By: Andrew Smith
Review by: Ivy
It has been a long, long time since I’ve read a book with a cis, straight, white, male main character. Naturally, I was a bit worried. But Winger did not disappoint. The detail and emotion Smith infuses into his writing is so unique, and the stream of consciousness way that he writes Ryan Dean’s character is so authentic and refreshing. The little drawings sprinkled throughout were very nice, and made me long for a graphic novel adaption. With a second book already out and a third on the way, Winger has made its impact on the YA genre, and Andrew Smith’s unique writing style makes this book an easily bingeable read.
For Fans Of: The Foxhole Court, Looking For Alaska, People Like Us
- “And you can’t see around corners. so you just have to deal with it, and try to stay afloat. And things get tough. And you’re supposed to grow up. And it’s all a bunch of bullshit. Sorry.”
- “I know it’s kind of ridiculous, but I realize now how wrong that old pervert Mr. Wellins is. Almost nothing at all is ever about sex, unless you never grow up, that is. It’s about love, and maybe not having it. What an old, delusional idiot he is. But what do I know? I’m just fourteen.”
- “You know, nothing ever goes back exactly the way it was. Things just expand and contract. Like the universe, like breathing. But you’ll never fill your lungs up with the same air twice. Sometimes, it would be cool if you could pause and rewind and do over. But I think anyone would get tired of that after one or two times.”