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Book Review: A Boy Like You



A Boy Like You (Like You #1)

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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.

 
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Feb 03, 2017

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**A Boy Like You generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

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A new Ginger Scott favorite. This was a YA book unlike any other and I loved it, was glued to my kindle unwilling to do anything else until I finished. So, so good. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Ginger Scott without question stands as one of my favorite Young/New Adult story tellers.

I love sports romance books. I’m the daughter of a coach, the sister and mother of athletes. My favorite of which is baseball. There’s something so iconic and romantic in the game that’s America’s favorite pastime. Take that mystique and legendary status of the game and combine it with Ginger Scott’s captivating writing and you get a book as excellent as a A Boy Like You.

This author refuses to sugarcoat her YA/NA stories. They’re gritty and raw and her characters face unfortunate situations and tragedies. The building of her characters out of the ashes of their circumstances always hits home with me. As usual, I will not reveal anything on plot just feelings.

Josselyn Winters very well may be Scott’s best heroine to date. She bold and brash. Reckless and dangerously carefree. She grapples with demons she hides from the world. I LOVE her. She fights and she kicks and makes her own way by no less than exactly who she is. She makes no apologies and realizes her faults. I admire this girl. I don’t envy the dark spots in her life but I’m inspired in how she chooses to ultimately persevere. I’m thrilled that Ginger Scott showed Joss’s vulnerabilities by exploiting her faults. I love how she grows from the realizations and love she gets from others. This is one tough heroine. She’s young but she’s not naïve.

In a A Boy Like You Joss meets her time of reckoning. To do or not to do. To change and thrive or exist. Through the eyes of Wes Stokes she’s untouchable. Through his care she’s invincible. He sees in Joss what she can’t always see in herself because she believes it’s gone. He’s quiet and reserved but always willing to catch her when she falls. He’s an enigma. Someone she’s conjured as a superhero for better or worse. He’s sweet and everything she needs and idolizes.

The secondary characters in this book need to be spoke of with redeeming praise. Taryn, Kyle – especially Kyle, TK, Levi, Eric Winters, they all play vital roles to this intriguing story. And each of these characters bring something fresh and interesting to the story. A big part of this books allure to me was that it wasn’t anywhere near typical “teenage drama”. These friends actually liked each other, took each other’s backs, who are compassionate and caring. Imagine that. Teenagers like act like teenagers and make mistakes yet look out for one another and don’t want to tear each other down. It was refreshing and new and completely enthralling to read.

This book. Seriously. As fans of this author you’re in for such a ride. For those of you who aren’t already acquainted with Ginger’s work I think you’ll find this a great representation of the kind of stories she tells and the brilliant gift of her story telling. Sports Romance is her forte. Cultivating and building characters at such a vulnerable time in our lives is something she excels at writing. You forget time and commitments when you get sucked into the pages of a Ginger Scott. A Boy Like You even more so. This is part one of a two part duet. It ends at a place where you feel buzzed with excitement about what’s about to unravel rather than crazed with need to have part two right now. It’s a great reading experience and I encourage you to try it.



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