Author: Andrew Smith
Why you should read this book: If you are older than 18 and/or you don’t like annoying teenager boys then you shouldn’t read this. I guess I won’t be recommending it to anyone ever.
Summary from Goodreads:
Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. 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.
Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics 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.
SPOILER ALERT, everything in the following review is a spoiler. ———-
I finished this before dinner yesterday, was so angry about the ending, I kept thinking about it, thinking about it and hating it over and over again. I didn’t like that the author decided to killed my favorite character, the only character I truly liked from beginning to end. You could have given him a traumatic experience, beaten up pretty badly, but not death, that’s too much. I get it, it’s real, it’s life, this happens unfortunately all the time but I didn’t want it to happen to Joey, not in this kind of book where the main themes were Ryan Dean and his horny agenda. I am not ok with it. He killed him in the last 10 pages, without giving much explanations, without letting us know how everyone reacted to his death. We knew he had a boyfriend but no signs from him when Joey died. Nothing at all.
At the beginning I wasn’t liking it very much, I found Ryan Dean deeply immature and annoying. At 60% or more of the book he was almost ok but that was only because he was interacting and becoming best friends with Joey and I loved Joey. Then KABOOM, everything was finally ok and what happens??? Joey got killed!! Are you serious? I am so angry at this, so so so angry, I really didn’t see that coming because it wasn’t suppose to come at all! Come on!!
I don’t think I will read the sequel in the near future, maybe in months and months when I have nothing else to read. Joey isn’t around anymore so what’s the point? Give me a good reason to read the sequel because right now I don’t have any! I’m heartbroken!!
HEARTBROKEN!!! This isn’t fair!
Do I recommend it? No.