Review: WINGER by Andrew Smith


Rating: 4/5

Reviewed by R

So, yeah. We’ve been real slow to update The Book Mark recently. In the unlikely event that you read the “about” section of that site, you’d know we are teachers. And in case you live in some place without deciduous trees or a calendar, you should know that school is back in session. As a result, we’ve been busy. Really busy.

Sadly, this updating this site was not a priority.


I do enjoy talking about what I’m reading, so I’m going to try harder. I promise. (Just be prepared for shorter reviews.)

So. Winger by Andrew Smith.

Great freakin’ book. Winger (last name—I forget the first—Patrick, maybe?) is a 14-year-old junior at a boarding school who plays rugby. Being young and small and a smart-ass, he kind of has difficulty navigating life. He gets in fights and makes poor decisions about basically everything.
But as I said: great freakin’ book. Smith’s writing is absolutely hilarious. I can probably count the number of books that actually make me LOL, and this is one of them. Winger’s voice might annoy some, but I loved it. However, it’s not all fun and games. Something eventually happens that will crush your soul. And the dramatic shift in writing style at that point demonstrates Smith’s skillful prose.

See my other book reviews at The Book Mark.

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