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Waiting on the Sidelines [NOOK Book]

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Nolan Lennox had things figured out. Named after a baseball legend, she enjoyed being the Tomboy, her closet filled with her brother’s hand-me-downs, cut-off jeans and soccer shorts. But when her first trip to high school results in a broken heart from the first boy to ever make her heart flutter and cruel words from an older girl she once thought a family friend, Nolan starts to question the very person she thought she was and wonders if her humble upbringing can compete with ...

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Nolan Lennox had things figured out. Named after a baseball legend, she enjoyed being the Tomboy, her closet filled with her brother’s hand-me-downs, cut-off jeans and soccer shorts. But when her first trip to high school results in a broken heart from the first boy to ever make her heart flutter and cruel words from an older girl she once thought a family friend, Nolan starts to question the very person she thought she was and wonders if her humble upbringing can compete with the afforded luxuries of her privileged peers.

Throughout the next four years, Nolan struggles to maintain herself throughout her path of discovery, learning just how cruel teenagers can be through the pressures of underage drinking, sexuality and class. And despite how life seems to continue to work against her, she still manages to listen to her heart, falling deeper and deeper for the guy the entire town adores, even if he only sees her as a friend. Can Nolan strike a compromise between her own integrity and the boy she loves? And can she make him notice her before it’s too late?

Reed Johnson came to Coolidge High School with a lot of fanfare. The son of a hometown football legend and the brother of a local football hero, Reed wore all the pressures of carrying a town without hope into the spotlight. Thankfully, he had the talent to back it up. But when he meets a girl who makes him think twice about exactly what being a hero means, he starts to wonder if following in his brother’s footsteps might be all wrong.

Nolan Lennox was everything that was opposite of expected. She didn’t flirt, she didn’t drink and she didn’t sleep around. Nothing about her was easy, but something about her made Reed want to try harder. Though she didn’t look the part, she seemed to be spending a lot of time in Reed’s thoughts, and he wondered if she could be the one who made it all worthwhile. But could Reed handle letting her down? And would breaking her heart break him beyond repair?

Waiting on the Sidelines explores young love to its fullest, exposing how real young heartbreak and passion is and how important it is to discover yourself and hold onto your own identity. The story follows two young characters as they deal with mature situations, including the prevalence of bullying and promiscuity in today’s high school setting. Ultimately, Waiting on the Sidelines is a story of hope, honesty and those powerful, first true loves—the ones worth holding onto at any cost.

Waiting on the Sidelines is about the anxieties young girls feel over not being good enough, pretty enough, sexy enough, rich enough or daring enough to fit in. It’s about wanting someone so badly but not feeling confident enough in yourself to put your heart on the line. And it’s about desperately craving attention, but also fighting to blend in. My story follows Nolan Lennox, a girl with a boy’s name, as she matures through high school and struggles with being tortured by a cruel bully and loving the emotionally flawed quarterback who is beloved by their small Arizona town. Character-driven, Waiting on the Sidelines takes you along for every heartbreak, celebration and moment of self-doubt Nolan has as she becomes a woman. Readers experience the rush of Nolan’s first kiss as well as the crushing shame she harbors over her own weakness and inability to stand up to her tormentors. Ultimately, you are immersed in the small town and will come away feeling as if you are also one of Nolan’s closest friends, and possibly in love with the same, irresistible boy she is.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045189729
  • Publisher: Ginger Scott
  • Publication date: 7/18/2013
  • Series: Waiting on the Sidelines , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 9,818
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 396 KB

Meet the Author

Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. Her debut novel, "Waiting on the Sidelines," is a coming-of-age love story that explores the real heartbreak we all feel as we become adults throughout our high school years. The story follows two characters, Nolan (a Tomboy with a boy's name) and Reed (the quarterback she wishes would notice her) as they struggle with peer-pressure, underage drinking, bullying and finding a balance between what your heart wants and what society says you should want -- even if you aren't ready."Going Long," the sequel to "Waiting on the Sidelines," will be available in October 2013!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 littlemisswrite.com.When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her 9-year-old 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014

    Love it good book

    Good book can't wait to read the other one

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    This was such an amazing coming-of-age story; I could not put it

    This was such an amazing coming-of-age story; I could not put it down! The story follows a young girl named Nolan. As readers, we get to become Nolan's friend and immerse ourselves in her journey as she survives high school and all of the joys and pains that come along with growing up. We are with her as she learns what love means (all of the good, but also all of the bad) and we root for her as she learns to stand up for herself. This book is so very special, and I'll admit it made me cry more than once. It is something every woman would enjoy, and it's a great story for mothers and daughters. I highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed! 

