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Winger

CHAPTER ONE


NOTHING COULD POSSIBLY SUCK WORSE than being a junior in high school, alone at the top of your class, and fourteen years old all at the same time. So the only way I braced up for those agonizing first weeks of the semester, and made myself feel any better about my situation, was by telling myself that it had to be better than being a senior at fifteen.

Didn’t it?

My name is Ryan Dean West.

Ryan Dean is my first name.

You don’t usually think a single name can have a space and two capitals in it, but mine does. Not a dash, a space. And I don’t really like talking about my middle name.

I also never cuss, except in writing, and occasionally during silent prayer, so excuse me up front, because I can already tell I’m going to use the entire dictionary of cusswords when I tell the story of what happened to me and my friends during my eleventh-grade year at Pine Mountain.

PM is a rich kids’ school. But it’s not only a prestigious rich kids’ school; it’s also for rich kids who get in too much trouble because they’re alone and ignored while their parents are off being congressmen or investment bankers or professional athletes. And I know I wasn’t actually out of control, but somehow Pine Mountain decided to move me into Opportunity Hall, the dorm where they stuck the really bad kids, after they caught me hacking a cell phone account so I could make undetected, untraceable free calls.

They nearly kicked me out for that, but my grades saved me.

I like school, anyway, which increases the loser quotient above and beyond what most other kids would calculate, simply based on the whole two-years-younger-than-my-classmates thing.

The phone was a teacher’s. I stole it, and my parents freaked out, but only for about fifteen minutes. That was all they had time for. But even in that short amount of time, I did count the phrase “You know better than that, Ryan Dean” forty-seven times.

To be honest, I’m just estimating, because I didn’t think to count until about halfway through the lecture.

We’re not allowed to have cell phones here, or iPods, or anything else that might distract us from “our program.” And most of the kids at PM completely buy in to the discipline, but then again, most of them get to go home to those things every weekend. Like junkies who save their fixes for when there’s no cops around.

I can understand why things are so strict here, because it is the best school around for the rich deviants of tomorrow. As far as the phone thing went, I just wanted to call Annie, who was home for the weekend. I was lonely, and it was her birthday.

I already knew that my O-Hall roommate was going to be Chas Becker, a senior who played second row on the school’s rugby team. Chas was as big as a tree, and every bit as smart, too. I hated him, and it had nothing to do with the age-old, traditional rivalry between backs and forwards in rugby. Chas was a friendless jerk who navigated the seas of high school with his rudder fixed on a steady course of intimidation and cruelty. And even though I’d grown about four inches since the end of last year and liked to tell myself that I finally—finally!—didn’t look like a prepubescent minnow stuck in a pond of hammerheads like Chas, I knew that my reformative dorm assignment with Chas Becker in the role of bunk-bed mate was probably nothing more than an “opportunity” to go home in a plastic bag.

But I knew Chas from the team, even though I never talked to him at practice.

I might have been smaller and younger than the other boys, but I was the fastest runner in the whole school for anything up to a hundred meters, so by the end of the season last year, as a thirteen-year-old sophomore, I was playing wing for the varsity first fifteen (that’s first string in rugby talk).

Besides wearing ties and uniforms, all students were required to play sports at PM. I kind of fell into rugby because running track was so boring, and rugby’s a sport that even small guys can play—if you’re fast enough and don’t care about getting hit once in a while.

So I figured I could always outrun Chas if he ever went over the edge and came after me. But even now, as I write this, I can still remember the feeling of sitting on the bottom bunk, there in our quiet room, just staring in dread at the door, waiting for my roommate to show up for first-semester check-in on that first Sunday morning in September.

All I had to do was make it through the first semester of eleventh grade without getting into any more trouble, and I’d get a chance to file my appeal to move back into my room with Seanie and JP in the boys’ dorm. But staying out of trouble, like not getting killed while living with Chas Becker, was going to be a full-time job, and I knew that before I even set eyes on him.

