Are you sick of me saying it yet? I effing love Andrew Smith! Seriously, one of my favorite authors. He can write a truly twisted tale like The Marbury Lens and it's highly anticipated sequel Passenger, then blow your mind with a coming of age contemporary like Stick. Both were, and still are, tops in my book and I recommend them in the library just about every day. So when Andrew started talking about Winger by S&S earlier this year, his fans, including moi, have been waiting patiently for the cover. And now, it's here! Too good not to share:
Fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West may be the smartest 11th grader in school, but there are some things he just doesn't get. He's convinced that the woman living downstairs is a witch -- out to destroy his life; believes the girl he's in love with only sees him as some kind of pet; and wonders why his best friend -- the only voice of reason in Ryan Dean's life -- likes other boys more than girls. A funny, sometimes dark, part-graphic YA novel about fitting in, and the consequences that can occur when big deals are made over small differences.
I hear there are drawings, charts, diagrams, etc right smack in the middle of the story. I'm a visual girl, and I love this idea! I can't say enough how much I'm looking forward to reading. Sam Bosma is the illustrator and he drew the back cover. I wish someone talented would draw a cartoon version of me. Keep your eye out for this one and pick up Andrew's other titles if you haven't already!
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