Waiting on the Sidelines

Waiting on the Sidelines

by Ginger Scott
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Waiting on the Sidelines 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book can't wait to read the other one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Probably one of my favorites!!! Absolutely amazing!
BooksWithHeart More than 1 year ago
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! 
AnneR24 More than 1 year ago
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
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Lagalloway More than 1 year ago
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!)
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Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
Waiting on the Sidelines was Ginger Scott’s debut novel. I’ve read all of her recent books, and I thought it was time to go back to the beginning. I was not disappointed. Waiting on the Sidelines is quintessential Young Adult. If ever there was a book that would bring you back to the best and worst of high school, Waiting on the Sidelines is it. The title Waiting on the Sidelines captures not only the football theme, but it is also a reference to the heroine, Nolan Lennox. She is smart and athletic, but she is socially insecure. While she loves her close-knit family deeply, she feels her lower-middle class upbringing is a brand she wears identifying her as a target for the jabs and jokes of the cool, wealthy, and popular kids. Nolan’s insecurities keep her on the sidelines, feeling like an outsider most of the time. Waiting on the Sidelines is definitely YA, however, there are some rather mature themes for this genre—underage drinking, sex, bullying. Scott handles these themes realistically. From the Nerds to the Jocks to the Queen Bees, Scott has nailed the high school social structure and common behaviors of the various groups. The angst and drama know no bounds. The peaks and valleys of hormones, crushes, on-off romances, and mean-girl pranks kept my heart racing and my stomach in knots. I went through it all with Nolan and Reed. Their raging hormones and false starts as well as the solid friends who bolstered them through their toughest trials made Waiting on the Sidelines an emotional read. Nolan and Reed’s self-discovery, life lessons and first loves would be a great book club discussion material or could provide a meaningful start to a conversation with your own young adult. Waiting on the Sidelines is a little bit Friday Night Lights and a little bit My So Called Life. You’ll pray for Nolan and Reed to make the right choices, you’ll thank their great friends for their support, and you’ll cheer when Nolan figures out that a happy ending sometimes means the girl gets self respect and instead of the guy who doesn’t always have her back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The moment I started reading, I fell in love with the characters. It's so relatable to life of teenagers these days. This book is also giving me great advice as a teen. It fid move a bit quick, but it was absolutly amazing! I strongly reccomend it and will definetly read it again.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Waiting on the sidelines by Ginger Scott is a terrific book. I absolutely loved the characters and the story line. Just a long and exhausting journey to a well earned HEA. This is definitely not a YA, although Scott tries to disguise the ages of the characters by rarely mentioning it, but it is not difficult to detect the underage drinking and sex. That put me off a bit because the characters themselves are well loved. Once getting past that, Scott tells a terrific story. I am not sure I can read more in the series, though. I love these characters so much, my heart would not be able to stand up to more growing pains.
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
Waiting on the Sidelines is a roller coaster ride about a guy who can't get his crap together and a girl who has to learn how to speak her mind and stand up for herself. One is privileged, one is not. One loves being in the limelight, one doesn't as much. There are a few of the usual tropes in this story, but if that's your thing, you're going to eat it up. WotS takes place over all four years of high school, and though there *were* times where I felt unnecessary details were added, it didn't change my overall like of the book. If you're down to root for a couple and see them grow throughout the years, this book is for you. If you are a reader who, by the second time a guy is a jerk-face, yells, STOP TALKING TO HIM ALREADY, this book is *not* for you. Ginger states in the back of the book that the point of this was to write a story about to imperfect people who learn about themselves (my words, not hers), and that is the entire point of Waiting on the Sidelines. I mean, sure, I wanted to deck Reed a dozen times myself, but let's be honest: high school guys on average don't really know what they want, and with the entire theme of this book being football and Reed being so expected to bring his A-game all of the time, it makes sense that a teenager would crack under so much pressure and make lots of decisions. (Heck, kids without that kind of pressure make lots of bad decisions.) And Nolan, well, I'd say the main reason she takes so long to speak up is because of fear, and a whole lot of us get that (and are or have been that way at that age), so I'm going to have to cut her some slack. So... with all of that being said, if you're down for drama and what I feel is probably normal life for a whole lot of young adults, you're going to love this book. *Note: I'd say this is definitely higher YA due to sex, profanity, and underage drinking.
