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
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
How many times can I say wow without it becoming too repetitive? I’m sure there are far better words to describe my feelings after having finished reading A Boy Like You, but I was so emotionally spent afterward that WOW is the best I can do. If I could have stood up and given Ginger a standing ovation from my room at 2 in the morning, I would have (with tears streaming down my face mind you), but I didn’t want to wake my sleeping husband and toddler. Great self control on my part. Instead, I lay in bed and forced my mind to stop spinning so I could get at least a few hours of sleep before reality smacked myself in the face at 6-7am.
When Ginger first started to tease her readers about this book, I shrugged it off a little. She said this is probably her favorite story she has written. Well, basically all of her stories she has written are my favorite. I say that about each and every one of them so anyone reading my reviews of her books probably wants to scream at me to be serious and just pick ONE favorite already. I’m here to tell you…IT IS NOT POSSIBLE! Read them for yourself. You’ll see. Trust me. 🙂
What an incredible and emotionally captivating story A Boy Like You is. I mean – WOW (see, I said it again)! I finished this book about a week ago and still find myself thinking about it, the characters especially, and just how CRUEL Ginger is to LEAVE US HANGING LIKE THAT! Kidding….sort of. I really do feel like I am going to be anxiously waiting for the next in this two-book serious to come out. I need answers and I need to be engrossed with these characters once again. This is a book that I found myself invested in from the start. I almost felt as if I were in the story with them and taking part in the journey, watching the characters develop at the turn of each page.
At the start of the story, we are taken back in time to when our main character, Joss, is just 9 years old. Due to an unfortunate chain of events, Joss witnesses the crumbling of her parents marriage and is almost killed in an anger-induced accident, but miraculously comes out unscathed thanks to the mysterious boy, Christopher. Following these events, Joss’ life is forever altered and not for the better. Fast forward 8 years, and the innocent nine-year-old Joss is now seventeen and living a life full of hurt and self-hatred, trying to cover up her pain by delving in poor decisions and the loathing of her not-really-there father.
With her father as her high schools baseball coach, she witnesses his time and dedication to his team and players. Yet, not on her, who has her father’s love and talent for baseball in her blood. She takes pride in herself being on her schools softball team, but not enough to truly care and apply herself in the way she knows she should. In the way she knows her father would want her too. In fact, she can hear the words he’d be saying to her to help improve her game and talent, but forces them about and continues to aim towards a path of self-destruction. Until…he (or is it?) comes back into the picture.
The new boy in town seems to know her on a level that she least expects. He really sees her. Something Joss is not used to and a fact that scares her and pushes her to push the limits in ways to see the lengths he’d be willing to go to save her.
The relationship between Joss and Wes is captivating and devastatingly beautiful at best. He pushes her to find the happiness she’s left so far behind and to really fight for the things she wants out of life, even when she thinks otherwise. The dialogue between them is beautiful scripted. I wouldn’t be complaining to see the words on the page, portrayed on the screen.
A Boy Like You will captivate you, heart and soul. It is riveting and I am not the least bit surprised why Ginger would openly say that this is her favorite story she’s written. I can’t wait to read the next part of this story and take part in the rollercoaster ride that I am sure for it be. Buckle up, readers. You’re in for one hell of a ride.
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 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. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).