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.
A Boy Like You
A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott
I'm generally a pretty quick reader but when I first started A Boy Like You and was reduced to tears in the PROLOGUE, I made sure I slowed right down and savored every word of this book.
Joss's life is irrevocably changed one afternoon when he family as she knows it is torn apart and she's almost killed by her father. Her savior is the quiet, odd, highly unpopular boy from school, Christopher. After saving her life, Christopher disappears, never to be seen or heard from again.
We skip ahead eight years where, at seventeen, Joss is on a most destructive path and guess what? Her father is too. Her mother is gone from her life and for all intents and purposes, her father is too. He may be physically present, but that's where it stops. Where Joss plays on the girls baseball team, her father, a functioning alcoholic, coaches the boys baseball team and one of his newest players bears a striking resemblance to that boy from years ago. Only his name is Wes. Time and time again throughout this book, Wes saves Joss but the one person he can't save her from is herself.
While so many times throughout the book I really wanted to give Joss a hug and tell her everything would be ok, there were countless others that I wanted to backhand her into last week. For around the first third of the book I found myself incredibly frustrated with her and her actions but then I got over it. Joss's relationship with her dad is heartbreaking and I really wanted to give him a good shake, to be the father she deserved and needed but he couldn't see past his own issues.
This is the only the second book of Scott's that I've read but I have to say that her heroes are just that. Heroes. You can't help but fall in love with these guys: they have integrity, strength, HEART. Oh my God, do they have heart. Wes has all of that and more. Just a beautiful person from the inside out and I couldn't help but love him. He cares so much for Joss, more than she cares for herself and he provided the perfect balance to her inclination to self-destruct. In essence, he's perfection.
Considering I was in tears from the beginning of the book, I knew I'd be in for an emotional ride and it really was one. Scott's novels seem to make my heart ache in the best possible way and while I normally steer clear of emotional books, I can't seem to stay away from hers. Her writing consumes you and you become fully invested in the characters and their story. This book is not a standalone. It ends on something of a cliffhanger which I (usually) positively loathe HOWEVER I think A Boy Like You stops in the perfect place. It ends in a spot that gives us hope and in all honesty, I think we're better off reading the two books separate of each other rather than back to back. Having said that, I cannot wait for book two. Definitely recommend.
*arc received in exchange for honest review.
**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.
This book .
Just.... it’s heartbreaking and beautiful And souly haha is that a word ?
I was hooked on this book from the start my heart connected with the characters immediately . The connection between jos and Christopher and then Wes was so strong and beautifully formed .
This is very much a young adult book, highly emotional but very much captivating .
There’s great depth to the characters and so many threads of themes that are explored .
I loved Jocelyn s strength and sass and I loved wes’s kindness , and gentle loving nature but also the air of mystery that surrounds him !
I can’t wait to read book two of this duet . This one ends on a shread of sadness with a dash of hope .
Ginger Scott my new favourite YA Author
Have read both books in this series and absolutely fell in love with the characters and story. Never straight forward fairy tale stories. So much suspense, twists, ups, downs, sexy, touching, exciting - everything you want in a book. Ginger Scott creates so many plots and questions then follows through and answers them all. I can not get enough of her work. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️