Revue de presse

"Winger broke my heart, like any great book should. Andrew Smith is a brave and talented storyteller who blows me away every time. Readers will love Ryan Dean West. This book is powerful, sweet and heart-wrenching." (A. S. King, Printz Honor-winning author of Please Excuse Vera Dietz)

"Winger is one of the most honest and beautifully raw novels I've read in a long time. Ryan Dean is a true original." (Matt de la Peña, author of Mexican WhiteBoy and We Were Here)

* "[A] brutally honest coming-of-age novel...Like puberty itself, this tale is alternately hilarious and painful, awkward and enlightening...an excellent, challenging read." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

* "Smart, wickedly funny...In a magnificently frenetic first-person narration that includes clever short comics, charts and diagrams...Smith deftly builds characters—readers will suddenly realize they’ve effortlessly fallen in love with them—and he laces meaning and poignantly real dialogue into uproariously funny scatological and hormonally charged humor, somehow creating a balance between the two that seems to intensify both extremes. Bawdily comic but ultimately devastating, this is unforgettable." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

* "This deceptively lightweight novel packs an unexpectedly ferocious punch." (Booklist, starred review)

"Amusing and touching in a “Looking for Alaska,” meets Rabelais meets “Friday Night Lights” kind of way.” (A. J.Jacobs, New York Times Book Review)

* "Smith's masterful narrative of the hormonal yet insightful teenage boy flows smoothly throughout the novel...an unforgettable and unflaggingly appealing voice...A classic coming-of-age story that combines humor and heartbreak in just the right amounts." (Shelf Awareness, starred review)

"Andrew Smith crafts something in Winger that will have you thinking about the things you choose to say and those you leave unsaid." (TeenReads)

"Sharp, funny, and perceptive about youthful male friendships. Readers who enjoy stylistically interesting stories about underdogs in boy world may therefore still find this witty and entertaining." (BCCB)

"A reader looking to pigeonhole Winger into a traditional genre category may be in for a surprise. It’s a laugh-out-loud funny sports story set at a boarding school, but it’s also a serious look at the many different forms of love—and a subtle meta-narrative about the process of telling a story...Reminiscent of Looking for Alaska, Winger packs a punch that will leave readers rethinking their assumptions about humor, friendship and the nature of storytelling—and about the broad range of emotions of which teenage boys are capable." (BookPage)

You're not going to find futuristic fantasies or superpowers in Andrew Smith's young adult novel Winger. Fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West's life at a boarding school for the wealthy is by all accounts ordinary -- he has an unrequited crush on his female best friend, and he has to share a room with his rugby team's biggest bully -- but that's also Winger''s" appeal. (CNN.com)

“I am seriously moved beyond words after finishing this beautiful, hilarious, and heart-exploding book. Reading Winger is like running down a steep hill--you should probably slow down, but it feels too good to stop. Andrew Smith has written a wildly original, hilarious, and heartbreaking ode to teenage confusion and frustration. You'll devour it and then go back for more." (John Corey Whaley, author of the Printz and Morris winning Where Things Come Back)


Détails sur le produit

  • Relié: 448 pages
  • Editeur : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (14 mai 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1442444924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442444928
  • Dimensions du produit: 14 x 3,8 x 21 cm
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Ryan Dean West alias Winger (l'un des nombreux surnoms dont il est affublé, pas tous très sympas d'ailleurs...) est un étudiant de 14 ans "vivant" en internat au lycée, plus précisément à O-Hall, le bâtiment pour les petits rebelles. Ayant sauté plusieurs classes, il est plus jeune que les autres et subit régulièrement quelques moqueries ou traitements peu sympas de la part de ses chers camarades (si vous voulez en fait, dès la première phrase du livre il a la tête dans les toilettes...). Cette année, il l'a décidé, sera l'année du changement. Il est motivé à fond pour ne plus se laisser marcher sur les pieds par les abrutis de l'équipe de foot et il réussira enfin à avouer à Annie qu'il est fou d'elle... Tant qu'il réussi à se concentrer et à oublier les autres filles autour de lui... Ses amis Seanie et JP seront là pour l'aider/l'énerver/le remettre en place ainsi que Joey, l'un de ses camarades de l'équipe de rugby.

