For Matthew Rohan, every day is a struggle. Each task others complete without thinking is a challenge for him. Recently orphaned, he has to finish the last few months of high school and take care of his disabled sister on his own.
When Mayra comes into his life, his comfortable routines implode. Matthew can't handle change, but Mayra is unrelenting in her quest to understand him, to show him acceptance and maybe even love. When she breaks through his shell, Matthew's world will never be the same again.
An awkward boy with Asperger's Syndrome, a persistent girl who pulls him out of his isolated existence, and a lottery ticket that will change their lives forever.
|Publisher:||Shay Savage, LLC|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||300 KB|
About the Author
From the author: “It’s my job to make you FEEL. That doesn’t always mean you’ll feel good, but I want my readers to be connected enough to my characters to care.”
Savage’s books many books span a wide variety of topics and sub-genres with deeply flawed characters. From cavemen to addicts to hitmen, you’ll find yourself falling for these seemingly irredeemable characters!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received an ARC of this book and I didn’t have a clue what it was about until I opened it up! Once I read that it was about a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, a girl who pulls him out of his isolated existence, and a lottery ticket that changes their lives, I was all in! From what I could see around, this book was different from her other books, but because of her character development, story line, and writing style, I’m more than ready to pick up her other ones! Our main character Matthew is different and he’s very much aware of it. Simple things that most may take for granted pose as a challenge for him. Matthew displays many charcteristics that an individual with Asperger’s may exhibit and one of those characteristics is that he’s reluctant to change. With that in mind, in this story many things change when he’s forced to pair with a new lab partner, Mayra, a beautiful, popular girl. At first he wasn’t too keen about changing from his regular partner, but as time goes on his routine starts to change for the better and Matthew starts to grow closer to Mayra. The friendship and trust between them grows and as it does Matthew finds out alot about himself and realizes One thing I loved most about this story was the characters! They were each both so great and authentic! It was so very interesting to watch this story unfold through Matthew’s eyes and Mayra was one my favorites because her character was so incredibly caring and sweet! Other characters within the story also played a part and I enjoyed them immensely as well. These characters caused the storyline to be something lovely within its own. This book wasn’t emotionally draining and was just a good read! It was adorable, sweet, and incredibly different. I think that one of the most important things to note is that Shay is yet another wonderful author to shed light on Autism! My younger brother has Asperger’s syndrome and this one most definitely hit home for me. I think that Matthew was an incredible representation and this book definitely gave me some kind of insight on what may be going through my brother’s mind! I appreciate any kind of book that brings awareness to Autism and the like and this one was definitely special! You win some days; you lose others. That’s just how it works. In short : This is an amazing, touching story that will also shed so much light to Autism while giving you a heartwarming story!
This book took me a minute to get into. The story was fantastic! The author did a great job with Matthew's character. You could understand him and why he did things the way he did and what he went through. "You have to tell me the truth." She said "I know that can be hard, but can't just tell me what you think I want to hear, Matthew. You just can't."
Matthew has autism and Mayra is the co-captain of the soccer team. A very unlikely relationship begins with a change of seating. I love how the author wrote from Matthew's point of view and the struggles people with autism deal with. It is a touching read and I found myself crying at some points and laughing at other points. I could not put it down.
Win Some, Lose Some is a sweet, funny, romantic read. You can’t help but fall in love with Matthew and Mayra. Matthew’s recently turned eighteen and has lost both of his parents in a short time. This has left him to finish high school on his own, care for his instutionalized older sister, live in and take care of his family’s home alone, let alone himself all while coping with his Asperger’s Syndrome. He is socially award most of the time with only one sort of friend at school and his uncle and aunt in his life. Mayra is co-caption of the girl’s soccer team, popular, friendly. She’s been raised and lives with her father. She’s very patient and this maybe is what makes her different from the rest. “Cake had the potential to make me full, but I never seemed to get enough sex.” Matthew and Mayra get paired up for a school project and they really know each other. Mayra’s patience and caring pushes Matthew to places he may have never reached without her in his life. “I wanna poke the fish.” This was a different read for me with Matthew having Asperger’s Syndrome, I tend to stick to more of dirtier romances. I think Shay did an amazing job explaining Matthew day to day living and coping with his illness. She made me understand how much he struggled then grew with Mayra’s help and love.
I got an ARC of this for review, as I got really excited when I saw the blurb. I laughed when I saw it was set in my hometown in my old high school (though maybe in the new building with the same name?). Oxford, OH for the win! And the science teacher. And the street names. Really an excellent portrayal of Asperger's with OCD. I loved Matthew and like his uncle, I wanted to keep him safe. I also wanted to kick the bullies' butts, but, well, spoilers... I would have loved to have some of this from Mayra's point of view. It wasn't necessary to the story, obviously. As in the tradition of Dog in the Nighttime, the kid's POV tells as much as we need. But still, she grew so much and changed so much, too. Shay is an excellent writer with a good sense of speech and the rhythm of prose. Very well done. I was hesitating between 4 and 5 stars, but considering I stayed up way too late last night reading it and pushed back some things I needed to get done this morning to finish, I've bumped it up.