- File Size: 1284 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publication Date: March 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N10JB0O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595 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.
I fell in love with Wes and my heart ached for Joss and all that she had endured in her childhood. But Wes... there's something special about him. Possibly paranormally so. I love his influence on Joss and how he builds her up and convinces her to stop her self-destructive behavior just by loving her. It seems there is nothing Wes can't do, and he's always there when she needs him. And she loves him too.
And then, author Ginger Scott broke my heart. I cried and my eyelash extensions fell off. THEY FELL OFF! But it was so worth it, because then she pieced my broken heart back together. Now I need to have my eyelash extensions replaced.
I'm not going to say more about this story because I want you to go into this blind like I did. Things happened that I did not see coming, and I love when authors can surprise me. Read this book and you'll know what I'm talking about. Even if you're wearing eyelash extensions. ;)
I was generously provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I feel compelled to write this lengthy review because there is no way that I cannot after just finishing A Boy Like You. I haven't written a long review in a while because no book has motivated me enough, but this book is something special so I feel the need to vent my feelings after the emotional turmoil Ginger Scott just put me through.
Any book that keeps me awake at night thinking of its characters and how much I want them to succeed deserves more than 5 stars and A Boy Like You is definitely it. No matter what I write here, these words will never do this book justice because this book is so much more than my words. Ginger Scott has an uncanny knack to make me fall for her heroes, and fall hard. First it was Nico Medina, and then Will Hollister, and now it is undoubtedly Wes Stokes. However, Wes Stokes is by far my favorite of the bunch. This guy ladies....there are no adequate words to describe him because he is perfection. He's so young, and yet he is so mature for his age. Not only that, he is sweet, shy, quiet, protective, cute, and possesses an inner strength and will beyond his years. I could sing of Wes's praises all day because yes, I love him that much. I especially love his eyes and his quiet intensity and ability to love Joss with his whole being. He brings out the best in Joss and challenges her and is literally her savior. He can save me anytime.
As for Joss, what more can I say but WOW!! I have to admit that sbe is one of my favorite heroines of all time and definitely my favorite from Ginger. A true tomboy with an inner teenage girl heart. A broken girl who hits rock bottom, but finds the hope from Wes to pick herself up and not just survive but excel. I loved her and her relationship with Wes.. I giggled and I swooned and I cried for her.
Ginger Scott's writing is compelling and engaging and a true work of art. I didn't feel like I was reading. I felt like I was living every touch, every kiss, every laugh, heartache and memory. She makes me FEEL every interaction and through the angst and heartache, especially the last 20%, I felt like I was being gutted and had my heart stomped on and kicked. It is impossible not to cry in this book because for Joss to come out on top, she has to endure and struggle and I felt every trial with her and cheered her on. Joss, in a way, is becoming her own superhero, and I admire her so much because personally I know how hard it can be.
Ginger Scott is the best YA/New Adult author there is and this book proves it. I have read countless YA books and even more contemporary romance novels, and there is only a very select few that truly engages and influences me and A Boy Like You belongs in that category. It's now one of my favorite books of all time along with The Hard Count. Ginger's writing is flawless, impeccable, and amazing in all aspects. She makes you fall for her characters and fall hard and deep. It takes a really special author to do that for me, and Ginger Scott has that "IT" factor. Thank You Mrs. Scott for another unforgettable read and I can't wait for A Girl Like Me.