YA Contemporary Romance
March 3, 2017
They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to save, but I know who saved me. We were kids. His name was Christopher. And up until the day he pulled me from death’s grip, he was nothing more than a boy I felt sorry for. In a blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe. And then he disappeared.
Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. While death didn’t take me that day, the things that happened left me with scars—the kind that robbed me of everything I once loved and drove me into darkness. But more than anything else, that day—and every day since—has taken away my desire to dream. I wasn’t going to have hope. I wouldn’t let myself wish. Those things—they weren’t for girls like me. That’s what I believed…until the new boy. He’s nothing like the old boy. He’s taller and older. His hair is longer,
and his body is lean—strong and ready for anything. I don’t feel sorry for him. And sometimes, I hate him. He challenges me. From the moment I first saw him standing there on the baseball field, he pushed me—his eyes constantly questioning, doubting…daring. Still, something about him—it feels…familiar.
He says his name is Wes. But I can’t help but feel like he’s someone else. Someone from my past. Someone who’s come back to save me. This time, though, he’s too late. Josselyn Winters, the girl he once knew, is gone. I am the threat; I am my worst enemy. And he can’t save me from myself.
I have read almost all of Ginger Scott’s books. I am a big fan of her YA sports stories. I fell in love with Ginger when I read her book Waiting on the Sidelines. I was floored with how real, honest, and enjoyable it was. I couldn’t wait to read book 2 of that series. Majority (not all) of her books have some type of sports them with them. Also, you will come to find out that Ginger is a BIG oh no I mean HUGE baseball fan. Like hardcore. This new book gave me a Waiting on the Sidelines feel that I loved. It was so raw and enjoyable. I laughed, I smiled, I swooned, I cringed, and I cried. It was just beautiful and so well rounded. Now enough gushing your all thinking. Move on to the story. Okay, okay don’t put your panties in a twist.
Baseball or softball? Softball and baseball? I don’t know. Both popular in their own right and both hardcore for athletes. Our story is about a young woman in her junior year of high school. She is stuck in a crappy situation. In the first chapter we are introduced to Joss in 3rd grade. Joss discovers there is a problems with her family. It becomes so bad that she almost dies from a car accident, but she is saved. Saved by a young boy her age in her grad school class. The weird awkward kid that no one is nice too. After that day he disappeared and was never seen again. Her family was never the same. Torn apart at the seams due to deception, betrayal, lies, drugs, alcohol, and depression. Everything falls apart and stays that way for many years.
Now Joss is in high school. Her father is the varsity boy’s baseball coach for her high school. She plays on her varsity softball team, but honestly doesn’t care about anything else. She lives day by day waiting for her father to pretend to be one person at school and another person at their house. Her two best friends know the situation she is in and help her with distractions. Such as drugs and alcohol. The only thing that changes for her is the new family that moves into her town. Three boys, all large athletes, and look nothing alike. The Stokes brothers. They were all adopted and have all been together since they were around 9 years old.
Joss feels an immediate connection to one of the brothers. Wes. Something about him is so familiar, his eyes bring back memories that she has struggled to maintain. A memory of a young boy who saved her and held her to keep her at peace.
She is determined to connect the boy from her past to the boy that is staring at her now.
The story is told from the POV of Joss. We get 2nd hand history of other situations, prior experiences, and characters. We also receive a few flashbacks from Joss of past experiences with her dad. Joss is a tom-boy through and through. She loves her sports and is always out to win. She doesn’t take crap from anyone, and she knows she is the best when it comes to anything baseball/softball.
This is a coming-of-age story with sports, suspense, love, and tragedy. Comic relief comes from TK Stoke he is one of Wes’s brothers. His is so funny, and silly.
The story has some horrific accidents with vehicles. It is scary at times. Some of them are also plan stupidity of teenagers drive drunk.
Joss has to deal with a lot of crap, and near the end of the book you just can feel her hitting rock bottom. I started crying for her with everything she has to go through. I cannot tell you, because it will ruin the story. BUT it is crazy.
