🏈 What it’s about 🏈
almost too late.
🏈 Review 🏈
The Hard Count by Ginger Scott is a chaste YA sports romance, but the romance is secondary to the sports and private school politics in the story.
Nicholas (Nico) Medina is hungry. He is hungry to escape the poverty and violence of his wrong-side-of-the-tracks neighborhood. His hunger motivates him. It drives him to work harder at everything he does. He is an excellent student and a natural athlete. His family faces a lot of challenges, but they’re good, down-to-earth, and gracious people.
Reagan Prescott is also driven; she is driven to find a place for herself in the world besides being the star quarterback’s twin sister and the football coach’s daughter. The Prescott family teeters on the crumbling edge of the private school socio-political precipice. Every decision, every action, every loss is judged, and in a world filled with wannabes and legacies, the pressure to perform can break you.
“My film is about the legacy of this program, but also about the pressure it puts on people—on families.” –Reagan
While Nico and Reagan attend the same school, they travel in different circles. Their interactions are solely heated academic debates in class until one night Reagan captures Nico on film.
“Exceptions are responsible for pivotal moments in history.” –Nico
That night the stars aligned to produce some major game changers for Nico and the entire Prescott family. These changes push some rather negative things into the limelight. Drugs, prejudice, bullying, and backstabbing each play a role in The Hard Count. Thankfully, family, honor, respect, and acceptance ultimately take the field as well. The stress and increasing plot tension is palpable with each turn of a page. Ms. Scott’s depiction of the delicate dance between a football coach and the school board is excellent. I felt Coach Prescott’s ulcers burning as he struggled to make the right decision regardless of the probable repercussions.
The main characters are all strong and empathetic. I cared deeply for each of them. Nico is a particularly endearing character—his manners, grace and mature intellect make him a demi-god. The type of nearly perfect young man you trust with your daughter and your football team. Ms. Scott’s storytelling is artful and eloquent; she richly captures each subtle nuance of the high school experience. In addition to a charming romance, lessons in football, and a family drama, The Hard Count perfectly highlights the blatant and subtle fears, prejudices, and responses that arise when agendas and cultures clash.
**While The Hard Count is a chaste romance, it does contain themes that may be too mature for some younger readers (drugs, gangs, violence).
About the author: 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 and In Your Dreams.
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.