Review: A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What it’s about:

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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My Thoughts:

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.

“Don’t let circumstances dictate what you’re capable of. We’re all special in our own way. Wes taught me that.” –Shawn

 

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.

“She’s walking confetti.” –Josselyn

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 this duet, A Girl Like Me.

 

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