I am a little mad at Ginger Scott and she knew her readers would be. She leaves us on this suspenseful cliff hanger. She said the next book A Girl Like You, we will not have to wait too long for, but STILL! Come On Ginger. Give us a break.
This story has an Unbreakable type of feel. If you catch it in the story, you will not know what I mean.
Okay lover’s: should you read this new Ginger Scott book? Even though I complained about the Cliff Hanger? YES! It was incredible.
It is now one of my top 5 of Ginger Scotts.
So have you read either these books Waiting by the Sidelines & The Hard Count
and loved them? Then yes you will love this book!
Parental advisory: Active Swearing, Active Drinking, discussion of prescription drug abuse. Sexual conversation and innuendos. Active sexual acts. Neglectful parent and alcoholic. Drunk driving, 3 car crashes. Divorce, foster care, runaways, bullying. Recommended for 16 and up.
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 she often 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).
Top 5 Reasons Why Baseball Is The Most Romantic Sport:
Here’s the thing about baseball. I bet I could walk the streets, especially in places like Boston and Chicago, and ask any random hundred people, men and women, what the most romantic sport is, and I can almost guarantee you baseball comes out on top. I have a lot of theories on this, but I’m going to boil it down to my favorite five. For me…these are the reasons why my heart melts every spring and I beg for winter to be over.
- Robert Redford. Let me expand on this. Robert Redford is one of those icons that just makes people flat-out fall. I was a kid when I first saw The Natural. I wasn’t all about the boys yet—they still had cooties—but when I watched Roy Hobbs knock the cover off the ball all because he saw the woman in white in the stands with a glow of sunshine behind her, my heart picked up a step. There was something about the way he wore the hat, the way he fought to come back, his love of the game. It was infectious, even though fictional. That story, and because I read the book I can say this—Robert Redford more so—hits right at the oooey gooey center of what makes that sport the epitome of romance. Man or woman—you watch that red-headed swoony gent swing a bat with that music blaring behind him and you’re going to get goosebumps. If you don’t, I’m insisting you get checked out.
- We all love a good Western. Huh? Hear me out. There’s something sexy about a duel. While baseball is ultimately a team sport, it is also filled with individual moments—rivalries between teams, between players, between a man and his demons. The best example is the battle between pitcher and batter. There’s the slow build of tension while the pitcher thinks, his hand working the ball behind his back, deciding the precise weapon that will strike his opponent down. The batter digs in, his muscles poised and anxious like a bull ready to charge at fresh meat. Only one can win. And when it’s down to the wire, it can either break your heart or set you free. A walk-off. A perfect game. A stolen homerun for the win. Extra innings. A comeback. All duels fought between men, and it comes down to who wants it more.
- Now I know we all have our allegiances. Me, I’m a Dbacks and Cubbies girl (I married a Chicago boy; it’s in the vows) but whether you’re a Yankee’s fan or not, whether you believe in curses, love or hate the Red Sox, there is something undeniable that happens the moment you step inside Fenway. I’ve been to a lot of stadiums, and I can find romance in most of them. But Fenway…it should come with a warning: “May cause permanent goosebumps and break your heart, ruining it for all other fields forever.” This park is set in a storybook, with sunsets in the backdrop that rival Hollywood created ones and stars that sparkle beyond skylines and a Hancock sign. And then there’s that little thing that happens there in the middle of the 8th inning. Go on – you know you want to know what it is – watch it here: https://youtu.be/KxAk1aL-BNo
- The uniform. It really is the best uniform in all of sports. There are no pads to hide behind, and it’s not bare-chests and abs…it’s the seduction of knowing that something is underneath it all filling out that poly-blend in a way only fine-tuned muscles, a thousand pitches, 420-foot home runs and a month of spring training can. Now shade the eyes with a hat, and I’m sunk.
- Bryce Harper. All I’m going to say is google the ESPN body issue if you haven’t seen it.
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