{Review} A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott

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{Review} A Boy Like You by Ginger ScottA Boy Like You by Ginger Scott
Series: Like You #1
Publisher: Self-Published on March 3, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Pages: 300

Our Rating

4 Stars

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.

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.



A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott

Joss never really knew Christopher, the strange boy who never seemed to have any friends.  But he saved her life before he disappeared, and she’s never forgotten him.  Wes is the new guy in town, and he’s not hurting for popularity or friends, but something about him is just so familiar, just so very… Christopher.  And he’s not done saving her yet.


Judging Covers:  Meh.


The Verdict: As always, Ginger Scott’s writing is incredible.  I was completely hooked by the first page, and I didn’t put it down until I’d devoured every single word.  A Boy Like You isn’t just another young adult romance novel.  It’s a perfect collection of words strung together to create something so authentic that you don’t just read it; you live it as you turn the pages.

Joss is every bit as confident and insecure as any other teenager, and life hasn’t been easy for her.  The whole town seems to love her father, the man to whom she’s all but invisible since her mother abandoned them both years ago.  He’s not outright abusive to her, but nothing she ever accomplishes is good enough for him, and she dreads the nights she’ll have to pick him up from the bar and drag him into the house.

Her budding crush/friendship with the new guy in school seems to be a bright spot for her, even though there’s so much about Wes she doesn’t know.  But she sees and feels enough to convince herself that he’s the very same boy who once saved her, and somehow he’s always there again when she needs him.  But there’s something strange going on, and when all hope seems lost, Joss knows better than to give up on the boy who’s always saved her.

This is a tough one for me.  The writing, as usual for Ginger Scott, is incredible, and the story had me hooked from the very first page.  But since I went blindly into requesting and reading it, based on nothing more than the author’s name, I wasn’t expecting the… well, let’s just say not entirely ordinary element the story heavily hints at.  And I was totally blindsided by the cliffhanger.  I can’t remember the last book that took everything away and left me hanging like this, at least not one that I could give more than a single star to.

There’s a part of me that’s so upset about the lack of ending that I kind of hate it.  But the writing and storytelling is just so damned good that it’s impossible not to love it.  Perhaps I’m simply straddling that fine line for now.  The truth is that if I’d picked this series up after everything had been written and read it all over the weekend, I’d probably be raving about it.  But the story is just different enough from Scott’s other books, and the ending just frustrating enough that I don’t have a clue how I feel about it, and waiting several months for (what I hope will be) closure doesn’t sit well with me.

Regardless, the story is incredible, addicting, and twisted my heart into knots as I read it.  It’s the kind of emotional roller-coaster that grabs you and doesn’t let go.  You can bet I’ll be the first in line to grab the next one just as soon as it’s out, and I’m gonna suggest everyone do the same.  The cliffhanger in this one may disappoint, but the story itself certainly won’t.

  
The Breakdown
Cover Design
3 star rating
Plot & Pace
5 star rating
Characters
5 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
2 star rating
Overall Rating 4 star rating
  


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About Ginger Scott

Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. She is the author of four young and new adult romances, with her fifth title, This Is Falling, set to release in late August 2014.

Scott 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. Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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