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(Winger #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  4,281 ratings  ·  874 reviews
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 an ...more
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I have mixed feelings on this one! Overall I did enjoy it enough to keep reading, but I found myself so aggravated with the main character. He definitely grew a lot in this book, which I appreciated seeing, but it took a looooong time for him to stop being annoying. I also hate the way the female love interest was treated and how she was written. Can somebody say one-dimensional?? Regardless of the issues, there's something about these books that I love. If Andrew Smith decides to write a 3rd bo ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I didn't like this one as much as the first one, but I knew going into it that nothing could be as hard hitting as the first one. But overall it was a great duology! ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“In his senior year at Pine Mountain Academy, Ryan Dean West came to appreciate things that he’d tried to resist, and one of those things was change.”

Let’s begin this review by noting that it might potentially piss some people off, shall we????

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So yeah. Don’t bother trolling. I have zero of the f*@s to give when it comes to haters of Andrew Smith.

Stand-Off was probably not a great book. But again, I am giving zero of the f*&^s
Edward Lorn
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Andrew Smith is one of my new favorite authors, and Ryan Dean West is one of my favorite fictional characters because he doesn't feel like a fictional character. He deals with real problems and usually fucks up because he's human. There's a big difference between Winger and Stand-Off, but that's not a bad thing.

Stand-Off reminded me a lot of the video game Bully, whereas Winger reminded me of that eighties flick Lucas. Who out there remembers Lucas? Corey Haim and Ke
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
I love Ryan Dean West. I would have never guess that I would enjoy reading a book about a 15 year old boy as much as I did. This book had the same kind of humor mixed in with heartfelt moments that were found in the previous book. I have to say that I think I enjoyed Winger a bit more than this book but I still felt like this was a solid story. I do think that you will need to read Winger prior to this book to really understand the impact of the things that are happening.

This story picks up at t
Feb 03, 2014 marked it as to-finish-someday-maybe
Shelves: young-adult
ACT. 08/12/2014.

Andrew Smith just share this pic on his Instagram account.


A matching cover? I approve.


Winger #2?!


Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, 5-stars
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Review also on Fiction Jungle

I adored Winger. I loved Stand Off. I know some people practically detest Ryan Dean, I don’t think he’s misunderstood, I think you just like him or not, but I completely enjoy reading this funny, engaging, annoying, irritating, sometimes idiotic and always horny character.

This one wasn’t as impactful as Winger was, obviously, but it did had that same awesomeness that made me fall in love with the first book. These books have a subtle undertone of longing tha


At first, Andrew Smith's books seem to be the kind of books that will keep you laughing out loud all the time, but when you least expect it, he crashes your heart with no mercy.

Stand-Off follows Ryan Dean's senior year and how he manages to graduate after the tragedy that happened the previous year.
What I loved the most about this book is that Ryan Dean grew up so much, he is now way more mature than the previous book, and it's really sad to see how he cope
Feb 17, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Winger #2?

Winger #2?


*cue instant fangirling*

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You know why there's an image error?

It's because there's not a single gif or image in the world that can show my excitement.
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't say much about this because the release date is so far away. What you should know is that this book is awesome, heartbreaking, sexy and just so much fun. Andrew Smith has written yet another masterpiece. ...more
Shannon (kitchandpages)
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good. Didn't love it quite as much as Winger, but it was an important follow up. We find Ryan Dean in his senior year following the aftermath of the end of his junior year. Stand-Off still gives you plenty of classic RDW moments to make you laugh and roll your eyes but the book overall had a much more serious tone. Ryan had a lot to learn and conquer in Stand-Off and I enjoyed reading about it :) Andrew Smith has hinted to a possibility of more books in the Winger world, whi ...more
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I went into this excited yet cautious. I loved Winger so much, I was worried this would fail in comparison - but it didn't (not really!). It was quite different - seeing as Ryan Dean is now WITH Annie, and no longer in O-Hall, and of course he is now dealing with a hole new set of issues (those of you who read Winger know what I'm talking about, i.e. the part where tears spilled from my eyes). The difference in content in no way changed the tone of writing (which I loved!) or the spunk of Ryan D ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
This ARC was provided to me from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars rated up


