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- Print Length: 337 pages
- Publication Date: March 3, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N10JB0O
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read this story completely perplexed. From page to page, Ginger Scott ensured I would question everything. I was, at first, convinced Wes and Christopher were one in the same. I believed this was a story that would come full circle, connecting the past with the present, illustrating a story about a boy who spent his life looking out for a girl too stubborn to accept it. But with each turn of the page, I came to believe Wes, certain he was telling the truth. I came to feel lots of things for Wes, this amazing guy who refuses to let Joss fall, a guy always there to protect her and put her back together. He's AMAZING. He's delicious and kind and swoony. (I don't even like the word "swoony" but there's really no better word to describe Wesley Stokes, so there you have it.) Joss, however, is a mess. She's a character that isn't easy to root for at first, even though she's completely justified in her brokenness. Together, they are magic and madness, and I couldn't get enough.
I expected this story to be heavy with emotion, because that's what this author has delivered with every book I've ever read from her. But I have to say, Ginger Scott really kicked me in the gut with this one. This slow burning romance had my stomach in knots. The undeniable attraction between Wes and Joss was this palpable thing that seemed to move deliciously slow, taking one step forward and two steps back. The mystery of Wes, of whether he is who Joss thinks he might be or not, is equally frustrating and enough to make my heart consistently beat a few beats faster than normal. But Joss' personal struggles, her way of coping with the abandonment she feels, the way she's repeatedly overlooked and cast off by the one person she had always counted on, well, that in itself was enough to bring me to my knees... repeatedly. This story is tortuous at times. I was desperate to see how this would play out, consumed with the need to see good things come to this girl. I needed to see her find the truth. I needed to see her find love and be loved in return. And I so desperately needed to see her liberated from the neglect and the emotional turmoil she lived with for so long. How it would all play out, I had no idea. But I knew what I needed. That need was a living, breathing thing that clawed its way into my gut and twisted the entire way through this book. And I both loved and hated that feeling in equal measure.
I was consumed by this storyline, by Joss' heartbreaking circumstances, by her reckless behavior and her renewed sense of hope. I eagerly turned the pages, completely obsessed with uncovering what might evolve between Wes and Joss, with what would become of Joss as she struggled with the blows that continued to pummel her world. This is an addictive story full of heart and heartbreak, full of mystery and self discovery, full of romance and angst. It's a sports romance, where bonds and friendships are forged and breeches are healed against the backdrop of high school athletics. It's an angsty, slow burning love story that delivers all the feels of first love and heartache. It's a life affirming story that'll make you question the existence of miracles, of fate, of coincidence. And it's a mysterious story that keeps you guessing, literally, right through the very last page.
OMG, GINGER SCOTT IS A CRUEL AUTHOR!!! I knew that it was going to be hard to wait for the next book in this series, but I didn't know it was going to be like this!! WHY? WHY??!!!!
OK, so I was freaking HOOKED from the prologue. And not just by the action and plot, but I always forget the way Ms. Scott write's characters, and just the way she writes in general. I don't know what it is about it but it just gets me every time, and I'm sucked right into the story. And seriously, like from the first page, I had a feel for who 8 year old Joss was, and I could picture their childish games, and the dynamics of their group, and just everything. It was the absolute perfect way to start the story.
And then we dive into present day, and my heart just aches for the 16 year old (or however old Junior year is) Joss, and how unbelievably damaged she is, and how I could totally understand why she is the way she is, and why she acts the way she does. She was so hard on the outside, and destructive, and just...I just got it, you know? And I could feel all her emotions, and how she saw her life and how she saw herself. She was an amazingly well described heroine, who I couldn't help but love despite not being anything like her. I felt everything with her, and that's always the best journey an author can take you on.
And the cast of secondary characters was full and varied as well. From her friends, Taryn and Kyle, and how the each interacted with Joss and helped or hindered her. To the new boys, TK and Levi, who added to the Wes storyline, and gave such a great look at family (their father as well). To her softball girls, who weren't present a lot, but added to the depth of her story.
And then there's her father. Gah. I don't even know what to say. I hated him. I hated him, but I understood him, and I was disappointed in him, and I went through all the same emotions Joss went in as the story progressed.
And last but not least there's beautiful Wes. Who confuses the shit out of me, but whom I adore and has become one of my favourite book boys in no time at all. He is just everything that Joss needed. He is caring, and sweet, and forceful, and he has expectations for Joss. But he's left me so confused. I don't even know what is going on there. Is there something more? Is this more than just a contemporary? And if it's not, then what in the world is going on?
I wish I'd had more dedicated me time to read the end of this book, b/c it came out of nowhere and broke my heart and I didn't get to bawl as I wanted to because I was reading in a public place, and when I bawl I go full on red eyes, look like death warmed over, snot everywhere...
And now I wait. Damnit Ms. Scott, you are a cruel mistress, but I will keep coming back for more every time. I highly recommend this book, but if you're impatient like me, perhaps watch for a release date for book 2, and then devour it just before.
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