Stand-Off - YA Review by Claire W

Reader: Claire W.
Age: 14
Title: Stand-Off
Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Pub Date: 09/08/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book was a fabulous sequel to an amazing first book. The main character Ryan Dean is trying to cope with the cruel death of his best friend Joey. He is dealing with some very serious stuff that is written very well. Stand-Off also doesn't feel like a list of all PTSD and depression symptoms like books similar to this one can. You can also see Ryan Dean really grow throughout the book and overcome his many problems and just be happy.
Memorable or Forgettable: It's memorable because of the way that this book felt so real - like I was actually seeing into a teenage boy's mind. In my opinion it is hard to find books these days that are from a male perspective that are realistic and portray girls realistically through guys eyes.
Cover: The cover was sub-par. Ryan Dean looks nothing like his description and the other boy on the front looks like a girl even though I know it is supposed to be another character named Sam.
Age Range: 14 through 17
Quality: 4Q - Better than most
Popularity: 4P - Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Ryan Dean is back at Pine Mountain boarding school  as a senior. He's trying is to cope with the death of his best friend and deal with his new girlfriend Anne.

tags:  coming of age / humor / rugby / ya lit

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