I read four fantastic books this week, but, of the four books I read this week, The Hard Count stayed with me. From the characters, to the plot, to the writing style of the author, this book just affected me. It reminded me of high school football and the joy of Friday Night games. But this isn’t just a glorified story of high school football, it highlights the issues with politics in school athletics as well as the pressure placed on athletes and coaches, especially in private schools where donors’s opinions matter. The other big issue tackled by the author is this idea of prejudices and racism and how it ultimately affects how we interact with and treat others. So not only does this YA book allow the reader to remember the feeling of football and the camaraderie of the players but also discusses relevant societal issues, which all great novels do.
I am going to take a final moment to gush! This book is just amazing! Two days later and I am still thinking about these people. I don’t want to let them go! There isn’t a need for another story, but I want one. I want to see them grow up and see what happens to them. In fact, I may just secretly hope every single night that Ginger Scott feels the need to have some stand-alone spin-offs. I could read about Izzy or Noah. I love them too, and if Nico and Reagan just happen to appear that would be awesome.
You absolutely need to pre-order this book! It is definitely one of my #MBtopRec and will be re-read numerous times, probably right before football season begins!
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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.
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.
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 and In Your Dreams.
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. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com
When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).
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