Wilder by Andrew Simonet


I met Melissa in the rubber room, a.k.a. in-school suspension. And that's not her real name.She had secrets, I had enemies."People are either useful or dangerous," she said. "One or the other.""Which one am I?" I said."You're both."Meili was right. (That's her real name.)You can solve a lot of problems if you don't mind getting hurt.Jason Wilder is in permanent in-school suspension for fighting. Meili Wen gets there by breaking a girl's finger. J...

Details Wilder

Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Reviews Wilder

  • Dave Bradley
    This book is agonizing and beautiful without ever really trying to be. It just is. There's a level of honesty in it that I don't see in much other fiction, especially the other contemporary YA novels that I've read. The characters are comprised less of quirks and more of genuine humanity. I really haven't read a book that made me feel this way in a long time. It's not always happy, if ever, and it's not tragic, either. There's elements of both. I...
  • Jaden
    I really enjoyed this book!
  • Caitlin Carnes
    I’m not even sure I *like* this book, but it’s unlike anything I’ve read, especially in YA. Four stars for a swerve that I absolutely did not see coming.
  • Rachel
    A definite swerve at the end, although I can't say the narrator didn't warn us of this from the beginning. A strange read, but I was pulled in by the characters and along for the ride.
  • Brooke
    Jason Wilder is spending his senior year in the Rubber Room, AKA in-school suspension. He landed there because he is considered to be a danger to his peers ... he is, after all, an arsonist, but he’d tell you otherwise. Jason wiles away the hours reading fantasy novels and not actually doing any of the schoolwork assigned to him. That is, until the mysterious Meili walks into the room. The only thing Jason knows about Meili is that she ended up...
  • Katherine
    "I wanted her to remake me... And that disgusted her. She didn't want me to be like her; she wanted me to be like me."Holy crap, man, this book was insane! Even though it warns you that the characters "swerve," I still was not prepared. This whole book is one crazy, wild ride- and I'm still not sure if I've fully processed it all clearly yet. It starts with a bang, a whole lot of "what!?", and only accelerates from there. A chaotic whirlwind- tha...
  • Ashley
    review to come.
  • Thomas
    I finished this book quickly because even with its flaws, I found myself wrapped up in the story. Jason is a well-written unreliable narrator and though Meili is often lumped into this manic pixie dream girl role, she has enough humanity to make the book feel real. My main problem with this book is that it took 250 pages for it to turn into what I wanted it to be. There was just... too much YA romance and explicit sex to a point where I considere...
  • Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
    DNF at 17%I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.My reoccurring thought: What the fuck? Wilder was crazy and extremely convoluted. It was often difficult to follow their conversations, because they were random and bounced all over the place. I could tell the author was trying to build suspense...
  • Barbara
    This one is a 3.5 for me because I'm not sure I buy some of what happens in the book, but I also appreciated its gritty honesty and depiction of violence. The book jacket and the author continually warn readers to expect a swerve in the story, and that's exactly what happens, no doubt leading me and more than a few others disconcerted by the ending and the last part of the book. Jason Wilder is spending his senior year in the in-school suspension...
  • Jessica
    Written by someone I knew almost 20 years ago, the dance instructor at my high school. Neat! I was aware from friends on Facebook that he’d written a book, and then stumbled upon it while shelving returns at the library one night. Seemed like serendipity, so I was glad to pick it up.I really liked most of the story, but didn’t really understand or connect with the final chapters. The two main characters felt pretty unique to me – interestin...
  • Kelly Lyn
    Jason's life is literal hell. He is the school outcast and is in permanent in school suspension. He has to spend his days in a no longer used classroom, which has been dubbed the Rubber Room. He can't talk to anyone, he can't take any "weapons" with him, He just has to sit there, shut up and do his work. His boring days change when the new "foreign" girl gets put in the rubber room for breaking a popular girls finger. They connect and form a bond...
  • Brittany
    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars.This book was highly entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of Jason Wilder and Meili; however, I felt like it was really lacking a punch or sense of urgency the first half of the book. This really led me to be underwhelmed and I struggled staying committed to the text. The second half had much better pacing and conflicts, and I felt a stronger sens...
  • Sandra Porter
