to my friend in real life washed over me.
Cover: I thought the cover was decent. The only problem I found with it was that the boy on the cover was a little to grown up looking to pull off the look of a scrawny, fourteen year old nerd-boy.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: A fourteen year old boy navigates his way through his junior year of high school, at a boarding school. He deals with sexy older women, and jock jerks.
tags: contemporary fiction / realistic fiction / coming of age / sports / boarding school story / humor / ya lit