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Win Some, Lose Some by Shay Savage

Win Some, Lose Some Book Cover Win Some, Lose Some
Shay Savage
Fiction, Young Adult
Shay Savage
October 18th 2016

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.

ARIANNA’s review


As you may know, I’m a big fan of this author. I enjoyed every book I’ve read by her so far and, honestly, she never ceases to amaze me with her wonderful storytelling and perfectly executed male POV, which, trust me when I say -is the best ever! ‘Win Some, Lose Some’ is very different from this author’s other books, but it’s as wonderful and well written. It’s sweet and sexy, emotional, heartwarming and everything I expected it to be.

“…you win some days; you lose others. That’s just how it works.”

Matthew Rohan is different and he knows it. He has always been “special” like his parents used to say. He has Asperger’s Syndrome so each task is a challenge for him. Every day is a struggle for poor Matthew, especially since his parents passed away a year ago. All of Matthew’s teachers know that he’s different and know one of his triggers is unexpected change, all with one exception, apparently, because Matthew is paired for a school project with someone else than his usual partner. All he wants is to graduate, get a job and care for his big sister who also has Asperger’s Syndrome so he needs a good grade.

“This was new. This was different. I always panicked at new and different. However, I was also surrounded by the most incredible scent. It was all warmth and comfort and security and serenity—and just her.”

Matthew’s life changes for the better when he’s paired with Mayra Trevino, a popular, trendy, beautiful girl, the co-captain of the girls’ soccer team. Matthew is surprised when Mayra accepts him so easily wanting to work with him and also wanting to get to know him better. Spending time with Mayra working on their project, Matthew’s routine starts to change slowly, but surely in every possible way. With Mayra, Matthew finds everything he was looking for. He starts to open up about his condition and about his past and they slowly become friends. But their friendship blossoms into something more, Matthew wanting more than anything for Mayra to be his.

Shay Savage did a spectacular job with this novel portraying Matthew in a very realistic way, but also the effects this disorder has on others. Matthew was a wonderful character! I absolutely adored him. I sympathize with him, I felt for him at times and I cheered for him other times. Like I mentioned above, the entire story is told from his POV which I really loved. Matthew’s voice was honest and clear and he felt real from beginning until the end. I admired Matthew so much as the story unfolded. He was such a brave boy pushing his limits to be better, to be with Mayra, but I have to say there were times when seeing him struggle with everything broke my heart. I wanted to hug him so much at times!

“Don’t let anyone, yourself included, try to tell you otherwise. You have a lot to offer.”

Mayra was an amazing heroine. She was a heroine in every possible way. I absolutely loved her! This story it’s a story about acceptance as much as it’s an informational story and Mayra was one of the most accepting, patient, thoughtful, kind, considerate characters I’ve read about in a long time. She was sweet and so caring and the way she was with Matthew warmed my heart. I loved the fact that she made Matthew feel “normal”, showing him how sweet, smart and dedicated he is, the way she trusted him, the way she made him feel like a WINNER so many times.

“As long as I could find a way to show her how much she meant to me, I didn’t have to worry about finding the right words.
Win. So much win!”

Matthew and Mayra were simply perfect together. I loved how their relationship unfolded, how slowly Matthew starts to trust Mayra, how gradually their relationship changed. They were so cute and sweet together, so perfect for each other.


I also have to mention some supporting characters that were simply wonderful – Matthew’s uncle and aunt and Mayra’s father. These characters were fantastic, well portrayed and every one of them has a role in these two characters’ story.

Matthew and Mayra’s story was not utterly emotional, which I quite enjoyed to be honest. It has humor, but also steam which I loved. Needless to say everything was balanced really well.

All in all, ‘Win Some, Lose Some’ was a wonderful read about acceptance, love, friendship and family that will make you feel and think. Personally, I loved every minute of it and I highly recommend it if you want to read something different, something special, something beautiful.

About the Author

Shay Savage is an independent author from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her family and a variety of household pets.  She is an accomplished public speaker and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International.  Her hobbies include off-roading in her big, yellow Jeep, science fiction in all forms, and soccer.  Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

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!

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