If you know anything about us, you know that we've reviewed every single Ginger Scott novel. And, if you know that, you know that we've enjoyed every single one. Each novel has something that makes it distinct and yet distinctively Ginger Scott, if that makes sense.
In Cry Baby, Ginger returns to YA fiction and gives us characters we haven't seen before--Riley, a smart, tough, basketball player, and Tristan, a street smart, tough, baller who happens to be be in a gang. Needless to say, the grit factor we've seen in novels like The Hard Count and Memphis is not only present, it's amplified in Cry Baby. It's that gritty atmosphere and their unlikely pairing that initially interested me and then Tristan's seemingly hopeless internal conflict about what he was doing with his life that really had the pages flying. But it's the ending that really got me excited--I don't want to say too much, and I *think* some readers are going to be a little grouchy about it, but I loved it. It felt absolutely real and true to the situations that these characters found themselves in (and, as I told Ginger, I feel like it leaves the door open just a little for maybe a holiday short or a short story for an anthology?!!). All I can say is thank you for honoring those characters, Ginger, and writing an ending that was perfect for them.
Ginger Scott writes teens really well, and this novel once again shows that. The way that Riley and Tristan push and pull against each other, their consuming interest in each other, and the way they interact with their friends and parents reads as accurate and attuned to all things teenager. As a high school teacher this authenticity is important to me and it's what has won her reader loyalty among many of my current and former students--she just gets it right every time.
Cry Baby by Ginger Scott
A Contemporary Young Adult Romance
Release day: June 22, 2018
Release day: June 22, 2018
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“Cry Baby is brilliantly written. It's hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking and will leave you thinking about it for days afterward. Bravo, Ms. Scott. This boy-man stole my heart and I don't want it back.”- L.J. Shen, Bestselling Author
Tristan Lopez is loyal to his brothers. He doesn’t really have a choice, born into a gang that has a chokehold on every kid that roams its streets. He gave his life to them willingly, knowing if he did then one day this kingdom, led by boys drunk with power and ruled by fear, would all be his.
He was loyal through it all. Loyal when prison took his dad away. Loyal when his face was touched by the cold metal of the rival gang’s gun. Loyal even though his mom begged him to run the moment she returned home from rehab.
He thought about becoming someone else. It was hard not to crave the life of a regular 17-year-old. It’s the only reason he stayed in school—to pretend. But he always fell back in line.
Riley Rojas didn’t belong in Tristan’s real world. She should have only been part of the fantasy, one of the many faces he got to pretend with amidst rows of metal chairs and desks and whiteboards with assignments. But there she was, moving boxes from the back of an old pick-up into a house Tristan had shot up on a dare with his friends only a few months before.
Tall enough to look him in the eyes and strong enough to fill his shadow, Riley took up space on his streets, her loud mouth fearless in the face of the gang leaders who terrified everyone else. She pushed Tristan around on the hard court, and she balled better than his friends—better than him
sometimes. She challenged him. She needed him. He liked it. And when her pale blue eyes stared into his, he quit wanting to pretend.
He couldn’t ask her to leave because she’d only dig her heels in deeper. He couldn’t ask because he didn’t want her to go. She was blurring his lines. She was testing his loyalty.
He was falling in love.
And it was going to tear him apart.
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, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.
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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