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Loved this book!

    Made me laugh, cry, gav me lots of angst, an lit of the feels! Can't wait ti ead the 2nd boog going long! Love this author! Read this book! You wont be dissapointed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

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    I loved this book! Probably one of my favorites!!! Absolutely amazing!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

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    I enjoyed this story a lot. The ups and downs between Nolan and

    I enjoyed this story a lot. The ups and downs between Nolan and Reed were frequent and some of
    them devastating. I did grow a little frustrated at the lack of communication between the two because
    being friends and boyfriend/girlfriend for so long they should have felt comfortable enough to discuss
    things instead of blowing up and running away... then again they were young, impressionable, insecure
     and in love and they had no clue what the hell they were doing or what would come of it. It was a
    rollercoaster ride, for sure. Being a teenager really is difficult... sometimes we forget just how difficult.
    Now, moving on to Going Long..                  4.5 out of 5 stars

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    We are proud to announce that WAITING ON THE SIDELINES by Ginger

    We are proud to announce that WAITING ON THE SIDELINES by Ginger Scott is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Great Read

    I absolutely loved this book! It made me feel joy and sadness all at the same time. The love and conflicts these two people shared was fantastic, I would find myself smiling and crying about the same words. Just great!!! Can't wait to read more by this author. I would love to read Sarah's story, she's brass and brazen but loves and is loved fiercely by her friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Received a copy via Netgalley. Wow! I cannot believe this was th

    Received a copy via Netgalley.
    Wow! I cannot believe this was the author's debut novel. Honestly, at first, I did not think I was going to like this book. I started reading and it was about a freshmen in high school. I was like oh no. Maybe something to share with my high school students for them to read. I quickly learned that the book would not stay on Nolan as a freshmen for long. We got a quick overview of her freshmen and sophomore year but enough to let us know what was  happening at that time. When we got to her junior and senior year we got to see more of her and Reed. That is exactly what I was waiting for. Reed was amazing. I think I am in love with him and his father. The words the author used for things Reed said to Nolan broke my heart. Maybe not the best wording because it was not bad stuff. It made my heart hurt where I had to go back and read what he said. I am disappointment I did not highlight those. I want to go back and read them. I have not read a book in a long time that made me stay up ALL night until I was done with it. I could not put it down. When I finally did put it down it was because I was finish. Guess what was the next book I picked up? Going Long which I started that night too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Loved it

    Loved it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    5 WOW-inspired Stars!! Wow is really the only word that come

    5 WOW-inspired Stars!!




    Wow is really the only word that comes to mind when I think of Ginger Scott’s Waiting on the Sidelines. It was really all my brain could compute when I finished reading it.
    It is the wonderful coming-of-age tale of one’s first love and heartbreak and self-discovery. Nolan Lennox has always been a tomboy, excelled at sports, and loved her family and humble life. Until a boy came along. Reed Johnson made her question everything about herself and that is dangerous for a 14 year-old girl.
    Waiting on the Sidelines spans the four-year high school journey of Nolan and Reed. Fate throws them together when these two are paired for a class science project in which they get to know each other and their friendship blossoms. That is, until the popular junior girl, Tatum, comes into the picture. Tatum snags Reed right out from under Nolan. The first heartbreak for Nolan when it comes to sweet and devilishly charming Reed. 
    Tatum is mean girl extraordinaire and puts Nolan through hell. But Nolan doesn’t always let Tatum win. But it’s not the battles that matter to Nolan, it’s the war. The war for Reed’s heart.
    Reed is always on Nolan’s mind, and Reed wants to be a better person, doing things right, for Nolan. These two are a catastrophe and a perfect match. And their story says it all.




    I cannot even begin to describe all of the amazing things in this book because I would just be giving away everything. Ginger’s writing is phenomenal, had me putting off all of my midterms and projects just so I could finish her book and know what happens; it was well worth it. It was heart-pounding, heart-stopping, and completely took my breath away. I may have shed a tear or two. Each character is unique and carves a place in your heart, especially Nolan and Reed.




    I can’t say much more other than to go get it and read it yourself.











