Friday, March 3, 2017

A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott [Review]

 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. 

4.5 Emotional Stars
A Boy Like You is the newest Ginger Scott book and it’s a sports standalone. If you know anything, you know Ginger loves her sport books. I’m not a mega fan of sports theme books, but I do like it when it’s kind of in the background (where it’s not the main focus of the book, to me it can overshadow the story, or maybe I’m just not that into it). 

Joss and Wes are baseball players, but there’s a lot more than that they have in common.
The book starts out very emotional and from the start I was curious to see where it would go. This book is very angst driven, which I liked. Joss has a lot of issues and stuff going against her. She has an alcoholic father and a non-existent mother.

A lot of the time I wanted to hug Joss and tell her that I understood her and sometimes I wanted to slap her in the face and tell her to just grow up. But in the end, I really enjoyed her character. I found her really self-destructive, complex and just a tad whiny, but she’s a teenager, so very typical.
Joss’ character is balanced with Wes. Wes is the kid with a good head on his shoulders. He’s the kid that parents love, he’s the kid with a future and he’s the kid that shouldn’t be hanging out with Joss, but he can’t find himself anywhere but near Joss.

And every time he’s near Joss, it happens to be at the right time and place.

“I will always fight for you. I can’t say no when it comes to you. I can’t not fight for you”

I love Wes and you will too. He’s the sweet boy that is needed to tame Joss. He’s the boy that will be there for you in the dead of night and he’s the boy that you can easily fall in love with. I really enjoyed the dynamic between the two and it was not easy for them, but easy to read.

This book was written differently from Ginger’s previous books (referencing The Hard Count, Hold my Breath and In Your Dreams), in the sense this one isn’t super sports / theme driven. Yes, baseball is there, but I’m not “taught” baseball. Sometimes authors can go into the nit and grit of the sport / theme specific and I kind of just skim over that stuff. 

This one has more angst, there’s always something going on and I was engaged and couldn’t put the book down.

I also like that this book was YA and the steam wasn’t the focal point of the story, if you read the book, you know it’s not needed. But don’t you fret, the tension was there and it was good. 

Also, there’s just a different tone and element to the book that made it mysterious. I really liked that. 
Overall, A Boy Like You was a little different, but still a Ginger Scott book. Her writing style is still there, so previous fans will be happy.  

An ARC was provided

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Other Books by Ginger Scott


This is Falling #1 - AUDIO REVIEWAMAZON
You and Everything After #2 - AMAZON
The Girl I was Before #3 - AMAZON Google Play - Barnes and Noble - Kobo
In Your Dreams #4 AMAZON | REVIEW | Goodreads

Harper Boy Series

Wild Reckless #1  - REVIEW AMAZON
 Wicked Restless #2 Add to Goodreads  | AMAZON | GOOGLE| iBooks| B&N| Kobo

How we Deal with Gravity - REVIEW AMAZON

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight 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, Wild
Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.
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

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
Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college
sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

I was lucky to meet Ginger at the RT convention in Dallas. She's is incredibly sweet and generous.  I told her how excited I was for This is Falling in audio. I love meeting authors and it's extra special when they are humble and nice. More photos HERE 

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