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Winger by Andrew Smith

For you US folks, Happy Fourth of July!

For you citizens of earth who also read books, I have an urgent directive for you:

Read Winger by Andrew Smith.

It made me laugh and it broke my heart. It’s a young adult novel about a 14 year old boy named Ryan Dean. He plays Rugby at a prep school in the Northwest.

The book is full of illustrations and–I’m going to stop. You need to go into this one as blind as possible. An absolute joy.

When people ask “Why should I read?” I’m going to start shoving this book into their faces and say, “I defy you to read this and then come back and tell me it was a waste of your time.”

And then–if they still say it was a waste of their time, I’m going to give them another one of Andrew’s books and say, “Try again and please be less insane.”

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  • Monika July 3, 2013, 10:13 pm

    Thanks, I’m putting it on my TBR list!

  • Jennifer July 5, 2013, 7:45 am

    This has been on my wishlist for a little while. I hope it doesn’t take me 300 years to get to it!

    I hope you had a fun 4th!

  • Wendy July 6, 2013, 5:54 pm

    Just put a hold on at local library.

  • Ara Bedrossian July 9, 2013, 5:36 am

    I am doing as Wendy.

  • Kristina Hilton August 8, 2013, 5:48 am

    Will it break it my heart like “The Fault in Our Stars”? Still haven’t recovered from that book.

    • Josh Hanagarne August 8, 2013, 12:14 pm

      I haven’t read that and I won’t spoil this, but I’ll say that the sad stuff is a smaller part of Winger than I had expected.

  • Tonja August 17, 2013, 6:16 am

    Hi Josh,
    I read Winger and then gave it to my 14-year old son who plays rugby. He is a reluctant reader but he devoured this book. I think he really liked it because he could relate and that it was funny at times. Is there anything similar that you could recommend? Thanks, Tonja