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- Publication Date: March 3, 2017
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- Language: English
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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.
1st you will need some tissues for a few parts and 2nd you definitely won't be able to put this book down. This book he's 100% amazing. I think this is one of my favorites from Ginger Scott.
Joss, Wes, TK, Taryn, Levi, Kyle and the rest of the characters are all great in this book. I love the friendship that Joss and Taryn have their almost like sisters. I don't think they would be the same without each other.
I feel bad for what Joss has been going through and I think her dad is so lost he doesn't even know how to be the father he once was when she was little.
"“Don’t bring Wes down with your…drama. That boy’s talented.” He doesn’t expect me to answer. He expects me to obey. The door closes behind him, and I think about how I probably should follow his orders. But then I think about how I’m talented too, and the man who’s supposed to believe in me couldn’t give a damn about that. Somewhere along the way…he forgot."
With a destruction that is only hurting herself and bringing her down, Joss is truly hurting on the inside while always trying to act as the tough girl on the outside.
Thankfully there's Wes, someone who is kind and caring and also thoughtful of others. Wes really cares about Joss right from the beginning always wanting to help her and always wanting what's best for her.
"I’m dizzy, and I’m my own mess, and something about Wes makes me feel better. I give in, and I step into him, letting my forehead press deep into the center of his chest as I bring my limp arms around him, my fingers gripping the fabric of his shirt on the back. His chin slowly falls to the top of my head and his own arms circle me tentatively at first, until finally they lock around me, his palms sliding in slow tender circles along my skin. I’m overcome with his strength and the feel of his embrace, and I do something that I regret the moment it starts. I cry."
Somehow Joss and Wes seem to have some kind of connection from the beginning, but of course Joss, keeps questioning and wondering who Wes's really is, thinking he's someone from her past.
"You really scared me tonight. And not because I was afraid someone was going to get hurt. I was afraid YOU were going to get hurt."
As the story goes on Joss and Wes become closer and closer to then leaving you with so many unanswered questions. From the very beginning this book pulls you right in till the very last page leaving you in shock and dying for the rest of the story now.
“Why are you looking at me?” I sigh, my face tingling from his attention. “Don’t do that,” he shakes his head. “What?” I say, looking down at my dress. I reach for it, but his hand catches mine. “Feel ashamed. Don’t do that,” he says. I breathe in sharply once and flit my gaze back to him. “You’re a beautiful girl, and you’re allowed to feel things. And I wanted that…god, Joss, did I want that. If I pressured you…” “You didn’t,” I look down, biting my lip. I look back up to him, my lip sliding loose with a smile. “You didn’t. I wanted that too. And more.” “And more,” he repeats after me. “God yes, and more.” I giggle and pull my dress up to my body, my arms and chest beginning to feel cold. He helps me pull it over my head, but leaves his hands on my cheeks after. “More can wait. I’m here with you…not because of more. I’m here because of you. ” My body shivers, and I lean forward enough so my mouth dusts his with a kiss. “I’m here because of you,” I say, the meaning of that sentence deeper than Wes realizes."
Wes just has you falling in love with him with every page you turn and even though Joss's dad is struggling himself and hurting I care about him to wanting the best for him a Joss. I think, what they don't know is that they really need each other the most.
This book definitely left me with a few tears but I loved it and can't wait enough for the next book to be out and to answer all the questions we have been left with.
I really think this is ONE of Ginger Scotts greatest book she's written, as you see I said One of because I love all of her books so much in different ways. This is a definite must read and if I could I'd give it 100 stars.
Top international reviews
I don't even know where to begin...I feel like I've been through a rollercoaster of emotions and I'm not quite sure I'm even over it yet. I'm still stumbling a little...I don't know what to say.
Joss is trying to live with the aftermath of an event in her childhood. An event which has left its scars and Joss trying to keep her head above water. More than once it felt like she was going to let herself slip under and I'm not exaggerating when I say my heart was pounding in my chest along the way.
