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A Girl Like Me by Ginger Scott

A Girl Like Me by Ginger Scott
Book 2 in the Like Us Duet
A mature YA romance, and a little something more…
Release day: May 26

I’m not supposed to be here.
Death has come for me more than once, and each time it’s been a boy who’s stood between me and my final breath.

I called him Christopher when he saved me as a child. When he came into my life again, only months ago, I knew him as Wes. Just as he did the time before, he disappeared the moment he made sure I was out of harm’s way; as if I didn’t need any more saving.

This time, though, death left me with a reminder of how powerful it is. I know it meant to strip me of my spirit again, but it failed.
Even so, I know I need Wes to survive. Our souls are woven together somehow, our every breath in sync. I feel it, even though everyone says I shouldn’t.

The world thinks he’s missing.
His loved ones don’t want to believe he’s dead.
Only I know just how special he is.

I’m going to find him and bring him home, where he belongs. Together, we’ll face impossible—we’ll rewrite our ending.
And when the bad guys come calling, we will always win.

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How many lives could Joslyn White have? No matter what knocks this girl down she is able to overcome it and becomes stronger from it.

Joss is on a mission. She knows in her gut that Wes is still alive. He has contacted her in cryptic ways to lead her towards him. That is where we pick up in the story. Kyle (Joss’s best guy friend) are on a road trip to find Wes. She also seeks out her maternal grandmother. Kyle and Joss find her grandmother Grace in AZ. She embraces Joss with marvel because she hasn’t seen her in so many years. Joss find out more information about her mother and the way she treated not only Joss but Grace as well. When Kyle and Joss head back on the road they find Wes, but not the way they think they would. They discover more about Wes and where he is truly from.

Wes and Joss knew each other much longer then we first discovered. He has been protecting Joss since they were toddlers. The way and reason we find that out is sad and completely messed up, but it makes Wes’s presents in Joss’s life more relevant. When Wes returns to Bakersfield it is a frenzy of chaos and distrust. Wes and Joss’s story only begins at this point.

Joss’s father is still a strong presence and has cleaned up with his alcohol, but now he is in other types of trouble. The kind of trouble that ends up getting Joss caught up in it. Regardless of all the external drama that is going on around Joss, she stays mentally, emotional, and physically strong through it. She has learned to cope with her lost limb and is still able to excel in whatever she puts her mind too. She knows she is stronger and has grown into more of a woman in the last 6 months then she thought possible.

The story has many ups and downs, twist and turns, and crazy ‘what the heck’ moments. However, through it all, Ginger Scott keeps the authenticity of the characters situations believable. It is only told from the POV of Joss.

On my personal thoughts, I want to tell you this story is a mix of Waiting on the Sidelines (Ginger Scott’s debut novel) with a chunk of the movie Unbreakable. Now maybe I am older than many of you that plan on reading this book, but Unbreakable was a comic movie story that had both extremes of super hero and super villain, but in the real world.  If you saw the recent film Split by M Night Shyamalan, there has been talk of bringing the main character from Unbreakable (who was played by Bruce Willis and did a cameo in Split) back for another film. Having the Hero (Bruce Willis) and the Beast (James McAvoy) fight one another.

So when I went into this book I think of Wes as something like Bruce Willis’s character. The fact that he can take a great deal to physical pain and has unnatural abilities makes him more super then human. He can see things before they completely come about. The villains in this story, for Wes and Joss, are hard to determine. There are obstacles at school, natural disasters that they cannot control, there is also figures that come into their lives that end up being a negative influence.

I think some of the most difficult villains in the story end up being Joss and Wes’s self-esteems. They put many expectations on themselves that sometimes it is at of their realistic reach. There is no problem pushing one’s self to succeed, but no matter what, we can’t always be the best. I think Wes and Joss each have their own rock bottom moments to over come. Joss’s bottoming out, was more in book one, and Wes’s was more in the last part of this book. Even though we do not know from his POV what occurred it is still powerful to see his transformation with his family and Joss.

Now Ginger Scott says she isn’t planning on writing another book for this series. However, I think it would be awesome if she wrote a novella from Wes’s POV regarding the time period he was in Texas and when he came back. If not that, it would be nice to see what happens to Joss and Wes during their college time away from each other. Or even post college life. I don’t want to put too much in here because then I may spoil some of the juicy parts, so I will end with this.

Read book 1 and then come read this book! You will love them both.

They will be staples in your eReaders, Bookshelves, and become one of your new favorites.

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Parental advisory: Active Swearing, teenage sex (one scene), violence (shooting and physically fighting), some bullying, stalking. More appropriate from older YA 17+

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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 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).

 


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