    (I received an ARC from the author via NetGalley for my review and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2013

    I'm blown away. I was expecting a high school romance story wit

    I'm blown away. I was expecting a high school romance story with love and breakups. What I got was that plus so much more. My first impression of Reed was that of a privledged, spoiled, arrogant jock... Little did I know that I would have a love and hate relationship with him. There were so many highs and lows for me in this book. I felt I was a part of the story and could sympathize with Nolan throughout the book. I wanted her to have what she thought was so unattainable and to find that in Reed. I cried and felt the anxiety, happiness, sadness, and hopelessness right along side of Nolan. I wanted to scream and fight for their relationship. Tatum was obviously not my most favorite person in this book and althrough Nolan forgave Calley, I didn't. I was so drawn into this book I was sad when it was over. I was however happy that there will be a second book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    WOW! I was completely surprised how much I loved this book. I do

    WOW! I was completely surprised how much I loved this book. I don't typically gravitate towards the high school romance books as I've found many of them to be a little cliché. But not this book! Ginger Scott did a wonderful job developing these characters over the 4-year period in which the book takes place.

    The book begins as Nolan Lennox, slightly awkward and insecure (weren't we all), heads to high school. Her crush on Reed Johnson, the high school quarterback, the new "IT" boy and fellow freshman, is immediate. The book follows their initial friendship, her crush, dating, bullying, young love and even applying and going away to college. Nolan Lennox was totally relatable and I definitely routed for her. I found myself cringing for her during her embarrassing moments, smiling during the highs and I even felt the gut punch a few times courtesy of Reed's immature choices!

    I am definitely looking forward to the second book in the series, Going Long, coming out in the beginning of October 2013!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    4 Genuine Stars! I really enjoyed this book! It covers a lot of

    4 Genuine Stars!
    I really enjoyed this book! It covers a lot of real issues that people go through in life, especially during high school. This was a very genuine story, that felt very real to me, while also keeping me engaged the whole way through.
    What I loved most were the characters and how they grew throughout the book. I really felt for Nolan and everything she went through. She deals with bullying, insecurity, peer pressure, and so many other things that high schoolers deal with all the time. And through all that she never whined or pitied herself. She really grew as a person by the end, and I admire that she finally stood up for what she wanted.
    As for Reed, even though he made a lot of bad decisions, I still really liked his character, even though I did want to yell at him sometimes. Throughout the book, we find out more about him and all the pressure he's under, which make him easier to understand. So even though I didn't like some things he did, I understood why he did them. And when he wasn't being an ass, I really liked his funny and playful side. He was a very endearing character.
    Even the side characters were entertaining, and we didn't get to know them that well. Both the good and the bad people added a lot to the story, and had personality.
    Then there's the romance. It definitely caused a lot of frustration at times, but it was all worth it because it showed that to have a healthy relationship with someone, you need to have a healthy relationship with yourself first.
    Also, the writing was well done, and even on the ARC there were barely any errors.
    Overall, this is an emotional read that teaches some really good lessons about being yourself and owning it. We're left at a good place, but there is a second book that continues Nolan and Reed's story.
    By the way, if you liked Present Perfect by Alison G. Bailey, then this is a good book for you! FYI, it's pretty long, and takes place over four years, so things move pretty slow.
    *I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley for an honest review*

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

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    The Plot. I thought that the idea for this story was great and c

    The Plot. I thought that the idea for this story was great and couldn’t wait to see how the rest of the book would turn out. For me, the book was way too long and drawn out. It seemed that there was just a lot of fluff added in and that the book was unnecessarily long. There was no real plot that I could tell  or else there was no real climax. This book had no point to it. I felt like I was reading this long book about a girl who conformed to society and never stood up for herself. This book just didn’t do it for me and I was disappointed in how the book turned out.

    Nolan. I don’t think that Nolan had any real qualities that I liked.She was just too much of a push over for me to appreciate her character. She just gave in and never stood up for herself. Some one in the book said her name was dumb and suddenly she hates her name and wishes it was different. Then some cute boy says she got her name a cool way and then she l-o-v-e-s her name. The back and forth of how she feels was just so confusing and annoying to read. I really didn’t like her character because she had no inner strength.

    Reed. Reed was the most annoying character because of how he acted. I never got why Nolan liked him because there wasn’t anything special about him. He acted like every other boy out there and I didn’t like him. He also gave me whiplash with his feelings about Nolan. He wasn’t man enough to stand up for himself and do what he wanted to do. He had so many weakness and not many strengths. 

    Overall. This book had it’s up and it’s downs. Unfortunately for me this book had more downs than ups. I liked the idea but not the follow through so this book got pretty low scores. 

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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