Wes...Wes is amazing. I wasn't sure where it was heading, I'm still not. My head is buzzing with ideas but the curveballs kept coming and I'm still spinning from it all. I'm still thinking about it all days after finishing, still wrapped up in the lives of Joss and Wes.
I'm not sure where it's going and I can't wait to find out but this book? This book is amazing and pretty intense! This book will stay with you long after reading it.
Please if you can speed up the next book I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one on the edge of their seat
Excellent story 1 click now you will not be disappointed
Also, the heroine was particularly hard to like. Not for me.
Such a rollercoaster of a ride; I devoured this in 2 days, snatching quick reads where I could. Such an antisocial beast when engrossed in a book. Read it... You won't be disappointed.
I cannot wait for next instalment!
This is a gorgeous, beautifully written, heartbreaking read that will leave you guessing at the end as it does end on a cliff-hanger. I can't wait for the second half of Wes and Joss's beautiful story and keep checking the author's website for any news of when we can expect it!
I know this is small thing but one reader's review has stuck in my mind - to change the cover and I must say, I totally agree. This cover does not do our characters any justice. I think Ginger owes it to Wes and Joss to do something about it. They deserve it after all they go through on their journey.
My love for this book and the 5 star rating was so unexpected. I blame the cover. It's a bad cover for such a well written book. CHANGE THE COVER.
Holy goodness! I love these two! This story is intense but it has just the right amount of sweetness. Wes is awesome and Joss is badass! I love the way Ginger writes her girls, they're awesome. Just like this story was! Waiting with baited breath for the next instalment!
It was quite simply, extraordinary.
Joss is the kind of YA character you quickly fall in love with, become protective of and also want to strangle. We meet her during a very traumatic event in her young life and this shapes her future and who she will become.
When I was younger, I would fall asleep imagining him holding me, tugging my blanket tightly around my body to feel safe—the way I felt in his arms, in the only real hug I’d ever had.
The supporting characters in this book are perfect. The feisty but kind best friend Taryn reminded me so much of my high school best friend I found myself smiling at the memories she evoked and then there's Kyle. Oh Kyle - I have a definite soft spot for you my boy ...
“Your mom; if she knew you now. She’d be sorry she missed so much of you. You’re amazing, despite her. And she’d be sorry,” he says. I squeeze him tightly, and his hands close around me and squeeze back.
Ginger uses photography, keepsakes and text messages to create pictures in the readers mind that are so real I swear I could see these items.
The letters are lopsided and jagged and everything about this letter is imperfect, yet perfect.
Wes is the kind of book boyfriend every YA writer strives to create. The backstory Joss and he share is original and it adds to the feeling of belonging you get from these two characters. The dialogue between them made me get tummy butterflies. I am definitely too old for tummy butterflies but they were there nonetheless. First loves are EPIC and Ginger captures these emotions perfectly and reminded me why they are everything.
“You have always made me feel like I belong,” Wes says, brushing another soft kiss over my lips and resting his head on mine, his eyes closed. “You have always made me feel like I matter,” I say back,
“I told him the truth. You had me the first time I saw you, and I’ll be in love with Josselyn Grace Winters until I die.”
This is not your cookie cutter YA read with hot jock, quiet nerd, touch of angst before they fall in love and live happily ever after. Not at all. Joss is not your typical sweet YA heroine. She is anything but that. Her bravado covers some very real personal and family problems and the author explores them honestly and does it in such a way that her character genuinely grows throughout the book. She has you totally invested in Joss finding her true self and genuine happiness.
The quiet starts to fade, and soon there’s a mixture of laughter and camaraderie along with the sounds of the balls smacking into the leather of our mitts. It’s the sound of friends. I haven’t heard it since I was little.
I don't think I blinked from Chapter 17 onwards. I reread the last 3 chapters so many times hoping they would change, and that ending! I can't remember the last time 3 chapters of a book rocked me so much. I will not say any more than that because I don't want to spoil the story for anyone. I will say have chocolate and tissues handy cause you're in for one hell of a ride.
You can do anything. I’ll be watching.
Thank you Ginger Scott for reminding me why YA is one of my favourite genres to read.