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.
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This is such an emotionally charged story...full of sadness, anger, hurt but also one of the value of friendship, the spirit of redemption and the beauty of hope. I really hated that it ended in a major cliffhanger, because now I have to wait for the rest of the story. If you enjoy YA you will love this book even with the cliffhanger.
Read it. Just do it so worth it great book!!!!
This is a great book.
A Boy Like You is the latest novel by Ginger Scott. It is a Young Adult Contemporary Sports Romance. I'm not usually a big fan of sports romance, but you will never catch me missing one of Ginger's books. Ginger Scott seems to write all of her stories with a fair amount of angst and emotion, but this one seemed to start out a bit more impassioned than the others for me. That isn't to say it was unpleasant, on the contrary, just that the beginning packed an emotional punch and set the tone for how I would receive the rest of the story. Joss and Wes are both baseball players, but that is the least of their connections. The more Joss discovers about Wes, the more she sees of herself and at the same time, the more questions she has. In many ways, Joss sees Wes as competition, for her father's interest, for her friends, but mostly when she sees Wes, she's reminded of a young boy that saved her life years ago. While Wes denies that this was him, Joss cannot help but think of the tragedies of her childhood whenever he is around. Joss has a very tumultuous relationship with her father and a non-existent one with her mother. She basically runs her own life and hasn't been making the best choices. Wes sees good in Joss and works hard to make her see it also. Because they both have hardships in their pasts, Wes and Joss are able to bond with each other in ways where others fail. While A Boy Like You is sports-themed, the baseball isn't the focal point, but is actually just a vehicle that helps the story move forward at times. It provides the perfect background for Wes and Joss to connect and administers just the right amount of tension when it's called for. This book varies from Ginger's other works in that it carries a sense of secrecy and mystery. We aren't given direct information about whether Wes and Joss have a past or not, nor do we learn much about Wes's past until the very end. And then there's the end... this is definitely a cliff-hanger, but in the best way. Yes, we are left wondering what will happen next, but it also ends with such an air of hope. Joss's confidence in the future is contagious an has me excited for what's to come.
5/5 STARS I’m a HUGE fan of Ginger Scott, since last year, when I read my first book of this author, In Your Dreams. And since, every book I reviewed confirmed me that I’ve discovered a wonderful writer: it doesn’t matter the genre – YA or NA –, it doesn’t matter my age. I deeply enjoyed In Your Dreams, The Last Count, and Holkd My Breath. I just wished I’ve known about her sooner, there are so many books I’ve missed. So picking up A Boy Like You, in a way, I felt prepared, I “knew” the author… But no. I was wrong. I wasn’t prepared at all. It’s hard to write a review for this book and keeping it “spoiler free”… but I’ll try my best… I feel, literally, emotionally drained. This book is so much more than what I was expecting… Now I get the meaning behind “a YA sports romance, and a little something else” Yes, it is a hard journey. Yes, characters have big flaws and bigger issues. And yes, this book will break your heart in so many ways. Joss can be bitchy, childish, self-destructive, but she is hurting, and in a way, she’s struggling day after day, but she wakes up each morning and does the same routine again. She’s stubborn but this is also her strength. But Ginger Scott always gives us little pieces of beauty, hope, unselfishness, love, longing, forgiveness. Wes is so perfect, he is always HERE. I don’t know what else to add. This book can’t fit on a “YA Sport Romance” box, this wouldn’t do any justice to the book or its author. Your age doesn’t matter, you’ll enjoy the story, each page full of emotions. It’s raw, realistic, heartbreaking, but it’s also beautiful and full of hope. It definitely break your heart the moment you’ll less expect it, but I have this strong feeling this first book of the duet will be so worthy… Grab it. You’ll feel all sorts of emotions, and that means the author did her job – an excellent one.
With every new book, Ginger Scott stuns me all over again with her talented storytelling. A Boy Like You is particularly moving and emotional. It brought out so many conflicting feelings—anger, love, awe, wondering. One important aspect of this story is how main characters Josselyn and Wes bring out the best in one another (they really do), and another is that each has unknowingly made a huge impact on the other’s life. “You have always made me fell like I belong…” -- Wes "He looks at me like I matter.” --Josselyn Josselyn Winters is the stereotypical kid: best friend, perfect parents, good, but she is not angelic. Then, her life is turned upside down. She is tragic, troubled, and looking for relief in all the wrong places. You’ll want to slap some sense into her. You’ll want to hug her and tell her that she is loved. Most of all you’ll admire her tenacity and fervor. I fell in love with her grit and unbreakable determination. “I’m like the family cat nobody wants; I could be dropped at the ends of the earth and somehow still find my way home on my feet.” --Josselyn Beyond that broken little girl is a fireball of a teenager. She is a lovable tomboy whose ultimate struggle with her girly side is hilarious. Wes Stokes is every high school baseball coach’s dream. He is also most high school girls’ dream. How could you improve on the stereotypical handsome, successful teen athlete? Quiet, mature, thoughtful are the cherry, sprinkles and nuts on top of this boy sundae. Wes is wise and mature beyond his years, and this might be a result of all that he has endured in life. Wes has a few miraculous events that defy reason given his otherwise unlucky life. Until Joss’ can be her own superhero, Wes is hers. The secondary characters are great as well. Joss’ best friends Taryn and Kyle are fabulous in their stalwart support of Joss. I liked Kyle in particular. In some ways, I wanted him to be Joss’ love interest. He has been devoted to her forever, although historically, he has been more of an enabler to Josselyn’s poor choices. I loved that in this sports-themed romance, both the female and male characters are sporty. I also adored that none of the characters are perfect. They all have their own baggage and challenges, which makes this YA story hit home. Teens frequently think they’re the only person who has a problem/issue, and unless they’re willing to share and listen, they may not ever find out that their classmates are dealing with similar or other unique troubles. It takes a lot of trust by both Joss and Wes to open up to one another and share all their secret demons. I truly enjoy Ms. Scott’s writing. She has an uncanny ability to capture the essence of teenagers and new adults. She does this with clear eyes and a caring heart. She also does it with flair; she has a fun writing style that captures my interest. The story has a bit of a cliffhanger. I might be homicidal if I didn’t know that the follow up book will be published a few months after the release of A Boy Like You. That said, if one is not the type of reader who needs everything wrapped up in a pretty bow by the last page, A Boy Like You could be read as a standalone. However, with writing this good, you won’t want to stop there! Ms. Scott promises that all will be revealed in the soon to be released second book in the soon to be released second book in this duet, A Girl Like Me.