Winger is a 14 year old boy living at a boarding school who is in love with one of his classmates. Which would be totally normal, except he's somewhat of a genius and has skipped a few grades, so he's already in the 11th grade. This girl is 16. How is a 16 year old girl going to fall for a 14 year old boy? This is what Winger has to figure out. Through tales of classes and rugby practices, we get a peak into the life of an incredibly awkward, insecure, teenage boy. Nowadays it seems like the unreliable narrator is everywhere, but not in Winger. Winger is honest, full of heart and hilarious. I laughed out loud several times throughout the book. This is the perfect book for reluctant readers - whether they be male or female, teen or adult.
A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in this unforgettable novel that is "alternately hilarious and painful, awkward and enlightening" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. 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. Ryan Dean manages to survive life's complications with the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics. 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 infographics 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.