Thursday Quotables: Stand-Off


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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Stand-Off by Andrew Smith
(published 2015)

My review of this terrific book will be along in the next day or so — but meanwhile, I thought I’d share a snippet for my Thursday Quotables post this week. The problem is, the lanugage in this book is so consistently sharp and funny and powerful that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one “quotable”! So, to keep it simple, I’ll just start right at the beginning, with the opening of Chapter One:

Okay, you know how when you’re a senior in high school, and you officially know absolutely everything about everything and no one can tell you different, but on the other hand, at the same time, you’re dumber than a poorly translated instruction manual for a spoon?

Yeah. That was pretty much me, all at the same time, the only fifteen-year-old boy to ever be in twelfth grade at Pine Mountain Academy.

If you read Winger, you won’t want to miss the sequel, Stand-Off! (And if you want to know more about Winger, check out my review.)

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
  • Click on the linky button (look for the cute froggie face) below to add your link.
  • After you link up, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment about my quote for this week.
  • Be sure to visit other linked blogs to view their Thursday Quotables, and have fun!

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