Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: May 14, 2013
“Crede quod habes et habes.”
Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. 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.
What I like most about this book is the writing style. It’s like the character itself is telling you his story, like you’re sitting in front of Ryan Dean West. There are also some illustrations that let you imagine the characters in Ryan Dean’s mind.
The plot is very simple yet very entertaining plus witty. You will literally fly through this book. The chapters are short and the next thing you know is you’re almost halfway done. It’s also refreshing on my part to read a male protagonist because female protagonists are everywhere. Moreover, there is no part that drags the whole story down. There are elements of friendship, love, school life and a bit of family life.
One more thing, this book breaks my heart. Like someone gets a hold of my heart and smash it on the floor. I do not want to spoil anything and I do not want to tell you about the ‘plot twist’ BUT if you would read the dust jacket of the hardcover of this book, it kinda hinted about the plot twist. I honestly jump into this book without knowing anything and when the unexpected happens, I just sat there and I stare at the book for 5mins. or so.
I highly recommend this to whoever loves fast-paced books, light reads or they want to have a bit of everything.