Author: Andrew Smith
What’s on the cover: A teen boy who has OBVIOUSLY just been in some kind of fight, because he has stitches over his eyebrow and a bloody nose. He’s wearing a sweater with a crest on it, a dress shirt, and a tie. He also has a backpack slung over one shoulder.
What I think it’s about: Judging by his outfit I’d say he goes to private school, and I’m guessing he’s getting bullied there based on his battered face.
Do I want to read it?: YES! I immediately want to know what happened to him. It’s an intriguing cover!
What the blurb says: “Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.”
Final verdict: Okay, so his face probably looks like that because of rugby. I’m still intrigued though, so I’ll be picking up a copy of this one!