on March 3, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
“As much as this is my nightmare, it’s also my dream. I just don’t want to jump into it, to live it, because I’m afraid it could change from one to the other at the blink of an eye. I’m not sure what I’m in right now—a fantasy or tragedy. Perhaps it’s both. Maybe it’s always been both. Maybe that’s what life is—a beautiful mess.”
Days later, I’m still trying to recover from reading this amazing book. Wow, just wow. Ever since I discovered Ginger Scott, she has delivered time and time again, and “A Boy Like You” is no exception. I used to be a huge YA reader, especially when I was younger. These days, I don’t read as much YA as I used to, but when I do, it reminds me of how much I love this genre. And I have to say, Ginger Scott writes some of the most fantastic YA (and NA) there is. If she writes it, chances are I will read it, that’s a fact. She’s definitely a favorite of mine.
A Boy Like You sucked me in from beginning to end. I was intrigued, I was engaged, and the feels, OMG the feels. I felt so much for these characters, for Joss, for Wes, for their friends, for their family. I was 100% invested in these characters. This book was unlike any other story I’ve read. We’re used to broken heroes and the heroines that “saved them”. Here it’s the opposite. In this story, our heroine is someone broken, and our hero is the one that saves her. Ahh, I loved this, it reminded me a like of Crazy/Beautiful, which is one of my favorite movies, ever.
The story starts when Josselyn is really young. She’s a happy, vibrant little girl that loves her family and baseball. Something happens that changes the course of her life. When we see her again, she’s a broken girl, the happy girl from the past is gone. She feels so hopeless until someone new enters her life. A new kid in school, a star baseball player, someone that reminds her of someone from her past. She is convinced the seventeen-year-old teenager now in front of her, is a boy she once knew, but is he? Regardless, this boy has a huge impact in her life. He makes her want to be better, he makes her want to change, for her, for him. He gives her the hope she needs.
The story also has an air of mystery in it. There’s a few secrets, and a few truths to be uncovered throughout the story. There’s also some unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing all the way to the very end. Oh, and this is Book 1 of 2, Book 2 is coming in the summer. This ends in a cliffhanger, so you are warned.
The romance aspect is so beautiful. Ginger can do first love like no other. This was so amazing. It’s slow burning perfection. I loved every single second of it. It felt so real, so natural, definitely not forced. High School romance at its best.
“You have always made me feel like I belong,”
“You have always made me feel like I matter,”
“This is how we are. This is how Wes and I need to be. We’re races and tickets and dares. And maybe some kissing too.”
These characters were so raw and so real. They were also extremely well developed. I enjoyed their evolution and their development throughout the story. This heroine, she’s so amazingly strong, she’s also super sassy and funny. And Wes, oh how I loved Wes, he was so caring and beautiful. And together they were so perfect, I can’t even. But not only Joss and Wes were great, but also there’s all these other amazing secondary characters. Eric, Taryn, Kyle, the Stoke boys, etc. I was so invested in all of them.
This book is also super heavy. Some of the things that will happen will gut you. I went through so many emotions reading this. And the last 15%, OMG, I figured something might happen but I definitely didn’t see that coming. I seriously can’t wait to get my hands in Book 2 because I know it will be as good, if not better.
Overall, this was such a great read. I’m a super emotional person, and often I rate my books based on how they made me feel. This one completely moved me and deserves all the stars. Like I said, it has stayed with me, I can’t stop thinking about it. Plus, the writing is just gorgeous. And this characters, they’re just great. Is it summer yet? I need Book 2. I absolutely recommend this one!
“His hand reaches for mine and the entire thing feels like habit. I notice it—the way our fingers fold together, naturally, as if this is how they were meant to exist. I’ve never been comfortable with someone like this. I’ve never trusted, or cared how someone felt. But when I’m not with Wes, my hand is cold. It’s always looking for its other half.”
**An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
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