Author: Andrew Smith
Release Date: May 14, 2013
First Line: “I said a silent prayer.”
“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.
With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. 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.” – from goodreads.com
My thoughts: Ah, the elusive 5-star YA review. I’m not going to say much about this book, but I loved Ryan Dean. My husband kept wondering what I was laughing at while I read this, as I do not usually laugh out loud while I’m reading. Then one night he turned around in bed and looked at me like “what the hell?” because then I was crying. It was SO GOOD. 🙂 Just read it… unless you are offended by profanity. There is realistic amount for a teenage boy.
Kept me interested: 5/5
Overall rating: 5/5