Like Us Book One; Contemporary Young Adult Romance
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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.
A Boy Like You was a wonderfully written novel that captured the angst and romance of a coming-of-age story beautifully. I didn’t expect it to be as angst-y of a read as it was, not just romantically but emotionally as well. The story is about a boy saving a girl, who then disappears, to then possibly reappear years later. But is it him? Scott weaves that mystery throughout, building it with a quiet-like mysteriousness, just as mysterious and brooding as our hero.
There was such beauty and pain in Joss. Her reckless nature that is tied so closely to her sense of abandonment is vivid and palpable at all times. That sort of hurt that she carried throughout pulled at me and ripped apart my insides with each page. With the introduction of her quiet savior, Wes, she finally has arms to fall back on again. But it doesn’t mean she will. Their slow burn romance lit the pages of the story, carrying them through the tango they danced, advancing and then losing ground. It’s the kind of romance that inspires the reader and is absolutely decadent to consume.
One thing I love about Scott is how she can write the subtle nuances of things so very well. She romanticized baseball and its connection to the both of them, making it a great secondary character. How Wes pitched, how he gazed at her, how his sinewy forearms reacted to his hold on the ball…Every word pulls you in and shows you the connection that is floating in the air, something that isn’t read but felt. Something that makes this story great.
A Boy Like You is gut-clenching, heart-wrenching, and amazing love story. Scott plays this tune well–forcing the quick turn of the pages and the angst-driven emotion until the very end. I don’t feel like any of my words speak to the true greatness of this novel, but I hope that you give it a try even if you don’t typically read YA. It’s a book that everyone should experience and I can’t recommend it highly enough. The beauty of it truly speaks for itself. I cannot wait for more.
♦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, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, and Hold My Breath.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns.