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Book Review: Win Some, Lose Some by Shay Savage

Win Some, Lose Some by Shay Savage 
Series:  Standalone
Genre: Romance | Contemporary
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 28th 2016
Shay Savage: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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.

After another Transcendence reread I wanted to give Shay Savage’s other work a change. I decided to go with Win Some, Lose Some and it became my favorite book of hers!

“Son, you win some days; you lose others.  That’s just how it works.” Today was a lose day.

Matthew is an 18- years old with mild side of autism spectrum. He can’t stand changes in his life and then he needed to do a school project with the beautiful and popular Mayra Trevino.

Matthew and Mayra’s story is a slowburn friends to lovers which I rarely enjoy but Shay totally nailed it. Matthew is so sweet and he can be protective but not in the possessive way like I’m used to in many books while Mayra is very patient with him.

“Not right. You’re supposed to give her a ring, not a watch.

I loved both characters families. Megan with her obsession with clocks, Travis with her overprotectiveness and Mayra’s father whose name I can’t remember of course with how much he liked Matthew with his daughter. There were few side characters I would’ve gladly burned, though.

All in all I found this book very sweet and I could relate to Matthew on some things like not getting social cues. So far definitely my favorite read of the year. It made me laugh, feel bad and everything between. I’d definitely recommend this standalone to everyone.


5 stars

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