Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!



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Winger - Andrew  Smith In the beginning, I wasn’t really sure what to make of this book. It starts off with several f-words, which, if you know me, isn’t really my style. But I had heard such brilliant things about Andrew Smith, so I was willing to keep going and see what happened.And dang, Andrew Smith–I’m sold.This book was laugh-out-loud funny–I was seriously cracking up and snorting and stuff. I’ve never laughed that way when I’m reading. And then I’d think about something that just happened, or a funny line, and I’d crack up all over again. It was otherworldly almost.But I was worried, because a review on the back of this book said that the reviewer cried, and I was starting to get nervous–I was almost done with the book and so far, it had only been really frickin’ funny. And then suddenly, a sinking feeling started to grow in the pit of my stomach, and I started tearing up, and nothing had even happened yet. And when it finally did, I broke down. I’m pretty sure I even muttered, “It’s just not fair–whyyyyy?” to myself in an empty room. This book…I didn’t know something could make me laugh so hard and then make me burst into tears mere pages apart. Andrew Smith must be a genius or something, to turn a hilarious book like this into something so gut-wrenching and downright powerful. I’m seriously impressed, and it took a lot of work to pick myself up and wipe off my tears so I could look somewhat presentable again. While I wasn’t a fan of the language and some of the cruder humor (me being me), I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was brilliant, powerful, and simply amazing on just about every level. I can tell Andrew Smith and I will become fast friends.Read more?