5 Hearts · YA Contemporary

The Hard Count by Ginger Scott

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THE HARD COUNT
Mature YA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone
Release Date: July 15, 2016

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Blurb

Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a
place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love.
But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid,
where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked
smoke flows from pipes.West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a
time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always
told him to run.I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter
in the perfect family.
Life on top.
Lies.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high
school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls.
Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump
all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for
years.

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback.
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it
hasn’t met the boy from West End.

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This is My Nico!

            I am in awe.
So have you ever seen the movie Crazy/Beautiful with Kristen Dunst and Jay Hernandez? The movie takes places in Southern California and it is about a Mexican guy that has to travel from East LA all the way to a preppy school. He is smart and plays football. So if this rings a bell (and you liked the movie) then you will enjoy this book. Now I will say, in the movie Kristen Dunst’s character is not very likeable, but you fall in love with Jay’s Character. So in comparison this book is a mix of Crazy/Beautiful and Friday Night Lights all played out in Arizona. Let me just say, I was totally all over this book.

Our two main characters are Reagan and Nico. They come from socially and geographically opposite worlds. They live in the same town, just one of them leaves on the wrong side of the tracks. On the West End there is drug dealers, gangs, and drive by shootings; all of which are normal for those on that side of town. This is how where Nico grew up. He had to learn when and where to go. Who to avoid and safes roots to get home. Drive by shootings was something he was familiar with.

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When I thought of Reagan I saw her as something like this. The Freckles and those blue/grey eyes.

Eleven miles in the other direction Reagan lives. Her family puts up a go front for all the neighbors and those of importance, but behind the closed doors they are a family falling apart. Her twin brother, Noah, who is the golden boy in football, is arrogant and cocky. While Reagan keeps to herself and her academics. She was recognized in the committee and in school, as the Coach Prescott’s daughter. Not many knew her has the aspiring filmography or an avid member of the debate team. But Nico knew.

This book was incredible. I really have enjoyed reading many of Ginger Scott’s books. She writes a mix of YA and NA. This book is more Mature YA because of the swearing. I don’t want to give the story away but there are a few themes within this book.

This book was incredible. I really have enjoyed reading many of Ginger Scott’s books. She writes a mix of YA and NA. This book is more Mature YA because of the swearing. I don’t want to give the story away but there are a few themes within this book.

  1. Discrimination. It is a large part of the book. There is discrimination on all fronts from: race, social economical, geographical home location, school affiliate, gender, etc. Ginger hits on some hard topics. I think it is interesting because I great up in Southern California and there were Latino/Hispanic people everywhere. I mean it was the norm. I didn’t know anything different. Heck my husband is Hispanic, so I am now submersed into that culture. We live now on the east where it is more dominantly African American. There have been certain places in our travels that we have been treated differently because of what people perceive us. My husband told me he was used to it, that it is common. My African American friends said that racism is still alive and strong. It dumbfounds me. This book brings this issue to light.
  2. Sports and Politics. Agggg I have never been in a situation where there is aboard over a sports team in High school. The whole situation is crazy, but I do know they are out there. It is like House of Cards in High School with parents and administrators, but they are messing with the students. I drove me nuts. Not the bad nuts, where it ruined the book. Nope, not that kind. I mean where I just wanted to jump into the book and beat the crap out of some of these characters.
Ginger Scott, I am going to tell you this. You had me at the end of the book. I thought one thing and you through me for a loop. I am glad the way you end it, but don’t mess with my heart like that again. I don’t think I can take it. And all of you who have read this book, know exactly what I am talking about.
So here is the question????
Do you want Mrs. Scott to write us part TWO of Reagan and Nico story?

I DO!!!!
PLEASE PLEASE! Let us get a taste of the next chapter in their lives.

So for a Sports YA book this is
getting 5 BIG HEARTS!!!!!!!
There is love and romance, intrigue and back stabbing, sabotage and heartache. There is a little bit of everything and you can tell that Ginger Scott poured her soul into this book.
So, well done Mrs. Scott! Well done indeed! 

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless and In Your Dreams.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and sheoften blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Parental Information:
Active Swearing, Sexual innuendos, Drugs, drinking, gangs, death, heavy kissing and petting. 

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