Winger - YA Review by Henry H

Reader: Henry H.
Age: 15
Title: Winger
Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pub Date: 05/14/13
Galley:  Yes
Top 25:  No
Convince us to read the book: The main character had faults that were all too relatable and common. The author really presented the situations reasonably and relatably.
Memorable or Forgettable:  I like the topic of rugby which of course made this book enjoyable, but the cartoon illustrations every now and then were what really did it for me. They were funny while still effectively providing insight.
Cover: The cover is of Ryan Dean with stitches on his left eye and a bloody nose. This tempted me to pick up the book because it implies some sort of conflict. It reflects the contents pretty well in that rugby is a very rough sport, and that there are a lot of fights physical and otherwise throughout the book.
Age Range: 12 through 13
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal
Annotation:  Ryan Dean West is the Winger for his high school rugby team. He is majorly in love with his best friend Annie. In this story, he has to balance being the youngest player on his team, and try to find a way to tell Annie how he feels.

tags:  contemporary fiction  / realistic fiction / coming of age / sports / boarding school story / humor / ya lit

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