    YA, romance suspense, graphic sexWow what a ride and the ending was not predictable, to me anyway. (From Goodreads) Jason and Melissa meet in the rubber room, a.k.a. in-school suspension. And that’s not her real name.She had secrets, I had enemies.“People are either useful or dangerous,” she said. “One or the other.”“Which one am I?” I said.“You’re both.”Meili was right. (That’s her real name.)You can solve a lot of problems...
  • Tory
    Huh. Wasn't what I was expecting at all. 3.5 but rounding up to 4 because it really caught me off-guard. A really well-done anti-hero and an out-of-the-ordinary MPDG in an intense flurry of a story with some damn bitchin' dialogue.SPOILERS------------------------------------SPOILERS------------------------------------------------Just as I was starting to wonder if I'd missed some crucial plot point during the diner fight scene, dude's whole POV b...
  • Christopher Yamasaki
    This book has its moments, and its strengths, but overall I don't know if I enjoyed it. It was a fast read that took an interesting plot that was both captive and quick, which is considerable because I never read YA romance, but the ending left me very confused. Without spoiling it I was blind sided by the story's conclusion while left wondering about more than the conclusion offered. I feel that given the tendencies of the main character, the co...
  • Liz
    This is a hard book to characterize. I had the feeling from the first page that everything was a bit off and that there was more that I didn't know ... and was I ever right. I really got into Jason. He was an interesting, sympathetic and slightly tragic figure that had me rooting for him. Meili didn't appeal so much but I did find her intriguing. The story was an absorbing read that moved right along and the ending was an eye-opener. I have to sa...
  • Jennifer Cleary
    Over the last two years it's been really challenging for me to read fiction (something about pregnancy and being a new mom has made it hard for me to stick with a novel). But not with Wilder. This book kept my interest - through plot twists and authentic (if not always relatable) characters. This book felt real. And like others have said - even though the book warns you over and over - I still didn't expect the ending to play out the way it did.
  • Janice
    It's done. Is there a word for the kind of book you know is going nowhere good, but you can't stop reading it to see just how bad it gets? The plot just always had this foreboding feeling throughout, yet the resolution wasn't as terrible as it could have been. The main characters were pretty unlikable, so I wasn't sad to see it end, and I wasn't interested enough to read Melissa's secret letters to Jason. Just meh.
  • Lorrie Kim
    A strange book, and that's a compliment. The main character, almost-adult white male Jason, is carefully drawn, offbeat and occasionally lacking in self-awareness in a way that is utterly real. I appreciated the compelling character Meili, who was complex and immediate in a way that felt recognizably female and Asian to me. Confident writing, oddly haunting.
  • Kathleen
    Wilder was truly a wild ride. It kept you involved and trying to figure out how it would end. One of those crazy relationship stories with extra mysterious twists.The back jacket says ages 12-18, but I disagree. There is explicit sex and violence. Not one to buy for the school library, but fine for a young adult who's into some shit anyway.(I received this in a goodreads giveaway.)
  • Ashley Sonlin
    This reads so much like an independent film...very "Spectacular Now" in my opinion. Jason's voice is so fresh and I loved exploring his world and relationships. Pretty much all of the characters are unreliable which leads to a bunch of drama. It's definitely not a cookie-cutter story, and felt very real. I'll definitely be thinking of this for a while.
  • Bestbookihavenotread
    Really liked it until the ending which didn’t seem to fit or connect
  • Sestearns
    An edgier, more modern version of a John Hughes movie for the 21st century. With an unreliable narrator.
  • Finny
    If you want to waste your time reading borderline romanticized violence then read this
  • Jessica Li
    This book was so uniquely unsettling. Definitely did not see that “swerve” coming.
  • Steven Ridgely
    Good story.
  • Lara
    Jason Wilder’s life has not been great up until now. His alcoholic mom and stepfather have moved to Florida, leaving him illegally on his own. He probably won’t graduate with his class, is being bullied by a group of boys from school, and has been permanently assigned to in-school detention, nicknamed the “rubber room,” partly for his own protection and partly for that of others’ since Jason can’t seem to control his anger. When Melis...
  • Kalie
    Overall: 3/5 StarsCharacters: 2/5Setting: 3/5Writing: 3/5Plot and Themes: 3/5Awesomeness Factor: 2/5Review in a Nutshell: Wilder is interesting, but ultimately not enough to carry the book to a rating higher than 3 stars.
  • Stephanie
    Not my cup of tea. Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.