Ce livre les enfants, est tellement mais TELLEMENT drôle! Quand je lis et que quelque chose m'amuse je vais avoir tendance à sourire comme une idiote mais avec Winger, c'était des explosions de rire pas toujours contrôlées dans des lieux pas toujours privés (bon, j'avoue qu'il y a aussi eu des larmes). Ryan Dean est très intelligent et a une répartie de folie, un humour complètement décalé et pense au sexe approximativement 25689 fois par jour mais sans jamais que cela soit vulgaire et toujours dans l'humour.
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One of the best books I've read this year 14 mai 2013
Par K. Sowa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This was my first Andrew Smith book and after reading it I finally realized why he has so many devoted fans. Winger was heartbreaking, honest, and hilarious. I don't mean smile while you're reading funny, I mean that I laughed so hard at parts of this book that I woke up my husband because my laughter was shaking the whole bed. (Any book that has a haiku about getting kicked in the balls will always be number one in my heart, ok?) The hilarity is artfully combined with moments of painful honesty that go perfectly with Ryan Dean's raw and unapologetically hormonal narrative voice. The book is also filled with the cartoons and infographics that Ryan Dean creates, which adds to the humor and overall experience of reading this book. For me, it brought me even further into the story because I wasn't just reading about the cartoons that Ryan Dean was drawing for his friends, I was getting to see them, as well. (I would like a graphic novel that tells Screaming Ned's back story, please.)

The thing about Ryan Dean that I loved was that even though he is riddled with a lot of self-doubt, he really doesn't let it hold him back. He's younger and smaller than all of the guys, but he plays rugby with everything he's got, anyway. He's rooming with the biggest bully on the team, but that doesn't stop him from crushing on said bully's girlfriend. The girl he loves thinks of him as a "little boy" but he never gives up. Although some of his decisions made me cringe, I could not help but fall in love with the way he just decided to go big or go home. Although Ryan Dean alone was entertaining enough, the people he interacts with at school were a big part of the reason why I loved this book so much. Every relationship in this book was a treasure. Even the most unsympathetic residents of Opportunity Hall eventually found a place in my heart, which I think is a testament to Andrew Smith's writing and his ability to flesh-out the characters. That ability to make you care about everyone is the reason why, more than halfway through the book, you will find yourself going from laughing to crying. I wasn't prepared for that and it made the book a very intense read, but if anything, I think it made me love it even more. In my mind, Winger was ultimately a story about love and acceptance that was framed within the context of the complicated and confusing feelings of a hyper-intelligent teenage boy. There are very few books that get it right the way that Winger does. I am so glad that I read this story. Read this book and you won't be sorry. Trust me on this one, folks.
19 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great Narrator, mediocre plot 7 juillet 2013
Par Tiffany M. Stephens - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Ryan Dean West may be the most realistic 14 year old narrator I have ever read. Horny, funny, and horribly self-absorbed, he muddles through his junior year, managing to pick fights with just about every male he comes into contact with. But while I liked the voice and style of the narration, I didn't feel any great emotional connection to Ryan Dean. He was supposedly the smartest kid in school ( a junior at age 14), a varsity rugby player, receiver of the affection of the two hottest girls at the school, and friends to some of the most popular kids, yet somehow he was supposed to be pathetic? I didn't buy it. He seemed just as douchey as all the other kids on the Rugby team, even more so , maybe. Perhaps that was the point, but on further reflection, I guess I missed the point of the story entirely. It takes a lot of fights, drunken nights, sex jokes, and make-out sessions before anything of real substance happens in the plot, and then when it does, despite the fact that it is earth shattering, it somehow feels anti-climactic. It was funny, and I will recommend it to my high school students, but I didn't love it like other reviewers did.
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Great story 13 août 2013
Par Amy K. Jensen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I picked this book out for my 11 year old nephew (just turned 11), but wanted to read it first to make sure it was ok for him. I decided it wasn't right for him, though I know other 11 year olds who are probably mature enough for it. The book tells the story of Ryan Dean, a rugby player at a boarding school in the Pacific Northwest. His best friend is Annie, a fellow student who is a little older than him, and he's totally in love with her and trying to deal with his feelings for her for most of the book. He ends up living in a dorm for the kids who get into trouble, and easily succumbs to their bad behavior, including late night drinking and various pranks. One of the other guys in the dorm (and also a teammate on his rugby team) is gay, so that subject comes up quite a bit, but Ryan Dean doesn't care one way or the other because to him, Joey's a great teammate and friend. It's a good message for boys. There are also a few references to his own body and sexual arousal, and there are a few swear words (which Ryan Dean, as the narrator, recognizes he shouldn't be saying). Given that the book is about a rugby player, there is some violence. The book has a very powerful, emotional ending, and while I thought it was a very good book and had important messages, I think I'll give it to my nephew in another year or so. :)
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read this book. right now. 10 avril 2015
Par Bre @ Booky Berries - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
when i started winger, i was expecting brash boys and lots of cursing, fighting, yelling, and basically just dudes being dudes (i also, for some reason, thought he was going to be british — maybe it’s the cover, maybe i don’t read blurbs well enough, who knows, i just know what i expected,) and that’s more or less what i got. but it wasn’t really exactly what i got. and i remember thinking that after the initial 10%, the story was kind of dragging and ryan dean was a little more immature than i liked my main characters, and i was like “wow is everyone sure this isn’t juvenile fiction?” given ryan dean’s age and the amount of times he talked about girls, his dick, his balls, and a ton of other childish/boyhood things.

