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It s his last year at Pine Mountain, and Ryan Dean should be focused on his future, but instead, he s haunted by his past. His rugby coach expects him to fill the roles once played by his lost friend, Joey, as the rugby team s stand-off and new captain. And somehow he s stuck rooming with twelve-year-old freshman Sam Abernathy, a cooking whiz with extreme claustrophobia and a serious crush on Annie Altman aka Ryan Dean s girlfriend, for now, anyway.
Equally distressing, Ryan Dean s doodles and drawings don t offer the relief they used to. He s convinced N.A.T.E. (the Next Accidental Terrible Experience) is lurking around every corner and then he runs into Joey s younger brother Nico, who makes Ryan Dean feel paranoid that he s avoiding him. Will Ryan Dean ever regain his sanity?
From the author of 100 Sideways Miles, which Kirkus Reviews called a wickedly witty and offbeat novel, Stand-Off is filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and delivers the same spot-on teen voice and relatable narrative that legions of readers connected with in Winger."