Release Blitz (Book Review & Giveaway): A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott

 

{BOOK REVIEW}
Title: A Boy Like You (Like You #1)
Author: @TheGingerScott
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Length: 300 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Scheduled to release: March 3, 2017

We’re celebrating the release of A BOY LIKE YOU by
Ginger Scott!

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.

This story is so much more than one of about two teenagers who share a love of baseball.
It’s about abandonment.
Loss of direction.
Desperation for an escape.
An unlikely hero.
Second chances.
First love.
And soul-crushing heartbreak.

I wonder sometimes why authors hate their characters so much. LOL. This author literally puts the heroine, Josselyn “Joss” Winters, thru the ringer. Following a near tragic accident, nearly everyone that’s important to her, abandons her. She is left with two escapes. Baseball and alcohol. One builds up her confidence, despite her father’s lack of support. One helps her deal with the pain and heartache she faces daily. But everything changes when a new boy in town comes into her life. A boy she is convinced she already knows.

I loved every scene between Joss and Wes. The author does such a great job with their character development, the connection is palpable. And that connection is so much bigger than a friendship, as Wes literally becomes her savior. Over and over.

“I can’t save you from you, Joss.  Please . . . give up.”

Joss has been on a downward spiral for years, she hardly knows how to stop herself even when she’s aware she is doing the wrong thing. Her actions are selfish, reckless and thoughtless. Luckily she has a guy like Wes to watch her back, and carry her through the pain.

As a YA book, the steam may be lacking, but the love is overflowing. Day by day, Wes proves his dedication to Joss until it’s impossible for her to ignore. For the first time in her life, she has something to smile about. It was such a sweet awakening to read. Although Joss annoyed me at times with her teenage antics, it was a pleasure to see her change under Wes’ guidance and encouragement.

“I love how you look at me.  I love how you see me, Joss.  I love that you think I’m invincible.  You’ve always looked at me like . . . like I was something better than the way everyone else saw me, but . . .”

We also see how the relationship between Joss and her Dad, falls apart, and is also slowly put back together. It’s heart-rending what she had to deal with alone for so long. But once again, Wes seems to be there to repair years of damage. Joss is so close to getting everything she’s ever dreams about, until tragedy, once again, tears it from her grip. *sobs*

Like Joss, we are left wondering if there is something special about Wes. Often described in superhero terms, I initially thought Joss was being dramatic. Now I’m second guessing myself. Why was Wes able to do what he did?

I’ll warn you up front, that this book has a cliffy of sorts. But it is a hopeful one. Joss needs her superhero once again. Now we just have to wait and see if he can save her one more time . . .

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.


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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, 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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