I hate to admit that I jumped onto the Winger bandwagon a little late in the game. I kept seeing it around and I kept hearing other bloggers talk about how amazing it was, but for whatever reason I kept putting it off. Earlier this year I finally had the opportunity to read a
In this sequel to Winger, fifteen-year-old Ryan Dean West is now a senior in high school and is still dealing with the aftermath of what happened at the end of the first book (no spoilers here!). Not talking about it however has resulted in some psychological torment that seems to be playing out most noticeably in his dreams and in his drawings, which once used to bring him solace. Now his rugby coach wants him to play a position that will no doubt dredge up a lot of painful memories despite the ...more
Oct 08, 2015 marked it as to-read
Me: Is this a sick joke??? do you really expect me to read the sequel after you murdered my favorite character in the first novel????
Andrew Smith: Well--
Me: Damn it, I'm in.
Oh, gosh. I can't even. There are too many feelings. I'm so excited for more adventures of Ryan Dean West aka the wild boy of Bainbridge Island, but that ending! ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Ryan Dean West is now back for his senior year at Pine Mountain, but instead of focusing on his future all he can think of is his past. The rugby coach expects him to play the position of his lost teammate Joey as fly-half (aka stand-off) and act as team captain, his drawings don't help any more either and he is fully expecting N.A.T.E. (the Next Accidental Terrible Experience) to blindside him at any moment, and to top everything off his new roommate is a twelve-year-old freshman named Sam Aber ...more
Saeed Mohamadi
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.618
This book is brilliant and I absolutely loved it.

Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are no words to express how much I loved this book.
Lauren Lanz
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sobbed, hilarious, 5-stars
This sequel was everything I never knew I wanted.

Ryan Dean goes through so much character growth in Stand Off, it was amazing to see how far he has come since book one. Nico, Spotty-John and Sam were all hilarious and loveable new character additions, it was so wonderful to see them interact with Ryan Dean.

By unpopular opinion, I loved this book even more than Winger. I thought it was incredible how much Joey impacted Ryan Dean's life; I couldn't get enough of his new journey towards getting be
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-best-read
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Jaime Arkin
I heart Ryan Dean West!! Full review to come!!
Carrie Gelson
Ryan Dean West continues to be one of my all time favourite characters. Fan-flipping-tastic.
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
One thing this book taught me was... I wasn't ready.
At all.
I was right to be scared of this book. Just opening it up made me cry all over again. The last book destroyed every part of me and threw my life completely off kilter. It shattered me like no other book has ever done before. I know these characters are all fictional but this is what happens when you love a character as much as I loved one in this story. When you wish the BEST (and more) for them. When you want them to be ridiculously ha
I really love Ryan Dean. But to be honest, that's pretty much most of what I loved about this book. Winger was one of my favorite books when I read it last year and I think part of the appeal was how original it felt and how the characters felt so real and grabbed me from the start. Going into Stand-Off, I already knew the characters and was nervous about what the sequel would be like. But I was still crazy excited to get back to Pine Mountain and get more of Ryan Dean and his crazy situations. ...more
If you needed closure after Winger, or thought there was more to Ryan Dean West's story at Pine Mountain, Stand-Off will help you with both of those like a passionate social worker.

It is grievous and pitying, but also hot and incredible and funny, packed with heart and TSEs.

It illustrates the strengths of old and new relationships, whether they be of love or mateship, to help us through dark times, to help us become happier, more free, and to realise that we cannot remain alone to deal with our
Shani Ohana
Feb 18, 2014 marked it as to-read
Aurora Dimitre
Let's say this now, because I was thinking it for basically the entire book - I really miss Joey.

Which made me want to re-read book one, which is tough because it's shrink-wrapped in a box in the attic, but I digress.

And that's a good thing! I'm not saying that because, ugh, this was so horrible, where's Joey, or Kevin, who was pretty great, too. I'm saying that because it made my heart ache a little bit. I find that that's what happens with sequels, a lot; if it's been long enough since I'v
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Andrew Smith is the author of Winger, Grasshopper Jungle, The Alex Crow, 100 Sideways Miles, and Rabbit & Robot, among others. Exile from Eden: Or, After the Hole, the long-awaited sequel to Grasshopper Jungle, is coming from Simon & Schuster on September 24, 2019.

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