Stand Off by Andrew Smith
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… Read more.
Trigger & Content Warnings:
- Grief & loss depiction
- Death of a friend recounted*
- Murder by physical assault recounted
*Note: The protagonist’s gay best friend was beaten to death in a brutal hate crime in the previous book.