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When Reagan’s brother is injured and benched, it’s Reagan who points out Nico to her father. Having been at her father’s right hand through his career, she knows unpolished talent when she sees it. She’s got the answer to her father’s dilemma and a great subject for her documentary.
The Verdict: Nico’s not at the school to play football; he’s there to learn and make something of his life, a life that could easily have gone the other direction. With a brother who got into more trouble than he should have survived before heading off to the military, Nico is the one who looks out for his sister and little niece at home. And both he and Reagan are about to get a lesson in the politics of money and prestige.
Reagan is a bit on the naive side, but her eyes are opened when Nico takes the field with her father’s team. She already knows how intelligent he is and has seen how skilled he is, but as he begins to play a bigger role in her days, she also sees what he’s up against. He’s the poor, Mexican kid in the rich, mostly white school, and no matter what he brings to the game, the system works against him.
It’s impossible to describe The Hard Count just as a romance. There are lessons in class and race, all the innocence of young love, the politics of a school that’s controlled by big money, the rise of crime in neighborhoods filled with good but financially strapped people, and the meaning of family and loyalty. Football, of course, plays a big part in it, and at times it even works as a metaphor for everything else that’s happening, but it’s not just page after page of plays. It’s more like Firday Night Lights, in the sense that the setting is a game but the story is in the characters and the incredible emotions they evoke.
Ginger Scott writes young love the way it’s experienced — sweet and idealistic, overwhelming and seemingly impossible, and as bumpy and unpredictable as life itself. I’ve devoured her other books and impatiently awaited the next ones, and with each new read, I’ve felt like I’ve found a new favorite. But The Hard Count is so much more than I’ve ever loved in a book before it.
AHH! Are you swooning yet?! Because I am absolutely TAKEN with Nico Medina!
The Hard Count by Ginger Scott will be a book I carry with me forever. The lessons of life, love and faith taught in this book, are the types of lessons I think about my own children learning. I absolutely love Ginger Scott & her books. The first book I read by Ginger was Wild Reckless and instantly I knew, she would be one of my favorites. The next book I read was Waiting on the Sidelines. She's been an author I keep an eye on ever since. I've read that series at least 3 times lol. This is my 4th Ginger Scott book, but it most definitely won't be my last!
Reagan Prescott is the daughter of the football coach at her prestigious private school. Her brother is the star quarterback, her mother president of the social committee. But Reagan? She prefers the background to the spotlight -- she's the girl behind the camera and she has a story to tell. Reagan is .. amazing. She's quiet and shy, unless she's arguing with Nico Medina that is, but she's also fierce in her own way. She stands for what she believes in and she has such a good heart.
Nico Medina .. are there really any words for Nico? He is simply AMAZING. Smart, passionate, sweet, strong, compassionate, and completely kind. You can always count on Nico to do what's right, to stand up for what's right, to speak up & show up. He's a leader. On that football field, he makes magic happen. He's completely swoon worthy. He comes from the wrong part of town, but you shouldn't judge a boy based off where he's from. Because with Nico? He'll surprise you every time!
Reagan & Nico's story is so sweet. I really hope this isn't the end for them! I'd love a second book about there college years -- how things turn out for Noah, what happens with Sasha (I'd love more from him also because his character really stuck with me - his complete loyalty to Nico, their bond/friendship & his funny sense of humor), and of course MORE of Nico & Reagan! Nico's football career , Reagan's film career, how they handle college life .. I just can't get enough of Nico!
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