I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Stand-Off by Andrew Smith
on September 8, 2015
Also by this author: Winger
Series: Winger #2
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
It’s his last year at Pine Mountain, and Ryan Dean should be focused on his future, but instead, he’s haunted by his past. His rugby coach expects him to fill the roles once played by his lost friend, Joey, as the rugby team’s stand-off and new captain. And somehow he’s stuck rooming with twelve-year-old freshman Sam Abernathy, a cooking whiz with extreme claustrophobia and a serious crush on Annie Altman—aka Ryan Dean’s girlfriend, for now, anyway.
Equally distressing, Ryan Dean’s doodles and drawings don’t offer the relief they used to. He’s convinced N.A.T.E. (the Next Accidental Terrible Experience) is lurking around every corner—and then he runs into Joey’s younger brother Nico, who makes Ryan Dean feel paranoid that he’s avoiding him. Will Ryan Dean ever regain his sanity?
From the author of the National Book Award–nominated 100 Sideways Miles, which Kirkus Reviews called “a wickedly witty and offbeat novel,” Stand-Off is filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and delivers the same spot-on teen voice and relatable narrative that legions of readers connected with in Winger.
Winger was one of my favorite books last year. It was refreshing, hilarious, and utterly heartbreaking. Really, it made me have all the feels. I’ve been really anxious to read Stand-Off ever since I finished Winger. Ryan Dean is one of those characters that you can’t get enough of. I’m so thrilled that Andrew Smith gave us another chance to glimpse Ryan Dean’s life and see how his high school story ends.
I certainly had a lot of expectations for this book and it delivered on every single one. I do feel like the tone in Stand-Off is quite different, as it should be, but there’s still that same charm to this story. Ryan Dean is having a rough time dealing with his feelings. It’s a little heart-wrenching to witness, but so believable. It’s remarkable how relatable Ryan Dean and all the other characters are.
Andrew Smith does and incredible job still making the story fun even with Ryan Dean in such a dark place. The book is still a coming of age tale at its heart and Ryan Dean does some major growing in this book. I loved getting to witness that and getting some closure on his story. I could read at least 10 more books about Ryan Dean, but I’m happy with how Stand-Off ended.
If Winger and Stand-Off aren’t on your TBR pile I urge you to change that immediately. Don’t miss out on these amazing books!