but this is one of those books that i’m glad i stuck with. i’m glad i pushed myself through that boring 30% because then it just kind of took off. being that he was younger than everyone in his year by a landslide, ryan dean always felt like a bit of a fish out of water, like he had to prove to his friends and even complete strangers that being so tiny and so much younger didn’t make him any less of a man. all at once, he felt like he was losing his friends, the girl he was in love with, and the very essence of who he’d always thought he was all in one fell swoop. everyone hated him, or at least he felt like they did — he was convinced that even his teachers had it out for him, in a funny, endearing, adorable sort of way. he started to change from his childish ways, slowly but surely, by fostering a relationship with joey consentino, the towheaded and aggressive captain of his rugby team that everyone is kinda weird around since he’s gay, and developing an even deeper one with annie, his best friend and the girl he’s madly in love with. he did things that made me tut with a sort of maternal disappointment and he did other things that made me feel proud of him, like he was my little brother or something. it was weird, how much i loved ryan dean west in spite of his childish, selfish ways.

this book was incredibly based on character and relationship development, and it was the most realistic coming of age story i’ve read to date. i thought that all of the five star reviews might be from hype or bias but it absolutely was not. if you like books about people who transcend their labels and what’s expected of them, read this book. just know that you’ll probably have your heart stolen and broken like eight thousand times from start to finish.
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Read this now! 17 novembre 2014
Par Crazy Something Maybe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I loved this book.

Ryan Dean West... He's... something else. I don't even know what to say about this character. He seemed so real. Like RDW could possibly be a real life kid living somewhere in the pacific northwest. He is definitely a little punk and made some super terrible choices, but I love him.

At the beginning of the novel, RDW is such a fourteen year old boy. He's horny and stupid and obsessed with girls and hell bent on reinventing himself for his junior year. Yes, he's a fourteen year old junior because he is smart. He's funny and as a narrator, he's a ton of fun.

I cant help, but feel like this is the perfect book for 14-16 year old boys because it's super irreverent, there's a ton of cursing, and talk about sex and girls, and there are plenty of "coming of age" themes that kids of that age group think about constantly, but feel a little "guilty" about. This book feels edgy for kids that age, but it's written in a way that's almost innocent. If I was a mom, I'd hand this book over like, "found this, I heard it's about rugby," and my kind would read it and think that I had lost my mind and if I knew what the book was really about, I'd take it away. But I know, and it's edgy, but it's innocent and all in good fun.

Additionally, I think this book had a really awesome message, and went about delivering it in a way that wasn't preachy. I think the author did a good job of addressing the homophobia that high school kids spew constantly without actually making anyone seem like a total jerk. It was pretty crappy how RDW constantly felt the need to point out that Joey is gay, but he's fourteen and I feel like at that point, homosexuality may still be somewhat of a mysterious concept that maybe he didn't quite grasp. And while he kept pointing out that Joey was gay, it was pretty obvious that he didn't take issue with it, but that he worried what other people might think of him by association. I realize this is also pretty crappy, but at fourteen, he's insecure. Realism. This book has it.

At the end, when RDW makes his changes and grows as a person, my grinch heart grew about 3 sizes and I wanted to hug him so hard. You're doing great, little guy! Keep it up!

I don't really have anything to criticize. I truly loved this book. I (almost) loved everything about it. Even the jacket art is beautiful.

But let's talk about the formatting. Why was this double spaced? I don't understand why this book needed to be huge? This book is giant. It's one of the largest books on my (physical copy) favorites shelf, but it was one of my shortest reads. A lot of paper was wasted printing this because it's double spaced and the margins are huge. It was super hard to get used to reading this. Was it a marketing ploy? Who knows, but I guess without the weird margins and spacing this girl wouldn't have anything to bitch about- and you know me... I have to have something.
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