A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in a heartbreakingly funny novel.
Ryan Dean West is a 14-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.
Filled with hand-drawn infographics 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.
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This book goes in with a bit of a kick, we follow a few days in the life of Ryan Dean (that's his first name, no hyphen!) He is bullied, picked on, and has his head shoved down the toilet, and that's just the 1st chapter!
He is also in the O wing at school for naughty boys and shares a room with a bully.
He has good friends as well though, oh and he's in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a kid!
This book is funny and had some real laugh out loud moments, especially screaming Nedd, which I actually had to rewind and listen to again as it was so funny!
Think about what goes on in a teenage mind....yep it's all there.
And then BAM! I didn't know it was coming and it didn't warn me...........and I cried.
A really good fun, sad read
- V Nerd