A hilarious and enjoyable read about freshman Ryan who attends Pine Mountain Academy a boarding school. His residence is Opportunity Hall, home of the troublemakers. Ryan tries to fit in with his hall mates, and change the way everyone sees him. This book also contains illustrations that allow the readers into the workings of the teenage boy's mind. The characters have real issues and thoughts that it is difficult to believe that they are fictional. Young adult readers ages 14 and up will certainly relate to this book, it will capture the attention of reluctant readers, and anyone who enjoys reading books where sports and guy friendships are featured.. Readers of this book may also enjoy reading John Green's Looking for Alaska as both books have a male lead character at a boarding school, and deals with complex friendships and teen issues.
Smith, A. (2013). Winger. NY: Simon & Schuster.