A BOY LIKE YOU
YA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: 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
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
4.5 of 5 Stars
I don't read a lot of YA these days but I will always pick up a Ginger Scott YA to see what she has brought to us this time. There is something special about her stories. She creates characters that open up that teen you long once were. She makes you remember the very difficult time of being a teen, like teleporting you into the past. But with each book there are hidden messages that you want to share with your own teens. As soon as I finished read this book I went and purchased it for my teen daughter. (Not the first time I have done this with a Ginger book)
Joss thought she had the perfect life as a popular grade 3 student, but everything came crashing down around her in one day. That day she was saved from a horrific accident by a fellow student who disappeared right after. She has held onto the memories of his arms holding her safe to help her get by when things seem to tough. Growing up with a single father who is completely detached will scar a girl in many ways. Joss tends to push the envelope and live her life on the wild side to try and escape the horrible realities of her life. The one true passion she shares with her father, even though they don't see eye to eye is baseball.
When Wes shows up in town with his brothers, things get a little bit exciting. Wes is the new start player, the new hot guy but he doesn't try to stand out in the crowd. No he is much happier just being on the sidelines watching others and not being noticed. There is a quick connection with Wes and Joss but it is not smooth sailing to the end. He sees her running wild and putting herself in danger and he doesn't like it. He decides to be there for her and maybe help her find her way back. Could it be that he is the same boy that was once there for her when she needed him most.
The secondary characters help make the story and these characters are almost as important as the main characters. The best friends that have always been by her side no matter what has happened, one who tries to keep her grounded while the other seems to be her enabler. But the life lessons learned in knowing when to step aside and let someone else in who might be a better fit. To step back and be there but not always there at the same time.
I found myself reading this book slowly, wanting to find all of Ginger's hidden messages. Not wanting the story to be over. And I am not completely happy with the ending but I understand that this is a duet and it has to stop part way through the story. I will anxiously await for A Girl Like Me to see how their story unfolds.
*** Advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review. ***
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, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, and Hold My Breath.
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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