REVIEW: GINGER SCOTT ✭ THE HARD COUNT

REVIEW: GINGER SCOTT ✭ THE HARD COUNTThe Hard Count by Ginger Scott
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on July 15th 2016
Format: eARC
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Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.

I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.
Life on top.
Lies.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback.
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.

THE HARD COUNT

by Ginger Scott

One thing that I can rely on when I read a book by Ginger Scott is that the hero will be lovable, strong, special and I have yet to read about a heroine of hers I dislike. Another thing we often get: present day problems addressed in a delicate manner.

In this book we meet Nico Medina, an 18 year old scholarship student who earned his way into a prestigious high school with his intelligence and hard work. The football team’s head coach’s daughter Reagan Prescott is his opponent in class and more often than not they debate just for the heck of it. When Reagan watches Nico play football she sees his raw, vast talent and when her twin brother, starting quarterback of The Tradition, injures his leg and can’t play for the season she convinces her dad that Nico could be the person to take the team to the top again. And a win is what they need this season…

With Reagan spending a lot of time around the football field for her movie about the team she gets to know Nico. Their grudging respect for each other turns into a friendship and eventually love. Along the way to their happy ending however lies a lot of adversity.

You can be a toad in love with a beautiful girl all you want, but in the end, you’re still a toad. That’s how everyone is going to see you, and you know what? That’s how the beautiful girl sees you, too—when other people are looking

The perfect facade the Prescotts hold up crumbles when forces work against the coach and he may lose his job. Nico’s struggles on the team because he’s the Latino kid and replacing the popular quarterback, his need to prove his worth as a football player and the fight to overcome prejudice and racism are portrayed as well as Reagan’s own conflict about their budding love.

“Make me earn it,” he says, pausing again to take my top lip between both of his. “I’ll earn it. I’ll never stop trying to earn it…to earn you.”

One thing that I absolutely love about YA books is that the characters’ love is pure and innocent, the few sex scenes are tasteful and oddly erotic in their innocence and definitely don’t distract from the story but complement the relationship of the main characters. And that’s exactly what Ginger Scott does best. I think she gets young people. She is a kickass YA/NA author who always brings something new to the table and fills her stories with beautiful words and deep emotions that I feel physically. Nico Medina and Reagan Prescott are special, like all her other characters. They are the ideal people should strive to be.

Nico is the twist in the tale. He’s the element of good. He’s what humanity should be-the lesson to be learned. He is hope.

About Ginger Scott

I tell stories for a living. It’s a pretty great gig, actually. Each story has led to an amazing encounter, be it a new appreciation for the view from atop a polo horse to a deeper understanding of what it means to be the parent of a child with autism. I’ve told the stories of Olympians, comedians, doctors, teachers, politicians, activists, criminals, heroes and towns. You can check out a small sampling here or, heck, just Google me — my journalism work is usually under Ginger Eiden.

I published my debut novel, Waiting on the Sidelines, in spring 2013, and in August 2014, I published my fifth novel, a really raw college romance called This Is Falling. That book hit number one in teen on Amazon, and the entire adventure blew my mind! You see, this storytelling thing is my dream, the kind you wish for as a kid and pine after as you age. I took a leap to go after it, and I’m so grateful I did. I’m grateful for every single reader. And I hope to be keeping you up late at night with my words for a long, long time. I’m at 13 books and counting. I hope to celebrate 20 with you down the road.

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