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.
I’ve been enamored with Ginger Scott for a few years and have learned she is nothing like a box of chocolates; you always know what you’re going to get. She delivers profound reads that never fail to leave me emotionally spent and A Boy Like You is no exception. I was transfixed from the prologue and wanted to sob after finishing the last page. With baseball as the backdrop, Scott delivers a heartbreaking journey of friendship, loss, and self-discovery.
“I can’t save you from you, Joss.”
On the surface, Josselyn appears to be self destructive and somewhat unlikable. However, my heart broke for everything she endures throughout this book and along the way, I fell completely in love with this broken girl. Her actions are often a coping mechanism for her loss and hurt. As hard as Josselyn is, Wes is her complete opposite. He’s charming and feels deeply. Watching their relationship slowly blossom was the best sort of torture.
“You have always made me feel like I belong.”
Scott continues to amaze me with her supporting cast, especially the parental aspect. Some of my favorite parent/child relationships are from her books, so I was a little shocked with Josselyn’s father. He is far from what I expected, but I admire how raw his struggles with himself and Josselyn are. Some of the most powerful moments in the book are between Josselyn and her father.
I don’t hate my father. I hate that I love my father still.
This book slowly reveals itself small pieces at a time, only to pull you back and have you question everything. I changed my mind at least ten times as to what was transpiring and how were past events linked to present day. My advice is to read little, if any reviews, and simply immerse yourself in the experience. The follow up book, A Girl Like Me will be released summer 2017. I cannot wait to see what lies in store for Josselyn and Wes. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to any reader who enjoys thought provoking, and highly emotional stories.
**Thank you to WordSmith Publicity and Ginger Scott for my advanced copy of this book.**
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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count and Hold My Breath.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for pretty much ever. 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. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).