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. Told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.