Book Review: 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

20493997100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: September 2, 2014

Pages: 288 (Hardcover)

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Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.

Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

opinionOkay, despite the fact that the summary makes this book seem like a huge cliché, it’s really awkward and cute. 100 Sideways Miles starts off stiff and ends sweetly with a funny twist. Andrew Smith has a unique way of creating awkward main characters in a way that makes everyone connect with them as well as root for them to get over whatever obstacle is in their way. Finn is a great character. I know that a lot of people dislike him because he acts like an asshole and blames it on his black outs but not being able to control your body, especially for a teenager who’s still trying to figure out their life, would make almost everyone pissed off after blacking out. Moving on, I did love this story even though it’s not as amazing as Winger, it’s still an awesome read.

With any type of book, I can’t stand when there’s a ton of info-dumping that happens throughout the book. It starts from the very beginning about really random or boring things that haven’t even been brought up in a realistic way yet. In the beginning, it’s more like the history of Cade and Finn, really. I also had a problem with Julia. I would have liked to have been able to know more about her and her past. She doesn’t seem as real to me as she could have been.

Nonetheless, 100 Sideways Miles is great. Finn is very unique especially with his heterochromatic eyes and relatable. Like I said before, most people would be pissed off put in Finn’s position. Cade is another great character who seems to always be horny but is pretty humorous. It’s all of the characters. They are, for the most part, relatable and interesting with their mini adventures to Aberdeen Lake and the university that are both well described and still meaningful yet still light enough to cause some humour.

100 Sideways Miles is relatable book that I think a lot of people would like despite its few flaws. It’s a light read but it’s interesting, making people realize that a lot of authors use real people in their books and sometimes they like it, but sometimes they don’t. Plus, the ending is pretty creepy and ends the book with a fun twist which is always good!

3.5 Interesting Clouds
3.5 Interesting Clouds
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Book Review: Winger by Andrew Smith

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Winger by Andrew Smith

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: May 14, 2013

Pages: 448 (Hardcover)

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Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. 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.

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“I found out something about words. There are plenty of words I can put on paper, words I can see with my eyes and scribble with my hand, that I never had the guts to say with my mouth.”

Since this year has started, I’ve only cried over two books. Winger by Andrew Smith is one of them. I’m not sure if it’s Ryan Dean’s moving, realistic voice that had me hooked, or if it was the way I could easily relate to the character and connect with them on such an intense level that made it so hard for me to accept that the book has ended. I felt for every character, even the assholes who I think I would have killed.

Winger has very short chapters which makes it almost impossible to put it down. Something is always happening with this book that makes readers either cry, laugh, or both. Throughout the novel Ryan Dean and have their moments especially with the teacher, I loved reading about Mrs. Singer and all of her crazy spells that she casts on Ryan Dean. But believe it or not, the protagonist was not my favourite character nor is he the reason for all my heartbreak and sobbing. That awards belongs to his best friend, Joey who, from the second he came into the story stole my heart and soul. Every obstacle he’s faced with I was right there willing to jump into the novel and kill anyone who threatened him.  Andrew Smith has written a beautiful story about some of the shit that teenagers go through that they truly shouldn’t. Over words. Over labels that should absolutely nothing but of course, mean everything to some people. I fell in love with this book from the very beginning and even now, while I write this review, I am still crying over the ending.

                                                             What. A. Fucking. Ending.

With that being said, I’m not going to spoil it for you. It may shock you, this ending but it also may not but it did bring out emotions from my toughest critic friends and their hate for reading. I recommend everyone to read this book and hopefully fall in love with this as much as I have. It’s beautiful. It’s moving. It’s relaxed and tense at just the right moments. It’s books like this that keep me steadily reading YA novels with messages so great and moving that just thinking about them is bringing the tears back *cries for five more minutes*. Which is why Winger by Andrew Smith will always stay in my heart and be one of my favourite books from now on.

Five Insanely Dreamy Clouds
Five Heartbreaking Clouds

For quotes from this book, click here.

2013 Book Challenges: June Edition

I FINALLY HAVE ONE FOR THE SOPHOMORE CHALLENGE! YES!

2013 Reading Challenge

Goal: 100

Read: 9

Total:53

The Archived (The Archived#1) by Victoria Schwab

Winger by Andrew Smith

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions#2) by Louise Rozett

Archlight (Arclight#1) by Josin L. McQuein

Kindness For weakness by Shawn Goodman

Taken (Taken#1) by Erin Bowman

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

2013 Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 13

Read: 2

Total: 7

Taken (Taken#1) by Erin Bowman

Arclight (Arclight#1) by Josin L. McQuein

2013 TBR Pile

Goal: 50

Read:0

Total: 11

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

Goal: 30

Read: 4

Total: 9

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions#2) by Louise Rozett

Winger by Andrew Smith

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

Kindness For weakness by Shawn Goodman

2013 Sophomore Challenge

Goal: 20

Read: 1

Total: 1

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions#2) by Louise Rozett

How are your challenges going? Send me links so I can check them out!

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#30

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Winger by Andrew Smith

11861815Favourite Quotes:

1. “You know, nothing ever goes back exactly the way it was. Things just expand and contract. Like the universe, like breathing. But you’ll never fill your lungs up with the same air twice. Sometimes, it would be cool if you could pause and rewind and do over. But I think anyone would get tired of that after one or two times.”

2. You can’t see around corners, so you just have to deal with it and try to stay afloat.

And things get tough.

And you’re supposed to grow up.

And it’s all a bunch of bullshit.

Sorry.

3. I found out something about words. There are plenty of words I can put on paper, words I can see with my eyes and scribble with my hand, that I never had the guts to say with my mouth. Sometimes, I used to think I was brave; but I don’t believe that anymore.

And then it’s always that one word that makes you so different and puts you outside the overlap of everyone else; and that word is so fucking big and loud, it’s the only thing anyone ever hears when your name is spoken.

And whenever that happens to us,  all the other words that make us the same disappear in its shadow.

The Archived (The Archived#1) by Victoria Schwab

10929432Favourite Quotes:

1. “When you lie to everyone about everything, what’s left? What’s true?”

“Nothing,” I say.

“Exactly.”

2. “Curiosity is a gateway drug to sympathy. Sympathy leads to hesitation. Hesitation will get you killed.”

3. “You are crazy,” he says. “You are a crazy, amazing girl. And you scare the hell out of me.”

4. Truths are messy and lies are messy, I don’t care what Da said, it’s impossible to cut a person into pie-like pieces, neat and tidy.

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

16238699Favourite quotes:

1. “Fuck the bullshit, it’s time to throw down.”

2. “Yeah, that’s totally badass. Not killing yourself even when you think you want to. Takes a lot of balls to stay alive, don’t you think?”

We all smiled because it was the truth: Living did take a lot more guts than giving up.