BookPlusHeart More than 1 year ago
There are a few reasons why I liked this book. I can't say I loved it, but the reason I gave it 5 stars is because you connect with the character so well. While reading this book I: smiled, laughed out loud, giggled, got mad, yelled at the book and cried (I had tears in my eyes). This book hits a lot on the troubles teenage girls go through and I think the write did a great job showing the insecurities and strengthens on our protagonist. The book is a good length and keeps you interested. Any one that enjoys YA contemporary should read it. It does have some older content such as: drinking, swearing and sex, but nothing graphic. Full Review and More at http://bookplusheart.weebly.com/contemporary-ya/category/waiting-on-the-sidelines
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! I love all Ginger Scott books! She really connects to her characters and I've enjoyed every single book she written. Now I will just be waiting on her next one! 
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I loved this book. It was sweet and entertaining. I totally recommend it. P.S. For those spoilers that ruin the book for others, you are rude and inconsiderate. Not only do you ruin the book for the reader, but you are selfishly keeping the writer from getting potential readers and recognizing their work. You're supposed to give a review, not a summary of the book......
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Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
This book worked for me, inside-out, backward-forward, and all the way around.  I'm not sure I can put my finger on exactly what made this story such a hit for me.  Some books just have an "it" factor to them, and you know it when you read them.  Waiting on the Sidelines had it.  I can't remember the last book I enjoyed reading so much.  It was a simple story, but a wonderful one.  There was no grand, sweeping plot thickness, no danger or deep external conflicts.  Instead, it contained real life situations from a teenage girl's perspective that reminded you what it was like to be in high school... not just attending classes and wanting boyfriends, but the real life struggles that the average kids must endure. I loved both of the main characters in this story, but I especially love how real and down-to-earth that Nolan was.  She starts out as a tomboy that is perfectly content to be so, and then she meets that one guy, you know the one... the guy that caused us all to want to be more so that he would notice us.  Reed was that guy for Nolan.  Suddenly, she finds herself wanting to dress a little different.  But here's the thing... in a lot of similar stories, the girl would change and completely lose who she is.  Not so with Nolan.  She stays true to herself and to her character.  And then there was Reed.  I loved this guy, despite a rocky beginning.  He was a genuine good guy, and there aren't many of those out there.  This is not to say that Reed is perfect.  He most definitely wasn't.  But I loved him all the same. The fact that this story takes place across a four-year span allowed us as readers to really watch the change and growth of these characters to a very satisfying degree.  I wasn't quite sure if the story would be able to sustain such a huge time span, as most other books I've read weren't able to and actually dragged.  However, the author so skillfully moved the story along through this large time frame that I didn't even really notice.  The benefits to this of course was the character journey I already mentioned, but also the development of a great romance that we are able to watch grow with agonizing slowness.  It I had any complaints about this story at all, it would be one of the secondary characters named Tyler.  He turned into somewhat of a cliche for me, but to be honest, I loved the book so much that I didn't let it faze me. The author did a fabulous job with this story and I can't wait to read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Nolan and how strong she was. I also fell in love with all her friends and how they all grew up together. I'm happy to go read the sequel now ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heartbreaking and amazing, Ms. Scott writes a beautiful story of love that lasts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are a few reasons why I liked this book. I can't say I loved it, but the reason I gave it 5 stars is because you connect with the character so well. While reading this book I: smiled, laughed out loud, giggled, got mad, yelled at the book and cried (I had tears in my eyes). This book hits a lot on the troubles teenage girls go through and I think the write did a great job showing the insecurities and strengthens on our protagonist. The book is a good length and keeps you interested. Any one that enjoys YA contemporary should read it. It does have some older content such as: drinking, swearing and sex, but nothing graphic.