Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Stand-Off (Winger #2) by Andrew Smith

Ryan Dean is back at Pine Mountain for his senior year, but he's still haunted by his junior year.  With his mental health on already on shaky ground, the powers that be have decided to put Ryan Dean in a room with a 12 year-old claustrophobic who only watches the culinary channel.  The last thing he wants is to mentor anybody, much less spend time with a 12 year-old.  As the year goes on, the thing in Ryan Dean's head that haunts him gets louder and louder... a breaking point is coming soon. Until then, the outtakes continue!

I cannot tell you how happy this book made me.  Okay, maybe I can.  IT MADE ME SO HAPPY!!!  Ryan Dean is the same Ryan Dean I fell in love with in Winger.  The same underaged for his grade, overly dramatic, superbly funny, and adorably thick-headed Ryan Dean.  I was so worried that this book would somehow not give me the same feeling about him, but that was not the case.  So often sequels don't live up to the amazingness of the first book, but I have to tell you this one did!!  It 100% is just as good as Winger, if not better.

There are old characters that have returned (Annie, JP, Seanie), but there are some new characters introduced that became immediate favorites.  I absolutely adored the twelve-year-old roommate, Sam Abernathy.  Ryan Dean's inner dialogue about having to coexist with The Abernathy (as he calls him) was so ridiculous and laugh-out-loud, it became my favorite part of this book.  Also Sam as a character is freaking rock-star.  I have never wanted to hug and pinch a twelve-year-old more than while reading this.

I don't want you to think that the HUGE thing that happened in book 1 isn't dealt with.  This book is a lot about healing and learning to deal with that loss.  I felt terrible for everything Ryan Dean was going through.  He already has to over-componsate because of being a fifteen-year-old senior, but on top of it he's trying to hide feelings he doesn't know what to do with.  Of course, I knew that he needed help, but I don't doubt that it would be hard for a kid in his position to admit that he needs it.  I was also relieved that this book didn't completely rip my heart out.  I think the last book did a good enough number on me.

The best part for me was that while Ryan Dean has the same Ryan Dean feel that I fell in love with in Winger, he's also maturing and growing as a person, and I love reading about people who grow and learn.  I'm just really, really happy this book exists.  It's definitely worth reading to get the total Ryan Dean Experience.

OVERALL:  No 2nd book sinker here!!  This book was just as good as the first for me, and that made me so happy.  If you loved Ryan Dean in Winger, you won't be disappointed by Stand-Off.

This Book Includes:
  • Boarding School
  • More comic drawings
  • Rugby
  • Cooking
  • Oregon
  • Running
  • One-Eyed Jack's Boob Cheese
  • Princess Snugglewarm bedsheets
  • Perverted creative writing
  • GLBT characters
  • Even more shenanigans

My Rating: 4/4

Date Published: 9/8/2015
How I got this book: I bought it
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR

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  1. I need to read these books. I haven't and I didn't really feel the need to til now. They really do sound good. The covers didn't draw me in but your reviews do so I need to add them to my list.

    1. I think you would really like these books based on the book reviews I've read from you :)

  2. I ordered the first book and it got lost in the mail. I fought about it and still never got the copy back or a new one. I really get the feeling I'll love this one just as much as you did! Great review, makes me excited!

    1. That's terrible that the mail thing happened!! I would be SO mad if a book got lost! Also they kept you from reading a really really good book!