winger by andrew smith

title & author: winger by andrew smith
series: winger #1
published by simon & schuster on may 14th, 2013
genres: contemporary, coming of age, lgbtq
pages: 440
format: kindle edition

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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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wildflower by alecia whitaker

widlflower alecia whitakertitle & author: widlflower by alecia whitaker
series: wildflower (#1)
published by poppy on july 1st, 2014
genres: young adult, contemporary, fiction, romance
pages: 320
format: kindle edition

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the best songs come from broken hearts.

sixteen-year-old bird barrett has grown up on the road, singing backup in her family’s bluegrass band, and playing everywhere from nashville, tennesee to nowhere, oklahoma. one fateful night, bird fills in for her dad by singing lead, and a scout in the audience offers her a spotlight all her own.

soon bird is caught up in a whirlwind of songwriting meetings, recording sessions, and music video shoots. her first single hits the top twenty, and suddenly fans and paparazzi are around every corner. she’s even caught the eye of her longtime crush, fellow roving musician adam dean. with bird’s star on the rise, though, tradition and ambition collide. can bird break out while staying true to her roots?

in a world of glamour and gold records, a young country music star finds her voice.

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